She is one of Perth's highest-profile businesswomen and often dazzles at A-list soirees around town but there is another side to Bree Maddox you won't find in the social pages or gossip columns.
With her eighth anniversary as the owner of The Court Hotel set to coincide with Pridefest 2013 this weekend, the former Penthouse Pet of the Year opened up to AAA about working with Perth's sexually diverse community and how it helped her grow as a person away from the spotlight.
"I've been very lucky to be a part of this hotel because it's opened my eyes to a section of our community I otherwise wouldn't have had the exposure to," she said.
"My knowledge, understanding and compassion towards the community now, compared to what it was when I first took over the hotel, are very, very different.
"I didn't realise there are still such issues with 'coming out' and with people losing family relationships and friendships because of their sexuality or their gender orientation.
"It's quite sad that it's still a reality in today's day and age, but it is."
Maddox - who has also been the driving force behind Breast Cancer Care WA's annual Boobalicious Ball fundraiser with ex-husband and adultshop.com managing director Malcolm Day since its inception a decade ago - said learning of staff members' struggles with coming out as gay was emotionally challenging but ultimately rewarding.
"We have had many people here who, when they have come out, have suffered for doing so," she revealed.
"I've had some staff members who have been with me for many years and it's really nice to see their development and dealing with those family and friendship issues.
"And it's really good when we can provide a support network for them. Eight years ago, I didn't know what to say when one of the staff would show up in tears because they had come out and been kicked out of home but now I understand and have my speech down pat.
"That's been one of the best things about running a venue like this - that education is invaluable."
Maddox appears alongside a group of other WA high- flyers, such as car king John Hughes, in the ABC's six-part documentary series Boomtown, which is awaiting an air date.
The successful publican, who is now in a relationship with former Gage Roads Brewing Company chief executive Nick Hayler, experienced her much-publicised marriage break-up with Day during filming but producers honoured her request to keep her private life private.
"They obviously had me 'microphoned' a lot of the time and were following me around but were respectful when I was saying to them 'This isn't to be shown'," Maddox said."Without that respect and trust between the crew and myself, I wouldn't have continued with the series."