Ryan Ginns

Graphic Designer, Sydney, NSW

From winning Big Brother to opening his own restaurant, this Australian knows dreaming big is only the first step.

By: Michael Small | Photos: Kat Parker

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In our Insta-Snappable world, instantaneous fame is the dream. For most of us this universal recognition is a fantasy – a bit of fairy dust to sprinkle over the days when we can use a little boost. But for Ryan Ginns, that instant fame materialized after the graphic designer won Australia’s Big Brother in 2014. It was a surreal experience for Ginns, who had never given a second thought to reality TV – he was contacted by an agency to apply for the show and three weeks later he was preparing to enter the house. “I kind of freaked out thinking I wouldn’t last. Funny thing was, I lasted the longest.”

Big Brother was just the type of unplanned adventure suited to Ginns, who’s always up for something new. He’s the restless type, not content with the status quo even when the going is good. So while the glow from his BB fame was welcome, it wasn’t something Ginns expected – or wanted – to last. “It’s a tiny window of notoriety, and it’s mostly over now. I’m still the same old me, but it was definitely a crazy experience.”

Soon after his appearance on the show, he opened The House of Luis Tan, an Asian/South American fusion Tapas tapas bar in Sydney. The project was necessary for Ginns, who says that keeping busy with new projects and challenges keep his constantly spinning brain in order. “When I have too much time to think it’s not a good thing. A fast pace works to my advantage.”

While he might have a million things on his mind at any given time, his outward style is perfectly at ease. “I’m pretty simple. Monochrome, black and whites. I don’t love trends. The stuff you’ll see me wearing is stuff that’s been around forever.”

Uncomplicated on the outside. Complex on the inside. Always moving forward.

Meet Ryan Ginns.


7:00 AM
Surfing at Rose Bay. 

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"With surfing it’s not thinking about the future or past, but just living in the now."

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9:00 AM
Breakfast at Porch and Parlour. 

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“My lifestyle at the moment is very full on. I don't have a lot of time to sit down and enjoy doing nothing.”

Ginns is wearing the Notch'Ur Average Crew

11:00 AM
Working from home. 

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“I don't know how much longer I'll stay in the hospitality game. Not because I don't enjoy it but because I like to experience new things.” 

2:30 PM
Meeting with Chic Management. 

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“I like a good challenge and I would have kicked myself if I didn't go for Big Brother.”

Ginns is wearing the To the Edge Long Sleeve

6:00 PM
Dinner at The House of Luis Tans. 

Ginns is wearing the To the Edge Long Sleeve

“You get to a point with business – when you're in, you just have to go for it.”

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Discover more from Ginns at and @ryanginns