Dawson told News Corp: “I’m tired of the anxiety that comes with working in media, especially as a woman, because you’re scrutinised daily, and abused about the way you look.
“I’m ageing and I’m accepting that. The graceful thing, the dignified thing, is to walk away.”
After winding up current commitments she will focus on her new role at Regency Real Estate in Sydney.
“The pressure has lifted off my shoulders. It’s given me great piece of mind,” Dawson said.
“It’s time to be respectful to myself.
“My goal is to have a sense of well-being and quality of life.’
The former Celebrity Apprentice contestant has attracted headlines across the last year largely for her use of social media, and becoming embroiled in a number of online feuds. One of those led to her being hospitalised.
In July she announced she was standing down as an ambassador on cyber-bullying, following criticism for taking robust Facebook comments directed at her to the employer of the account user.
She also recently told TV Tonight that people who criticised her role as a Top Model villain hadn’t watched the show. The latest announcement is a reversal of the position she held in July:
“I started a new job this week working in real estate as an adjunct to my media career. It’s very much behind the scenes but it’s very exciting and very busy,” she said.
“But my main commitment is to Foxtel. That’s my #1 commitment but I decided that I’d like to venture into another career as well.”
Last week she joined country music stars Morgan Evans and McAlister Kemp in Ballarat as part of the Country Music Channel (CMC) team in The Variety Bash 2013.