Boity Thulo seting record straight

Boity admits Cassper break-up, gives details on how their fairytale romance ENDED


Boity Thulo covers the latest issue of True Love magazine where she dishes on details around her and rapper Cassper Nyovest’s break-up.

Why did they break up? Well, Boity explained: “All it was was just time management – one was busier than the other – and it’s just time, that’s all it was.”

The two started seeing each other early last year and finally admitted to their relationship in a campaign for clothing label Legit of which Boity was the face.

They first dated while they were in school. Of this recent break-up, Boity tells True Love Cassper did not cheat and that their break-up was amicable. She says their issue was time management and they were ‘too busy for each other.’

“We broke up in December and I cried about it, I got angry about it, I tried to convince myself that its okay then eventually you are just like life actually continues,” said

Boity.She asked if he ever cheated on her, Boity told the mag: “No. Not once did I ever feel like he’s cheating on me or giving someone else attention or whatever, there was never a time where I fought about any girl. He was absolutely respectful towards me in terms of his female fans…”

source: TimesLive , TrueLove


Boity Thulo, also known as “Boity”, is a South African actress and TV presenter known for her role as Mpho Bogatsu on Mzansi Magic’s Rockville and presenting’s music show, Club 808 . source:Wikipedia


High Flyer interview with Chiano Sky

Chiano Sky South African female singer At 18-years-old, South African singer, Chiano Sky is already making a name for herself.

1. You’re 18-years-old and your first hit single, ‘Sick Sick’ has been snapped up by radio stations and TV. Is it ever overwhelming?
Yes, I still can’t believe what a lucky fish I am.

2. Becoming a recognised artist in the South African music industry is never easy. How do you measure your success?
Through the efforts I put in and the recognition I gain from it.

3. Did modelling teach you anything about succeeding in the music industry?
Yes, it taught me to be more confident, secure with myself and to accept criticism.

4. You’re described as provocative. Is this how you see yourself?
I am ? 😉

5. Some say you could be South Africa’s answer to a young Dita Von Teese in terms of style. Is there anyone who inspires you fashion-wise?
Love Dita Von Teese. I also like Jesse J and Gwen Stefani.

6. What’s your number one tip for a COSMO girl when it comes to:
a.) Relationships: If you’re my age, follow your dreams, not a man.
b.) Makeup: Always take your makeup off before bed – no matter how late you partied that night.
c.) Fashion: Be spontaneous and wear something you wouldn’t normally wear.
d.) Social Media: Try not to get lost in it.

7. Would you rather write a song about a boyfriend or about a secret crush? What would the first line of each song be?
A secret crush. It’s a lot more fun when no one knows who you’re talking about. The first line: ‘My soul is lacking your spirit baby, my body is lacking your touch’.

8. If you could record with one artist, both locally and an international star, who would you choose and why?
Locally: Shadowclub. They’ve got that whole rock ‘n roll thing going on. Internationally: Mick Jagger. He’s the bee’s knees.

9. Your album is set for release in March 2012. What can fans expect?
To have a peek through the window to my soul.

10. What advice can you give to the COSMO girl who wants to start a career in music in this country?
Stick to your guns and go into this industry with a bang! Can’t go wrong 🙂

source: Cosmopolitan South Africa

Watch the official music video for Chiano Sky’s single, ‘Sick, Sick’ below


20 Questions with Jenelle Ramsami

Ramon Thomas interviews model Jenelle Joan Ramsami

Jenelle Ramsami deaf model Durban

1. What can your story, your claim to fame?

I do think my story is very unique because apart from being Indian, there are many obstacles I faced along my journey to fame. Being hearing impaired made me strive harder because I had to have a certain amount of positives. In my story I always made people understand where I came from and my passion to succeed because as much for me as well my fans.

2. What event changed your life forever?

Being an introvert I didn’t realise I would compete for many pageants (Miss Deaf SA finalist 2009/2010), awarded for Fresh Look for Miss India SA KZN 2010, top 5 and miss photogenic 2011 for Xtreme search Models 2011, also being an ambassador for LifeSound and House Of Tai Tei Lija (cosmetics). I say being in FHM Top 100 2012 was the cream of the crop for me because since my mentor/my inspiration Adele Segal challenged me to overcome my fears. Being the first hearing impaired selected in FHM and FHM is a dream come true.

3. If we were meeting here, 3 years from today, in October 2014, looking back over your life; what has happened for you to feel happy with your progress?

God has always been favourable to me, I think being in my position, any woman would be ecstatic, not many people have a chance to be challenged and each time you came up shinning. I think my story should prove that I had overcome and three years from now, the face that someone heard my story and they was inspired, I think for me that is my reason for being content.

4. What is your favourite food, and how do you prepare that?

My favourite food is Lime and coriander prawns


  • 1 kg prawns cleaned
  • 1 unit lime cut into wedges
  • 1 unit coriander fresh to garnish
  • Marinade the prawns for 30 minutes in the Nando’s lime and coriander marinade
  • Grill the prawns until the flesh turns white and the meat is cooked.
  • Serve immediately garnished with fresh lime wedges and coriander.

5. How do you look after your mind, body and spirit?

I believe I have faced many challenges, without a sound mind I would have not made it thus far. I think positive, I read a lot, when I am in a sauna I feel renewed. I go to the gym, I think working out is most invigorating, it is time out from my hectic life. I feed my spirit with wisdom; I get from reading my bible etc. I am very thankful to God because He is my refuge when I am down.

6. What has been your best relationship and why?

I must be honest I have a Fiancé. I have not been in a serious relationship, this is my first. He is my inspiration; he honours me by being a gentleman. He supported me and put me first always. I sometimes feel I have to pinch myself to feel if it is real!

Jenelle Ramsami deaf model Durban Vivadivas.com7. What is the key to happiness in your personal relationships?

I strongly believe it based on trust, we confide in each other. In my opinion when a girl feels loved, she blooms like a flower. He helps me overcome my fears, he is funny, we both accentuate each other life by just being kind and never ending the day without saying we love each other.

8. What do you find most attractive in the opposite sex, and why?

I think a man with a shy smile, and sometimes you will see that he teases you with his eye, I call that ‘the smiling eyes’. I also love a guy that is quite soft spoken and has an ego that matches his personality. I love a guy who is a metro sexual, someone who looks like Channing Tatum. (hehe)

9. What do you say about “love at first sight”?

I do believe some people fall in love instantly. Personally I think I would prefer to meet a guy, get to know him because I believe one day is a big price to pay for a life time with a person who can turn out to be a monster.

10. How do you, as a woman, get what you want in a relationship?

I believe wanting is selfish, sharing each other’s lives as though we are one as a union, of understanding our fault and failures, and giving your all in a relationship so that your partner will appreciate your worth and give you the best.

11. What is the worst pick-up line used on you and how did you respond?

The term “You’re Hot and Beautiful”, you have sexy legs etc”, “I love you to meet my mom”. Even though I can’t hear much, I lip-read or see the expression on their face and I smile and understand any guy will be guys, so I pretended I’m cool.

12. Who is the funniest person you have ever met?

I think my late teacher who was the funniest guy ever. I could not keep a straight face without laughing.

Jenelle Ramsami deaf model Durban Vivadivas.com13. How do men react when you are alone vs. when you are with your friends, like your girlfriends?

In my experience some men tend to be shy when I am alone, I feel they have a problem starting a conversation, when I am in a crowd with friends, they are a bit loud.

14. How has feminism affected life for women in the 21st century?

I think a little has changed regarding this many things are still taboo. I think women are afraid of certain things. It is regarded as woman should know their place, also it’s not like the 60’s any more and woman have freedom of speech and what men can do… woman can do better.

15. What relationship issues your girlfriends discuss most often?

My girlfriends and I mainly talk about relationship advice, things about marriage, guys, commitment, sex, love life, future plans, success, goals in life, helping each other cope with break up’s and make up’s.

16. What suggestions do you have for a woman who wants success in her career AND relationship?

Be true to yourself, be positive, always keep a clear mind and don’t stress. Be goal driven and with a strong will power, your career will surely kick off. Relationship wise – be faithful and love your man, and the rest is self explanatory because it’s not rocket science.

17. What is the best way to celebrate your achievements?

I would love to be doing work with DTV (Deaf TV). Being featured on a talk show, I love to have a talk show, I love to have a major show for all girls who wanted to be a catwalk model/model that didn’t had the opportunity, above all I love to go to Rome and model and also see some romantic spots.

18. How do you find your biggest passion?

Due to my impairment, I would say that life was a challenge. I had to try harder at everything I did my passion and zeal to get to where I am. I think being ambitious about life and always standing my ground and not let anyone bring me down.

19. What can we expect from you over the next 12 months?

I would say I am thankful for my success and I believe the sky is the limit. I am the brand ambassador/face for Indian ethic for Durban for Ambassador for House of Tai Tei Lija (“REMEMBER OUR NAME” – a cosmetic company from Johannesburg). I am also hoping to be in top 20/top 10 in FHM MODELS 2012 and my greatest joy will be being featured in a calendar or their magazine. I also think your positive exposure will be beneficial for me.

20. What can my blog readers help you with?

Your blog readers can help me by votes, gain more popularity and also I would like them to visit my FHM profile.

Since I am in FHM top 100 2012, get them to vote for me as much as they can to get me in top 20/top10 by sms vote MODEL 33 to 33441 or visit my fhm profile to vote online, and also vote for me next year for world sexiest fhm 2012.

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20 Question with Sam Greyvenstein

Sam Greyvenstein FHM Model, salon ownerEvery now and then I do an interview with a male or female celebrity. In fact I have two more in the pipeline that will be published before end of Feb. This month I would like to introduce model Sam Greyvenstein. She is also a fitness fanatic who spends 5 days a week in the gym and the owner of Lime Skin & Body salon in Broadacres, Fourways. Sam is a top 10 finalist for the FHM Models 2009 competition. Be sure to register on the FHM website and vote for her on a daily basis.

Anyway here’s my first interview with Sam Greyvenstein for 2009…

[RT] Sam, please tell my readers what is your claim to fame?

[SG] Haha until I have paparazzi knocking at my door, I cant claim that one 🙂

[RT] What has been your biggest inspiration in your life so far?

[SG] I don’t have one source of inspiration, I try and draw in from different people in my life, each one has different strengths.

[RT] What are you biggest goals for the next 5 years?

[SG] My biggest goals are for my business to grow, grow in the sense that it will offer various others services and become more of a group, having a hair division, fitness division and nutrition division. I would also like to be as successful as possible in my modelling, especially as it has a limited life span.

[RT] How do you look after yourself, beauty wise, health wise, mental stimulation, etc?

Sam Greyvenstein interview with blogger Ramon Thomas[SG] Well, seeing as I own a beauty salon I think we have the skin care covered 😉 I use Babor skin care products. I am a very active person and try to gym at least 5 times per week, mixing cardio and toning. My time in the gym is also my time to reflect, I do most of my thinking in the gym. I don’t follow any particular eating plan or diet, but I believe in the “everything in moderation” rule! I don’t deny myself anything…. and I have quite a sweet tooth 😉

[RT] What is your current relationship status …and why or how do you like it?

[SG] I have a boyfriend whom I’ve been with for 3 years. I am very much a relationship person, I don’t like being single. Being in a relationship is fun! I love having someone to come home to every night 😉

[RT] What do you find most attractive in a man and why?

[SG] I find a sense of humour, eyes and hands are what attract me to a man most! A sense of humour is important because with out it, life would be very dull. Eyes are important as I can tell a lot about a person by just looking at their eyes, and hands because well manicured hands are a sign that a man takes good care of himself.

[RT] On the other hand, what turns you off the most?

[SG] Dirty hands, smoking and acting like a jock!

[RT] What do you think about opposites attract?

[SG] I think its true to a certain degree, but i think there needs to be some similar qualities, otherwise it wont work.

[RT] What do you think about love at first sight?

[SG] I don’t believe in that. I believe in “lust” at first sight.

[RT] How do you, as a woman, get what you want in a relationship?

[SG] Well communication is key! I would say that I’m fairly low maintenance, so for me, as long as I get food when I want it, im happy 😉 I LIVE for food!

[RT] What’s the worst pick-up line that’s ever been used on you and how did you respond?

I get the, “you have such beautiful eyes” one all the time! Then they start asking if they are contacts so they can touch my face! I just turn around and walk away…..

[RT] What’s the most embarrassing date you’ve ever been on?

FHM model Sam Greyvenstein interview[SG] I was still in my teens and it wasn’t really the date, it was what happened before the date! My dad is a cook and in the winter he had decided to experiment with some cured meats, leg of pork etc. So being Joburg in winter, it was quite cold, so my dad decided to hang everything in the garage above the cars like a washing line. My date arrived to pick me up and the garage door had not been closed…. don’t want to know what he thought of me after that?!

[RT] How do men react when you’re alone vs. when you’re in a group setting?

[SG] I don’t really get people approaching me when I’m on my own.

[RT] How has the feminist revolution affected life for women in the 21st century?

[SG] No comment.

[RT] What kind of relationship issues do you and your girlfriends discuss most often?

[SG] Its never anything in particular, it usually just whatever problem that particular couple is facing at that time. Most of the time its just bad patches, where there is a lot of bickering.

[RT] What suggestions do you have for women listening?

[SG] If you are having problems in your relationship, you HAVE to talk about them. Best thing to do is sit down and talk things through, if you ignore them they will only get worse.

[RT] How should men approach a woman like yourself?

[SG] Just be yourself, don’t try and impress me with rubbish!

[RT] What do you think of Speed Dating and would you ever try it?

[SG] No don’t fancy the idea, wouldn’t try it.

[RT] What do you think of Online Dating and would you ever try it?

[SG] Not for me either.

[RT] What is your idea of the ideal first date?

[SG] Like I said I’m pretty simple, so as long as there is a nice atmosphere, and good food I’m happy 😉


Shashi Naidoo on the Von Vodcast

Sex Shashi Naidoo indian South African model from Port ElizabethI was playing pool at Stones in Long Street last week Saturday evening with my friend G, a graphic designer. He was showing me around the infamous Long Street with its endless string of clubs and restaurants. There was a great vibe this Stones unlike the last time in Johannesburg. Anyway here’s a her Miller campaign from about a year or two ago.

Anyway recently she was interviewed on the Von Vodcast….

She has graced our tv screens as a presenter on the 20something show. She has acted in popular local sitcom Egoli and made the FHM sexiest in the world list. Now Shashi talks to Jason von Berg about her modeling agency, drama and what it takes to make it in her industry.


Podcast interview with Natalie Becker

Natalie Becker Scorpion King 2 interviewOn Tuesday, 31 July I sat down with Natalie Becker at La Vie, Seapoint, Cape Town, for my first audio podcast interview. This is a full transcript of the interview.

You can also download the Natalie Becker interview – mp3 (26 mins, 43 seconds 7.7MB).

RT: What is your claim to fame?

NB: Well, what I do for a living, is I’m actress, I’m present a radio and television show, I’m a writer, an MC and a public speaker.

RT: What kinds of things make you laugh?

NB: Absurd humour. Humour without a victim. Unexpected incidents of humour and generally odd and nutty things. For example just situational humour. When something happens out of the ordinary. I wish I could give you a tangible example of something that’s happened recently. Comedy definitely makes me laugh. The absurdity of life. I like to look at the lighter side of life. Even in very dark situations sometimes I find myself laughing or smiling because there are two sides to everything. (RT ? So you would enjoy things like Gary Larson?) …I love Gary Larson, the 5th Wave, movies like War of the Roses, Running with Scissors. I almost always find reality funnier than fiction.

RT: What is your relationship status?

NB: Well, it’s easy to say I’m in a relationship or I’m single. Ultimately we’re always engaging with people. We’re always in a number of relationships. And NO I’m not trying to dodge the question. I guess if you want a simple answer: Yes I’m single and enjoying it. And enjoying spending time with myself; quality time with my family and friends. Just engaging life. But I think we’re always engaging in relationships on a number of different levels with a number of different people. You know we’re creatures like that, we’re social creatures. We are always in a relationship. Relationships or when you call yourself a ?couple? it’s a specific construct. Lot’s of people think you’re either in a relationship or not in a relationship with anyone else. (RT ? I like what you said because it’s like using a label like husband, wife, it limits us.)

RT: What are the kind of things do you find attractive in a man?

NB: I find a sense of humour, attractive. Why, because it usually denotes somebody who is intelligent. Somebody who’s thought about life and who has some sort of philosophy about life. I find many things attractive in many people. I’m interested in life and I’m interested in people. I’m interested in engaging people so I can’t say that I have a list of specific things because I’m continually surprised by what I encounter in people. And I love engaging so I can’t…I don’t have a stereo type, a specific type…sense of humour..perhaps confidence. There’s different types of confidence. Sometimes you have to scratch beneath the surface and people are surprising. You can never judge a book by it’s cover. That’s what I’ve learned. So I’d like to say that I have an open mind when it comes to what’s attractive. (RT: You sound like a wine connoisseur. When it comes with relationships.) lol.


Natalie Becker Cape Town model actress VivaDivas.comRT: When you are in a relationship, how do you go about getting what you want out of a relationship?

NB: I’d ask for it. Okay. I think emotional honesty is very important. It’s not always easy. I haven’t always found it very easy. And sometimes you get to know someone and then you feel comfortable asking. But I find generally that emotional honesty, and sharing and it asking for what you want is the best way to communicate your needs to someone. (RT ? I think so many people try to get and that’s where they go wrong.) I agree. I’m there as well sometimes. I don’t always have the confidence to ask. I like to get to know someone. And also to feel my way around. Communicating verbally is fantastic also just to sense things about people. To probe at the mystery of other person. In my experience asking for what we want is best. (RT: Sometimes we need to give ourselves permission to ask for what we want.) Of course! We’re afraid of rejection. We’re afraid we will come across as demanding or needy. If we don’t show who we are, then we are not being honest with the other person. And frankly if the other person doesn’t like who we are, then at least we know that we can move on. So emotional honesty is very, very important. (RT: I think there is a direct link between emotional honesty and emotional intelligence and emotional maturity. It’s something that comes with time. You can’t expect a 16 year old to have the same outlook.) Absolutely. I agree. How would you get what you want out of a relationship? (RT: I ask questions based on their value systems as you know.) There we go. That sounds very “Dr Demartini”. I saw your website and I see you’re a fan. (RT – I’m a big fan) So I am I.

RT: What kind of things turn you off and what turns you on in a relationship?

NB: I think I’m still discovering what turns me off. I don’t really have a list. Emotional honesty turns me on because it denotes confidence and openness. I like that because with openness comes growth and evolution. I like a sense of adventure. I like someone with an open mind, willingness to grow together and discover new things. I think that every one is different and every person is a balance of traits that I guess you could find positive and negative. So you have to accept that and if you want to be with someone you have try and look at the whole person, and accept that if you want to be with them. Get to know those things about them. (RT – Was there anything in a recent past that was a common thread that you picked up that was something that you didn’t like?) That’s such a loaded question! I guess what would turn me on is emotional honesty, and what turns me off is emotional dishonesty because you can see it coming a mile on. I don’t like to judge people. I believe that if you can judge something negative or positive in a person, then there is definitely something there that you can learn and grow from. You learn as much about yourself, as you do from the other person. Coming back to Dr. Demartini, who you’re a great fan of, he says, ?We seek not relationships that make us happy, but relationships that balance us out. So they often display the disowned parts of ourselves.? So I think that it’s about balance and retaining balance perspective when you look at people.

RT: What’s your perspective on opposites attract?

NB: I think definitely. I’ve been there. I’ve seen lots of opposites attract and it comes back to what I said previously, and quoting Dr Demartini when he says, ?we attract people in relationships who we think are going to balance or complete us, so we attract people who may display the disowned parts of ourselves, the parts of ourselves that we don’t like.? So they press our buttons in all the right ways and in all the wrong ways. So we learn something about them from them and something about ourselves.? (RT: So you think It’s a good thing?) I think it’s a great thing! (RT: I like what he says when he says when he says that when two people have similar traits or values, then the other one isn’t necessary!) Laughs out loud! That’s hilarious.

RT: So tell me, do you believe in love at first sight?

NB: I would like to, but then it would depend on how you would define love. (RT: Romantic love!) Then it would be infatuation. I think you can be infatuated at first sight! I think it happens to most people a number of times a day., and of course it’s based on a number of things, based on the other person, based on the other person and what you see and project from the other person.

RT: What is the worst pick up line used on you and did it work?

NB: Probably the worst pick up line used was, ?Don’t I know you from somewhere?? and NO! It didn’t work. (RT: I think that that guy needs to hang himself! (Natalie laughs out loud!)

RT: Have you ever messed up on a 1st date, and did they want to see you again?
NB: Yes! I’ve had first dates who’ve never called me again and then haven’t called or wanted to see me again, so I don’t know what I did that was wrong. So yes, and no they haven’t seen me again. Laughs. (RT: For all we know, you could still be doing it.) I’m trying to improve my hit rate.

RT: When you’re out socialising, do guys react differently when you are alone vs. when you are in a group setting when you’re out and about?

NB: Generally no, because I give out a pretty consistent vibe. When I’m in a group setting I’m usually more relaxed with my friends having a good time, so I imagine I’d be perceived as being more approachable. When I’m alone there are people who approach me, but not often. I think it’s more about me and the vibe that I give off. Sometimes I’m approachable, but when I want to be alone, I can very easily project that. People are generally full of love and are very warm towards me and I’ve not yet had a negative experience with people approaching me. (RT: I really like this quote from Einstein that says: ?The most important question you can ask yourself is, is this a friendly universe?? and you whole outlook in life , your entire experience of life as it unfolds stems from that decision, that you either make consciously; and it’s great if you make it consciously; or unconsciously.) I like that quote! It’s your whole perspective really on how you view the world and how you share your experiences.

RT: Being a role model to women in my opinion, how do you think the feminist revolution has affected life for women in the 21st century?

NB: Thank you for that question and thank you for that complement. I haven’t researched that question, my ex-boyfriend did and I wished that I had spent more time listening to him because he had some amazing views, he is a remarkable man. How I can answer that question for you, is that I have always been an individual. How I define myself is as a citizen of this wonderful world we live in, the universe and then as an individual and then as a woman. It’s never been an issue for me. Personally, I would not say that I am a feminist. I’d say that I’m an independent woman. So first I would say I’m an independent, creative individual who happens to be a woman. We know that being a woman is defining. It means that you’re not a man. There are certain perceptions. (RT: Well you know we’re all women in the womb and at some point there’s something that changes and we end up becoming who we are. If you believe in reincarnation, we’ve all been woman and men at some time.) Yes, I believe there is a balance of both inside ourselves. As I’ve said, it’s never been a defining thing. It’s never how I define myself first.

RT: Among your friends, what kind of relationship issues do you guys discuss? Are you an advisor or are you the one seeking advise? Do they pick your brains or do you all share equally?

NB: We generally all talk equally and we tend to talk over one another, because we all talk a lot. And generally the conversation veers towards sex. It’s just a phase that my girlfriends are going through. We talk about relationship issues. A lot of my friends are quite strong individual, independent women. (RT: Are you able to share what about sex, because I think that a lot of men could learn a lesson or two , if you gave us a hint!) NO! I’m not! (RT: No! It’s not about you, it’s about your girlfriends and we don’t know who they are!) Generally, I’d say most recently we talk a lot about our aspirations, our hopes and our dreams, but most of all when we get together we like to have fun, so I’d say we talk about: love, life, relationships, sex, men, but we end up laughing about it all, when we get together, I think it’s important to make light of things, especially the darker things in life or try to find some kind of meaning, whether it’s ironic or funny. So it veers from quite raucous of men and sex, to quite philosophical talks about our hopes, dreams, wishes, ambitions. That sort of thing. I can’t share any of our sex tips with you! (lol)

RT: What suggestions do you have for woman on ways to be attractive, more confident and more interesting?

NB: I think that it’s important to be yourself . It’s very interesting, it’s honest, respect yourself and invest in yourself.

RT: Do you have any suggestions on how men should approach woman like yourself?

NB: In general men approach women by keep it light at first, be honest. There are no rules. Woman are very intuitive. Be friendly. Engage. And also sense of humour.

RT: Do you have any preferences for an ideal date?

NB: There are different kinds of dates. Spontaneous, intimate and romantic setting. I really enjoy engaging. I really love going to the sea point, going to the beach and collecting shells. The setting could be anywhere, but ambiance is important and enjoying each other’s company.

RT: What do you think about marriage?

NB: I think that marriage has it’s place. It’s a very personal choice. It can really be beautiful.

RT: What do you think about speed dating?

NB: I think that it’s a great way to get to know a lot of people in a short period of time and I look forward to trying it out some time.

RT: What do you think of on-line dating?

NB: I’ve actually tried it out, it’s different. You get to meet all sorts of people and yes, I think it’s fascinating.

RT: What’s your idea of romance?

NB: Intimacy, lips brushing, closeness, ambiance, these are the words that come to mind.

For more on Natalie Becker see her bio page on Goodhope FM. You can also call her agent directly on 021-465-1000 for bookings. Also remember to watch Natalie on Free Spirit, Sundays 9am on SABC3.


20 Questions with model Shannon Smith

Shannon Smith Johannesburg modelShannon Smith started modelling at 18 doing fashion shows, commercials, editorials and then went to London for a year in 2004 to work there and try earn British Pounds! After returing she joined ICE Model Management and has been working non stop ever since! She came 9th in 2005 in FHM 100 Sexiest Women in the World poll and is Miss March in 2006 FHM Calander. Shannon has done TV commercials for Jet, Samsung, Gillette, Shield Deodorant, Danone, and more. She briefly presented Tourism Biz on SABC3 early in 2006 for a few episodes and then decided to do a television presenting course with On Cue Communications, which she has just completed. She has done various voice over work for television commercials and MC work for a few functions and events. Shannon has a Diploma in Event, Conference & Exhibition Management and currently works for an Event company in Rivonia.

RT:What is your current relationship status …and why?
SS:I am currently in a stable relationship with a wonderful guy and I am very happy.

RT:What are the characteristics and qualities you find attractive in a man and why?
SS:Definitely honesty, and he MUST be able to make me laugh- which isnt too difficult. I also like tall guys with good bodies, and I am a total sucker for romance.

RT:How do you as a woman get what you want in a relationship?
SS:I think you need to make it clear in the beginning of every relationship what it is you want out of the relationship and establish boundaries etc right up front so that its smooth sailing right from the get go. If you start off letting little things slide by and not saying anything, you are bound to have problems in the future.

RT:What things do men do that turn you off?
SS:Definitely guys that think they are Gods gift to women. The guys that look in the mirror more than their girlfriends and guys that take longer to get dressed than me- NO WAY!

RT:Do you believe in opposites attract and why?
SS:I think in some relationships opposites attract but not my relationships, I need to have a lot in common with my guy, same interests and goals in life etc.

RT:Do you believe in love at first sight and why?
SS:No, I believe in LUST at first sight, thats how I felt about the guy I am dating now when we first met!

RT:Whats the worst pick-up line that’s ever been used on you by a man and how did you respond?
SS:I dont really hear many pick-up lines, I think guys feel intimidated coming up to me, like I will turn out to be some terrible person and turn my back on them or laugh, but I am actually very friendly.

RT:What’s the most embarrassing date you’ve ever been on?
SS:I went out for dinner to Monte Casino once with a guy, and when it came time to pay the bill he told me he didnt have cash on him so he needed to go draw, when he came back he said he had no cash in his bank either. I had left my purse at home, so I had to call my dad to come pay for the meal, AND he had to ask total strangers for spare change to get out of the parking!!!

RT:How do men react when you are alone vs. when you are in a group setting?
SS:I think guys are more easy going and relaxed when in a group situation and definitely more cocky and sarcastic, but when its just me and a guy alone most guys get all shy and dont have much to say, maybe thats coz I can talk the hind leg off a donkey!

RT:How has the feminist revolution affected life for women in the 21st century?
SS:Well I am no Miss South Africa so I am not gonna be able to give some hectic answer to that question, but I reckon its been exceptionally good for us, we have loads more respect from men, and loads more respect for ourselves!!

RT:What kind of relationship issues do you and your girlfriends discuss most often?
SS:We mostly discuss sexual issues and as we are all getting older, I realised we have started talking more about kids and marriage etc more often, OH DEAR!

Shannon Smith South African modelRT:Do you have any suggestions about what women can do differently to become more successful in dating and relationship with men?
SS:Dont let men push you around, stand up for what u think is right and dont settle for 2nd best, there is definitely the PERFECT guy out there for EVERY woman. NEVER SETTLE!!!

RT:Do you have any suggestions on how guys should approach a woman?
SS:Lay off on the attitude and quit thinking you are THE MAN. Be genuine and funny and charming, DONT SWEAR, I hate men that swear.

RT:What is your idea of the ideal date?
SS:A private dinner table for two on a beautiful exotic beach, eating sushi and watching the sun set, then a walk on the beach after dinner and lying on the beach sand watching the stars above trying to spot shooting stars!

RT:What do you think of Speed Dating and would you ever try it?
SS:No I would not try it but it must work for some people coz I have a very good friend that has a perfectly good relationship and they met in a speed dating experience.

RT:What do you think of Online Dating and would you ever try it?
SS:No I would not try it, its too risky, people are never honest in those things. So you think you are talking to a 25year old Brad Pitt look a like but in actual fact you are talking to a 51 year old divorced father of two!

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Ramon Thomas interviews Goodhope FM DJ Jeannie D

Jeannie D in 2010This interview was done face to face in 2005 before Jeannie D got her Top Billing role. She was very popular on Goodhope FM at the time.

RT: My first question is what is your relationship status?
JD: I’m single

RT: And why is that? You are a gorgeous, really vibrant woman.
JD: Yes, but I am still young and I think that my focus for now is my career, and settling myself. I want to be strong for myself, before I can offer someone else anything.

RT: What do you find attractive in a man? And why?
JD: hmmm just a very strong character and personality. For instance drugs, promiscuity, stuff like one night stands and casual sex, is a huge turn off for me.

RT: But how are you going to know what their plans are?
JD: I’ll ask first, I am very upfront! Just somebody that you can connect with, I don’t think you can choose who you want to be with, it just happens, I think the minute I do have a relationship with someone it has got to be that instant chemical reaction, where you just know – okay I can click with this person!

RT: How do you as a woman, get what you want from a man?
JD: I don’t believe in playing games because then you are setting yourself up for disaster, you have got to be completely honest if you are in to someone. How do I get what I want? I’m just honest, and I am, what I am. I don’t play any games! I tell someone what I have to offer at this point in time… so if they can handle it, stick around baby!

Jeannie D's terrific swimsuit body Vivadivas.comRT: What are things that men do, that turns you off?
JD:Physically I like tall well groomed men. So, fat little shorties or someone who doesn’t show pride in themselves is so out of the question – a huge turnoff. When they try to impress me or to buy me it’s the worst thing. Especially in Cape Town, you will get some old dodgy dude who drives a Ferrari and he will think that he can just sweep you off your feet, that is the biggest turn off at the moment. Another turn off is when a guy speaks badly of women, even his ex-girlfriend. And of course when a guy is with me and he checks out other chicks, I cannot handle that.

RT: But surely you can’t blame him in a public place?
JD: But then his focus is not on me, which means: why should I be giving you this much attention if you can’t offer me the same respect. It is all a respect issue!

RT: Do you believe that opposites attract and why?
JD: Yes! I believe opposites attract (and not because of the Paula Abdul song…), but I just believe when you are looking for a partner you are attracted to the things that that other people have, that maybe you don’t have. So if I maybe don’t have patients, I will be turned on by someone who has patience and that inner calm. I really do think you go for people who have aspects that you don’t have in your own personality, another example I can give is, if you are a struggling musician you will obviously be attracted to someone who has got a little more status, maybe a little bit more drive and of course a bit more of a career going for him/her.

RT: Do you believe in love at first sight?
JD:Yes. Absolutely!!! That instant chemical attraction, that is obviously the physical attraction that is helping the love along, but think about it, it is so difficult to meet someone that you connect with on every level. So I think that when you do, and you know it, I think yes it can develop into love and I think strong emotions can stem from that….

RT: Have you experienced love at first sight?
JD: Yes my first love! That was most definitely love at first sight and it lasted for 3 and a half years, we were totally in love!

RT: Do guys treat you differently when you’re alone vs. when you’re with your girlfriends?
JD: Yes they definitely do. I think men try and impress you more when you are with a group of people, I think it must be quite intimidating for a man to approach a woman when she is with a group of people.

Jeannie D hot woman Vivadivas.comRT: So you are better off when you are in a group of people?
JD: No! I think you get to see a sincerer part of that person when you are alone, well being in the nature of work that I am in, I think men are very intimidated initially, and I think they feel that they need to come across in a certain way to almost compete. South Africa is still quite a conservative country, and I think people still see woman as the woman in the kitchen, bare-foot and pregnant and not really being the bread winner! And I can understand where men are coming from if their girlfriends earn more than them, I think that is a huge set back for a man, and I can imagine him to get quite scared, you are affecting his ego and pride.

RT: Are you concerned by that?
JD: No I don’t care, that’s not what it is about. We live in a society where yes those things are important, but personally no! I wouldn’t want to be the someone who wants to be the house-wife, or have the house-husband. I wouldn’t want to support someone but it is not about how much money he has, but I think about being with someone who has a dream and who has a mission, and has a passion towards what he is doing. But then he can earn 10 million rand or 10 rand a month, it makes no difference as long as he has that inner drive.

RT: What do you and your girlfriends discuss about relationships?
JD: My closest girlfriend is also a very successful career woman, so at the moment our only topic of conversation is about how men are so scared off by us…

RT: Do you think the feminist revolution has changed things?
JD: I can’t handle feminism! I think feminists ruined it for real ladies!!! I don’t want to be on the same level as a man, I don’t want to sink that low. But I believe in Chivalry, as much as I want to be successful in my career, I do want to get married one day and I do want to have children, and I don’t want to work when I have those children. So I do want to stay at home as long as they are babies, and then when they go off, I can do my own thing again. But really feminists just ruined it! Because now men are more worried – do I open the door for this woman or will she turn around and scream at me? We are not allowing a man to be chivalrist, you are not allowing him to be a gentleman which is what he actually should be. People have turned our world into something that’s easier to be slugged than it is to make a good effort, good values, good morals or good old fashioned ideas, and if people had to put those into practice, I think they would be a lot happier in their relationships. We wouldn’t have as many divorces as we do now, we wouldn’t have such a high AIDS rate because people wouldn’t need to sleep with every Tom, Dick and Harry to feel full.

RT: On the marriage aspect of it, how do you see it, can one still maintain an interesting fun, loving relationship once married? Or is it really the be-all and end- all of love?
JD: I think people put too much emphasis on the marriage, I mean what is the difference whether you live with your boyfriend or if you are married to him? Nothing! It is a contract you have with the government basically, or with the church, or however you got married. It’s just a piece of paper really, and the same ideas and spark that was there in the beginning should still be there. If you decide you want to spend the rest of your life with this person, it doesn’t mean okay well now that I am married I can stop having sex with him! It just means you have got to build on what you originally started off with. Otherwise what is the point, then you are only with someone until you find better.

RT: Do you have any suggestions for women on how to be sexy, interesting, and beautiful and to get what they want from a relationship?
JD: You know what, a woman can be the ugliest frump in the whole world, but if she has confidence, and she thinks that this fat ass of hers is so sexy she is going to come across as being sexy – it’s all in the attitude!!! You can also get the hottest girl in the world, and she can be the most insecure and miserable thing but she can be gorgeous! She is however not going to be considered sexy because she is biting her nails; she is not coming across with a good attitude or a good karma.

RT: What do you think of the things that woman do wrong when it comes to relationships?
JD: With my experience most recently, woman must never try and think how men think, (on the same token, men must never try and get into the mind of a woman) because what happens in that instance is women get very scared and intimidated! Instead of just treating the person that they are on a date with as a friend, they are just putting too much pressure on, and thinking oh my goodness what now… and basically, what girls end up doing is they sleep with guys too quickly! They also start hounding them with sms’s; they fall in love way too quickly, instead of just letting it grow naturally. They think okay I am only going to get this guy, or he is only going to stay with me if I sleep with him. And yet the opposite happens, a guy is going to get totally turned off, because yes a man will try and sleep with you on the first date, he doesn’t necessarily want you to reciprocate, and chances are if you don’t sleep with him on the first date he will phone you in the morning, and want to see you again. If you do give in, then things are going to get awkward!

RT: What suggestions do you have for guys, in terms of approaching women?
JD: I think guys should start respecting women a lot more, I mean I am generalising – your average guy is out in the club looking for a hot girlfriend, it’s not going to happen! And it comes down to not only lack of respect for women, but also comes down to lack of self respect!

RT: What is your idea of a perfect date?
JD: Honestly, I think there is also too much emphasis placed on that that can almost make someone so nervous, that you are not going to enjoy yourself.

Ryan O'Conner and Jeannie DRT: Okay let me rephrase that, what are fun things to do on a date?
JD: Well summer in Cape Town is the most romantic place and town in the world, because you can simply go and get yourself a take-away pizza, nice bottle of wine, two gorgeous little wine glasses and go to the beach, and watch the sunset – it’s absolutely picturesque and everything is there! The mood, the scenery and the aesthetic surroundings. Definitely would be my favourite thing to do on a date. Otherwise something that is totally unexpected, I think the element of surprise is always keen on a date. So if you could totally do something to a girl that she is not expecting and totally sweep her off her feet, she is going to fall in love!! The element of surprise is just priceless and a beautiful memory!


Jeannie D has left Goodhope FM and now works on Top Billing full time. Access her profile on Top Billing here.