Nov
24
2011

20 Questions with Jenelle Ramsami

 

Ramon Thomas interviews model Jenelle Joan Ramsami

Jenelle Ramsami deaf model Durban Vivadivas.com

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

Ingredients:

  • 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.

Nov
23
2011

UCT beauties, real achievers

 

Two University of Cape Town students have been named Miss Cape Town 2011 and a semi-finalist in the Miss South Africa 2011 pageant, respectively.

Geological sciences master’s student Kaylan Hamel was crowned Miss Cape Town 2011 at a gala event on 28 October 2011 while final-year electrical engineering student Remona Moodley has been placed in the top 20 semi-finalists in the running for Miss South Africa 2011. The Miss South Africa 2011 semi-finals – to determine the 12 finalists – take place on 30 November at Sun International Head Office in Sandton, Gauteng. The finals will be held on 11 December at the Sun City Superbowl.

Hamel (24) is no stranger to beauty awards, having already won several international titles. Her honours include Miss Teen World 2003, Grand Champion Model of the World 2004, Carnival Queen of the World 2004, Miss Tourism Queen International African Princess 2005, Miss Africa 2006 and Queen of the Universe 2007.

Hamel entered the Miss Cape Town 2011 event to raise funds for two charities – the Cancer Association of South Africa and the Bright Star Safe House. “My family has suffered quite a bit when it comes to cancer and fortunately all of my family members are now survivors and cancer free, so I had to show my support,” Hamel said.

A platform to raise funds

During her reign as Miss Cape Town, she will be extensively involved in charity work for various organisations. “I have a large project portfolio that covers a lot of charities and hope to use this title as a platform to raise funds for these charities,” she says. On 5 November 2011, she took part in the St Luke’s Hospice Annual Walk of 175km around Cape Town. Her next project is to gain sponsorship for each kilometer she runs in next year’s Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon. She plans to donate these funds to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the South African Guide Dog Association.

Remona Moodley Miss India South Africa VivaDivas.comMoodley (23) also has a ream of pageant titles. She was crowned Miss India South Africa in 2005 and placed in the top five at Miss India Worldwide. During her first year at UCT, in 2006, she was named first princess at the Miss South Africa Teen pageant.

Asked about the unlikely marriage of electrical engineering and pageantry, Moodley said: “My engineering friends would never guess I do pageants and my pageant friends would never guess I study engineering.” She chose electrical engineering because of her interest in renewable energy. She entered the Miss South Africa competition because wants to contribute to social change. She is the founder and national director of the Fund-A-Dream Foundation, a registered non-profit organisation that seeks private funding for academically brilliant learners who are financially constrained.ource

Oct
19
2011

Vote Brad Jay, Cleo Bachelor 2011 finalist

 

Brad Jay and Nadia van der MerwePlease vote for Brad Jay for Cleo Bachelor for 2011. He’s been named as one of South Africa’s most eligible bachelors of the year! SMS ‘BRAD’ to 45593. Brad is in the new November Issue of Cleo Magazine out now!

He’s also a Top 12 Finalists of Mr South Africa, which gets announced on the 26th November. This is evidently is the day Brad turn 24.  This Friday, 21 October, he is hosting a massive event that Icon in Sandton. A portion of the proceeds will be going to the amazing girls of Chrysalis Foundation his official charity.

 

Oct
05
2011

Faces of Cameroon 2012 search

 

Nadia van der MerweHey Guys and Girls! Going to be at JET this Saturday. You should enter!

The search to find the new Faces of Cameroon 2012 launches on Saturday 8 October at JET next to Coca Cola Dome – presented by FHM Sexiest Woman In The World 2011, Shashi Naidoo; and Cosmo Sexiest Man 2011, Gregg Hammond. Popular local & international TV star and sex symbol @Jonaid Carrera will be hosting the high-profile VIP launch event with Shashi Naidoo, exclusive to JET nightclub this Saturday, 8 October – also featuring popular local model and a recent Face of Cameroon, Nadia van der Merwe

Sep
06
2011

Tanit Phoenix on the Set of Cinemax's 'Femme Fatales'

 

Tanit PhoenixTanit Phoenix first turned the heads of genre fans last year when she starred in Lost Boys: The Thirst and Death Race 2. But she’s since attracted a much wider audience with her role as Lilith, the hostess of Cinemax’s Friday-night anthology series Femme Fatales (which will return for 13 new second-season episodes in 2012). I had the good fortune to meet Phoenix on the Femme Fatales set earlier this summer, and the gorgeous South African native told me a little about her character, her fondness for The Twilight Zone, her upcoming dinosaur movie, and, of course, her greatest fear. Find out what Phoenix had to say after the jump.

This may be the only first-run anthology series on the air right now. But it’s also unique in that it’s the first anthology series to be hosted by a woman.

You’re right. [Laughs.]

Can you talk a little bit about that? You’re mining new territory here.

They’ve likened me to Rod Serling, which is really funny, because he’s an old dude. [Laughs.]

He’s younger than the Crypt Keeper.

Yes, he is. [Laughs.] I used to watch The Twilight Zone when I was a kid, and I very much liked it. Yeah, it’s empowering. She’s the most favored of all the Femme Fatales. She’s the hostess that knows the mostess about everything that’s going on. I find that interesting about her character, and I would love for them to explore that. Because it seems there’s so much more going on with her, and the reason why she knows everything. But they write each episode as they go. I myself don’t know where this is all leading to. But on the 13th show of the first season, Lilith unveiled herself a little more.

Do you have a favorite episode from among those that have aired?

I like the 13th episode the most, because you got to see more of who she was. It seems to me like she’s been trapping these girls to do her bidding. Again, I wish they could have explored more of that this time around. But we’ll have to wait and see how it turns out.

You get to explore a lot of different genres with this show – crime, horror, sci-fi. Do you have a favorite?

I like the crime stories. I’m a big fan of CSI. Actually we’re doing one next week based on that. So I’d like to explore more of that. I know that we were going into more of the fantasy-horror stuff, but they’ve pulled away from that, because I don’t think that’s the direction that they want to go in. So they’re sticking with the film noir and the crime stuff.

Do you know if, in the second season, Lilith will become a more active participant in the stories?

Should I be honest, or should I lie? [Laughs.] You see less of Lilith in each show than you did in the first season. I’m not quite sure why. She only introduces and ends the show. She has much more to say in her introductions, but the character, in each episode, they don’t explore so much anymore. I think that has to do with timing. Because I know that I’m leaving soon, so they have a certain time with me here. I’m not really sure how they’re gonna play this out. I’m set to film other stuff, so they flew me in and I’ve been here for a month, and they are pushing these episodes so much quicker than they ever have before. So I think they’re really pressed for time, and they’re trying to think of smart ways to get my stuff done so they can carry one with everything else. We’ve been pre-shooting a lot of the stuff, and they’re going to carry on with the episodes once I’ve left.

Can you say what else you’re working on now?

I just finished Safe House with Denzel Washington. I have another film called Latin Quarter based on London and Paris back in the late 1800s, about Pablo Picasso. Then I’ve got another film coming out – I can’t tell you what it is, but there are going to be a lot of dinosaurs involved. It’s an American film shooting in South Africa. It’s The Flintstones meets Clueless. It’s very funny. I was reading the script and I was quite amused.

Is it like Caveman, the Ringo Starr movie?

Everyone’s asked me that! I don’t know because I haven’t seen it. [Laughs.] But this film is a spinoff of a popular series in Britain that’s doing extremely well. So they’re making a feature film based on it.

In real life, what’s your greatest fear?

Okay, well, I was raised in airplanes. I tried to jump out when I was six years old and I had to have my foot strapped it. So I have no fear of heights. I have no fear of death, because my dad was a medic who educated me very well in spirituality and religion and how we’re all made of energy and we’re all connected and how, when we do go, we’ll go to another place and be reborn into something else. I’m not afraid of spiders. I’m a nature girl; I was raised on a farm in Africa. But I am afraid of real-life blood. If I see someone bleeding, I can’t deal with it. I don’t know how I’m going to be a mom. Because if a kid comes to me with a scratched knee I’ll be on the floor passed out. The kid will be like, “Dad, Mom’s passed out again!”

source: FEARnet

Sep
05
2011

Lindsey Becker, a real Bikini Boffin

 

This week’s Sunday Times backpage model is MENSA member, Lindsey Becker.

Lindsey Becker mensa model

Here’s some story from GQ magazine:

I’m sitting in the conference room of Ice Models when in walks a petite girl with striking features and piercing blue eyes. However, this girl, Lindsey Becker, is more than just a prettty face: she’s a member of an elite society only accesible to those with an IQ over 130.

As a member of Mensa, the girl is most definitely bright.

She’s pretty nervous though, evidently worried about how the interview is going to turn out, and often asks just that.

‘People can be so ignorant when they box people into stereotypes,’ she says. ‘It shows insecurity.’

I reassure her that I will present her as more than the stereotype.

You see, Lindsey Becker is tired of being ‘pinned down’ and declares herself a ‘rebel against sterotypes.’

And yes, this model defies the norm, working as a copywriter and as a Mensa member she has not been cast from any generic mould. And while I had mentally prepared myself for conversations on topics like the global economic climate, the debt-ceiling in America, world history and the politcal future of South Africa, no such conversation takes place.

Though undeniably nervous, she’s sweet and charming, and even tries directing the interview at me (smart move since she admitted to disliking talking about herself).

I want to know how dangerous a combination it is being both attractive and intelligent?

‘People expect so little, so it’s easier to impress them.’

Mensa hasn’t turned out to be all that Lindsey expected. She hoped the society (or ‘mensans’ as she calls them) would entail formulating ideas to save the world, but instead found it to be social gatherings where people get drunk.

source: Sunday Ti

I’m sitting in the conference room of Ice Models when in walks a petite girl with striking features and piercing blue eyes. However, this girl, Lindsey Becker, is more than just a prettty face: she’s a member of an elite society only accesible to those with an IQ over 130.

As a member of Mensa, the girl is most definitely bright.

She’s pretty nervous though, evidently worried about how the interview is going to turn out, and often asks just that.

‘People can be so ignorant when they box people into stereotypes,’ she says. ‘It shows insecurity.’

I reassure her that I will present her as more than the stereotype.

You see, Lindsey Becker is tired of being ‘pinned down’ and declares herself a ‘rebel against sterotypes.’

And yes, this model defies the norm, working as a copywriter and as a Mensa member she has not been cast from any generic mould. And while I had mentally prepared myself for conversations on topics like the global economic climate, the debt-ceiling in America, world history and the politcal future of South Africa, no such conversation takes place.

Though undeniably nervous, she’s sweet and charming, and even tries directing the interview at me (smart move since she admitted to disliking talking about herself).

I want to know how dangerous a combination it is being both attractive and intelligent?

‘People expect so little, so it’s easier to impress them.’

Mensa hasn’t turned out to be all that Lindsey expected. She hoped the society (or ‘mensans’ as she calls them) would entail formulating ideas to save the world, but instead found it to be social gatherings where people get drunk.

source: GQ Online.

Aug
13
2011

Behind Swimwear 2011 – Tracy McGregor #1

 

Sometimes I think the South African mens’ magazine market has blinkers because they keep featuring the same blondes over and over. First it was Kerry and now her sister Tracy. The girls is hot. We don’t dispute that. It just seems like there’s no room for an “outsider” instead the editors love their favourites, and stick with them. So it seems like Tracy McGregor is a sure thing for cover girl for the much hyped annual Sports Illustrated Swimwear issue out soon. Here’s some new photos from their blog

source: Sports Illustrated website

Jul
19
2011

Adele Segal on the tennis court

 

Adele Segal fhm shoot tennis courtThis could be one of those ultra hot shoot bordering on soft core fantasy.Anyway when Adele Segal’s on court, in all her ball-smashing glory, she demands your full attention!

Only in the FHM August 2011 issue! According to her Twitter profile, she’s a business woman by profession, model by hobby and humanitarian at heart!

Jul
11
2011

Battle of Black Beauties – Bonang Matheba vs Nonhle Thema

 

Bonang Matheba FHM cover girl | YFMThe latest column by my friend, the irreverent, Khaya Dlanga, entitled “I’m Nonhle Thema, Bitch!” is bound to raise eyebrows. It prompted me to write this blog because it’s been on a my mind for a while i.e. a comparison between the who black celebs.

For a long time I’ve been connected to Nonhle Thema on Twitter, and her Facebook. We’ve never met but we’ve interacted a little bit on the social networks. Currently Nonhle has 46,445 followers on her Twitter account. On the other hand Bonang Matheba has 65,767 followers on her Twitter. Now on Facebook it looks even more dramatic because Nonhle Thema page only has 28,456 Likes, while Bonang’s page has a spectacular 202,778 LIKES.

These two are both television stars – meaning they are famous for being famous. Neither has won any beauty pageants, neither has won any acting awards. They host tv shows for God sake. Both have been featured in FHM South Africa. And it’s here where Bonang seems to have pulled ahead by getting the first cover shoot.

From everything I’ve noticed it seems Bonang has the more down to earth appeal of the masses. Nonhle’s constant rants on Twitter e.g. “I dare any broke yfm dj to step up to me…if you are broke sit down or i wll give you rent and food money….LOL.” This is a reference to Bonang who’s been a YFM DJ for a while now.

We cast our vote for Bonang for maintaining her sense of cool on all the meaningless curfullel online.