May
14
2014

Shashi Naidoo’s Hippy Interview

 

This Shashi Naidoo interview is more like a conversation with a friend.

Fire and Ice Hotel? Well, that’s exactly the sensation I experienced when I got to the venue to meet up with one of South Africa’s hottest models. She was total fire when she walked down the staircase, smiling and greeting everyone who walked passed her, god-damn! I froze when she looked at me and asked, “Hey, are you Mpho? Live Magazine?.”

In my head my response was “In the flesh honey!!” but I composed myself, and with sheer humility replied, “Yes ma’am, that’s me.” Now that was a Fire and Ice experience without me having to book an expensive hotel room.

Shashi Naidoo, Alushi Models owner interview with Live Mag

Shashi Naidoo is a business owning, Range Rover driving, Jimmy Choo wearing, gorgeous model, TV presenter and actress, born and bred in Port Elizabeth, she later moved to Johannesburg to study Chiropractic Medicine. Beauty with brains huh? But how did she end up in entertainment and not in chiropractics?

“At the end of my period of studying Chiropractic, I realised that it wasn’t for me”, she giggled.

Oh? Okay, so how did modelling come into the equation I ask, “During that time I also got into modelling and acting, so it kinda got stuck onto me and I decided to fulfill that on a more full time basis.”

That’s when you started seeing Shashi on popular soap opera’s like Backstage, Generations and Society. She also started presenting, co-presenting shows like EMS Volume 1 and 20 Something, with ten years of experience in the modelling business, we’ve seen her grace the covers of magazines such as FHM and Cosmopolitan, to having features in People Magazine, Oprah’s O Magazine and Times Live, I mean the list is endless!

That’s not all though, Shashi Naidoo also has a very successful modelling agency called Alushi Models which she started in 2008 and has about 300 models from all over the country on its books. Alushi is the fastest growing agency in Johannesburg right now, and Shashi has even bigger plans for it, “We doing very well in the local and national scale, but obviously there is room for growth that’s why we looking at expanding into a more international scale.”

Being part of Alushi Models has become an aspiration for many young women, with Shashi getting a lot of requests from eager joiners, she’s had to refine her intake process over time, “We are very strict when it comes to our criteria, in the beginning we were more lenient than now but also with more experience I have seen what works well.”

Read the full interview with Shashi Naidoo on Live Mag website

Apr
22
2014

Interview with Danicka Riehl

 

Danicka RiehlThis is an interview on Modellist-ID. One of my uncles told me it’s my cousin but I’ve not met her yet – RJ Thomas, webmaster.

  • Name: Danicka Riehl
  • Nationality: South African/German
  • Profession: Fashion Model and student (Bcom Economics)
  • Agencies: ICE Model Management, 1085 Artist Management & Wiener Models
  • Milestones: Schella Kahn show Vienna, Austria. Covers of Cheeky, Your Family and Wedding Collection Magazines South Africa. Miss South Africa finalist 2010.
  • Current location: Western Cape, South Africa

How did you start modeling?

‘Growing up I was always taller than the other girls at school and seeing snippets of models on runways on television I had the idea that I might fit in there. When I turned 16 I had built up the courage to find email addresses of agencies in my city which I emailed my measurements and some pictures. I was called by all of the agents but chose to go with my mother agency (ICE Model Management) and one month later I was walking in SA Fashion Week for various designers and the rest is history…’

What does your career do for you?

‘More than anything, modeling has afforded me to grow in confidence and to raise opportunities. The opportunity to travel, network and experience wonderful adventures as well as the confidence needed to grab every opportunity with both hands and bravely tackle all challenges.’

What’s your most memorable shoot?

‘FHM Barcelona. A few girls from around Europe flew in to shoot a DC Shoes/Ken Block insert, it was a great experience, an extremely fun day on the set and overall a memorable trip.’

What do you think MODELLIST-ID can do for the model community?

‘MODELLIST-ID can hopefully connect models on a global platform that is safe, trusted and reliable. Allowing inside tips and advice when visiting new cities for work or just to keep updated on all industry related topics can be of great help and a very convenient tool!’

Who do you admire and would you like to meet?

‘I had the honor of attending the 2012 ‘Breaking The Mould Gala’ dinner hosted by Venus and Serena Williams and was privileged to meet many inspirational people, like business woman Jenna Clifford, who is striving to create an example of success for young women worldwide. I hope to be able to meet many similar women (and men) fitting and breaking the mold of success in their respective fields in the future.’

What’s your beauty regime?

‘Applying sun block SPF15 in the mornings and never going to bed with make-up on are regimes that are not negotiable. I exfoliate twice a week and I am using a rich moisturizing night cream before going to bed.’

What are your favorite hang out spots in the city you live in?

‘Old Biscuit mill on a Saturday morning is a firm’s favorite for Cape Town locals and seasonal models.’

What is your favorite city and where do you like to hang out there?

‘Vienna, Austria. In the summer we spend many warm afternoons at the Museums Quarter district and evenings at delectable restaurants like 4eck. Frozen yoghurt from Koert in the inner city is always a joy after castings!’

Do you have any advice for those who want to start modeling?

‘Be yourself. Create a niche according to what suits you best and strive to market yourself around those traits while testing or building your portfolio. Be consistent with your health and fitness regimes and learn to maintain a balanced lifestyle; extremes are neither physically nor emotionally healthy.’

What are your plans for the future?

‘I plan to complete my degree while hopefully having the opportunity to continue travelling for work. Modeling opens doors to the world and should always be considered as a blessing job.’

source: Modellist-ID

Mar
31
2014

Congratulations Miss South Africa 2014: Rolene Strauss

 

Rolene Strauss Miss South Africa 2014Rolene Strauss, newly crowned Miss South Africa 2014 tells us what she is thinking and how the crown feels on her head. Originally from Mpumalanga, Rolene is currently living in Bloemfontein, studying medicine at the University of the Free State.

Combining her two passions, she says: “Miss South Africa is all about giving. One of the greatest gifts anyone can receive is the gift of a healthy life. With my passion for giving, people and health, I will be able to contribute to one of the most important things any country desires: health for all.”

Rolene finds inspiration from Professor Jonathan Jansen, the rector of the University of the Free State. “He is not afraid to stand for what he believes in, he loves what he does and gives of himself to his students. I can testify that he wants the best for his students and supports them in all they do. We can all learn from Prof Jansen. Love what you do, stay humble and let the light shine on others.”

Jan
06
2014

Nelson Mandela: The stylings of an icon

 

South African Gavin Rajah is the only fashion designer in the world who is also a UNICEF goodwill ambassador.

He is the co-founder of Cape Town Fashion Week and the first South African ever invited to show at Paris Fashion Week.

Rajah talked to Al Jazeera about Nelson Mandela’s personal brand of fashion; the style that came to represent the leader’s time in the public eye; and the panache that he brought to the world of local and international politics:

“As a fledgling democracy, South Africans struggled to find an identity and a common denominator that instilled pride, hope, compassion and love. Nelson Mandela represented that new identity or search for a new world devoid from apartheid and its attendant evils.

Gavin Raja, Nelson Mandela, Naomi Campbell

Gavin Rajah (left) says Mandela knew the politics of fashion

Thus, his sense of dress was atypical and, in a way, maverick – a strong departure from other heads of state who tend to choose formal ensembles or stick to a purist path of wearing traditional dress. He elevated his style [in a way] that was akin to his politics – he chose to rather work around the context he was placed in.

His donning of the national team’s rugby jersey during the World Cup [in 1995] was in a sense more than just support for the team, he was in effect, asking South Africa to stand together and support a sport that was largely followed and played by the predominantly ‘white’ populace of the country.

It was the best example of the politics of dress.

He also, very early, started wearing less formally tailored shirts that had digitally manipulated prints which were not distinctly African in nature but at the same time not far from the typical traditional motifs and design one would find on the continent.

These [batik silk] shirts became a signature item in his wardrobe and conveyed a sense of warmth and openness in his approach to the people he met and interacted with.

In a way, looking back, his dress code typified his status of being called ‘Tata’ which literally means father – his clothes had a laid back quality and warmth often found amongst elders in rural areas in South Africa.

For the rest of his style, Madiba was a social chameleon easily adopting other cultures by wearing their traditional dress or elements thereof. It spoke of more than political pleasantries but rather was an affirmation of his ethic and what he fought for – the right to recognise the humanity in one another.

His dress sense embraced people, cultures, and instilled a sense of new hope and pride for not just people in South Africa but around the world.”

source: Al Jazeeraj

Nov
09
2013

On Seeing the 100% Perfect Girl

 

Tao Okamoto Japanese ActressOne beautiful April morning, on a narrow side street in Tokyo’s fashionable Harujuku neighborhood, I walked past the 100% perfect girl.

Tell you the truth, she’s not that good-looking. She doesn’t stand out in any way. Her clothes are nothing special. The back of her hair is still bent out of shape from sleep. She isn’t young, either – must be near thirty, not even close to a “girl,” properly speaking. But still, I know from fifty yards away: She’s the 100% perfect girl for me. The moment I see her, there’s a rumbling in my chest, and my mouth is as dry as a desert.

Maybe you have your own particular favorite type of girl – one with slim ankles, say, or big eyes, or graceful fingers, or you’re drawn for no good reason to girls who take their time with every meal. I have my own preferences, of course. Sometimes in a restaurant I’ll catch myself staring at the girl at the next table to mine because I like the shape of her nose.

But no one can insist that his 100% perfect girl correspond to some preconceived type. Much as I like noses, I can’t recall the shape of hers – or even if she had one. All I can remember for sure is that she was no great beauty. It’s weird.

“Yesterday on the street I passed the 100% girl,” I tell someone.

“Yeah?” he says. “Good-looking?”

“Not really.”

“Your favorite type, then?”

“I don’t know. I can’t seem to remember anything about her – the shape of her eyes or the size of her breasts.”

“Strange.”

“Yeah. Strange.”

“So anyhow,” he says, already bored, “what did you do? Talk to her? Follow her?”

Continue reading the story here…

Oct
10
2013

HP2-K10 Supporting MSL5000/6000 Series Libraries Certification Exam

 

The HP2-K10: Supporting MSL5000 and MSL6000 is a 1 hour and 15 minute certification exam that is comprised of 60 questions. The exam requires a passing score of 71%, which are 43 of the questions to receive the certification. The exam covers four key topics. Those four key topics include: Describe fundamental MSL5000/ MSL6000 Series Library Storage technologies, Describe the features and benefits of HP Storage Works subsystems and components, implementation methodologies, restrictions and limitations, Perform MSL5000/MSL6000 installation, configuration and u[grade procedures and lastly, Perform troubleshooting, repair and replacement procedures.

In preparation for exam HP2-K10, the prerequisite training includes: HP Storage Works MSL5000 and MSL6000 Series Library Service and Support WBT and also, HP Storage Works Tape Technologies & Standalone Tape Drive Service and Support WBT. Information on how to register for these exam preparation materials can be provided by the candidate’s regional websites. The candidate should refer there for the information. In addition, it is highly recommended that the candidate has a substantial amount of hands-on training in the subject area before the exam is even taken. Along with the prerequisite training, the candidate can use documentation online provided. However, it is not required by the candidate to do so.

Sep
19
2013

Shashi Naidoo wants kids of her own

 

MODEL, actress and entrepreneur Shashi Naidoo may be one of South Africa’s busiest beauties but being a brand ambassador for Cotlands children organisation has left her feeling broody.

Shashi Naidoo says work with children has inspired her. Picture by Sibusiso Msibi“You can’t help but fall in love with those kids every time you see them. I’ve reached that age where I’ve become broody,” says the 32-year-old. “I’m so ready to have children but I don’t want to be a single mom.”

Naidoo, who is back in the dating game after her failed marriage to Marc Sandler, says having a relationship in the public eye has proved challenging. “Couples have fights and break-ups and get back together again and the public think ‘why did you get back together’, but sometimes the reasons portrayed in the media are not 100% true.”

She says her failed marriage has left her more cautious.

And how does she plan to keep her current relationship out of the public eye? “I’ll tell you when I figure that out,” she laughs.

“This time I want to be 100% sure.”

Naidoo then talks about her favourite, minestrone soup, that she had earlier in the day and likens it to her eagerness to dive right into things without checking the temperature first.

“I always burn my tongue. I always jump into things right away,” she confesses. “I don’t know why, maybe it’s part of my personality.”

But Naidoo is in love and at a happier place and says matrimony will be an option again when the time is right.

“After my divorce, I was based in India for six months and wanted a spiritual retreat but I ended up working,” she says.

A day in her life sees her focussing on running her model agency Alushi, which has grown to managing 400 models in the past five years.

She also attends events and personally delivers profiles to clients.

“My clients are always shocked to see me personally arrive to deliver the profiles of my models. I guess that is what it entails when you run your own business. I’m the driver and the receptionist.

“My dream is for Alushi to be the best agency in South Africa,” she says.

Appearances at events are important for her as she uses those opportunities to promote her work with Cotlands.

“Instead of having a Twitter war with someone, I’d rather tweet about a good cause.

“Maybe after a year or two you won’t see me at events as I plan to get back to my love and passion, which is acting and presenting,” she says.

source: Sunday World

Aug
16
2013

Kelly and Gabriella Davids launches MilQ and Honey

 

Kelly & Gabriella Davids SistersMeet Kelly and Gabrielle Davids, the ‘Kardashian sisters’ of Cape Town.  They’re often described as the “Kardashian sisters” of Cape Town, but Kelly and Gabriella are proudly Davids.

The stunning siblings are the brains behind new fashion label MilQ and Honey, which turned heads at Wednesday’s opening ceremony of Mercedes-Benz Cape Town Fashion Week.

Compliments streamed in after their Morocco-inspired catwalk show, which featured colourful, wispy creations with animal print and oversized hats.

The president’s wife, Bongi Ngema-Zuma, was in attendance and voiced her approval too.

“Yes, the First Lady joked and said we must please start making clothing in her size too,” said ­Kelly.

Other fans on the night included Western Cape premier Helen Zille; businessman Patrice Motsepe and his wife, Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe, who is the chairperson of African Fashion International, the company behind fashion week.

“Patrice came up to us afterwards to congratulate us, and Helen Zille kissed me,” added Gabriella.

Kelly (25) and Gabriella (27) attended Rustenburg High School for Girls in Cape Town’s leafy southern suburbs.

After some modelling and travel stints, they launched MilQ and Honey at the trendy nightclub 169 on Long – which belongs to their father, Gerald – in February 2012.

They share a flat in Mouille Point, and keep fit by going for daily strolls along the Sea Point promenade.

On Wednesday afternoon, the ballroom at the Cape Town International Convention Centre was a hive of activity before the opening ceremony.

Eighteen make-up artists prepared their brushes in the wings, while long-legged models practised their turns.

Gerald was there to support his daughters. “I am so very proud,” he said.

Their mother, Tammy, died from colon cancer three years ago. The Fashion Week show was a tribute to her.

“Her death, in a way, was very beautiful. She told us that she was ready for the next part of her ­journey,” said Kelly.

“We all stood around her bed when she passed away. She died with a smile,” ­added Gabriella.

During an interview after their show, the girls completed each other’s sentences. They greeted strangers with hugs, laughed a lot and said “d-low” instead of “down low”.

Kelly wore feathers plaited into her long dark tresses and crystals around her neck, while Gabriella looked crisp in a white shirt and smart, dark David Tlale jacket.

Dominique Marszalek of The Little Hattery provided the headgear for their collection: “They’re just always fun,” he said. “And their brand is feminine and sassy.”

Do they get the Kardashian ­reference often? “Yes,” said Kelly, laughing.

“But we’re proudly ­Davids, really.”

The MilQ and Honey brand consists of a fashion line run by Kelly and a luxurious spa run from their father’s Rondebosch home by Gabriella.

It is evident that they feed off each other’s energy and that decisions are shared. Key to it all is the notion of “the goddess”.

“We want to treat women with love and respect. We want women who wear our clothes to feel beautiful. We want everyone who leaves our spa to feel like a goddess,” said Gabriella.

These values were instilled in them by their mother, the girls concur, and healthy living became paramount after she died.

Their signature spa treatment is a manicure where hands are dipped in milk and rubbed in honey, with coarse sugar used as an exfoliater – for R220.

They serve healthy snacks like organic fruit platters, vegan pizzas and soups on the side.

Another ­formidable woman spotted at Fashion Week was DA parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko, seen snapping pictures in the front row at the showing of the Habits summer ­collection by Jenny le Roux.

Mazibuko opted for a black dress and her signature bright red lips.

source: City Press

Jul
30
2013

Candice Swanepoel's New Hair Color Is Gorgeous

 

Candice Swanepoel platinum blond Victoria Secret modelYou probably know Candice Swanepoel as a gorgeous, honey-blonde Victoria’s Secret model with a certain pouty-lipped expression that never fails to catch the eye. She’s still a VS model, she’s still got that coy smile, so you’d think a slight change in hair color — from honey to platinum — wouldn’t make much of a difference, right?

Well, turns out, it makes all the difference. Swanepoel debuted the look at the amfAR Inspiration Gala in New York City earlier this week, and we’re actually quite impressed. Icy-platinum blonde experienced a heady heyday a few years back, but since then, we haven’t given the tone much thought. That said, this new ‘do might be the perfect shade to bring us back on board!

Of course, she owes it all to a great colorist somewhere. She’s relatively fair, and that can often be a disastrous mix with super-light tones, but this looks like a pretty good match. And while it’s clear this color is, shall we say, salon-induced, all-natural isn’t really the goal with intense platinum — and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Kudos are also in order for the makeup artist who chose to pair a smoky eye with a natural, nude lip…although we’d love to see how Swanepoel’s new look fares with a high-gloss red, too.