Gabriella Demetriades a global sensation

Model Gabriella Demetriades enjoyed a cup of coffee

Model Gabriella Demetriades enjoyed a cup of coffee at the Friendly Stranger in Bridge Street Picture: JUDY DE VEGA

INTERNATIONAL model Gabriella Demetriades is one of the world’s most recognisable faces after gracing the covers of magazines in South Africa and worldwide.

A little more than three years ago Demetriades was an ordinary girl from Parsons Hill in Nelson Mandela Bay but her life was turned upside down when she was spotted in a crowd and went on to compete in Miss Indian Premier League (IPL) Bollywood in 2009.

Beyond her striking good looks lies an astute businesswoman with a marketing and communications degree, a clothing line recently launched in South Africa and a budding Bollywood acting career.

The clothing line, called Demi, is a higher end clothing line, with the more affordable Dill clothing line to be launched soon.

Demetriades, who is of Greek parentage, said she sees her meteoric rise to fame and her booming modeling career as just “another career and every job I go on is seen as part of a business I’m running”.

Demetriades took time to have a chat over coffee with La Femme at the Friendly Stranger about her modelling career and her business ventures before jetting off back to India where she now lives.

I love my career because … I get to travel and I have the freedom to explore other interests.
I have a soft spot for … bacon.
I should have studied … psychology.
I’d love to party with … Winston Churchill.
I’m listening to … The XX.
When I was 16, I wish I knew … How important family is.
I’ll know I’ve made it when … I’m on holiday for six months of the year.
The people who taught me the most are … my parents.
My music weakness is … alternative country.
Nothing makes me happier than … a good conversation.
I absolutely hate … small mindedness.
I am saving to buy … a pair of Isabel Marant slouch boots.
I share my life with … those I love.
I can’t go a day without … my boyfriend.
In 10 years I see myself … as an improved version of myself.


Oluchi talks "Africa’s Next Top Model"


Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg. Nigerian International Model Oluchi Orlandi. Nigerian supermodel Oluchi Orlandi was in South Africa to launch Africa’s version of Tyra Banks’ Next Top Model TV show. She spoke to Munya Vomo.

‘When I went to America after winning the first M-Net Face of Africa, I struggled,” said Nigerian international model, Oluchi Orlandi, as she tried to hold back her tears.

“I want to dedicate the next five to 10 years of my life to giving back to my African community and bringing Africa’s Next Top Model here is the place to start. I may look 22, but I am not, so I can’t keep doing this; someone has to take over from where I have left off,” Orlandi said.

Africa’s Next Top Model will seek out beauties across the continent and have them converge in Cape Town to compete for the job.

“We are trying to have a show that will celebrate the beauty of the diversity of Africa. I have people in New York who said I would never find beautiful women here and that bugs me. I want to change that perception,” she said.

With South African Tourism on board, it makes sense for the show to be shot in this country. Orlandi also said she had a personal reason for honouring this country with the hosting rights.

“The show will showcase the beauty of Africa, and South Africa in particular, but personally I am doing this to pay homage to the southern African region. My career started out around here so I would like to begin a young girl’s dream around here,” the model explained.

Oluchi Elle Magazine Africa's Next Top ModelOrlandi will be the show’s host and executive producer. She confessed that it took a while to put the show together and there is still a lot more work to be done.

“It is no easy feat to be in my shoes. Being the executive producer means being the one to call CBS in Los Angeles and ask for the rights of such a show. It also means meeting South African Tourism and showing them what a show like this will do for the country and the continent’s image in terms of tourism and fashion. It also means convincing M-Net and Multichoice on who Africa needs in a show like this. There are a lot of pieces that need to add up before you even get to announce it,” she shared.

In Sandton, Joburg, to await the local auditions, Orlandi had just jetted in from Mozambique where she had conducted their auditions.

“The turnout was great and we may or may not have found girls we are looking for there. We are optimistic South Africa will show more promise,” she said.

Eight countries will take part in the auditions – Tanzania, Ghana, Mozambique, Angola, Kenya, Ivory Coast, Nigeria and South Africa. However, all African women are urged to audition and those whose countries are not holding auditions can visit a neighbouring nation to do so.

“It is open to anyone with an African passport because they will need to travel to Cape Town where most of the show will be shot,” explained Orlandi.

The definition of African beauty is a subject that always sparks debate. What is perceived beautiful to the Western eye is not necessarily what Africans agree with. So with this show coming to the continent it was also important to find out what kind of woman Africa’s Next Top Model is looking for.

“There is a specific height and weight we are looking for. Our girls should be about 1.7m. We even have a quota for plus-size girls, as long as we agree that they can get work after the show,” she said.

“The thing is, I don’t know what to expect, because Africa is vast so we have diverse cultures and there will be many surprises for us. Look at Big Brother Africa, the show keeps thriving mainly because Africans celebrate their differences and we’re hoping our show will do the same.”

There are loose ends in the development of the show, however, such as the winner’s prize and the members on the judging panel.

“The winner will come back to New York with us, but there are things we need to tie up with regards to what their contract will entail. Also, we are looking for the right judges for our show. They have to be people with a sound understanding of the continent, its cultures, fashion and what would work at an international level,” she said.

While there are several TV channels in Africa which will air the show, Orlandi also pointed out that there are some international markets that have expressed an interest in the programme.

“I recently learnt from the marketing guys at CBS International that they had received a call from Australia where some channel in Sydney wanted a piece of the cake. This helps us, especially when we consider that this is a rare moment when we get to tell our own story. We don’t have a lot of that,” she said.

Africa’s Next Top Model will air from October on these channels: Vuzu (domestic and Africa), Mzansi Magic (domestic and Africa), AfricaMagic Entertainment (domestic and Africa), AfricaMagic Family (domestic and Africa), AfricaMagic World (Africa), as well as terrestrial rebroadcasts.

source: IOL Tonight


Models with Skin Problems on Face


black model skin problem on faceHere’s some advice for black girls with skin problem on their face. I’ve spoken to a Sh’zen skincare consultant with > 10 years experience in working with women with these kinds of problems and here’s her advice.

From what I see in the pictures she will definitely need to use our Natural Essence Range of products which is for the more oily to acne prone skin type

Please note that she will need to use the whole range of Natural Essence products but can build this up slowly month by month. It is also not a quick fix – once she starts using the products the healing process will start and initially will detox her skin so her skin very well might look worse before it gets better – but that is a good sign as detox is essential to healing

Black model with oily skin problemThe reason for this is that the products will first get rid of all impurities in the skin and only once that has happened will her skin start looking better and start healing. She will of course then start having a beautiful looking skin

Good news is that some of the products are on special every month and she can take advantage of that. Firstly I would suggest she start with the Natural Essence Purifying wash which is essential to clean the face of all impurities – this was on special for June 2013 in the Sh’zen brochures. Same aplies to the Clearing Lotion which is a brilliant product for pimples – She needs to apply this at night to get rid of the pimples.

Some other Sh’zen products I recommend on special in July 2013 is the Mattifying day cream which she will need to use daily and also has an SPF of 30 as well as the Skin Life oil to heal and balance the sebum output which is essential for oily skins

Hope this helps all black girls with skin problems on face. To get Sh’zen Natural Essence skincar range, call our office on 081 4399 555.


Ryan Seacrest dating South African model


Dominique Piek Sports Illustrated cover modelRyan Seacrest is dating Sports Illustrated model Dominique Piek. The American Idol host, who split from Julianne Hough (24) in April after three years of dating, has reportedly moved on with the 27-year-old South African beauty, who is also newly single after ending her one-year relationship with Star Trek Into Darkness actor Chris Pine in April.

A source close to Piek told In Touch magazine: “She and Ryan have been out to dinner together twice in one week recently.

The insider said that while the duo are still getting to know each other, Seacrest (38) “gets along really well” with the brunette model.

The TV presenter was recently overheard telling pals he has been “loving it” since he became single again, and he was previously spotted taking a gorgeous blonde companion into the DJ booth with him in Los Angeles earlier in June.

Seacrest and Safe Haven actress Julianne are believed to split, because he didn’t want to get married and take their relationship to the next level. The professional dancer got tired of waiting for an engagement ring and so called the romance off.

A source previously said: “He just wouldn’t propose. However, Ryan was this close to looking for rings. Julianne is the only girl Ryan has allowed himself to get serious with.”

source: iAfrica.com, Bang Showbiz


Melinda Bam – FHM 100 Sexiest 2013 winner


This was a shock for me because I believe it breaks new ground – Melinda Bam named Sexiest in the World!

Melinda Bam Miss South Africa 2012Former Miss South Africa Melinda Bam is the 2013 FHM Sexiest Woman in the World. Bam finished ahead of local hotties Minki van der Westhuizen and Lee-Ann Liebenberg, among others, and ahead of international stars like Kate Upton, Arianny Celeste and Mila Kunis.

The former Miss South Africa was awarded the honour at a party at the Skyroom Live in Joburg on Friday night.

Bam finished ahead of local hotties such as Genevieve Morton, Minki van der Westhuizen, Lee-Ann Liebenberg and Nicole Meyer and international super babes like Kate Upton, Arianny Celeste and Mila Kunis.

Bam, who was placed 13 on last year’s FHM 100 Sexiest Women in the World list, featured in the 2010 FHM calendar. On Friday Bam said it was an honour.

“It feels a bit surreal because I can still remember in 2010 when I did the calendar, I was on the 100 list but thought… okay… winning, never going to happen – and now it did! I’m so thrilled,” said Bam.

Bam, who was crowned Miss SA in 2011, said she had enjoyed posing for the FHM calendar, but it was very different to what she had expected.

“I have always had my reservations about FHM because I have never seen myself as someone pushing her limits to try and be sexy. But I must say, having the team that I shot with was great because they all understood what I will and will not do,” said Bam.

The 24-year-old blonde bombshell now has two top titles under her belt – FHM’s Sexiest Woman in the World and Miss South Africa.

“It’s quite weird and flattering.”

She is also the new national executive for Miss SA and will be helping with some big and exciting changes this year.

She is also a partner in Model Mentality, a series of workshops hosted for young women. And she is looking at designing clothes for Bambshell. “It’s a swimwear range that will give women of all shapes and sizes the confidence to embrace their bodies.”

So what can we expect next?

“Not to disappear. I know God has made me a mover and shaker, and I will remain just that.” – source Independent On Saturday


Not Just A Pretty Face


Here’s a guest post by Eda Rose. She answers a burning question that’s come up many times before in working with models, why are the hottest girls the most insecure?

Eda RoseWhen coming from a girl, these words are either spoken by an unfortunate looking lass making fun of herself or on the other hand from lovely lady who communicates this in a more stern way and who feels somewhat victimised by her looks. Popular opinion is that the latter just screams insecurity and this is true in most cases. For instance pretty girls may have a sense of humour about this sort of thing too. However, let’s looks at those who feel the need to defend their intellect.

Society can take beautiful girls for granted, yes and it often happens that good looking women are assumed to be in the successful positions they’re in because of their looks and have not and do not work hard for what they have achieved. This does not just stop at the work place but infiltrates all the way through to their social and private life. Beauty often attracts compliments and wonderful gestures which is great, but the same sentiment can invite much unwanted analysis towards the recipient and the aforementioned criticism.

Eda Rose guest bloggerAn example of this are Fashion models who for one, fit the standards set for being beautiful and are paid for it YET they’re often rife with insecurities leading to drug problems and eating disorders. It would seem the more importance drawn to one’s looks, the more critical they become towards themselves. Often this leads to a change in career paths for these girls who rather than enjoy being in the spotlight and the attention that it comes with, would rather live like a regular-Jane, another passing face on the street whose looks aren’t scrutinised.

Speaking instead of the relationship between beautiful and not so pretty girls, aiming a joke at an unattractive girl seen as mean however when roles are exchanged and fun is made at the ones blessed with the good looks, it is as a joke and taken lightly. My conclusion is that we ought not take our looks or comments on them too seriously, like most things in life they need to be taken with a pinch of salt as these are part of the material things that get left behind in the end. It’s kindness towards each other than make us human at the end of the day.

For more from checkout Eda Rose official website.

Here’s an interview with her: 5 Mins with Eda Rosa


Nataxa da Silva – Tokyo Sexwale has a new girlfriend


Nataxa da Silva girlfriend Tokyo Sexwale60 year old (billionaire) Tokyo Sexwale (pronounced sex whale), former political prisoner, anti-apartheid activist, politician and billionaire diamond magnate filed for divorce from his wife in February and it hasn’t taken long for him to introduce his new girlfriend…a 20 something model and law student.

The Sunday Times confirmed that Sexwale is seeing Nataxa da Silva.

Please hold off on the gold-digger comments…not fair. The Sexwale made his money in diamonds not gold.

His divorce to Judy van Vuuren has made headlines and could end being one of the largest in South African history.

“Court papers show she is seeking a R70-million (49m GBP) house, R3 million to furnish it, a new R1 million car every five years and monthly maintenance of R150,000 (10,000 GBP). ” [Telegraph]

But for now all eyes on his new piece Nataxa.