Rambi Sechoaro: I want to be more than just Bonang’s sister

Rambi Sechoaro Bonang Matheba's sister

She is a star on the rise and a businesswoman in the making.

Rambi Sechoaro half sister Bonang Matheba

Former Miss South Africa 2016 contestant Rambi Sechoaro is making her mark as a brand and refuses to ride on her older sisters’ [Bonang Matheba] fame: “I want to build my own brand and I never want to get jobs because of my half sister, I do however look up to her and respect her work ethic,” said Rambi.

Before entering Miss South Africa 2016, this 22 year old was already highly active doing charity work as well as getting local and international modeling engagements through her agency, Ice Models while juggling her Accounting Science studies at Unisa.

Rambi explains how she shares a passion for the entertainment industry just like her sister. “My sister gave me a few tips on having a thick skin in order to survive in the industry, and I have learnt a lot from her success,” she said.

Rambi says, although her and Bonang do not meet often due to hectic work schedules, when they do bump into each another, it is always pleasant.

As she gracefully shies away from her sister being the topic of discussion Rambi shares how she has received so much support from her mother and aunt and how she is planning to use her new found celebrity status to inspire people.

“The Miss SA platform and new-found celebrity status gave me a space to talk about the things that I am passionate about – modeling, children and being a businesswoman,” she added.

source: Drum magazine  / Instagram

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Gina Athans beauty queen and model

Gina Athans beauty queen and model

Gina Athans

How did you get into the industry? I was 18 when I was scouted by an agent from IMG Paris (in Cape Town) and that’s when I started to take it seriously. Before that I always liked the idea but was still focused on finishing school. What were some of the highlights of your modelling career? My career was a journey, with many stops along the way. It is hard to single out one specific stop, since it is the journey that gave me the greatest gift. But if I have to choose one specific thing, I would have to say that it is the fact that you are your own boss! Secondly is the fact that I got to see the world! I absolutely love travelling. I must also add that it was really good monetary wise! What was life like in the fast lane married to an extremely wealthy man? Life was back then as life is today. It’s always had its ups and downs. The only difference is that the ups and downs might be higher and lower when exposed to anything in extreme. Like the old
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Gina Athans: Beauty isn’t Everything

Joburg born Gina Athans is of Greek origin. Spotted by the same representatives of Giselle Bundchen at the time, Gina was urged to go to Paris to pursue her modelling career She became a top model, appeared in a movie alongside Daniel Craig, has been voted by FHM as one of the world’s sexiest woman and was married to a Jordanian billionaire. We met up with her to find out what life was like in the fast lane and her tips for success.

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Ntandoyenkosi Kunene miss sa 2016

Ntandoyenkosi Kunene has been crowned as Miss South Africa 2016

Ntandoyenkosi Kunene Miss South Africa 2016

Ntandoyenkosi Kunene, a 23-year-old education honours student from Mpumalanga, said she was determined to make a difference during her reign.

She said, “As a little girl growing up in the township – modelling around the house and practicing my speech in front of the mirror – I had always hoped, prayed and believed that one day my name would be called as the new Miss South Africa.”

The 2016 Miss South Africa pagaent took place at Carnival City on the East Rand tonight.

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The event saw 12 finalists from across the country compete for the crown along with R2 million worth of prizes.
Tayla Skye was named as second princess and Elizabeth Molapo as the first princess.


sours: EWN , MISSSA , ANN7


Miss Basetsana Kumalo undergoing surgery

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Miss South Africa judge Basetsana Kumalo is undergoing surgery after breaking her ankle at her son’s school .

Basetsana Kumalo was attending her son’s school concert when she slipped in the rain.

Miss South Africa is scheduled to take place on Saturday at Carnival City but organisers have made the decision not to replace Kumalo on the judging panel at this late stage and her scores to date still stand.

“We wish Basetsana a speedy recovery and thank her for her invaluable input as both a former Miss South Africa herself and a respected businesswomen. She has already made an enormous contribution to this year’s pageant and we feel that she is irreplaceable at this late stage. We will miss her on the evening,” said Sun International PR Manager Claudia Henkel

The remaining judges are Kojo Baffoe, Sophie Ndaba, Casper Bosman and Pnina Fenster

source:  sowetanlive


SA Fashion week 2016 count down

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SA fashion week

The Business of Fashion is more than a slogan at SA Fashion Week

SA Fashion Week facilitates the development of commercially viable local designer brands by providing a large range of strategic marketing services and platforms as well as learning forums, that designers may utilize throughout the year to optimize their revenue generation.

Motivated by the Business of Fashion, SA Fashion Week’s business model is based on offering designers a comprehensive suite of marketing services to support them at various stasa fashion weekges of their brand cycle. These services range from a variety of draw card events such as its flagship seasonal SAFW Collections designer runway shows and installations, competitions, preview events and sponsorship management to ongoing on and off-line communication including developing robust social media communities.
A high-profile, bi-annual showcase of runway shows, installations, launches and celebrity-studded social events to launch the seasonal collections of participating designers to the media, the retail trade, customers and VIP guests. Sourced: safashionweek


Jo-Ann Strauss' life threatened after Penny Sparrow debate

Former Miss South Africa, Jo-Ann Strauss has set the record straight after being trolled for her comments about the Penny Sparrow racist post.


People across the country have been left infuriated by a Facebook post by estate agent, Penny Sparrow, who referred to black people as “monkeys.” (Read more on that here)

The post, which went viral within minutes of it hitting the social media wires, has been a talking point across the country for the past few days.

Thousands of people, including high-profile celebrities and politicians have added their voice to the ongoing debate, which calls for an end to racism in the country.

Shortly after the post went viral, Jo-Ann was one of the celebrities who lent her voice to the debate.

Jo-Ann’s opinion was not welcomed by hundreds of Twitter users who dug into for the comment. The TV star faced severe backlash for the tweet with some users threatening her life and labelling her a ‘racist.’

On Wednesday morning, Jo-Ann returned to social media with a lengthy statement to explain the context of her tweet.Jo-Ann Strauss Miss South Africa Top Billing TV presenter

Here’s the full statement: 

“As a person of colour, I have faced racism during Apartheid, and unfortunately still do to this day. Each one of us experiences racism differently and deals with it in their own way. My way of processing racism has been to grow a thick skin against it, thus my response to the ?#‎PennySparrow? Facebook post.

I did not intend to trivialize the damage that the #PennySparrow Facebook post/s had caused, nor impose my approach on those who pursue a more active attitude and confront racism head on.

My tweet was not intended to condone the very hurtful and racist comments or belittle the response that followed, as I oppose any discrimination based on skin colour. I was, however, repulsed by the hatred of some people who responded to my tweet suggesting that I should be killed or should go somewhere and die.

Tweets ranged from “All you need is monkey to put a gun at the back of your ass lil madam (sic)” to “Ubhula umlilo ngo paraffin … hamba uyofa (sic”) to “SA has a place for racists, if that’s not the case then why are the likes of @chrishartZA @jo_annstrauss @pennysparrow still alive today.”

There were many tweets calling for me to be beaten up, mostly hit in the face and one which asked for me to be smeared with excrement. Those were the ones which disgusted me.

I am and always will be a proud African and South African and hold a bright candle of hope for the future of our country and have faith that we find ways to overcome our hurt and hatred.”

source: Channel24


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


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.”


Was Miss South Africa a sham?

Dhesha Jeram Miss SA 2010 runner upIt’s not all toothpaste smiles and world peace in the Miss South Africa 2012 camp.

This was shocking news from late 2012 about the Miss South Africa finals we attended in December at Sun City. In fact Dhesha Jeram was our personal choice for Miss SA based on her track record, and the history of Miss SA’s delicate balancing act with choosing girls from different race groups in a politically correct South Africa.

Rumour has it that the new celebrity preliminary judges are upset by principal judge Sonia Raciti’s display of favouritism.

Highveld Stereo’s Anele Mdoda, actress Sonia Sedibe and sports commentator Robert Marawa were apparently left gobsmacked when Raciti emphatically told them “we are making Dhesha Jeram Miss SA this year”.

According to a source at Sun International, the company that owns the pageant, Marawa, Sedibe and Mdoda are “not pleased with the way the principal judge constantly muttered and pushed for Dhesha”.

“They are livid, they feel they have wasted time sitting through the regionals and workshops judging the girls, only to discover the company already has their winner,” said the source.

City Press has learned that Jeram, who was first princess to Bokang Montjane in 2010, was personally called to audition for the pageant by Raciti – with a promise that she would be the one to wear the sash and crown next. Another source who was present at some of the pageant workshops says Raciti “constantly punted the girl even when she was not the best of the bunch”.

“There was a day when Dhesha came to the workshop wearing a dreary red dress and Raciti kept saying things like ‘oh you will see her, she is the one, she is Miss SA quality’.

She even went as far as saying ‘Dhesha should win’,” said the source. But Raciti rubbished the allegations, saying the company used the auditing firm PriceWaterhouseCoopers to tally the scores based on what the judges had written on their score sheets.

“I hope the other judges are not upset by this. I have no influence on the judging at all. I am equal to all the judges and whatever they score is their decision,” she said.

“I am merely there to guide the judges. They don’t even have to listen to me.”

Sedibe referred all queries to Sun International, while Mdoda had still not replied to City Press by the time of going to press.

source: City Press


From the braai fork to the catwalk

Melinda Bam University of Pretoria student Miss South AfricaMelinda Bam loves The Blue Bulls. She admires Mamelodi Sundowns. She is a child of Pretoria – the Jacaranda City. Oh, and she thinks Bafana Bafana and Kaizer Chiefs’ midfielder Siphiwe Tshabalala is awesome.

Phew! She also has a soft spot for Moroka Swallows. Very strange for a down-to-earth Afrikaner meisie from Blue Bulls country. And she swears she’s just as slick with the braai fork as she is on the catwalk.

She loves to run, but admits she would stand no chance against SA 800m sensation Caster Semenya. Some people express surprise when they see her tall slim frame, because her surname is common among Xhosa people. She is Melinda Bam, 22. And she is not Xhosa.

Until last Sunday night, she was an unknown, simple girl who went to campus in flip-flops. But now she is Miss South Africa. And everyone wants a piece of her. All this becomes apparent when she breezes into the offices of Sun International in Sandton on a Thursday afternoon.

Staff walk over to shake hands and offer their congratulations. Some ask for pictures. Ag, she doesn’t mind. She obliges them with a smile. She offers polite words of appreciation too. She is a 1.7m bundle of elegance, brightness and sweetness, a down-to-earth soul who likes to laugh. And she can talk too.

Melinda Bam, Pretoria born Miss South Africa 2011But it’s not just hot air that comes out of this Pretorian’s mouth. Blonde moment! You can tell she’s familiar with the lecture hall. She’s just completed a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Pretoria.

She blushes with embarrassment when I note that beauty queens have become the butt of all sorts of jokes after some downright dumb answers offered by contestants in the pageants.

“I think stress contributes to it a lot,” she says, hastily adding: “Not that I think that is really an excuse because there are certain things you need to know if you want to be an ambassador for your country.”

She says she’s never had a blonde moment during a pageant, but says it happened a few times during exams! She learnt a bit of Mandarin during a stint of modelling in China. But during her stay there, she kept as far away from meat dishes as possible, just in case a frog or snake was whipped up for a meal.

She’s a dreamer too. One of her aims is to embark on a project that will see young people working closer with golden oldies to instil an ethos of hard work and perseverance.

“Not the Lotto mentality,” she says.

Everything in moderation. She has been a Christian for as long as she can remember and when she wants to get in touch with the one above, she joins her family and friends at the Christian Revival Church. She enjoys a glass of good red wine. But hey, not too much. “Everything in moderation,” she says. A bottle of whisky a week would be considered moderate, then?

She laughs. “If that’s your moderation…”

“I just drank lots of water,” she says when asked if perhaps she sought solace in a few tots before last week’s pageant at the Sun City Superbowl.

“I thought it was going to be absolutely nerve-racking but it was quite fine.”


She loves her oupa, Morris van Heerden, who lives in the Limpopo town of Modimolle.

“He’s one of my role models, an incredible man.

One of the best lessons he taught me was that you are not a product of your circumstances, but a product of choice,” she says admiringly of the old man she went to visit a day after her Sun City triumph.

Her next goal is to polish up on her Northern Sotho, which she took as a subject in primary school. And when she takes a break from the back-to-back interviews and public engagements, she likes nothing more than walking her two dogs in the park, and the activity she says helps her keep a healthy mind in a healthy body: running.

You go, girl!

source: City Press / Channel24