On modelling and TV
I was always interested in modelling. It was one of those things – when you're younger, that you dream of doing. I saw myself more as a TV presenter, I was skinny but I was never tall enough, I'm really short, I never thought I’d be a model. Ultimately, I'm hoping to be on TV and radio, something where I can speak out - I have an opinion on everything, I’m really outspoken, I never shy away from giving my view on something!
On the Playboy shoot
A friend of mine who I’d worked with on two shoots, she’s a make-up artist, advised me to find an agent and start working at modelling. So I found an agency and went to so many castings, without getting anything. Then my friend started working for Playboy (as a make-up artist) and approached me, she suggested I go for the casting and that I’d be good at it. I thought to myself, “I’m not even really a model and now I’m going to audition to be a Playmate?”
When I got to the Playboy shoot, I realised just how artistic it was, it wasn’t trashy at all, it was very deep and there’s a lot of concepts that go into every shoot. I did the Playmate shoot and a week later I got the call that they wanted me to be on the cover – that was very exciting for me! Tracy McGregor was on the first cover and I was going to be on the second and I wasn’t even a celebrity, I was really excited about that! I had no idea when I left school, what I was going to be and I still have no idea. The more I take part in this industry, the more I fall in love with it and the more I want to be part of it. When I’m done with this degree and studying politics, I want to study production and learn about the process.
On ultimate aspirations
Well, one of them is to be a TV presenter, but more than anything, I want to not take myself seriously. I want to grab things spontaneously, I’ve realised that life isn't so serious, it’s best to take each road as it comes. My ultimate goal in life is that I just want to be content, no matter what I’m doing, I just want to grab every opportunity and do everything possible to make sure that at the end of the day I can say that I’ve done everything I could, that I can be content with my choices.
Everything I've been through in life has helped me, if I was to be upset about all my experiences, I wouldn't have done half of the things I’ve accomplished now. I go with it, my approach to life is to cry when I need to, laugh when I want to and just grab everything that comes your way.
What do you love about the LEGiT campaign?
I love everything about this campaign, everything has been a highlight! Filming an ad was very exciting, it was my first time ever shooting a television commercial and it was so much hard work, but every minute of it was so much fun. It was tough, on the second day of filming there was one scene and we shot it almost 30 times, with all the lights shining down and having to worry about dehydration - it is a lot of hard work.
Greatest inspiration growing up
I shy away from looking up to people, all people have flaws. I would never want to be a role model, I couldn't say to 16-year-old girls “Go and be a Playboy model!” I look at a lot of strong women and take lots of pieces from them. Women like Beyonce, they’re successful and they're humble and poised, everyone has their flaws, but with women like Beyonce you never see them being part of any scandal. Then you get women like Rihanna who lets loose, she inspires me - when you're that young it's so hard to make mistakes because everyone is looking at you! She's doing all the things a 24-year-old should be able to do and I say props to her for letting loose and going a little crazy.
How do you feel about the LEGiT experience so far?
I’m loving every single minute of it. The coolest thing for me is being part of LEGiT's rebranding – it’s amazing to me that they took that risk, using a Playmate is so controversial and for me, I'm so grateful that they took a chance on me, to be a face of the brand. It showed me that as South Africans, we're moving forward, we’re becoming a little harder hitting, a little more risk taking and hardcore – I’m so proud to be part of it and it’s so exciting.
What's the highlight of your experience so far?
Everything! I admit, I Google myself and the things I feature in – things like getting 700 hits on YouTube, getting such amazing responses on Twitter, I love it! The most exciting, scary part of it, looking at celebrities and the loss of privacy, is realising that I can't just tweet everything, whenever I want to, there are so many more eyes on my tweets, so much hype, so much attention.
In a way, there are lots of responsibilities and I’m not the most responsible person - I tweet what's on my mind. I swear a lot and I’m trying to do it a lot less, but I want to be as honest as possible and not be prim and proper, or pretend to be a role mode, I want to be honest, whether that’s in an interview or on Twitter.
How do you feel about the DTMWTW campaign?
I love it, I think that fashion is changing; I wish I could dress like Kim Kardashian and be glamorous, but I'm a lot more street smart - I like how young girls are more interested in style. The lesson about this campaign, for me, is who cares about trends? Who cares about what everyone else is wearing? There are people who have style you can put in a box, my style is always changing. I say, with fashion, have fun with it, don't take it too seriously – I love the way people have taken on trends and taken it a bit further, making their own style.
Any advice for girls who want to be models
Follow your dreams and go for it. Be a model, but especially when you're young, take time to realise if you're willing to do this and willing to put a lot in. You need to love the industry, you can't just think “I'm pretty, I'm going to get into this”, there are a million pretty girls – you need to put your heart in it! For me, it's not all about my looks; it's my drive and my personality, that's what sets me apart. You need to have that confidence to go on or you're going to be sad.
I went to castings for six months without getting anything. People told me that I won’t make it, I had an agency reject me, tell me I was too short and I said to them, “Watch me make it big.” Don’t take no for an answer, be persistent and keep pushing and work hard – when you start out you’ll have to put a lot more in than you’re going to get out, you just have to keep going and don’t let a ‘no’ put you off.