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:: Spotlight :: Model Profile - Yolandi Malherbe

By: Carmine Pascuzzi

Beautiful South African model Yolandi Malherbe has attracted our eye in recent times, having risen to become one of South Africa's most gorgeous models in a very short space of time. She's a natural in front of the camera and has worked hard in achieving her goals. Yolandi was born in Cape Town and has many milestones ahead of her.

Already she has achieved the following credits:

2010 - Face of Siren Design at Young Designers Emporium
2010 - Main Dancer in Jax Panik‘s music video for 'Dinosaur’
2011 - Top 100 for Sports Illustrated's New Model Search
2011 - Music video appearance for Parlotones‘ 'Should we fight back’
2011 - Music video appearance for Taxi Violence‘s 'Heads or Tails’
2011 - French Knickers Lingerie Fashion show
2011 - Posed for Breast Cancer Awareness in a calendar (UK), twice
2011 - Poster girl for a NoMU ad campaign
2011 - Playboy South Africa Playmate July 2011
2011 - Feature (centerfold) in Streetfigthers Magazine (UK)
2011 - Guest presenter on radio station, Good Hope FM (6 months)
2012 - Ruby Fashion show
2012 - Ad campaign for Brite Smile South Africa
2012 - Ambassador of Subaru Cape Town, Subaru XV
2012 - Small feature in Playboy Netherlands
2012 - Ad campaign for Playboy South Africa
2012 - Babe of the month for Fighters Only Magazine (SA)
2012 - Babe of the week for LW Magazine (online, SA)
2012 - Feature in Raceweb Magazine (online, SA)
2012 - Cover of Macho Rhino (July 2012) issue (Columbia)
2012 - Named ‘Playmate of the Day’ by Playboy SA twice
2012 - 2nd Runner up for Playboy South Africa's Playmate of the Year

Her Facebook can be found here and her Twitter here

Q & A

Q. Did you grow up in your early teens wanting to be a model?

A. I came across a school project I did when i was 9 years old and the topic was ‘what I want to be when I grow up’ and my choice was modelling. So from a young age I knew exactly what I wanted to be and I never changed my mind, or direction, from then. I did my first shoot when I was 5 (for a ‘Mother & Daughter competition) and I had my first proper photo shoot when I was 9. I joined an agency by the age of 12. I always put school first because an education is very important. However, I took part in a lot of beauty pageants or stage work back then. When I finished school, I joined a bigger agency and attended castings and also had my first 'sexy’ shoot. The older I'm getting and the more experiencing I'm getting, the better, and bigger, my bookings become. In the beginning I had one shoot a month, now it's a minimum of 3 shoots a week or sometimes 2 in one day.

Q. What have you discovered / learnt from the modelling scene?

A. It taught me about a brand, how to market it, how the industry works, how to get into the industry (and remain in it). It taught me about professionalism and independence. It's been a learning curve for me and I still have a lot to learn. I also saw the dark side of the industry. How you can't always trust photographers (for example) and how people love to take credit for your hard work. I've learnt the hard way how bitchy the industry can be because we're a lot of people chasing the same goal or dream.

Q. Career highlights to date?

A. I've done some pretty amazing things with the most talented people. But two things that really stood out was posing for Playboy South Africa, and currently still being the only Afrikaan Playmate in the World, and also getting endorsement deals. It's a huge honour for me that people want to tie my face to their brand. So getting a sponsored car from Subaru is amazing!

Q. Favourite hobbies?

A. If social networking is a hobby, then I'll list that. I haven't been scrapbooking in a while, but I love doing that too. I'm new to horse-riding, but I want to learn more. Furthermore, I love reading, riding, good movies, make-up and intellectual conversations. Laughter and wine tours cannot be left out. These are all the things I enjoy doing, and I do it often.

Q. Favourite music?

A. I love any music i can dance to, such as commercial and hip hop. I love JLO, Pitbull, Lady Gaga and Rihanna. But I also still enjoy UB40 and Queen!

Q. Favourite films?

A. There are too many to list! I love Suspence, Comedy and Romance. I can, however, tell you that the movie I've seen the most, and know all the words to, is The Notebook.

Q. What is your fashion sense?

A. As long as it fits and is appropriate for your age, go for it. If the rest of the world doesn't like it or wear it, or dare to wear it, then so what. Fashion is a personal opinion and expression of oneself. Therefore it is unique. I don't follow the masses, because only dead fishes go with the flow. Be a trend setter instead.

Q. Beauty tips?

A. A good moisturiser, loads of sleep, laughter and loads of water. I believe in balance. So don't just be on a strict exercise programme and a strict diet all the time. Leave time for life too.

Q. Advice for young girls aspiring to be models?

A. You have to crawl before you can walk, so be patient, dedicated and hard-working. If this is what you want with all your heart, never stop the passion and never give up. You WILL get your break one day if you keep on working.

Q. Do you think a man should treat a woman like he does his car?

A. Men worship their cars, because that‘s just how men are with their toys. I don't want to be worshipped. I want to be loved and respected. I don't believe in one partner being 'the boss’ in the relationship. Communication and compromising is the key. I don't want to be treated like a car. I want to be treated like I'm a princess.

Q. Favourite place visited?

A. Locally, I love Johannesburg. I could spend all my time in Melrose Arch, shopping! Internationally I loved Austria. Skiing in St Anton is a must!

Q. Do you have a role model/s?

A. I do! I have four South African models who I look up to and who inspire me - Tracy McGregor, Candice Boucher, Lee-Ann Liebenberg and also Candice Swanepoel, who is a Victoria Secret model.

Q. People you've admired generally?

A. I admire anyone who has come from nothing, risked everything, follow their dream, and inspired others along the way. It's so admirable.

Q. Future ambitions?

A. I still want a cover of Playboy South Africa and I want to move into acting. I have loads up my sleeve but I don't want to give away too much. One thing that I do want to do, long term, is be a motivational speaker for the youth.