Q&A with Derryn Lester

The SA Swimsuit model talks to KATE NOKWE about living in a student house with 25 other people, and her love for the Sharks.

How did you get into modelling and how long have you been in the industry?
It’s been about five months. Yup, a newbie. I needed a job and that’s how it started.

Do you have any qualifications to fall back on if modelling doesn’t work out?
I’m a full-time student at Stellenbosch University, doing a B.Com in investments. So I’d pursue something along those lines.

Share memories of some of the most exotic places you have visited.
I went to Los Angeles, California, recently. We went to Nevada, Malibu and many other places. That was my first trip overseas. It was so hectic, yet very special.

Tell us what really goes on behind the scenes in modelling?
I’ve heard stories but I haven’t witnessed anything. I guess I’ll be patient and see what happens down the line.

The end product often looks fun and glamorous, but what are the challenges that you face?
I’ve worked with one or two difficult photographers, but it has been a predominantly good experience. I’m still learning a lot; different postures and movements, that’s been a challenge. I am slowing getting there, though.

What have been the highlights and do you have any regrets about this job?
Coming here to Gaya Island, Borneo is by far the biggest highlight for me. As I mentioned, I’m still a newbie, so this is all amazing to me… and no, I don’t feel like I’m missing out on anything.

What keeps you grounded?
My friends and family. I live in a student house with 25 people, so there’s very little room for big heads or anything like that.

You are in great shape, how do you do it?
I really don’t work out that much. I try to eat healthily, but no exercise really. Good genes!

Your favourite sport?
Netball. I played the game a lot at school. Unfortunately I haven’t played since getting into Stellenbosch. The girls there are quite scary; I’m pretty sure I’d get squashed if I tried to play. Rugby is close to my heart  I’m a Sharkie!

What’s your preference: soccer, cricket or rugby players?
Rugby guys.

Who is the sexiest sport personality?
Pat Lambie.

– South African Swimsuit magazine will be distributed FREE with SA Rugby magazine in October



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