Q&A with Nicole Meyer

The SA Swimsuit model tells KATE NOKWE of her amazing start to her career and her determination to be a good role model for young girls.

How did you get into modelling and how long have you been in the industry?
I was 17; someone spotted me in a bank. Seriously. A woman kept staring at me. It was really awkward. She eventually came over and asked if I wanted to be a model. Of course I said yes, because it had been a dream of mine since I was five years old. I joined an agency, then went to India for a shoot, where the photographer uploaded my pictures on to Facebook. My agency, Outlaw Models, saw my picture and I have been with them ever since.

What would you do if you were not a model?
Probably marketing.

Share memories of some of the most exotic places you have visited?
Goa, India. A stunning island. You get the most amazing tan there. Phuket in Thailand was also special: the people, food and culture.

We hear stories, but what really goes on behind the scenes?
I’ve heard stories of girls choosing the ‘easy way’. But I don’t think I need to sleep with photographers, etc, to be successful. It’s important to me to inspire young girls, to show them that hard work, only hard work, pays off. I want to be that kind of role model. I’m really passionate about achieving my success through hard work and paying my dues that way.

The end product often looks fun and glamorous, but what are the challenges that you face?
Long hours, dealing with divas, egos etc. It’s a major pain.

What do you regard as highlights and regrets about this job?
Highlights include booking my first job, the Liqui-Fruit campaign, Sports Illustrated, SA Swimsuit, and my GQ photo shoot that is currently on the shelves. The negative side includes missing out on birthdays, being on the road constantly and the sacrifices that I’ve made. I have to milk it now, though, because I can’t do this job forever, so those sacrifices will be worth it in the end.

What keeps you grounded?
The place in which I live, Brackenfell. No-one there judges you by your looks.

You are in great shape, how do you do it?
I love the outdoors. I could run for hours. And I also try to eat as healthily as possible.

Your favourite sport?
When it comes to watching sport, rugby is definitely my favourite. I used to play with my twin brother. I’m a Stormers girl.

What’s your preference: soccer, cricket or rugby players?
Rugby guys. I like that farm look. Rough, butch... too hot!

Who is the sexiest sport personality?
Eben Etzebeth. Sexy boy that could join me on the cover of GQ. And Chad le Clos!

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

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