Born in Cape Town on 26 February 1984 Minki van der Westhuizen – MC has become one of the hottest international models South Africa has to offer.
Self described as happy go lucky, Minki catapulted into the international modelling world at just 16 years old.
“I had always thought about getting into modelling but my parents were very strict about being too young to venture into modelling so I waited until I was 16.
As a little girl I always played dress-up with my mom’s clothes and her shoes and make up. My love for dressing up evolved into a passion for fashion and I’d always thought that if I wanted to do anything to do with fashion, it would have to be modelling.”
It wasn’t long before an agent from Max Models spotted her, signed her up and the campaigns came flooding in. View full list of Speakers Inc MC’s
Her biggest break came in her Matric year when Guess? booked her for their international campaign. Her shoot with SA Sports Illustrated Swimwear Edition came soon afterwards. After matriculating from Stellenberg High School in 2002, Minki decided to give modelling a shot for one year.
Working off the success of the Guess? campaign and Sports Illustrated shoot she soon found that her future was paved with opportunities, both locally and abroad.
Minki has completed shoots for some of the hottest glossy magazines including Elle, GQ, Cosmopolitan, Glamour and Bravo and she has also been voted the Sexiest Woman in South Africa by FHM readers.
In addition she has won many awards voted by the public and has a dedicated fan base in South Africa as well as internationally. Follow SI on Twitter
She says of all the shoots she’s done over the past five years, her personal highlight are both the Guess? and Sports Illustrated shoots and she says the best part of her job has been the traveling.
“I’ve been blessed with so many wonderful traveling opportunities. From exotic locations like Zanzibar and Malaysia to London and the Nevada Desert Ð it’s all been really amazing.
Minki van der Westhuizen – MC
” She says the only downside about travelling is being alone and away from her family and friends. “I miss my family terribly when I’m away. But I am blessed to have their support. Without them I would definitely not have come this far.”
Besides modelling, Minki says she’s also always had a passion for television. The producers of Pasella approached her about a position for a presenter and she accepted it with open arms.
“As much as I’ve enjoyed modelling, you can only do it for so long and I’ve done everything I’ve wanted to do in the modelling industry so when this opportunity came along I couldn’t say no.
” Minki says although it’s been an incredibly exciting journey, it’s also been a lot of hard work. “I really love presenting. It was great taking on a new challenge.
I’m working very hard at it and it is great to be doing something completely different from modelling.”