Nedine Vos – South African Super Model

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A number of years ago I was present at the most serial casting ever done. The short tail is, that after a long day and having wrapped, we stood outside contemplating the day’s events. In mid discussion a group of ladies came running up Long Acre, Convent Garden all in a fluster having missed the days casting. Despondent I suggested that why don’t I cast them there and then! Handing me their books and donning on their heels they walk for me down the pavement in the middle of the street. The rest as they say is history, as one of those girls was the incomparable South African born Nedine Vos.

I caught up with her at the UCOF (United Colour of Fashion) event in New York where she was, as usual, being an ambassador for the South African fashion industry.

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Now based in New York pinned her down for the following interview:

Tell us about where you grew up and what your childhood was like?

I was born and raised in Cape Town and lived in Parow Valley most of my life. Memories of my childhood were only amazing cause I had parent that was very involved in my life and supportive in everything I do. They are a very loving couple so I always saw love and respect between the two of them. They were the strictest parents ever and STILL are!! They keep me very grounded and thought me to be a hard-worker and always take pride in what I do.

Who or what inspired you to get into modelling?

I really wanted to become a flight attendant to see the world but this job gives me more:-) I was actually scouted in a shopping mall to ask to enter a new face search in Cape Town. This competition I won over 8years ago and haven’t looked back since.

At what age did you start?

I started working at the age of 18 years old. My last year of high school. It was difficult at times cause I would have to leave the class and go to an 8hour shoot, missed most of my activities and this pretty much carried on through out my Grade 12 year.

How has the industry treated you?

This is the hardest career ever! People think its easy but you have to deal with all the criticism of people that have the say if you getting the job of not, regardless of the fact that they don’t really know who you really are as a people. I had to build an even thicker skin to handle all of this but you win by not taking it personal!!

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What gives you your strength that keeps you so motivated in your career when things are though?

My Parents and GOD! I will always be thankful for cause if it hadn’t been for them I would have cracked a long time ago. They didn’t allow me to be upset if certain clients didn’t want to book me for work or use me in their shows. They always told me that I should keep the faith and know that the world has many beauties so I’m just another one in line.

What do think about South African fashion versus international labels?

South Africa has a fashion that is so different from the rest of the world; something that is so unique and they are trendsetters not followers!!

You are a great ambassador for South Africa within the fashion industry – how much does your culture mean to you?

For me where ever I travel I always feel proud to be South African! Many people always think I’m Brazilian, Cuban, Latin American and I even got Chinese! South African produces some of the most Beautiful woman in the world. Being a girl of color has it ups and downs but I’m I wont change me for nothing, I was giving the option to tell people I’m White But that would mean I forget all the struggles my parents and family went through. I’m a proud Colored Woman!

 

What keeps you grounded?

The fact that I didn’t come from a rich family I had to work hard for what I have and seeing my parents work so hard me and my two sisters to get us into good school and never complain for doing it. Once you’ve gone through that you can always appreciate money and the value of it. That’s why I love supporting my family cause I will never be able to return what they did for me.

What advise would you give someone trying to break into the business?

Think, think and then think again before you decide to become a model.

It’s a tough job, its cruel, and competitive! But if you have a strong back bone and take this as a normal job you will go very far. Being Professional and hard working with a badass personality you can rock this business for a long time.

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In true South African style Nedine brings a joy and an enthusiasm to a very tough industry, and truly does fly that Proudly South African flag and with her feet firmly on the ground we can see why she is one of the top models in the world.

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One Response to “Nedine Vos – South African Super Model”

  1. Cindy Wade says:

    I’m so proud of this girl. She is amazing and will go on to do even more amazing things in this world. Way to go Nedine. You are so loved!

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