For those of you who did not know, Yolandi Malherbe is a 24 year old model from Cape Town, South Africa. She’s an Afrikaans girl who was born and bred in the Mother City. She didn’t have your average upbringing; her parents were in the biking scene ever since she can remember. She’s basically been exposed to partying, booze, etc from a very young age. According to her, this is a good thing though: By the time her friends discovered all of that, she already knew all there is to know about everything. Streetwise, you know. She has no soppy story from her childhood. She had a really stable home, attended a normal school and had the best memories with her sister.
She does have a little rebellious side to her, for which no one is to blame. She has tattoos and piercings with absolutely no cute story behind it, just a drunken decision; except for her Arabic tatoo (which meaning she’ll take to her grave, she’s emo like that). She went to school and absolutely hated it. She’s always had dreams of being a model and making it big. A couple of years later and her dream is becoming a reality, but she does realize that this takes time and hard work.
After school she never followed her dream. It was only after a 4 year relationship ended that she decided: “This is it”. She entered a model search for Rapport and made it to the top 3 but then fell out. She entered the Sports Illustrated new model search and made it to the top 100 but then also fell out. She was just about to give up (almost giving in to her impatient side). For a year long she entered everything, did loads of shoots (one of which was for Siren Design at YDE) and even did 3 music videos, but nothing looked promising.
This all changed when she entered the search to be the next South African Playboy Playmate. She was selected for the casting and 7 weeks later she got the phone call to inform her that she was chosen to be Miss July. This was huge and a big honour for her. She eventually resigned from her 9 to 5 job and started pursuing and focusing on her dreams. She was also the official Bokkie on Goodhope FM for 2 months. She’s kept busy with appearance work for Playboy all the time. She does shoots, castings, interviews, etc every single day.
She’s pretty much doing everything she’s always dreamt of and according to her “it’s loads of fun”. She’s focusing on all her responsibilities as a Playmate and grabbing every opportunity with both hands. The one thing she hasn’t conquered yet, is love: “If the Universe wants to thank me for all my hard work, then uniting me with Mr Right is a good start. :)” she says.
Running Wolf’s Rant recently had the opportunity to interview Yolandi Malherbe. This is what she had to say:
What is the funniest thing that ever happened on a shoot that you were involved in?
I have no funny story, but the couple of times I did shoots on the beach, I always had a bunch of people and fishermen coming to look and make comments. Oh well, one of those things. I remember my very shoot I did, I was extremely shy! The photographer had to help me through the whole shoot. Otherwise, no weird stories. My castings are always funny! The shit they make us do! Oh boy.
You are an avid Twitter user, would you say that Social Media has changed your life? And if so, how?
Social networking has definitely contributed to my success. Tweeting and sharing my daily life has given me a following which is growing everyday. A photographer saw me on twitter and offered a shoot. Those pics were seen by a designer and we did another shoot. Those pics were seen by Jax Panik which landed me in one of their music videos. And that music video got me in 2 others. The one thing led to the next and it all started with social networking.
What are you currently working on?
Right now I’m in talks with Iron Bok, which is a healthy energy drink. I’m going to be the face and brand ambassador for them, so I’ll be in the ads, posters etc. I’m also hoping to get a permanent spot on Goodhope FM. Furthermore I’m hoping to win Playmate of the Year! That’ll be a dream come true!
If you could pursue another career, what would it be?
If I could do anything else, I’d work with animals for sure! If only I studied harder in school and didn’t just take Biology because of this one hot guy in my class, I could’ve been a Vet today Haha!
What can you tell us that you haven’t told many people?
I could tell you the truth about Herschelle Gibbs and I… But I never kiss and tell. He’s a great guy, he’s funny and kinda hot with his mischievous smile. And I’ll leave it at that. *winks*
If you could be on the cover of any magazine, which one would you choose?
I’d love to be on Cosmopolitan one day, but I really REALLY want to be on the cover of the Shape magazine! Right now I’m on a serious mission to get in the best shape ever. I go to gym everyday and do 2 hours of cardio and core training. I’m also eating healthy without starving myself. I’ve never been a salad girl and I dread sport! So landing a cover on Shape will really prove to myself, and a lot of other people, that if you put your mind to something, it’ll happen. It’s hard work but it’s gonna be worth it. I’ll also be taken more seriously as a model and not just the girl who takes her clothes off most of the time. And that’s really not the case. If you wanna pose nude, do it for a big publication like Playboy. Even my conservative grandmother thought it was ‘art’. So I’m gonna keep doing what I do and approach Shape. Who knows!
Running Wolf’s Rant would like to take this opportunity to thank Yolandi Malherbe for taking the time to do this interview. We wish her the best of luck with her future ventures.
Over the last year or so she has been featured on My City By Night, Mojo Dojo, Sports Illustrated South Africa, Beach Watch and Gevaaalik.com, feel free to check these sites out. Yolandi Malherbe is active on Twitter. You can follow her via @JuicyJemma. Feel free to check out the other posts featuring Interviews and the other posts in the Babes category on Running Wolf’s Rant. Feedback is appreciated and welcome.
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