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Playboy South Africa’s Playmate of the Year 2012


PIM: Jade Fairbrother. Thank you for gracing PIM. . We are proud to feature Playboy South Africa’s first ever Playmate of the Year 2012.
Firstly tell our readers more about yourself? I am a Southern suburbs lass that was born and raised in Cape Town. With 25 years under my belt, I am doing everything I can to make a lasting imprint on this planet before my time is up. I am a grounded individual whom many love and some love to hate. I am a free spirit with a cunning wit. I like my spoiled lifestyle – the conditioning of an only child upbringing. I am a photographic model that has done some runway work, as well as acting, while also being a brand ambassador. I am better known for being Playboy South Africa’s Miss September 2011 and of late the first ever Playmate of the Year for 2012; and soon to be the main star in my own reality TV show.
So winning the title must have been special. It was a tough field. How was the Playboy experience firstly? It has been a life changing experience no doubt! When I first cast to be a Playmate last year, I had no anticipation that this is where I would be six months later. Initially when becoming a Playmate, there was only on other in Cape Town – as the brand was fairly new. Most things were a learning curve for us all, but now we are seasoned pros and life is ever so glamorous. Everything has been better than expected and I am so glad I took the leap of faith and joined the Playboy family.
Describe the feeling when the winner was announced early this year? None of us knew when exactly we would find out who the final winner was. We all merely knew that the Playmate of the Year shoot was happening in late January, which meant that after voting closed on the 15th of January, it would be a mere few days before the winner herself knew. As I had been leading in the votes for more than a month, I was hopeful that I would be the ultimate winner. It was merely the confidence of the other girls which made me uncertain.
This proved unnecessary because I received the call to inform me that I had been chosen the winner. Upon hearing my phone, my heart skipped a beat when I saw the call come in from ‘Mother Playboy’.  I actually just let it ring a few times before having the courage to answer it. I tried to remain calm but once I heard the words that I’d won, I let out a girlish squeal and then seriously questioned if the decision was final; and whether or not this was a joke. Once satisfied with the legitimacy and many repetitive thank you’s, I called my then fiancée and cried the outcome down the line. Although it was to remain a secret; the childish grin on my face gave it away to a few knowing colleagues.
How would you say PLAYBOY SA has taken on in our stores? Currently I don’t believe that Playboy SA is stocked widely enough – there is still a stigma about the magazine which we are constantly working to dispel. Hopefully we will at some time see this top selling men’s magazine in all family grocers. For individuals who are based more inland where it would be harder to obtain the magazine, we suggest the online subscription.
Were you nervous to bare all during the shoot? How was the shooting experience and screening process? I’m sure it’s tough hey? I was extremely nervous before my casting shoot; I didn’t know what to expect – which is what freaks me out the most with all things. On arrival and meeting everyone, I calmed down drastically and soon enough was as comfortable as being with old friends. I am not a shy person and do not have insecurities about my body – so the thought or act of being naked in front of others is not an issue for me. For my actual Playmate shoot, I was fine, it was the extras (as Springbok supporters) that took a while to calm down and get used to a completely naked girl standing in front of them.
How’s Life post Playboy Playmate of the Year? Would you say that it has jump started your modeling career and tell us some of the perks of winning the title of Playmate of the Year. Will you be featured in Playboy International? Oh do tell….PIM is dying to know! Posing for Playboy South Africa certainly has opened up a world of possibilities for me; of course the title of Playmate of the Year has pushed things to another level! Many of the things I have done since and in the pipeline are spin-offs from being featured in Playboy South Africa. I have hopes of being featured again here locally as well as in other Playboy publications internationally. Time will tell…
Parties, cruises and autographs; How would you say fans have embraced you since you have been named Playmate of the Year? It is all so fantastic. Throughout my journey I have had loyal and steadfast supporters. Once I started campaigning for the Playmate of the Year title my following grew even more. Since obtaining this prestigious title, my fans on Facebook and followers on Twitter has grown astronomically – I have the most fans and followers of all the South African Playmates. Everyday there are dozens who join my journey. I love every bit of it including their supportive comments and messages. At events and signings I always get compliments and positive feedback; I love meeting new people and being social. Before this I couldn’t of imagined anyone wanting my autograph, nowadays I can sign up to 300 magazines for one single event; even my day job employers send autographed copies of my magazines to their clients. These days I even get recognized while driving or doing monthly shopping.
Where to from being a Playmate of the Year? When is the meeting with Hef? Can PIM Tag along (wink). Being Playmate of the Year is a lifelong title that will be with me always. For this year, however, I will be the leading brand ambassador for Playboy South Africa. I enjoy this role and will fulfill it to the best of my ability – being a role model for the other ladies and helping Playboy SA reach new heights. My trip to LA is scheduled for later this year, around October, whereby I will be visiting the Playboy Mansion and Hugh Hefner. My intention is to extend this trip to explore the possibilities for me there and to experience as much as I can.
PIM has an autographed copy. How was the shoot for Playmate of the Year? The pictures are gorgeous! Thank you very much! I thoroughly enjoyed this shoot and the entire trip to Zambia. Being in the wild is always a new and exciting experience. The shoot was amazing, I love the way there is such a contrast of difference between my Miss September shoot and that for Playmate of the Year. I think it shows my diversity; different sides of me (excuse the pun). The pictures came out beautifully! The team I worked with are terrific; they were in fact, the same team from my Miss September shoot.
What advice would you give to any model aspiring to become a Playmate? I have had many messages from girls in this regard already. I always say the same thing; if you want to do it then you must otherwise you will only have regret – but you need to give it your all as nothing just falls into your lap. Girls need to be in good shape and look after themselves. They need to be sure they are doing this for the right reasons and most importantly that they are doing it for themselves. I would also always recommend that they speak to their loved ones and get their feelings/opinions and support before proceeding. It is understandable that not everyone will be in consensus to proceed; however, you will never be a total success if you do not even have the basic support of your partner. The girls need to cast, they need to bring their A game! The more popular the magazine gets, the harder it will be to be picked as a Playmate as the competition will continue to get better and better. My experiences along are enough for me to advocate that more ladies should be willing and open to pose for Playboy SA.
Playmate of the Year is about the votes. What did the Jade Fairbrother camp do to muster those votes? Care to tell us about your PR Campaign? It wasn’t only about the votes – although that was a large deciding factor – and yes, I had the most and I won by a large margin. I worked day in and day out and well into the night on my campaign…from the start right up until the last second! I never gave up although at times I wanted to. I shed tears during my campaign just at the thought of not winning – thank goodness for my unwavering support system! Work came to a standstill as I spent all my hours on Facebook and Twitter canvassing votes. I sent dozen of signed magazines to fans whom voted for me a a great deal. I had personal inbox messaged all my Facebook friend and Twitter follower to vote for me; I corresponded with them all personally. I had to emphasis the importance of the online vote and motivate people to complete that vote. Soon enough I had fans messaging me every day with the amount of votes they had sent off. I had a voting party out in Hermanus which was a huge success. I lead in the votes for over four weeks in a row towards the end of the voting. Being chosen as Playmate of the Year also means that I have the look and body that Playboy feels is best to represent the brand and South Africa on an international level; this would also include, but not be limited to, verbal and interpersonal communication skills, as well as intellect.
What’s a day in the life of Jade F? How do you pay the bills, what do you do for a living? I work full time as an Executive PA and Office Manager for an online processing company in the mother city. This keeps me busy and out of trouble during the week day. Everything else I micro manage into my schedule, whether that means taking time off or doing it after hours or on the weekends. I seldom find that I have free time, but I am not complaining – I love what I am doing and am seizing every opportunity with both hands! I have many avenues of income, so bills are not much of a concern, I am just having fun.
What are your health and beauty secrets? Any tips for our readers? Well, they say you are what you eat, but I have never really believed that as I eat anything I feel like. I am just blessed with a petite frame and a fast metabolism. Of course I am not waiting for that to pack up before I get into gear, so I am sure to keep hydrated with plenty of water and I ensure that my cooking is healthy and contains all the items one requires with necessary nutrients. I train once a week with a personal trainer at ‘360° Specialized Training’ and then do my own pilates work outs at home when I feel inspired.
Can you Cook. What would you make PIM for Dinner? I am a terrific cook thanks to my mom -she always said that no decent man marries a woman who can’t cook. I love to cook and I do so almost every night at home, so there is just about nothing I can’t cook. The choice would be yours, but if it was a surprise, I would do a world class roast with all the trimmings!
Describe your day if you did not have your Blackberry/Iphone/Smartphone? Miserable, I have found myself in this exact situation at the moment. My iPhone hasn’t yet arrived and my current Blackberry is broken. It is a complete disaster. I hate being out of touch and out of the loop. I am online all day every day, so being caught without my phone makes me feel like I am trapped in the Stone Age! Everyone thinks I am ignoring them or am not well because I am so quiet – which is not the case at all – I am always very active on social media through my phone.
What do you prefer on a guy; Boxers or Briefs? Briefs, I like things to be tight on my man because it shows off his good physique better.
Why should anyone visit SA? What would you say is the best place to visit in SA and why? All people should visit SA because we really need to abolish some of the ridiculous assumptions and stereotypes that people have of Africa and all of us – it’s laughable really! People should desire to visit SA and Cape Town specifically, we have so much to offer here and it is so beautiful. I wish I could earn R10 for every time I have heard a foreigner point out how lucky we are – we are truly best. We have great climate and the best of the sun, sea and mountains. You will never be short of things to do in this buzzing city! I have travelled quite extensively nationally and out of all the places – I still feel that Cape Town is the most inviting and beautiful – there is no place like home!
Your dream shoot…Pick a location, a theme? I do not have a particular shoot concept that I am more in favour of doing over another. I love being in front of the camera whether acting, presenting or modeling. As long as I am doing what I love, I wouldn’t mind what it is for or what the theme is. I do however have some preferences of magazines I would love to be featured in, but I am working on those.
Oh and what would you regard as the sexiest part of your body and a guys? I like a built chest on a man, strong and buff. I really like my long hair and green eyes; I always get compliments! My bum is also tight and cute. I also can’t complain that my toes are all perfectly in line…
What was the most bizarre and funny come on line that a guy has used on you? Guys do not use pick up lines on me, firstly because most of them know I am off the market but secondly and I think predominantly because they are too intimidated to actually try. Most guys are quite shy and taken aback when they first meet me. They tend to let me do all the talking and just take it all in, once they get comfortable, then I find conversations flow far more easily, but by then they would know better than to embarrass themselves like that.
What’s your favourite fashion brand? I have not stuck myself with merely one fashion brand, I have good shopping days when everything looks great and they have my size and other days when things don’t quite work out. For that reason I always shop around to pick and choose items of my fancy from which every boutique necessary. I must say though, shoes are a big love for me – I find that Aldo shoes just speak to my soul.
Favourite food? I absolutely love a roast whether it be chicken, lamb or pork – that is my ultimate. I am more of a savoury person than a sweet tooth because chocolate gives me migraines. My favourite cuisine would have to be Italian because it is just awesome! I love carbohydrates! And potatoes are my best friends…
Favourite perfume on a guy? I love the smell of Axe deodorant, it always has such a distinctive smell. Otherwise Jean Paul Gaultier is very nice.
Favourite perfume on you? I always where Coco Chanel Mademoiselle, I love it and get complimented on it all the time, it just really works for me!
Favourite clubbing and hangout? I like fine dining and dancing so Pigalle would be first prize although I can have dinner at any good restaurant and go to Deco Dance for a good shake down. I find these days that I am beyond the loud baseline of nightclubs where I can’t even have a decent conversation over the house music.
Favourite dessert? Malva pudding with ice-cream and custard, why have only one when you can have it all? I also like jelly and peaches.
Dream car? I go through phases. I find that my favourite is always something I want at the time. I remember when I was in love with the Mini Cooper and then Audi – it is always something realistic. The moment I saw the new Mercedes C Coupe I just fell in love with it. After some pining about it I decided to order myself one. So it is going to be a dream come true shortly!
One wish you would like to come through? I don’t really have dreams, I have goals. I set them no matter how far away they seem and I keep working towards them until they are achieved. There is never been anything they I have wanted and not got – I make sure I get everything I want no matter how hard I have to work for it!
A quote that you always live by? I don’t really have one. I go through phases where certain sayings or quotes are relative to what I am going through or experiencing. They change periodically.
Favourite brand and colour of lingerie? Candy Fox lingerie has some really sexy pieces which I just adore; their items always make me feel sexy!
Favourite holiday destination? I like to be in the sun, so preferably where it is hot, like Mauritius. I would go back every year if I had the choice.
What’s your take on friends with benefits? That very rarely lasts in the long run and almost always ends up with someone getting hurt. I think it is a bad idea on all accounts. Two people wouldn’t enter into something like that if one of them didn’t already fancy the other, which will only end in heartache.
If you could be anyone famous, who would you want to be and why? I am on that ladder and climbing vigorously, so for right now I am happy just being me. I’m ready to see where this is going to go…
Did you ever get propositioned by any famous Chap? Not someone famous but I have been propositioned by plenty by wealthy older men. I always turn them down, but it never deters them.
How would you rate yourself as a romantic? I would rate myself high. I love going the extra mile and making my loved one feel like the one thing that matters – like no one else comes close. Of course while being a romantic, I love nothing more than being romanced too.
What’s your opinion about Lady Gaga? I don’t have much of an opinion on her; some of her music is catchy and I like it, some of it is dribble and I can’t stand it. Her as an individual is a bit bizarre, but hey – everyone to their own.
What’s the most outrageous thing you have ever done? So many, but they are secrets… so if I told you, I’d have to… 😉
Are you single? No, I got married just over two months ago, so unfortunately for some men out there, they missed that boat. Although I still get offers oddly enough…
What’s your ideal man? I married my ideal man. He is intelligent and intellectual; ambitious, successful and brave; funny and kind; attractive and committed, all while being my best friend and a great lover.
If PIM had to take Jade Fairbrother on a date, what would we have to do to blow your socks off? You would have to go all out, the full nine yards. I have been treated like royalty, so it will take a lot to top that!
Where will we see you next (magazine /publication/TV)? From time to time I will be featured in Playboy South Africa under the ‘Playmate Corner’ section of the magazine. I may also appear iin the 60th Anniversary edition. A picture of mine will also be featured in the Playboy Netherlands magazine this month. I am constantly looking for new opportunities so you never know; there are a few magazines I would love to be featured in. I have also recently been offered my own reality TV show, so that is going to bring a whole new aspect to my life!
Good luck Jade! PIM wishes you well on your journey of being SA’S first ever Playmate of the Year for 2012. All the Best! Thank you very much, I hope your readers and followers will join me on my journey.  I promise to keep them entertained.
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