“In every man’s heart there is a secret nerve that answers to the vibrations of beauty-“Christopher Morley
PIM: Hi Leandri. Great to have you on PIM.What are some of the high’s and low’s in your modelling career thus far, Great experiences to share?
leandri: Thank you so much for the opportunity to be part of PIM, I am honoured.
I have definitely had some incredible experiences. One of my definite highs was being part of the Face of Cressi Calendar girls were we were awarded an Open Water Scuba Diving course from Scuba Q, aswell as an amazing shoot on Sodwana beach. We were away for 10days and I made many new friendships which I still hold and treasure today.
The low’s I would say is the feeling of not being selected when you go for a specific casting, but the upside is it puts fuel to the fire, and makes you want to work harder at achieving that certain goal.
So PIM takes it you a dancer and a gorgeous model. H20, Nicci Beach Wow. Tell us more. What inspired you to become a Dancer.?
I have been dancing since the age of 3 or 4, it has always been a passion of mine and I honestly don’t know what I would do without some sort of dancing in my life. I have been a dancer for Nicci Beach and the H2O events since 2009, and what an amazing journey it has been! I have also been fortunate to have dance at other events such as Mr. South Africa 2009 crowining, MonteCasino Fanzone for the FIFA World Cup, T20 Cricket (Gauteng matches) as well as numerous events for International DJ’s such as Fat Boy Slim, Cocoon, Tiesto, Armin van Buuren, Above and Beyond etc.
What dedication and discipline does it take to become a Dancer. How do you keep that fit.Care to share your exercise and fitness routine?
You have to always keep in mind that you are in the public eye and will ofcourse be judged by every person who sees you. That is usually enough motivation to get me up and working hard. Don’t get me wrong, I have my couch potato days, but my motto is ‘Work hard, Play hard’, which means give yourself some definite ‘chill time’ every now and then, but when you have to get fit and ready for some event, go full blast! At the moment with working full-time, studying part-time and dancing/modeling part-time I dont get a lot of time to go to gym, so I have 4 hectic dance classes a week, to keep me where I want to be.
What are some of your goals of being a model and where would you want to be in ten years time?
If I could have it my way, I would be doing international fashion campaigns for any of the Busby retail franchises. I am studying a Consumer Science Degree so I might even be able to do a bit of Strategic Retail Planning for Busby. A bit of both worlds, that would be a dream come true.
Any major modelling competitions or shoots you involved in at the moment?I was recently crowned as Miss Pretoria 2011, but at the moment I am concentrating on my studies. Knowledge is power!
What’s a typical day in the life of Leandri Nienaber?
Well I wake up 6h30 am, get ready and leave for work. Do some studying after lunch when it’s quieter. 16h30 I’ll leave work, get home and get ready for my dance classes. Get home, and either me or my boyfriend makes food, except on ‘Take-Away Tuesdays’ haha. Then we’ll maybe watch some FRIENDS (We have all 10 Seasons), drink some milk-Milo, shower and off to bed =)
If you had to have KIDNAP any sportsman/celeb who would that be? ha ha
Hmmm, a tricky one. I would kidnap any NHL Ice-Hockey defenceman, and make sure my boyfriend gets a chance to play for that team instead!!
Your dream shoot, pick a location, a theme ?
I’d love to do a ‘Sports Illustrated’-look shoot..on the white sands of an island, in the blue water and maybe, on a Yacht? or even an green forest with huge trees…
Whats your thoughts of PLAYBOY Magazine now in SA. How do you feel about the PLAYBOY BRAND?
First off, I believe everyone is entitled to their opinion on any subject. The Playboy brand is one I would prefer to never be associated with. Although people refer to it as being the most ‘classy’ of the lot, I believe there is nothing classy about it.
Are you watching the Cricket World Cup and supporting our boys. Who do you think would win ?
I have not had a chance but I hear our boys are doing well and stand a chance of going through to the Semi’s?! All my support is behind them, and I hope they can win, but to be honest I am thinking India might win this one?
Oh and what would you regard as the sexiest part of your body and a guys?
Mine, if I had to say would probably be my tummy? And a man I would say his bum heehee
What was the most bizarre ,funny and pick up line that a guy has used on You?
Not a lot of guys use pick up lines to be honest, which is a good thing! But I remember a guy once asking me
“So apart from being gorgeous, what else do you so for a living?”
What’s your favourite fashion brand :I love Forever New!
If you had a million rand, What would be your first purchase?
To book an amazing 2month long holiday away with my family through Europe, Zanzibar and Canada!
Favorite Food and Drink?I love prawns / sushi. To drink, Oros / Milk (lol seriously)
If you had to get someone drunk quickly, what would you order them at the bar ?Im not cruel so it’ll have to be something good!… 5 Suitcases!
Favorite perfume on you?D&G The One
Favourite perfume on a guy?Roccobarocco
Favourite Club or Hangout?I’m a complete Home-Bug, I love a braai at home.
Favourite Lingerie Colour?Red!
One wish you would like to come true?
That my family lived closer to me and that I could see them any time I want to.
A quote that you always live by?”Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.” – Bruce Lee
What type of music have you been listening to lately?
I love HipHop, as HipHop dancing is one of my favourites. I also listen to Eliza Doolittle, Adelle, Jack Johnson, Keith Urban, David Cook.
Favourite song at the moment: 6Foot 7Foot by Lil’ Wayne
Last movie you watched?Black Swan – Natalie Portman was excellent in this. The movie was a bit disturbing though.
What do you do to feel sexy?
I am currently doing Pole Fitness at Bodymind Studios, which is training on/with a dance pole. What makes it unique is that it is super difficult but so rewarding, you get in excellent shape. You feel so empowered as a woman and that makes me feel sexy. I would recommend it to every woman out there of all shapes, age, race and size!
If you could be anyone famous in the World today, who would you want to be and Why?
I would love to be Ellen DeGenerous for a day. I think she has a ball of a time and does so much good inbetween everything. She meets a ton of influential people and is never afraid to voice her opion.
You mentioned you love speed and Fast Cars. What do you drive Leandri….and er…Whats your dream car
I drive a Mini Cooper and I love it to bits! Dream car would definitely be between a Lamborghini Murcielago Roadster
/ Bentley Continental GT Convertable / Astin Martin Vanquish S … more realisticly, an Audi Q7.
Are you single?
No. I have been in a serious relationship for almost two years with the most amazing man. I would be the luckiest and happiest girl alive if I get to marry him oneday.
Whilst we on the topic, How important is a guy’s dress sense to you?
It’s not the most important but still a big deal. If he makes effort with himself it means he knows that first impressions last and he wants to be taken seriously.
So PIM can spruce up and impress someone like you. What’s your ideal man?There must undoubtedly be that initial attraction. Physicaly, I would go for someone that looks healthy and in shape, not a blown-up Johnny Bravo filled with steroids. A nice smile and styled hair. Personality-wise, a good sense of humour is very important! Charm, confidence and a go-getter attitude.
If Leandri Nienaber wanted to impress PIM on a date.What would you do. Detials please from dressing up to activities
I would dress up nice and classy, put my best heels on and try to make sure you see what you are missing!
Thank you so much Leandri. Best of Luck.
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