Reeva Steenkamp: A model on the rise

2013-02-14 19:57
Cape Town - The 29-year-old model Reeva Steenkamp, who was reportedly shot and killed on Thursday morning in boyfriend Oscar Pistorius' home, had a promising career ahead of her.

Pistorius was questioned by police with regards to his involvement in the shooting and death of a woman, thought to be Steenkamp, and is yet to appear in court on charges of murder.

Sarit Tomlinson, Steenkamp's publicist, told Sky News that she had "so much in the pipeline for her" and was set to be a "rising star".

"She was just about to explore into the media and very talented, a very bright young girl. It a huge loss for everyone and it's too shocking for words," she told the UK news channel.

Born in Cape Town, Reeva and her parents moved to Port Elizabeth at an early age. Her father is a well-known horse trainer, reports

After high school, Reeva went on to complete her law degree. Her passion for modelling took off six years ago, when many modelling agencies approached her and she decided to move to Johannesburg.

FHM cover girl

One of her earlier, pivotal modelling jobs was being named the first official face of local cosmetic company Avon, according to the UK Mirror.

Reeva was also a familiar face with readers of the men's magazine FHM, and started out with the magazine in 2011. She was later named as a cover girl for their December 2011 issue.

Other modelling stints included shoots for Toyota, Clover and the Italian fashion brand Zui.

In June 2012, Reeva landed herself a spot on FHM's Sexiest Women List, ranking 45th in the poll. She was featured in the magazine on a regular basis.

'Will truly be missed'

Apart from modelling, she was also a presenter for Fashion TV in South Africa and was one of the contestants on the newest season of the reality show, Tropika Island of Treasure. The show premieres on SABC1 on Saturday 16 February.

"We are absolutely devastated at the tragic loss of Reeva, our friend and beloved member of the Tropika Island of Treasure 5 family," Samantha Moon, the creator and executive producer of Tropika Island of Treasure said in a press statement.

"Reeva was a wonderful human being and an extremely talented and intelligent woman. Her kind and loving spirit was evident to all who knew her and her zest for life will be truly missed.

"We are blessed and privileged to have known her. Words cannot express how saddened we are by this tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with Reeva's family and friends."


  • thebe.tau - 2013-02-14 20:03

    I hear she could speak xhosa, now that is what I call a very smart girl, xhosa aint easy like english.RIP

  • Robert Frankol - 2013-02-14 20:08

    How awful...sad Valentine's day

  • Muffin_man_can - 2013-02-14 20:09

    Thebe having a law degree makes you smart, definitely not speaking xhosa..

      mable.jacobs.90 - 2013-02-15 09:34

      ok, muffin..whatever

  • timothy.crafford - 2013-02-14 20:11

    How could he do this?Did not expect this from hom.RIP Reeva Steenkamp.

      jeannette.opperman - 2013-02-16 10:39

      What about innocent untill proven guilty???

  • george.mlambo.315 - 2013-02-14 20:38

    If he does not have legs that does not mean he is blind what the hell does he cant see that it was his soul mate

      Isobel Smith - 2013-02-14 20:44

      he bragged about his markmanship well now we see . he aimed to kill . sad day for africa.

  • Isobel Smith - 2013-02-14 20:39

    he must sit in jail for the rest of his life so many people gave him a chance in life, but he took hers he shot her in anger. she was too beautiful for him and he could not accept that . what a waste of 2 beautiful people . Sorry Oscar u blew it. u deserve what comes to you u deserve what u get IF u r guilty but u do look like that . RIP poor girl.

      larry.hannigan.31 - 2013-02-14 21:56

      I hope I never meet you isObel

      dawn.vandeventer - 2013-02-15 06:50

      agreed Isobel.

      tiscanny - 2013-02-15 19:45

      U dont know the story...she was too beautiful for him?? naturally u judge ppl on the way that they look..u dont know whether he is guilty or innocent..Im thankful ppl like u are not on the jury...guessing by the shallow and rash way u judge this situation if the person charged with murder had a more attractive partner they too would be guilty...looks are not everything to everyone...some ppl like Reeva were blessed with outer beauty and inner beauty...not sure u are familiar with the meaning of 'inner beauty' u might want to pick up a dictionary and check it up..

      linette.downeswebb - 2013-02-16 08:43

      Isobel,I have been close friends of Oscar's father and mother and the entire family for more than 45 years. Oscar was NOT "given a chance in life" by anyone. His parents refused to allow him to pity himself for being "disabled" -- to the contrary. OSCAR created his OWN opportunities in life. Was he given a "chance" only to run in the Olympics? No, Madame, he trained until he dropped and QUALIFIED. What are YOUR "disabilities" / setbacks, and how did YOU overcome them? That would be rather interesting to know. Many psychologists and philosophers have stated that the definition of evil is a lack of empathy. You are making assumptions about Oscar, yet you know nothing about him except his public, iconic image. Do not judge, as you will be judged accordingly and in the same measure (New Testament, Christian Bible). Incidentally, I lost a stunning, beautiful daughter 7 months ago, so all my empathy and love are with Reeva's father and mother, siblings and friends -- it is impossible for a parent to lose a child. The pain remains with one until the end of Time. Stop judging, and rather pray that such terrible tragedies are not lying in wait for you and yours.

      matches.matthews - 2013-02-16 09:22

      long live "ugly" people

      jeannette.opperman - 2013-02-16 10:44

      Were you in court? Have you heard him speak? he has only been charged! His formal bail application starts on Tuesday AND THEN THE COURT CASE WILL PROCEED! So glad you are not part of the process for you would simply condemn people BEFORE YOU EVER LISTEN TO WHAT THEY HAVE TO SAY!!!! The law states VER CLEARLY: INNOCENT UNTILL PROVEN GUILTY. ALLOW THE COURT TO GO THROUGH DUE PROCESS AND THEN YOU MAY AIR THESE VIEWS IF HE IS GUILTY!!!! An only IF....

  • suerita.fortuin - 2013-02-14 20:49 she's your are with her in,day out.Through-out the day and through-out the NIGHT..and she is also a model.. How does one mistake a model for a burglar...this dude must have night-blindness along with his other disability.

  • beverley.uys.5 - 2013-02-14 22:14

    So much for the campaign for violence against women and children!

  • ambrosebrad.kotze - 2013-02-15 10:47

    wow cant believe what a lost... sorry but I think oscar is F**** STUPID!!!!! sorry for that guys.. RIP REEVA STEENKAMP TOU WILL BE MISSED ANGEL>>> GOD^S ANGLE :( mwaqhhh

  • anaska - 2013-02-15 14:27

    R.I.P Beautiful Lady - you did not deserve to die this horrible death

  • Mantsho Nkopane - 2013-02-15 19:03

    the bloody idiot can rot in jail for all i care! he is a fool indeed...

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