Croatian born Dajana Rijetkovic features as our LW Babe of the Week. Now living in Thabazimbi, this beauty is more than just a sight for sore eyes…
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Full name: Dajana Rijetkovic
Day job: Dance Teacher and Model Coach
Likes: Animals, Indian food, poetry, horror movies, adventure and novelty
Dislikes: Rude people, the darkness and politics
Special talents: Dancing, poetry, special effects make-up
Where does your name originate?
My name is from Croatian origin as I was born in Croatia.
If we had to spend a day in your shoes, what would we experience?
Work work and more work! From early morning I am awake to go and run a supplement shop at a gym, I do my marketing and admin for two of my businesses (dance school and model management), after that I have dance classes ranging from solo, duet, group and adult classes. At the moment I am on a break with my studies. Otherwise it is studying psychology in between. When nighttime touches down I hit the gym until 8:30pm, then I’m off to go eat and sleep.
If you had to relate yourself to any Movie character, who would it be and why?
It would have to be SuperWoman. As a dance teacher, model coach, part-time photographer, makeup artist, psychology student and model, I sometimes don’t know how I manage to do everything that I do. But I do it all including making time for friends, family and my fiancé.
What have been some of your highlights of 2017 thus far?
I have always been struggling to find a suitable place to give my dance lessons and not too long ago I was given the opportunity to teach at the Sport Centre in my community. Now I have a nice dance studio. I have been granted the Miss Culture SA title to represent SA at the end of the year in the international pageant, Miss Culture Worldwide. I was given the opportunity to be MC for the Miss United Continents SA event. It was also my first time to be an extra on a TV commercial.
What are you still looking forward to achieving this year?
Just absolute success with my dancers and their competitions as well as my models that I train. Success for myself in all the respective fields I am in.
How long have you been modeling for and what type of modeling do you enjoy the most?
I have been modeling since I was 12 years old. Then I took a break and when I became independent I decided to open my own model management and start with the modeling again. I enjoy photographic modeling because I love the dress up and styling, changing my character and also because I love being in front of the camera.
What goes through your mind when you are in front of the camera?
Posing. I always want to be one step ahead of the photographer to make his or her job easier.
What is your perception of sex appeal?
I think a person should look at sex appeal as a kind of energy a person reflects from himself or herself. Confidence is the greatest of sex appeal, a woman with confidence is for me a sexy woman.
How would you rate your flirting game, and how would a lucky someone know when you’re flirting?
I am a shy and reserved girl and happy to go unnoticed, but I do have a completely opposite side when I get comfortable. If I flirt I giggle a lot and I would stare deeply into a persons eyes when wanting attention.
When it comes to guys, what five things are most important to you?
A man should be loyal, romantic, intellectual, goal driven and hard working.
Which era would you have liked to have grown up in, and why?
The Elizabethan Era. I loved their vintage garments and so much happened in that era. Shakespeare published his first play, chocolate, cinnamon and avocados are just some of the hundreds of flavorful items that the British tasted for the first time. Ghosts (horror fanatic) were common in that era and poetry was respected back then.
What do you like to do for fun?
I like adventure and nature, anything in nature is great. I love to dance and socialise.
What are your words to live by?
Work hard, become successful and don’t let anybody else tell you how to live your life. At the end you should be happy with your choices you have made.
What’s the first thing that comes to mind when we mention:
Winter? Snow, I have always wanted to see snow.
Date night? Stars, love a picnic under the stars.
Sexy? Smile, a smile tells so much about a person’s confidence.
Attitude? Dance, as a dance teacher that’s all I say in dance class “attitude, attitude!”
Must have? Makeup, as a makeup artist I believe each girl must have makeup to enhance her best facial features.
Weekends? Relax, since I am a busy woman I love my weekends to relax. If I have free a weekend that is.
Photos by Deon van Wyk | Website.