We’re excited to introduce you to the Face of AJ Promotions 2019, Melissa van Tonder as our featured LW Babe of the Week. She is drop dead sexy, and we get to know a bit about her in this interview. Enjoy.
Full Name: Melissa van Tonder
Nickname: Bee / Bouts
Hometown: Gordon’s Bay, Cape Town
Day job: Swimming instructor / model
Likes: I like pitbulls (I have 3), pizza, ice-cream, coffee and Netflix
Dislikes: Traffic, tomato sauce and pineapples
Special talents: It would have to be saving lives one day at a time teaching kids how to swim and be water safe. Do you know how many kids drown this time of the year? It’s shocking!
How would you best introduce yourself to our audience?
I’m a very down to earth kind of girl with a passion for the model industry. I’m very friendly and can come across as a shy person but once you know me then you’ll see I’m quite a weirdo.
You recently won the Face of AJ Promotions 2019 competition. What does the title mean to you?
This title means so much to me and I am honored to be the Face of AJ Promotions. I hope to represent AJ Promotions in the best way I possibly can and to grow together by doing the thing we love most, modeling and sharing this passion with a company that puts you first.
What was it like being featured in the competition and working with the other models?
Being in this competition was so much fun, meeting all the girls and making new friends. Getting to know all the sponsors personally and having fun on set being silly and getting to play beauty queens in front of the camera, that’s always fun. The locations each day were breathtaking. Definitely one of the best parts of modeling, the views!
Which of the other entrants did you feel were your closest competition?
To be honest I think the judges had a really tough decision to make. All the girls are so beautiful and talented, and brought that special “it factor” to represent the company.
What drives you as a model?
The fun we get to have, meeting new clients and becoming part of a family/ brand. Each shoot is so different and that’s what makes modeling so interesting, you get to be a new character for the day. But, the main thing driving me is my family and husband supporting me every step of the way to pursue my dreams.
What type of modeling do you enjoy the most?
I love fashion, so clothing brands I’m a big fan of. Wearing other designers masterpieces and showing off their hard work, especially dresses/ gowns. I always feel like a princess in them.
If you could be featured as the cover model on any international magazine, which would it be and why?
Probably Vogue cause it’s such an amazing cover – classy, stylish and to be featured on a cover where all my role models have been would be a dream.
What type of exercise do you enjoy to keep your body in shape?
I recently started with Farmhouse Fitness, they are amazing. Growing up as a tomboy and farm girl, this gym just hit the spot with all the farm animals greeting you on arrival. My friend and personal trainer, Petre Beukes, knows best when it comes to our bodies and keep us in shape. Other than that I’m a swimming instructor and that’s been keeping me really fit for years, even if I’m not training.
What are you usually up to when not posing in front of the camera?
When I’m not in the swimming pool or out on shoots, I love spending time with my husband and pitbulls, going on drives, and just watching sunsets.
What are you looking forward to most this festive season?
New season, new work, new opportunities to be better. Meeting more friends from all over the world and seeing all the beautiful places Cape Town has to offer.
What is your definition of sex appeal?
Sex appeal to me is not being sexy or hot and showing off, it’s much more than that, it’s about the beauty inside and the personality that shines through.
When it comes to the opposite sex, what type do you find yourself attracted to?
My husband is my “goal guy”. I love beautiful eyes and he blew me away with his colour eyes. One is blue (my favorite colour) and the other eye is mixed, blue with a splash of green and brown. I could stare at him all day.
What one thing can’t you leave home without?
Sadly I can’t leave the house without my phone, definitely for business purposes and you never know if the perfect selfie moment can pop up.
What’s the first thing that comes to mind when we mention:
Cape Town Summers: Friends, ice-cream, swimming and camping.
Home: Love, family, my everything and sleep.
Travel: Never been on a plane before but road trips in SA is a blessing.
Attraction: My attraction is the view of the mountains in my hometown. Gordons Bay view is absolutely stunning.
Secret: Unfortunately that’s my secret, I will have to keep them to myself.
Flirting: Usually funny to me, the things people do.