A self admitted super nerd who doesn’t mind winning clients over by proving her intelligence. Ornella Zaurrini, we like you, we like you a lot. Presented to you as our LW Babe of the Week.
Full name: Ornella Zaurrini
Day job: Territory Manager – Digital AI
Likes: Summertime, dancing, BMW, animals, chocolate, Nike and cuddling
Dislikes: Rude People. Lazy people. Bad Drivers (Slow drivers). Bugs
Special talents: Painting
What does a day in your life usually consist of?
Well I am not a morning person, at all. It normally takes me until 10am to get a personality. However, a standard day (and trust me, I only have standard days about 60% of the time) I am navigating the iron jungle and hustling within the corporate world, between meetings and client workshops. I may sneak a Bodytech session in during the day if I can and then in the evening I go for a run, spend some time playing with my pets and then get down to working again – until bedtime which is normally the in the wee hours of the morning.
Tell us something most people don’t know about you?
I am a nerd. Like Super nerdy. Technology is my passion and I’ve worked in a very technical IT orientated space my entire career. It’s always fun when I meet clients for the first time and I need to win them over by proving my intelligence.
In your opinion, what should first dates entail?
Nothing intense, nothing too intimate. Drinks, somewhere cool and vibey.
If you had to take us out on a date, what could we expect?
Wow, depends on the mood. I am quite impulsive, but it can be anything ranging between a chilled setting with wine and good music, or I may decide to cook dinner (which I would then have planned already well in advance so I don’t rush my amazing Italian dishes), or it could be a last minute plan to go dancing or play pool.
What is one of the most spontaneous things you have ever done, and what was the outcome?
I am actually going to only refer to my most impulsive recent thing – I only recently joined a modelling agency so I can pursue my love for photographic modelling but then they put me in the spot and requested I audition for Acting as well. That was so weird for me and super nerve wrecking! Outcome, I’m now a classified as a Professional Model and Actress with one of the top Agencies in the country!
Give us some insight into your modelling career and where you see it taking you?
Modelling has been part of my life since I was in High School. I initially started with Beauty Pageants as way to build self confidence and since then my modelling career stayed a side line hobby. What is great about it though, is that I am able to earn an additional income as a Professional Model under a top agency in SA – Platinum Blue. I always imagined how great it would be to do it full time, but I have worked so hard on my Corporate Career that it has not been something I was ready to give up.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be and why?
The fact that I doubt myself as often as I do. Sounds so deep, however despite how strongly I believe in self affirmations and positive thinking I still on a daily basis find myself doubting myself. I wish there was a switch I could just turn off.
What are the top five things on your bucket list?
Learn to dance “Kizomba”.
Run my first big marathon.
To Spend a month on holiday – island hopping.
To make my first 2 Million and go on another reckless shopping spree.
To step back on stage in another fitness pageant and place top 3 this time.
Who is your celebrity crush?
Stjepan Hauser, the Croatian Cellist (he plays the Cello). He is absolutely gorgeous, full stop. Girls, please go Google him, you will not be disappointed. Guys, he plays a musical instrument that few would consider “cool”, and he makes it hot!
What emotions do you go through when posing in front of the camera, and what part of a photo shoot do you enjoy the most?
Emotions, none. Thoughts, plenty. It helps when I have a bond with the photographer, it changes the game all together.
What has been one of your sexiest shoots to date?
I had a shoot after a shoot, and that person (the photographer) specifically = Chemistry. Guys need to master the art of what women mean by chemistry, it’s not the butterflies in the tummy we grew up to believe was chemistry #LWNeedsAWomanOpionPage #JustSaying
I believe when a girl feels beautiful, when men are around her and they enable her to be her more authentic self magic happens!.
What’s the first thing that comes to mind when we mention:
Toys? My cats. I have three and they make me crazy so I keep their toys close. I am being politically diplomatic, I have a corporate life and a conservative family. I can however appreciate toys, from Barbie all the way to my mom being Barbie! My mom, who is flipping gorgeous, is my go-to for help when it comes to photo shoot props.
Glamour? Expensive perfume and stunning lingerie.
Tease? Stupid, be real.
Blushing? The only thing that makes me blush is the rush I get when I meet a guy who acts like a gentlemen. That’s rare.
Hot? Load shedding, and no back up power plan.
Photos by Hotlens Photographic.