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Beauty and academic success - model Shashi has both of them

By unknown | Dec 19, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Edward Tsumele

Edward Tsumele

She is beautiful, the sort of person who does not have to say much to make her presence felt.

This is the first time that I meet Shashi, the hottest model in the fashion business at the moment.

"I have just done a Nivea TV and print campaign," she says.

"I did a cover for Cosmo in September. I have also just done an FHM cover in Zanzibar in Tanzania.

"It felt so good because the magazine is a recognisable brand with a 40 percent female readership.

"On top of that I have also done a Woolworths campaign as the lead celebrity model for 2008. I have also been on Egoli for three months. So for me 2008 has been extremely successful," says the beauty that South Africa will hear a lot about in the near future.

Shashi is not your ordinary model though. She is what one could call a model's model. Her television exploits also speak volumes about her acting skills. She presented 20 Something on for two years and has also been a presenter for EMS.

That's not all. She and a business partner have just launched a modelling agency that goes by the exotic name of Alushi.

"The name comes from my business partner's name, which is Haruvisi and my name, which is Shashi. So it's a combination of our names and it sounds quite exotic, yes. For quite a while I have been planning to go behind the scenes. We actually have the hottest girls," she says and giggles.

But there is more to Shashi than meets the eye. She is brainy. I mean really brainy.

She has just completed a doctorate in chiropractic at the University of Johannesburg. (Chiropractic is a profession that specialises in the diagnosis and treatment of mechanical dysfunction of the joints and their effects on the nervous system).

This actually makes her one of the most educated models around , making me wonder how she managed to pull it off as a model while making a success of her academic career at the same time.

"It is all about time management. You need to have a diary where you can plan your daily life to the last minute, and see where you can fit in friends and family."

Though her break in modelling came by arranging flowers for an advertising agency while she was still at university, life has not always been a bed of roses for this model.

"I paid for my studies through working part-time as a flower arranger at a Johannesburg advertising agency.

"But, you know what? One day they asked me if I could also model, and that was it," says the Port Elizabeth-born model.

Well, the doctor has spoken.


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