Allow me to introduce you to South African beauty, Chantel Nislon. Chantel has a big personality, and a great sense of humor. Her gorgeous looks will leave you speechless, and her personality will have you intrigued the moment you speak with her.
Justin Marroquin: Were you always interested in modeling?
Chantel Nilson: I’ve been doing modeling since the age of 14—I probably would have started earlier if I wasn’t as shy I was back then—It’s always been something that I loved doing and I still get excited today for modeling assignments.
JM: What was your first photo shoot like?
CN: I was excited and nervous at the same time—At the time I didn’t know anything about posing and facial expressions, but the photographer helped me and I learned a lot from that shoot. By the time we were finished, I actually didn’t want to stop as I then started getting into it, and enjoying it even more.
JM: How do you prepare for a photo shoot?
CN: I have a suitcase ready with all the necessities for shoots—Then I would pack accordingly the day before, make sure I get a lot of rest and like most models, I practice my poses in a mirror—I know it sounds funny, but it helps when you know what your own body does when you stand or sit in certain ways. Also, it makes you less nervous for the shoot.
JM: Is there a certain goal you would like to achieve in modeling?
CN: To be honest, I see my modeling as a hobby, not a job. No job can be that awesome, haha. But on a more serious note, I take it one step at a time. My goal is to enjoy myself, and if I end up going further, that would be a bonus.
JM: Do you have any plans to come to America?
CN: I would love to come to America—I would actually like to travel the world and see every city.
JM: Besides modeling, what else are you interested in?
CN: I love to dance—but not as a profession, just for fun. Then the normal every day stuff: seeing my friends and family—spending time with them. To me, there is nothing more valuable than that.
JM: What has been your favorite experience as a model so far?
CN: Every shoot/fashion show is a great experience for me. It is really hard to choose only one. From bikini shoots at the beach to chocolate shoots where I have been covered in 4 liters of chocolate, to fashion shows where I could mingle with the crowd after the show, working on movie sets. The list just goes on. I really enjoy each and every assignment.
JM: How do you handle negativity?
CN: I always just look back to the one day in my high school class, and my teacher asked me what career I would want to go into, and I answered with modeling. The whole class started laughing at me; as for them it would be something that would never happen, but it turned out that I am doing what I wanted to do, and when people hear about it, they are amazed and they never thought I would be able to get this far. That’s what keeps me positive. I have never been one to quit at a task because others don’t agree, and I don’t think I will ever give up on anything I would like to do.
JM: Tell me one thing that people don’t know about South Africa?
CN: Except for the fact that our houses aren’t located in the bushes, surrounded by lions and other wild animals? Haha—I would say the fact that we have 11 official languages.
JM: How do you want to be remembered?
CN: As the happy-go-lucky girl, who always had a smile on her face, and the friend who would always be there to support a person.
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