Bay models land opportunity of a lifetime

Tremaine van Aardt

TWO Port Elizabeth models – one from the northern areas and the other from a township – have landed contracts with top agency Boss Models after participating in a homegrown version of a reality TV modelling competition.

Xabiso Madini, 21, of Motherwell, and Courtney Kayser, 18, of Jacksonville, are jetting off to Cape Town within the next two weeks after impressing organisers of Port Elizabeth’s Next Top Model, a 13-episode series which is due to air on BayTV in mid-July.

Madini said yesterday the opportunity was a dream come true.

“I am a township boy who will be jetting off to Cape Town soon to live my dream. What more could I ask for?

“Filming the show was one of the most unforgettable experiences of my life and now it has given me the chance for more experiences and memorable moments,” he said.

Kayser agreed.

“I have always had a passion for modelling and now this show has given me the chance to pursue it [as a career]. I really think it has great potential and will assist a lot of youngsters who would otherwise not have this opportunity,” she said.

Competition organiser Jackie Serfontein said the series should not be confused with US supermodel Tyra Banks’s America’s Next Top Model.

“I have never watched a single episode of Tyra’s show. Port Elizabeth’s Next Top Model is about exposing the beauty we have in Port Elizabeth in terms of both places and people,” she said.

“The inspiration for the show came after I took my daughter [Sune] to Cape Town for modelling and was exposed to the high level of fashion there. Upon my return, I realised how we as Nelson Mandela Bay residents are being left behind. So this is an opportunity for these two youngsters to go out there and compete with the country’s best.”

Serfontein said 53 competitors between the ages of 11 and 24 started out and were whittled down through various challenges, photo shoots and ramp modelling. The series was filmed at the Kings Court Market in Port Elizabeth at the weekend.

Boss Models owner Byron Keulemans, who was one of the judges, confirmed the two had secured contracts and would travel to Cape Town within the next month.

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