WHEN it came to career choice, Masego “Maps” Maponyane did not follow in the ball-dribbling footsteps of his soccer legend father, Marks.
Instead, the 23-year-old has set his sights on the glitz and glamour of the modelling and fashion world.
And, with the GQ’s second best-dressed man and Cosmopolitan’s SA sexiest man titles to his name – it seems his decision has paid off.
Maponyane was in the Bay at the weekend as a guest at a high tea at the Boardwalk Hotel.
“I believe that Port Elizabeth is one of the secret beauties of the world. I decided to come to Port Elizabeth to relax as the coming week will be hectic for me as I will be launching a men’s suit range,” he said.
Maponyane said that although they did not make a whole range of suits, they depended on their customers.
“The suits will cater for everyone and they will also be in good structures.”
He said he was shocked earlier this year to be shortlisted as one of the country’s sexiest men.
“I did not think I stood a chance and being told that I won was quite a big surprise for me. I was up against guys like Graeme Richards, who is a well-known model and TV personality, Charl Crous, an Olympic swimmer, and Andile Maxakaza, model and TV personality, to mention a few.
“I was very humbled by the amount of people who voted for me and I am still embracing it. Being voted as SA’s sexiest man made people take notice of me and also what I do.”
Maponyane said he was a naughty child who was always in trouble with his parents.
“I was lucky to have my grandparents who guided me in the right direction. I became more responsible, very focused and ambitious. I also learnt a lot from my father. I admire the fact that he put his family first and I would definitely love to follow in his footsteps.”
Maponyane said he had always been compared to his father in the past so decided to take a different path.
“It’s all about doing what you love.”
And on the love front, those interested will be happy to know Maponyane is still single but not quite ready yet for a relationship as his work commitments keep him busy.