The Most Famous

MODELS from South Africa

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This page contains a list of the greatest South African Models. The pantheon dataset contains 251 Models, 3 of which were born in South Africa. This makes South Africa the birth place of the 18th most number of Models behind Israel and India.

Top 3

The following people are considered by Pantheon to be the most legendary South African Models of all time. This list of famous South African Models is sorted by HPI (Historical Popularity Index), a metric that aggregates information on a biography’s online popularity.

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1. Behati Prinsloo (1988 - )

With an HPI of 75.68, Behati Prinsloo is the most famous South African Model.  Her biography has been translated into 29 different languages on wikipedia.

Behati Prinsloo Levine (born 16 May 1988) is a Namibian model. In 2008, she became a Pink contract model, and moved on to become a Victoria's Secret Angel in 2009. She has walked in nine consecutive Victoria's Secret Fashion Shows (2007–2015; 2018). She opened consecutive Victoria's Secret Fashion shows in 2014 and 2015.

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2. Candice Swanepoel (1988 - )

With an HPI of 56.26, Candice Swanepoel is the 2nd most famous South African Model.  Her biography has been translated into 41 different languages.

Candice Susan Swanepoel (; Afrikaans: [svanɛˈpul]; born 20 October 1988) is a South African model and philanthropist. She is known for her work with Victoria's Secret. She became a Victoria's Secret Angel in 2010 and is still contracted with the brand. In 2016, she was listed 8th on the Forbes top-earning models list.

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3. Reeva Steenkamp (1983 - 2013)

With an HPI of 51.14, Reeva Steenkamp is the 3rd most famous South African Model.  Her biography has been translated into 25 different languages.

Reeva Rebecca Steenkamp (, Afrikaans: [ˈstiəŋkamp]; 19 August 1983 – 14 February 2013) was a South African model and paralegal. She modelled for FHM magazine and was the first face of Avon cosmetics in South Africa. Steenkamp once worked as the live roaming presenter for FashionTV in South Africa and starred in television advertisements for Toyota Land Cruiser, Clover "The One", Redds and Aldor Pin Pop. She was a celebrity contestant on the BBC Lifestyle show Baking Made Easy in 2012 and on Tropika Island of Treasure season 5 which aired on SABC 3 in February 2013. On Valentine's Day 2013, Steenkamp was shot dead by her boyfriend, Oscar Pistorius, at his home in Pretoria. He stated that he thought Steenkamp was an intruder hiding in the bathroom. Pistorius was found guilty of culpable homicide at a first trial, and was sentenced to five years in prison. On 3 December 2015, the Supreme Court of Appeal of South Africa overturned this conviction and instead convicted Pistorius of murder. He was sentenced to six years in prison, which was later increased to 13 years and 5 months by the Court of Appeal.

Pantheon has 3 people classified as models born between 1983 and 1988. Of these 3, 2 (66.67%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living models include Behati Prinsloo and Candice Swanepoel. The most famous deceased models include Reeva Steenkamp.

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