In Conversation: Anri Pretorius

With only over a year of experience in modelling, Anri has already become a familiar face on the local fashion catwalk. Anri walked for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Joburg early this year, then won the Top Model South Africa competition, which she talked about on Top Billing.

She is now set to strut the runway once again at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Joburg SS ’16, followed by a trip to London Fashion Week and a shoot in Malta. With such early success in the industry, who knows? She may follow in the graceful footsteps of Candice Swanepoel.

As she balances life between the runway and school, The Insider catches up with Anri about her burgeoning career. 

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When did you start modelling?

At 16, I enrolled in a one-year modelling course and booked my first show in June 2015.

Did you always want to model?

Yes, since I was small. It has always been a childhood dream.

Who is Anri outside of modelling?

I am a 60% extrovert, who loves to have fun with my friends. I love to dance, I love sports and the outdoors.

So far what do you love about what you do?

I love wearing the beautiful outfits of the designers and I love the adrenaline and the sheer thrill of a fashion show!

You recently won the Top Model competition, how was that experience?

It was my first international experience with models from across the world. I made a few friends (from Poland and Hawaii) and got to work with amazing people! The show was very professionally put together. I also had a chance to do some tourist sightseeing which was fun.  I also realised that the fashion shows in South Africa are of a very high standard and compares well with the overseas events.

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Anri at the Top Model South Africa competition

In addition to modelling at AFI’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, you’ll also be modelling at London Fashion Week. How did that come about?

The Top Model Worldwide Winner automatically qualifies for London Fashion Week.

Do you have any exciting projects coming up?

I am currently focussing on my matric so I am a bit choosy of which castings I can attend, but Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week and London Fashion Week are next for me now.

I am also going to Malta for a shoot around the 6th of September, with a few models from the UK.

Do you plan on modelling full-time after high school?

Yes, I am definitely going to give it my best shot.

Which local or international model do you look up to?

Karlie Kloss!!! She is an entrepreneur, as tall as I am and just an awesome model. She balances a professional take on her modelling whilst having fun.

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Who is your favourite local fashion designer?

Choosing would be difficult as South Africa truly has a number of very good designers. I do love the fact that our African designs and prints are making waves across the world!

Do you have a healthy and beauty regime?

I have to exercise very hard to keep my body toned and at the required standards for ramp work, so I also eat very healthily and I believe in Sunscreen!!

What is it about modelling that most people don’t know?

It takes a lot of people to pull off a fashion show –  the number of people working behind the scenes for a runway show, shoot or TV commercial is a lot and they all[put in so much effort every time! The show is just the tip of the iceberg. There is a huge team of people working really hard to pull off a fashion show, shoot or a commercial.

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What advice do you have for girls who want to get into modelling?

The best advice, if you want to be a model, is to get expert advice on what type of modelling could work for you – not all girls can be runway models, but photographic and commercial modelling are also exciting options.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

On the front cover of Vogue!

What are you most looking forward to about walking at MBFWJ?

I am mostly looking forward to seeing the exciting ideas for Spring / Summer 2017! A sneak preview on what is hot!