Annemie tells of her ‘new life’
07 June 2012 | Tracy Holmwood
POLOKWANE - Local models gathered at a photography workshop by photographer, Alma Whitehead just outside the city over the weekend.
While most girls walked around in six-inch heels, fuzzy coats and scarves, a peculiar 1,83m dark-haired beauty exclaimed: "Let me wallow in the mud puddle, that's the shot I want". Annemie Viviers was later hosed down with ice cold water without flinching, all she did was laugh with utter delight - the perfect shot! Annemie completed gr. 12 at Hoërskool Pietersburg last year, and was on her way to Fochville in Gauteng to study somatology. Call it divine intervention, but within a month Annemie's life changed direction as she found herself headed to Cape Town to join Boss Models.
She is now seen in Elle magazine and Sarie online.
She lives in Tamboerskloof and "I love walking on Kloof Nek Road, in the buzzing city centre and in the beautiful gardens of the Cape. It still feels like I am on holiday".
Annemie is visiting her family in the city and tells us more of her life as a professional model.
Would you describe yourself as a super model? No, I am still learning and working towards becoming one.
What sets you apart from other models? Maybe it’s my long legs and outgoing personality. People say I'm very easy to work with.
Which modelling agency are you listed with? I'm with Boss Models in Cape Town.
Do you agree with the notion that models have a short career span? Yes, I believe so. I am 19 years old and this is when you should push harder as a model and take castings and jobs very seriously.
How long have you lived in Polokwane? I was born here and I went to school here.
Did you get any modelling training locally? Yes, with Superior Models. Sharon Stander was my teacher and she's still very helpful. She's like a mother to her models and to me too.
Who are your parents? My father is Jaco Coetzee and he owns Lurco which does maintenance and fencing and my mother, Elmi, runs around helping others and keeping everyone happy.
Describe the moment when you realised you are a professional model? It was full of excitement and I felt scared of the big world.
Do you earn a good living as a model? Not yet, but I am still building up to something better.
Describe a day in the life of Annemie Viviers? I get up early, start my day with good exercise and go for castings, if I have any. Otherwise I just walk around the city.
Your boyfriend, Rhinus Breedt, lives in Polokwane. Is it difficult having a long distance relationship? Oh yes! That's probably the hardest thing ever. It's very hard to keep something great. But if you want to be successful as a model you need to put your job first.
What is the hardest thing about your job? The patience you need while waiting for the next job! And then tolerating people in the industry who are mean and pushy.
Tell us about your most awkward moment in modelling? It's always awkward if you have to act a role that isn't you or perform in a way that you won't ever see yourself in.
What has been the greatest experience so far? To work with the best photographers in the country. Every job is a new surprise!
What was your most exciting photo shoot? I would say the ELLE shoot, as it was my first big magazine and I worked with amazing people.
Who is your preferred photographer? Damon Fourie. He makes you feel comfortable and makes you feel you can push yourself even harder to do a good job.
What are you working on currently? Right now I am working on my profile for better and stronger pictures, and I need to get my body in shape.
What is your five year plan? I would love to be successful and make everyone proud and to travel the world and see the places and people I've always dreamt about. Milan, Paris, New York and London.