I am a human who loves the camera! Studio setups make my heart skip many beats at once lol What is unique about me? I am a traditional healer, I do the spiritual reading and heal illness using herbs, it's an ancestral inheritance.
Yolanda, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Model?
My passion is film, telling stories in motion pictures! My aspiration in life is always to align my life with human nature no matter how technological and modern today's living has become; I embrace nature which grew my passion for modelling. I love being captured embracing and appreciating nature during in-water shoots, ocean photo shoots and shoots posing next to a wild animal or hanging from a tree lol!
Who is your inspiration in life Yolanda? How do you keep inspired?
My inspiration in Life is not a Who but a What, I am inspired by Bees especially The Queen Bee. The Queen Bee produces sweet nature, and sweet things bring joy and love during stormy weather, and the Queen Bee protects her little ones, nobody comes near Queen Bee's little ones.
We all make mistakes Yolanda; we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being a Model; you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
I remember when I was booked for a package cover model and towards the end of the shoot we had a lifestyle shoot where we wear fancy clothes and heels so apparently my heels matched with the other model's heels, so it happened that I mistakenly misplaced mines, so I suspected that the other model's heels where mine! Oh my, you can imagine what happened after. But in the end, I found my pair in the changing room.
Yolanda, when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Model, how do you go about prioritising your clients’ needs?
When I get a booking, I request information that states what exactly it is required and what is requested from me and makes sure that I understand what I need to do in order to satisfy the client, I do extra research lol!
Please tell us, Yolanda, about a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities as a Model?
Every model's body is a top priority, and I believe that every model has a specific strategy that benefits their career. I only allow 4days booking per 7days, that is a strategy I use to avoid overworking my body.
Yolanda, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
Make-up artists are strict! I remember I had to negotiate my way out of very thick eyebrow-do and I had it done my way lol.
Yolanda, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Model. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you want to share with everyone. What is it and why?
I dedicated a nude photograph to a sexual abuse movement! It was the proudest moment for me to dedicate something personal to a good course. It was a very emotional decision, and I feel extremely proud of sharing this story with you.
Yolanda, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
It was when I created the nude dedication concept; it was very difficult for me because it was an emotional decision. I am a victim too, so I knew that it was a sacrifice I had to make! If I urge victims to heal and be strong, I had to lead by example, motivating them to love their scared and brutalised bodies regardless of the trauma they feel when they look at their bare selves in the mirror. Somebody had to remind them that their bodies are a gift from the creator and that he or she is in charge to decide on when, where and with whom they unwrap their gift with.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Model?
A model needs to identify themselves within the industry.Modelling needs, and they should do extra research about a booking to avoid being scammed.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state below what type of collaboration you are looking for?
I would like to be a lingerie brand ambassador.Underwater shootsFace product coverSocial issue concept shoots.Fashion shows.Commercial Adverts.
Photo Credits @westcliff_studios ZA