I was a decor intern with the legendary Mario Rodrigues in Durban. I had zero income, so I dabbled in modelling trying to earn a bit of money. This photograph, taken by Joe Alblas, landed me the runner-up position in a competition that opened up an opportunity for me to travel. The bright lights of New York were certainly beguiling, but there was no hesitation in my decision to stay in South Africa. Today it still continues to inspire me.