Condé Nast House & Garden - - ICONS -

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.

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