Reeva Steenkamp

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Reeva Steenkamp
Reeva Steenkamp.JPG
Steenkamp on an undated handout released by Capacity Relations in February 2013
Born (1983-08-19)19 August 1983
Cape Town, South Africa
Died 14 February 2013(2013-02-14) (aged 29)
Pretoria, South Africa
Cause of death
Gunshot wound
Occupation Model, paralegal
Years active 1997–2013
Modeling information
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 12 in)[1]
Hair color Blonde[1]
Eye color Blue/green[1]
Manager Ice Model Management[1]
Publicist: Sarit Tomlinson (Capacity Relations)[2]

Reeva Rebecca Steenkamp (/ˈrvə ˈstən.kʌmp/; 19 August 1983 – 14 February 2013) was a South African model.[3] She was shot dead by the Olympic and Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius, whom she was dating at the time.[4][5] He was convicted of culpable homicide on 12 September 2014.[6]

Early life[edit]

Steenkamp was born in Cape Town, to parents Barry Steenkamp, a horse trainer, and his second wife June.[7] She had two older siblings, Adam and Simone.[8][9][10][11] The family later moved to Port Elizabeth, where she attended St Dominic's Priory School.[7][12] After school she studied law at the University of Port Elizabeth which became a part of Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Laws degree in 2005.[12]

Career[edit]

After university Steenkamp worked as a paralegal and as a model.[13] She applied to the bar in late 2011,[12] and hoped to be a qualified legal advocate by the age of 30.[14]

Modelling[edit]

Steenkamp began modelling at the age of 14.[12] She was a finalist in the Weekend Post Faces of the Future competition in 2004 and in the Herald Miss Port Elizabeth contest in 2005.[12] She appeared in FHM magazine as a model and cover girl[15][16] and was the first face of Avon cosmetics in South Africa.[17] She also modelled for the jewellery company Sivana Diamonds.[18]

She was ranked #40 in the FHM 100 Sexiest Women in the World poll of South African FHM readers in 2011 and #45 in 2012.[16][19][20] Her style icon was Marc Jacobs.[21] She was a celebrity face of the Spirit Day anti-bullying campaign in 2012.[22]

Television[edit]

Steenkamp once worked as the live roaming presenter for FashionTV in South Africa.[23] She starred in television advertisements for a range of products, including Toyota Land Cruiser, Clover "The One", Redds and Aldor Pin Pop.[19] She featured as a celebrity contestant on the BBC Lifestyle show Baking Made Easy in 2012.[24]

At the time of her death, Steenkamp was signed up to appear on season five of the reality TV programme Tropika Island of Treasure and had filmed the series episodes on location in Jamaica.[4][23] The screening of the series began airing as scheduled on 16 February 2013, two days after her death.[25][26] The first episode of the series was dedicated to Steenkamp and was preceded by a video tribute to her.[27][28]

Personal life[edit]

Steenkamp was a keen horse rider until she broke her back in a fall in her early twenties and had to learn to walk again.[10] On the South African celebrity circuit she was a regular A-list guest at red carpet events and a noted socialite on the Johannesburg party scene.[29][30][31]

Steenkamp had been dating Oscar Pistorius, a South African Olympic and Paralympic runner, since November 2012.[32] She had previously dated Springbok rugby player Francois Hougaard.[33]

Death[edit]

On 14 February 2013, Steenkamp was killed at the home of her boyfriend Oscar Pistorius. Her body was cremated at Victoria Park crematorium in Port Elizabeth on 19 February 2013.[34] Pistorius was arrested and charged with murder.[4][35] According to Pistorius, he shot Steenkamp believing she was an intruder.[36] On 12 September 2014, he was convicted of culpable homicide in the case.[6]

Steenkamp and Anene Booysen, both young South African women killed in 2013, were named SA Persons of the year 2013 by Daily Maverick.[37]

In February 2014 eNCA aired a half-hour documentary special about Steenkamp's life titled Reeva: The Model You Thought You Knew.[38]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Reeva Steenkamp Portfolio". Ice Model Management. Archived from the original on 28 February 2013. Retrieved 27 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "Reeva Steenkamp: Oscar Pistorius's girlfriend". BBC News Africa. BBC. 14 February 2013. Retrieved 26 February 2013. 
  3. ^ Holmes, Thalia; Marshall, Rhodé (14 February 2013). "Oscar Pistorius shooting: Who is Reeva Steenkamp?". Mail & Guardian. Retrieved 16 February 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c Alexandra Topping and agencies (14 February 2013). "Oscar Pistorius charged with murder after girlfriend shot dead". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  5. ^ "Oscar Pistorius's affidavit highlights". News24. 19 February 2013. Retrieved 26 February 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Germaner, Shain (12 September 2014). "Oscar: the verdict is in". The Star. Retrieved 12 September 2014. 
  7. ^ a b "Reeva Steenkamp: The Girl Behind The Name". Sky News. 28 February 2014. Retrieved 5 April 2014. 
  8. ^ Duffin, Claire (16 February 2013). "Oscar Pistorius: Reeva Steenkamp's brother flies to South Africa to comfort family". The Telegraph. Retrieved 5 April 2014. 
  9. ^ Newling, Dan (23 February 2013). "Oscar Pistorius must 'live with his conscience', says Reeva Steenkamp's father". The Telegraph. Retrieved 14 April 2014. 
  10. ^ a b Huisman, Biénne (9 February 2014). "Reeva Steenkamp 1 year on: still 'the queen of our hearts'". City Press. Retrieved 5 April 2014. 
  11. ^ Molloy, Antonia (14 April 2014). "Oscar Pistorius trial: Paralympian 'is a disgusting liar', says Reeva Steenkamp's sister Simone Steenkamp". The Independent. Retrieved 14 April 2014. 
  12. ^ a b c d e de Jager, Shaanaaz (14 September 2012). "PE beauty vies for R1-million prize in TV show". The Herald - Weekend Post (Times Media Group). Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  13. ^ Jamie Lewis (15 February 2013). "Reeva Steenkamp: Glamour model, law graduate, and girlfriend of Oscar Pistorius". The Independent. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  14. ^ Urban sista (30 October 2012). "Fashion advocate: Reeva Steenkamp". LEGiTimate fashion. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  15. ^ "Ogling a dream in Jamaica". The Mercury (Durban). 23 July 2012. 
  16. ^ a b "Meet the schlebs and schmos on TIOT5". TVSA. 1 February 2013. Retrieved 27 February 2013. 
  17. ^ Moore, Malcolm (14 February 2013). "Oscar Pistorius murder charge: Reeva Steenkamp profile". The Telegraph. Retrieved 5 April 2014. 
  18. ^ "Sivana Diamonds – Reeva Steenkamp". Jason Crouse Photography. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  19. ^ a b Ndamase, Mkhululi (30 November 2011). "Bay model on cover of lad mag". The Herald (Port Elizabeth). 
  20. ^ "FHM 100 Sexiest Issue: Reeva Steenkamp (No. 45)". FHM. 22 June 2012. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  21. ^ "That ring". Sunday Times (Johannesburg). 12 August 2012. 
  22. ^ Ndlovu, Andile (18 October 2012). "Standing up to bullies". The Times (Johannesburg). Retrieved 20 February 2013. 
  23. ^ a b "Reeva Steenkamp Tropika Island of Treasure 5". Tropika. Retrieved 16 February 2013. 
  24. ^ Makhubele, Mantombi (26 August 2012). "If you want a decent cake don't ask these half-baked celebs". Sunday Times (Johannesburg). 
  25. ^ "Stimulii media statement: Tropika Island of Treasure 5". bizcommunity.com. Retrieved 16 February 2013. 
  26. ^ "SABC1 statement on Reeva Steenkamp". screenafrica.com. 15 February 2013. Retrieved 16 February 2013. 
  27. ^ Davis, Rebecca (18 February 2013). "Tropika Island of Treasure: Grab that cash with both hands and make a stash". Daily Maverick. Retrieved 18 February 2013. 
  28. ^ Smith, David (16 February 2013). "Oscar Pistorius murder charge: family breaks silence". The Observer. Retrieved 19 February 2013. 
  29. ^ Msimango, Ziphezinhle (23 December 2012). "They stole the scene: The A-list". Sunday Times (Johannesburg). 
  30. ^ "Taboo hosts launch of 2013 Cosmopolitan Sexiest Men Calender". Media Update. 4 February 2013. Retrieved 20 February 2013. 
  31. ^ "The Ultimate Redd Door Experience, a night that opened up a thousand imaginations". The Marketing Site. 10 December 2012. Retrieved 20 February 2013. 
  32. ^ Ndebele, Gabisile (24 December 2012). "Celeb scandals that rocked 2012". News24. Retrieved 20 February 2013. 
  33. ^ "Did SMS cause Oscar and Reeva fight?". News24. 18 February 2013. Retrieved 19 February 2013. 
  34. ^ Reuters (19 February 2013). "Reeva Steenkamp funeral: mourners call for Oscar Pistorius to be punished". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 February 2013. 
  35. ^ Polgreen, Lydia (14 February 2013). "A Nation Reels as a Star Runner Is Charged in Girlfriend's Death". The New York Times. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  36. ^ "Pistorius pleads not guilty on day one of murder trial". Business Day. 3 March 2014. Retrieved 14 April 2014. 
  37. ^ Davis, Rebecca (13 December 2013). "Daily Maverick's SA Person(s) of the year 2013: Anene Booysen and Reeva Steenkamp". Daily Maverick. Retrieved 13 December 2013. 
  38. ^ Ferreira, Thinus (13 February 2014). "Oscar Pistorius murder trial will be SA's 'OJ Simpson'". News24. Retrieved 14 February 2014.