Minki van der Westhuizen

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Minki van der Westhuizen
Minki van der Westhuizen.jpg
Born Willemien van der Westhuizen
(1984-02-26) 26 February 1984 (age 33)
Durbanville, Cape Town, South Africa
Other names Minki van der Westhuizen
Spouse(s) Constant Visser (2007–2009)
Ernst Joubert (2012–present)
Website www.minkivanderwesthuizen.com
Modeling information
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)[1]
Hair color Blonde[1]
Eye color Green[1]
Manager Max Models

Willemien "Minki" van der Westhuizen (born 26 February 1984) is a South African model and television presenter.[2][3]

Early life[edit]

Van der Westhuizen was born in Durbanville, Cape Town to an Afrikaner family and attended Stellenberg High School in nearby Bellville.[4][5][6]



Van der Westhuizen started modelling at the age of 16. In her final year of high school in 2002, she was selected for an international campaign by the fashion label Guess. She is represented by Max Models in Cape Town.[2][7][8]

She was featured in the 2002, 2003, 2006 and 2007 Swimwear editions of the South African Sports Illustrated magazine and on the cover of GQ.[2][7][9]

She was ranked #24 on Maxim's Hot 100 list for 2003[9][10] and voted the winner of the FHM 100 Sexiest Women in the World poll by South African FHM readers in 2004.[11][12]

In 2003 she was voted the most popular pin-up girl by US troops serving in the Iraq War.[2][5][11]


Van der Westhuizen appeared in the M-Net televised special of the 2006 South African Sports Illustrated Swimwear edition shoot.[4][13]

In 2007 she was a featured personality on the e.tv documentary series Behind the Name.[4][14]

She became a presenter on the SABC 2 Afrikaans magazine programme Pasella in May 2007.[3][4][15]


Van der Westhuizen played the role of Mimi in the 2007 South African comedy film Big Fellas.[16][17]

Personal life[edit]

Van der Westhuizen dated Graeme Smith, the captain of the South Africa national cricket team, from 2004 to 2006.[4][5][18]

She married Stellenbosch businessman Constant Visser in September 2007.[17][19] In November 2009, her publicist confirmed the couple had decided to divorce.[20]

She married Saracens rugby player Ernst Joubert in June 2012.[21][22] The couple have two children, a daughter Katerien born in July 2013 and daughter Elise born August 2014.[23][24]


  1. ^ a b c "Minki van der Westhuizen". Max Models. Retrieved 26 February 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d "There's more to Minki". News24. 30 September 2003. Retrieved 26 February 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Minki van der Westhuizen". SABC. Retrieved 26 February 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Minki Visser". TVSA. Retrieved 26 February 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c Rice, Xan (2004-06-06). "Caught and bowled over". The Observer. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ "Stellenberg High School". Archived from the original on 2008-01-16. Retrieved 2008-11-28. 
  7. ^ a b "SA's most gorgeous exports". iafrica.com. Retrieved 19 April 2011. Minki van der Westhuizen modelled internationally for fashion label Guess before appearing in magazines such as SA Sports Illustrated Swimwear Edition, FHM and Glamour. 
  8. ^ "Minki van der Westhuizen: Biography". Retrieved 2008-11-28. 
  9. ^ a b "Minki vs Morgan: Modelling". 24.com. 5 April 2011. Retrieved 26 February 2013. 
  10. ^ "MAXIM Magazine Unveils the 'Hot 100' for 2003" (Press release). PR Newswire. 2003-05-16. Retrieved 26 February 2013. 
  11. ^ a b Smit, Katrien (23 May 2004). "Minki the sexiest in SA". Die Burger. Retrieved 26 February 2013. 
  12. ^ "Roxy Louw, the FHM 100 Sexiest Woman in the World 2010, presented by Samsung 3D!". FHM. 24 May 2010. Retrieved 26 February 2013. Looking back at the previous ten FHM 100 Sexiest Women in the World winners, including iconic beauties such as Lee-Ann Liebenberg, Minki van der Westhuizen, Lyndall Jarvis, Tanya van Graan and the McGregor sisters (amongst others), Roxy says that she doesn’t have a favourite. 
  13. ^ "Sports Illustrated Swimwear: 2006". TVSA. Retrieved 26 February 2013. 
  14. ^ "Behind the Name". TVSA. Retrieved 26 February 2013. 
  15. ^ "Pasella". TVSA. Retrieved 26 February 2013. 
  16. ^ Big Fellas at the Internet Movie Database
  17. ^ a b Nel, Carryn-Ann (1 October 2007). "'Minki looked like a princess'". Die Burger. Retrieved 26 February 2013. 
  18. ^ Long, Phil (2004-11-26). "Hunting Slinky through the fog". BBC. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  19. ^ "Minki's Wedding". Charlene Sauerman Couture. 30 September 2007. Retrieved 26 February 2013. 
  20. ^ Schoeman, Aldi (3 November 2009). "Minki to get divorced". Die Burger. Retrieved 26 February 2013. 
  21. ^ "Minki's getting married". IOL. 19 October 2011. Retrieved 26 February 2013. 
  22. ^ Burger, Karin (9 June 2012). "Minki sê sy't nou baie vrede". Rapport (in Afrikaans). Retrieved 26 February 2013. 
  23. ^ "Minki has a bun in the oven". iafrica.com. 19 December 2012. Retrieved 26 February 2013. 
  24. ^ "Minki and Ernst welcome baby Katerien". You. 3 July 2013. Retrieved 9 July 2013.