JOHANNESBURG – Lee-Ann Liebenberg says one of the secrets to her success in the modelling industry is that she doesn’t take her job too seriously.
Speaking to Eyewitness News, Liebenberg says while she loves modelling, at the end of the day, she views it as being just a job.
“It’s what I do for a living, it’s not my life. I see a lot of young models fall off the bandwagon because they live the lifestyle.”
Liebenberg says the gig that catapulted her into the spotlight was probably being selected as a Miss South Africa finalist and then going on to be on the cover of FHM magazine.
She says she can’t believe she is still modelling 13 years after starting out in the industry.
The model says one thing many people might be surprised to find out about her is that she has a secret phobia of phones.
“I don’t know where it stems from, but I have serious phone phobia and it has gotten worse with age. I will only speak to my mom, husband and maybe my dad.”
Liebenberg said it was an honour to grace the first ever cover of Maxim South Africa in October.
She says what made it even more exciting was that she did promotions for the international version of the magazine when she first started modelling.
“From working for them as a promo girl to now being a cover girl is awesome.”
Liebenberg says she doesn’t travel overseas for shoots since having her daughter Gia.
“I chose to stay here and to work mainly in South Africa.”
Liebenberg, who is pregnant with her second child, says work has been put on hold until after the baby is born.
“I am even more excited this time because you don’t know what to expect during your first pregnancy. The second time around is so much easier.”
Liebenberg says she and husband Nicky van der Walt have a name planned, but declined to be drawn further.
She adds that she and her manager already have some exciting things lined up for next year.