Getting to know Babalwa Mabona

This stunning sporty girl from the Eastern Cape has stolen our hearts.

Babalwa Mabona

Tell us a little bit moreabout your journey up to now? I was born and bred in the Eastern Cape and moved to Johannesburg last year. I am currently in 2nd year at the University of Wits Waterstrand studying a Bcom degree in Marketing and Finance. I have always loved being in-front of the camera and I have always aspired to be signed to an agency. In February this year I got signed to Alushi Models. World Swimsuit SA is the first competition I have ever entered – throughout the voting procedure I have gained a great amount of confidence and love for myself and my body. I am more than grateful for having made it this far.

Who is the first person you called when you found out that you’re a finalist? My Mother.

What is your Signature physical feature? My smile.

Give us your Words to live by: Jeremiah 29:11 – ‘For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’

You’re in great shape; tell us a bit about your exercise regime: My exercise regime is split into two sessions, 3 – 4 times a week: cardio in the morning - strengthening and toning in the evening, 30 min Run and Cycle, 20 x 5 sets of Squats, 10 x 5 sets of Sumo Jump Squats, 10 x 3 sets of Jumping Lunges and Mountain climbers, Ab exercises – I would do 3 different ab exercises at 20 reps, Elastic band stretching.

What are Beauty essentials for you? Neutrogena Visibly Even Moisturizer, Essence waterproof mascara and eye liner, Mac lipstick and a beautifully shaded Yardley blush. 

What is your skincare secret? Neutrogena Visibly Clear Grapefruit Facial Wash, Alcohol-Free Toner and their Visibly Even Moisturizer – topped with a facial mask (when needed) to repair and restore my skin. And drinking lots of water.

If you had to pick one feature to make-up… Eyes or lips: Eyes – our eyes are the most attractive facial feature. 

Air-dry or blowout: Air-dry.

What is the best advice you ever got from your mom: ‘Never take yourself for granted because God made you for a purpose’ 

Best advice from the pros: ‘Discover what works for you, and explore all aspects of it.’

What do you consider a necessary splurge? Heels, heels and more heels - You can never have enough pairs. 

Drugstore favourite: A: Revlon ColourStay Foundation 

Fragrance of choice: Giorgio Armani – Aqua di Gioia 

Who is your icon? Ryan Seacrest – he is phenomenal at what he does!

Where has been your favourite location to shoot? I wouldn’t say that I have a favourite location as yet, but my most exciting location shoot to date was when I worked with Andrew Berry, shooting at an abandoned mine dump.

What is your favourite city to visit? Venice in Italy – The ‘City of Water’- Absolutely breath-taking, I would love to go back.

Name one thing on your bucket list… Shark Cage Diving in Cape Town – I have the biggest fear of Sharks, it’s about time I ‘man up’.

Who is your favourite photographer to work with? As a ‘new-comer’ in this industry, I have only had the opportunity of working with a few photographers. I look forward to working with Preyen Moodley of Loopphoto in the future – His work is so distinctive and original.

Do you like to cook? What is your favourite dish? I am still mastering the art of cooking. I do however, have a personal ‘Chef’ and he makes the best Spaghetti and Bolognese.

A bit of a naughty question… Do you have a beau? If yes how did you meet? What attracted you to him? Yes I do. We met at the SA vs. All Blacks rugby game at Ellis Park in 2013 - and I have never stopped thinking about him ever since the day we met. I am attracted to a person’s eyes and his eyes are what drew me to him that day - also, his smile and tall stance illuminated a sense of confidence and liveliness that I found extremely attractive. He also has this great aura about him that makes you want to stick around for more.

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