The September 2008 interview is with South African model Musa Chauke. Her career as a model took off after being featured on the the cover of FHM in South Africa and being a top 10 finalist in the FHM Home Grown Honeys competition.
Citynet Magazine: Tell us about young Musa!
Musa Chauke: I was a very bright quiet kid in class. I use to read a lot of books and was always in doors. I was very scared of boys and if there was someone who had a crush on me, whenever I would see him I would run away. I had very few friends and I loved it as I had so much time on my own.
How did you get into modeling?
Whereever I go, people (old or young) would say I look very sexy and ask if I was a model. That continued throughout my high school years. I then studied my degree at Wits University and I still got the same responses that I am sexy and I should consider doing modeling just for fun.
Describe the FHM experience.
After completing my degree, I thought why not try modeling. I then entered a competition that was run by FHM Magazine. They were looking for the sexiest Home Grown Honeys 2008 in South Africa. I took a chance, they selected the top one hundred and I was part of it. Then people had to vote for the sexiest that would make it to the top ten. Guess what, I was in the top ten and on the cover as well (February 2008 – FHM South African Edition). That was the most exciting experience for me. I got recognition everywhere. And I am now the face of African Bank and will soon be doing a commercial for homemark.
What are your modeling goals?
To be an international figure and a brand to the youth of South Africa.
What has been the best experience modeling?
FHM, was the best experience ever, because not everyone gets the chance that I got. I have been everywhere doing so many things, but FHM is still the best.
Describe the modeling opportunities in South Africa.
Modeling opportunities are great, you just need to be recognized and from there the sky is the limit.
What do you do in your downtime?
I work, Study and also run a sales business with my mother.
What’s the most common question that people ask you?
What do I do to keep sexy? The strange thing is I am a natural born sexy. I have never went to a gym.
Favorite vacation spot?
Who would you love to meet?
Tyra Banks, she is my role model
What do you want the world to know about you?
I am ambitious, a go getter, down to earth, and very persistent in life.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Finishing my current MBA studies and growing my company and also have a successful career in modeling. For me this is just the beginning.
Where are you from/live now?
I am originally from South Africa (born and bred), and I am currently based in Marlboro, Johannesburg South Africa.