Michelle de Villiers: IMG’s Plus-Size Model

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Michelle de Villiers at the Cheetah Outreach in Cape Town, South Africa

My name is Michelle de Villiers. I grew up in a small town called Mossel Bay and moved to Cape Town when I was 19years old.  I was scouted by a modelling agency to be a plus-size model. Of course, I was excited about the idea of being paid to eat. It’s been 7 years and I’ve been fortunate to see so much of the world. I spend most of my time between airport layovers and eating

How do you inspire women in terms of being a model and the use of social media?

Like I said earlier, I don’t like to compare myself to other people. I keep it light hearted and show other women that they only need live for themselves and do whatever makes them feel beautiful and happy.
How did your Instagram username come to be?
It’s a play on a friend’s nickname that has always stuck.
What has been the proudest moment of your career so far?
Being one of the first plus models to sign with a prestigious agency like IMG.
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Michelle de Villiers in action.
What is the most awkward moment of your career?
I shot with a client once that had asked me whether I was able to snow board. Being from South Africa, of course we don’t get to see much snow, but being an Aries, I also don’t back down from a challenge, so naturally I said yes. Cut to me watching YouTube tutorials on how to snow board while already standing on the slope. Thankfully it wasn’t a complete mess, but it definitely was awkward when I fell down the first few times and the client not sure why I was so rusty.
Thank you for joining us, lastly, what do you think of the current political situation of South Africa and the water crisis in Cape Town?

I believe in the power of the South African people in being able to come together and weather the storm. Thanks so much for having me! It’s been great chatting with you.

Michelle is mainly on Instagram but you can also find her on Twitter.