Nadia Padayachi

What's planned for Minki's 21st?

2005-02-25 12:38
<b>Minki flashes a smile at the Cape Town International Airport. (Esa Alexander, Die Burger)</b>

Minki flashes a smile at the Cape Town International Airport. (Esa Alexander, Die Burger)

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The nation celebrates as its very own sweetheart comes of age.

Minki van der Westhuizen turns 21 tomorrow - yes ladies and gentlemen, just 21 years old.

This young lady is fast becoming a household name around the country. She's the girl everyone loves.

So, how does a girl like Minki celebrate?

In true It Girl style - she's throwing a huge party tonight at trendy Rhodes House in her home town, Cape Town.

Quite appropriately it's going to be a fairytale party with all the heat celebs in town.

The invitation only bash has one of the biggest people in her life missing - she has now officially split from cricket captain Graeme Smith.

Graeme Smith said in an interview published on Friday that the relationship was over. If you ask me, it's pretty insensitive to break the news to the public on the day of her party, and the day before her birthday. Funny when true colours show...

Our home-girl will also have a more private party on the big day. Close friends and family are only to attend - sorry guys.

And her birthday is not the only reason to celebrate - work is never far from this girl's mind.

Staying focused, and as professional as possible, is what I'm told separates her from the rest of the world of models.

The new face of Freya Lingerie

She's also going to be announcing her international deal tonight at her party: Luckily, I got a sneak peek at what it's all about - she will be the face of Freya Lingerie where she has signed an exclusive advertising and promotional deal to become the new face and body of Freya Lingerie.

Of course, true ladies never disclose their figures, so we won't get to learn how many times the slot machine will be ringing.

Our girl's not shy of the international limelight as she's already been the face of Guess International - the campaign which started her career.

But what does it mean to be 21 these days? Not sure really. I am sure that it's lost a lot of it's significance over the years.

As someone who is around the Minxter's age - I can relate.

Being young and even relatively successful is not always rewarded.

One gets mixed reactions. Sometimes one gets respect, other times jealousy (which isn't necessarily a bad thing), and the rest of the time, one can be immediately dismissed.

But not being given a chance and treated unfairly could in fact happen to anyone.

Hell if you're female and under 25, you'll be paying more for your car insurance than your car payment. It's quite ridiculous at times!

One thing is for sure - we still keep the tradition of celebrating the occasion big-time! Be sure to catch a full report of the party next week!

  • Nadia Padayachi is a PR Executive for Touchline Media's lifestyle magazines.

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