Models know a DIY or two

2015-07-21 06:00
Fourteen of the 30 model contestants who recently went “under construction” to learn building skills as part of a reality TV competition.

Fourteen of the 30 model contestants who recently went “under construction” to learn building skills as part of a reality TV competition.

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A small company based in Crawford has taken the initiative to give young girls from the Western Cape an opportunity to learn new skills as well as become more rounded individuals.

Topdeck Waterproofing and Restoration has partnered with Snapshot Model Discovery and Northlink College to create (or recreate) a model search reality show based on Tyra Banks’s America’s next top model, in which aspirant young models live together and compete to become a professional model. “The opportunity was a collaboration between Topdeck, Quicktints and Northlink College, which hosted the team building and training exercise at their Belhar campus,” says Topdeck’s Verline Leo.

The entire competition took place and was filmed during the school holiday to not impact on the girls’ curricular activities.

Thirty girls initially entered the competition house, eventually being whittled down to four finalists. The competition is expected to premiere on CTV over the weekend of 2 to 4 October and will run for 10 weeks, culminating in the winner announcement.

Leo says it was a boon for Topdeck and its construction affiliates to be part of this adventure.

“Being part of the construction industry, Topdeck thought it a great idea to teach the Grade 11 models representing schools across the Western Cape skills which they could use in later life,” Leo continues.

“This was achieved by the models who were guided through the scope of works, which included using sandpaper, priming and decoration to create a personalised photo frame depicting their transformation from pupil to empowered youth ambassador.”

Northlink’s Belhar campus was transformed into a filming and photoshoot set for the television show, depicting construction industry-related sectors, including painting, bricklaying, plastering and waterproofing.

This introduced the contestants to the ruggedness of a construction site, mixed with the fun factor, hard work and rewards.

For skills training workshops and programmes visit or call 021 697 5924. Visit for the vocational training programmes offered by Northlink College.

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