Ex-Miss Zim makes top 100

rachel_stuartHARARE A year after Miss Zimbabwe 1998, Rachel Stuart, did a sizzling photo shoot for South Africa's men's magazine, FHM, the magazine has included her in a list of the 100 Sexiest Women. (Pictured: Former Miss Zimbabwe Rachel Stuart.)

Her photos are in huge demand, as the images created quite a bit of controversy at the time. Rachels mother was reportedly upset by her daughters decision to pose for FHM. Rachel is a Zimbabwean-born supermodel who always walks tall, and she takes her status seriously. She’s more popular now than ever before with her journalism, charity work and effervescent personal life in neighbouring South Africa.

The model and television presenter is best known for her role as a suitcase model in the M-Net game show Deal or No Deal (2007-2008) and for presenting the interactive music show O-boma on Channel O, from 2007-2009. She has also appeared in advertisements for Dark and Lovely, Kelloggs, Spitz, Shield, Axe, Surf, Kia Motors, MTN, Edgars, Jet Clothing Store, Engen and Total, among others.

Born in Harare, Rachel comes from a small family. Her schooling was done in Zimbabwe and she began her modelling career when she was 15 years old at school pageants. She won a modelling contract with the top modelling agency in Zimbabwe, Medusa Promotions, and in 1998 she won the Miss Zimbabwe pageant and represented Zimbabwe in the Miss Universe competition held in Hawaii.

In 1999 her agency entered her in a Supermodel competition which she did not win, however, she was offered a contract to model in South Africa for G3 Model Agency, where she remains today. Rachel studied to be a secretary and it was her very first job. She was a secretary for Medusa for three months and from there the owner of the modelling agency referred her for a job at National Merchant Bank, one of the best institutions to work for in Zimbabwe at the time.

She had her first and last corporate job there, having started when she was 19. She worked her way up to the personal assistant to the Corporate Finance and Legal Advisory Office and worked for the bank for a total of five years. When the political situation in Zimbabwe became unstable, Rachel figured it was the best time for her to finally start her contract with G3 Model Agency. She said goodbye to the corporate world and entered the modelling industry when she was 24.

Since relocating to South Africa, Rachel has worked with the best photographers, make-up artists, hair stylists and fashion stylists in the industry. She has done all facets of modelling from print media to TV commercials, magazine work and ramp/fashion shows. She describes herself as “disciplined, hot-blooded and fun.”

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