A farm girl born in Ventersdorp, a small town in the North West Province of South Africa. Later raised in Middelburg, a town known as the cultural heartland of Mpumalanga. Junette was brought up in a very conservative family and the community in which she lived was no different. Being a confident woman was frowned upon in those times. Women were only to wear loose fitting clothing, the type that covered you up from head to toe. Young girls were taught from a young age that being thin meant you were beautiful. Can you imagine growing up in a time and place where size mattered? Where beauty was defined by the shape of your body? “I’m the girl that wore swim shorts in the swimming pool, because I thought that my thighs were too big. I only had that mind set due to the poor mind sets that were imprinted into my brain. These insecurities were embedded into my mind from the age of 12 already. I had hated my body from a young age. It sure didn’t help to have a younger sister that was taller and thinner than me. I did sport in school and was very active, yet I still didn’t have the “perfect” body. I was the funny girl at school. Where I thought I lacked in “The Perfect Appearance” I made up for with my humour. I’m still that funny girl today, however, now I’m a funny woman that’s happy and confident.”
Junette moved to Cape Town 10 year ago, and a life changing move it has been. She is now a curve model for Ice Genetics, married to a wonderful man who constantly tells her how beautiful she is and now represents all women by loving every inch of her body. Albeit this fierce beauty hasn’t always been the confident woman that she is today. It had taken a few narrow roads to get to this point in her life. Stay tuned for next weeks post to hear all about Junette’s journey.
Hair By – Star Styles (Tracey Serfontein)
Make Up By – Shelby Lee Souma
Photography by – Tegan Smith Photography
Dress – Sissy Boy