Jessné struts her stuff

Jessné Swart, a grade 5 learner at Windhoek Afrikaanse Privaatskool, has just returned from a cruise, where she competed in a wide range of modelling competitions and impressed scouts with her talent and beauty.

09 July 2019 | People

Mariselle Stofberg



Even though Jessné Swart is only in grade 5, she has already made a name for herself in the modelling industry.

Her love for the camera started at the age of three and since then she has already built up an impressive portfolio, while gaining the interest of scouts from as far afield as the United States and Hong Kong.

In March, Jessné had the opportunity to board the MSC Musica, which hosted a range of modelling competitions. Three of the competitions took place in front of the camera, with models participating in additional competitions for swimwear, jean-wear, high-fashion and on the red carpet. “Every aspect of the trip and competition was amazing and the excitement had my heart beating so fast. The best part was being able to have my family along for the trip,” she said.

Jessné’s mother, Adeliné, believes the trip contributed to her daughter’s self-confidence.

“Her confidence and self-image has greatly improved since this trip. She made new friends and had the opportunity to experience the hard work that comes with modelling first-hand,” the proud mom said.

Jessné, her mother and father, Dirk, moved to Namibia when she was seven years old. Jessné was born on 23 December 2009 in Oudtshoorn, South Arica, but sees herself as a Namibian, through and through.

Her younger sister Edené was born in 2017 and Jessné was there for the birth.

“It was so special and I love my little sister very much,” she said.

Apart from her modelling, Jessné also enjoys dancing and gymnastics.

“Being a model would be my first choice for a career, but I would also like to become a medical or forensic investigator.”

Jessné did not use the trip as an excuse to neglect her homework, because her exams started right after they came back. “I did homework on the plane and used some mornings and evenings on the boat to study. At least I had a nice view while working,” she added.

Even though the modelling industry might present some dangers, especially to young children, Adeliné believes that your choice of agency plays a critical role. “You need to trust the people working with your children 100%. Our agency, Figures Models, always puts their models and their well-being first.”

Adeliné advises parents to always support their children. “Just support them in whatever they want to pursue and do not place to much pressure on them, because too much pressure may lead to them making the wrong choices, just to impress you.”



Fun facts about Jessné

She adores her sister.

She’s a very compassionate person.

Her favourite animals are dogs and cats.

Her favourite colour is teal.

She puts all her trust in Jesus

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