THE girlfriend of Oscar Pistorius who was shot dead this morning worked as a
top model and was described as “the sweetest human being”.
Tragic Reeva Steenkamp, 30, died in what might have been a Valentine surprise
gone wrong for the couple, described as the Posh and Becks of South Africa.
On her Twitter biography, she is described as: “SA Model, Cover Girl, Tropika
Island of Treasure Celeb Contestant, Law Graduate, Child of God.”
Just yesterday, Steenkamp was active on Twitter. In response to an invite
asking her to enjoy some cupcakes with friends today, she said: “I’m there
like a bear!!! Yayyyy!!!! X”
The model also expressed her excitement for Valentine’s Day, tweeting: “What
do you have up your sleeve for your love tomorrow??? #getexcited
In response to someone else’s plans for the day, Miss Steenkamp replied: “That
sounds amazing! Wow that’s what it’s all about! It should be a day of love
for everyone 🙂 may it be blessed!”
On February 1, she tweeted to Pistorius telling him he was “beautiful”.
She wrote: “He certainly doesn’t need more followers but he’s beautiful to
look at says some smart stuff too ;)”
This weekend, Steenkamp was set to star in South African reality television
series Tropika Island Of Treasure, in which celebrities and ordinary people
compete in remote, exotic locations in a variety of daily challenges.
On the show’s website, a tribute to Steenkamp says: “We are deeply saddened
and extend our condolences to Reeva’s family and friends.”
The website also carries a profile of the star, describing her as someone who
“prefers to read a book on her off days”.
It says Steenkamp was born in Cape Town and moved to Port Elizabeth as a child
where she continued her studies and graduated with a degree in law.
Named the first face of cosmetics giant Avon South Africa, according to the
profile, she has since shot some of South Africa’s leading campaigns and
commercials, and was working on some “major projects”.
She was from a family of horse trainers, who she said she was very proud of.
Her father was Barry Steenkamp, well-known horse trainer related to famous
South African trainers the Amos brothers.
Her former headmaster Greg Stokell described her as popular a “vibrant,
friendly, diligent, and motivated student who was popular with and respected
by staff and peers alike.”
He added: “The St Dominic’s Priory school community in Port Elizabeth is
both shocked and saddened by Reeva Steenkamp’s sudden and tragic death.”
The Tropika Island Of Treasure website says she was working on “smaller TV
roles as well as a lead in a new reality TV show”.
It continues: “Reeva has a passion for cars and cooking and prefers to read a
book on her off days and spend quality time with friends and family.”
Today, Reeva Steenkamp’s publicist Sarit Tomlinson described her as “a
talented and bright young girl”, adding: “Everyone who knew her is
“She was an absolute angel, the sweetest, sweetest human being, a kind