HUNDREDS of thousands of readers voted for their favourite in the FHM “100 Sexiest Women in the World” line-up for 2012, and their preference was clear: 26-year-old South African model Genevieve Morton.
“I was thrilled!” said Morton, now based in New York, who had been told before the news was out.
“At that stage I couldn’t tell anybody so I had to carry this massive and exciting secret around. I was over the moon. Winning this title is great for my career.
“It does make me blush when anyone mentions my win, but then again the idea of what makes someone sexy can differ from person to person. I personally see the appeal of girls like Candice Swanepoel and Kate Upton – to me they’re very sexy,” she said.
FHM editor Brendan Cooper said Morton was sophisticated, sexy and a very versatile model.
“She can do ‘blonde in a bikini’ on a beach with aplomb, but her real sexiness for me is in that her look harks back to classic beauties like Brigitte Bardot,” Cooper said.
“At school I don’t think I was popular or unpopular. I was middle of the range. I think I grew into my looks late in high school and after school. I was quite a gawky-looking child and often teased,” Morton said.
She entered a few beauty pageants but only started working as a model after school, having met a scout at one of the pageants.
Modelling since 2005, Morton moved from Durban to Cape Town in early 2006 to further her career. Her first trip abroad was for the 2007 FHM calendar, which was shot in Mauritius. She also started modelling in Europe at that time.
“I stay in Cape Town when I’m here – it’s really beautiful and I always feel at home in this city,” she said.
The one thing she missed most about South Africa was a good braai. “There’s nothing quite like a braai. South African culture is unique and I also miss the people when I’m away,” she said.
Morton said, “My philosophy in life is to keep trying and not let life get you down. Learn from mistakes and disappointment by trying harder and making sure to hold on to what makes you unique.”
This is a shortened version of the article which appeared in the Weekend Post on June 16.