Beauty and brains

Beauty and brains

Elegant, poised and graceful. Khabonina Shabangu is much more than just a beautiful face. The soon-to-be wedded chiropractic intern also recently took part in the seventh season of the Tropika Island of Treasure reality television show.

Life has been busy for beautiful Khabonina of late . . . what with submitting the final thesis for her Chiropractic degree, wrapping up the filming of a reality television series and getting married this week!

The strikingly beautiful part-time model exudes self-confidence and a drive to succeed. Growing up in a large family in the upper highway area, Khabo says she was always an active and highly achieving sportswoman. “I attended the beautiful Thomas More College and played provincial hockey, netball and soccer, provincial and SA squash, as well as soccer, indoor cricket, tennis, athletics and polo.”

It was actually through her sporting career that Khabo ‘fell’ into modelling. “I always have a giggle when I think of how I got into modelling. After matric, I coached hockey. At the end of a hockey match one afternoon I was approached by a model scout who had been driving past the school while I was waiting outside. He got out, gave me his card and told me to come to his offices that weekend. After chatting to my mum and researching him and his company, I set up a meeting, and the rest is history.”

Although she loves it, modelling is not Khabo’s main focus. As a chiropractic intern her passion lies in being able to serve her community through the treatment of patients. “It’s such a rewarding feeling being able to facilitate healing in another person’s body using primarily my hands.

Still crazy about exercising, Khabo says she cannot think of a better way to start the day off than with working up a good sweat.

Before her recent marriage to St Andrews College old-boy Abonga Nkwelo, Khabo got to add some further excitement to her life when she participated in the seventh season of the reality TV show Tropika Island of Treasure.

She was chosen to partner up with a celebrity contestant (television presenter Siv Ngesi). “We were one of seven teams (each consisting of one celebrity and one consumer). The show entailed us going to the beautiful island of Seychelles, and competing daily, with the hope of not getting eliminated.”

With R1 million up for grabs, Khabo says every day brought with it a different set of games and challenges. “The competition was fiercer than any of the previous seasons, but even though we all went to the Seychelles as strangers, our experience and time together has led to strong friendships and bonds”

To find out if Khabo and Siv win the money tune into SABC3 every Monday at 19.30.

Text: Leah Shone | Model’s top by Bianca Warren | Hair and makeup: Juliet Downes Makeup Eye


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