19-year-old Tommie Fourie at Nevs Models is only just getting started in the modelling industry, yet is fitting in perfectly. When he stopped by the Boys by Girls office we talked to him about how he was first discovered, and ended up having quite an animal-themed conversation - who knew he dreamed of being a peacock? With a long-coat Chihuahua and a thing for Dirty Dancing, we couldn’t help but fall for the South African beauty.
Before modelling, Tommie was just getting into acting back in his home city of Cape Town. He is incredibly modest about his acting background, but we’re sure he would be just as talented as an actor as he is as a model. Read the interview below to find out more about Tommie, including inviting Hitler to dinner... don’t ask.
Tell us about what you have been up to recently.
I did two shows for London Collections; Kay Kwok and the Bobby Abley show for men. I did Graduate Fashion Week for London College of Fashion as well, and a few editorials and test shoots since I’ve only been here for like a month.
How long have you been modelling for?
Five months… yea about five months.
Polaroid by Cecilie Harris.
How did you get scouted?
My sister entered me into a competition thing last year - it was kind of a cheesy pageant thing and I ended up not winning, but there was a guy there from the agency who scouted me and I got a contract.
What annoys you the most in life?
Well right now…
...Is it us? (Laughs)
Noooo.. haha. Like when I’m walking in the street and the people walking in front of me are walking in such an unmotivated way, like they don’t know what they’re doing in life. When people have so much time to do that it really irritates me.
What makes you happy?
Being around animals.
Do you have any pets?
Yea I’ve got a dog and I miss him so much!
Whats his name?
Oscar, and he is a little long coat Chihuahua. He’s like, this big… (shows us with his hands… he’s tiny).
If you could be any animal, what animal would you be?
I’d be a peacock.
Male peacocks have all the feathers don’t they, so you’ve made a good choice there.
Do you have any party tricks?
Well I can go really low on my back, like kind of a limbo thing.
Oh you might have to show us that in a second. So imagine your dream dinner party. If you could invite anyone you want in the world, dead or alive, who would they be?
Marilyn Monroe, umm… Hitler..
Well, I think it would be interesting to hear what he has to say! And Lady Gaga.
This is a really diverse table you’ve got here.
Haha. Who else... Nelson Mandela and Paris Hilton.
So what person in your life would you say you depend on the most?
My younger sister. She’s older than me, but she’s the youngest of my two sisters. She’s like 25.
Do you have any sort of secret that no one else knows about you that you could tell us?
It would probably be that I actually like sketching designs, like clothes and stuff.
If you weren’t doing modelling, would that be the kind of thing you would like to do?
Yea I think so, that or acting. I used to do acting but I left it to come to London.
What kind of acting did you do?
Been in any films we might have seen?
Nah, I was doing it for a few months and then I had to leave so it was nothing big.
What’s your favourite play?
I haven’t done plays that are very famous or that you guys would know, mainly just like Afrikaans plays, since we speak Afrikaans in South Africa.
Well out of well-known plays?
Umm.. is Dirty Dancing a play?
It’s a film, but they’ve just made it into a musical in London, so you should go see it. Is that your favourite film then?
No haha that’s just the only thing I could come up with.
What to you is beautiful?
Nature. Because I grew up on a farm surrounded by nature, so nature, definitely.
If you had any life advice for us, what would it be?
I would say be yourself.
We definitely agree on that one. It was great to see you, Tommy!
Words by Justine Hyde-Mobbs.