After chatting with Lee Thompson it’s clear to see why Mnet and Rapid Blue chose him to become the countries first Bachelor! He’s driven, philanthropic, passionate about our country and is looking for a special woman to share his life with. We wish him luck on his journey and can’t wait to tune into The Bachelor, when it airs next year.
How did you get into modelling?
I was scouted by Boss Models South Africa and trained by world renowned photographer Byron Keulemans. I had a good first season in the industry which opened many doors for me and allowed me to pursue an international modelling career.
What has been your proudest career achievement?
The non-profit organisation which I created called the #LiveHopeLoveSA initiative. It’s an initiative where house hold names send through a video sharing a message of Hope, Love and Encouragement which is aimed to inspire those who are fighting for their lives or going through a tough time in life. These video messages are then channelled to hospitals and the appropriate people via social media and direct messages. This initiative was inspired by Nelson Mandela and to continue his great legacy to South Africa and its people.
You’re quite entrepreneurial, tell us about your businesses. I currently own two business- es, Clean Smart and Skyler Web. Clean Smart is a cleaning company that specialises in cleaning for office spaces, guest houses, events, business parks, retail outlets, and other spaces offered on short term to long term cleaning contracts. We supply highly trained cleaning staff and eco-friendly cleaning equipment and materials. We operate in the Western Cape and Gauteng. Skyler Web is a website development business which focuses on building professional websites for Models, Stylists, Make Up Artists, Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs. I will be launching a fitness brand in 2019 which will change the fitness industry around the world forever.
What motivates you to succeed?
I am hugely ambitious, motivated and have a strong inner drive that keeps me moving in the right direction each day. I want a happy family lifestyle, a massively successful career and to make a positive difference to our great country of South Africa and I won’t stop until I’ve accomplished all of these goals.
How do you feel about taking on the role of SA’s first Bachelor?
It’s a huge honour for Mnet and Rapid Blue to have selected me as the South Africa’s first Bachelor. I’m extremely excited and feel so blessed to have the opportunity to find someone special to share my life with through this once in a lifetime journey.
What qualities make for the perfect wife?
I’m looking for someone who is kind, caring, physically attractive, honest, who has a great sense of humour, who I can see as my wife and the mother of my children.
How would you describe yourself?
As someone who is down to earth, easy to talk to, with a great sense of humour, honest, ambitious, driven and humble.
Who inspires you most and why?
Nelson Mandela. The way he united South Africa against all odds without resentment after being imprisoned for so many years is something I admire. He was willing to die for the selfless cause he believed in and that is the ultimate sacrifice one can make for their country.