Belindé Schreuder

Belindé Schreuder is a professional model, having worked in the industry for 20 years and winning numerous titles nationally. She has represented South Africa internationally, in some of the largest pageants in the world and she currently holds the title of Miss Grand South Africa.

Some of her local titles include Miss Supranational SA, Little Miss South Africa, Miss Jnr Legs SA, Mini Miss Million Dollar, Miss Teen Queen of SA and Miss Rivonia.

Her participation in international pageants include Model of Grasia in Italy where she was placed 2nd overall, Top Model winner, top 15 in the Queen on Brilliancy in Taiwan, winner of the World Supermodel in Macau as well taking the title of Photogenic Winner. Her success continued in Miss United Continents in Ecuador where she was the 5th Runner up and Omnidental Winner, as well as placing in the top 30 at the Miss Supranational pageant in Poland.

Being a young woman in South Africa, Belindé is determined to use her modelling platform to seize every opportunity available, to make a difference and be a voice for those who feel they aren’t being heard. She has a soft spot in her heart for children, which is why she is part of the SA Schools and Reach for a Dream projects, where they work with the youth in our country, to build ambassadors.

More than a beauty queen, Belindé’s work includes editorial modelling, television advertisements, music videos and runway modelling. Highlights in her career include EDGAR'S Highschool Musical Magazine, Oaktree Stuttafords Billboards, photoshoots for Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Bruid Gids and You Magazine, as well as television commercials for Manhattan Sweets and Kentucky Fried Chicken. She has worked on several music videos and walked the runways at SA Fashion Week, Mercedes Benz Fashion week, Sperro Vilioti and LISOF.

When asked how she juggles this life in the spotlight, Belindé says she is highly motivated, learns from yesterday, lives for today and dreams about tomorrow.

Known to the RHCRU family as Bella, this incredible young woman, is also an animal lover. What started out as a photoshoot with elephants, turned into a passion for these gentle giants of the world. Bella has witnessed the strong bonds and lasting connections that can be created between elephant and man, and has experienced the elephants' gentle nature. This inspired Bella to work with RHCRU and use her platform to create awareness about the conservation challenges elephants and other wildlife face, in Africa. As for lesson's she has learned from the elephants, "Take the time to learn and understand before you judge. These giants with rough skin and large tusks are capable of being unbelievably kind, gentle and patient." Her involvement with RHCRU has given her much appreciation and respect for elephants and all wildlife.

"It's an honour to be an Ambassador for the Rory Hensman Conservation and Research Unit. As a RHCRU ambassador, I appreciate the opportunities Adventures with Elephants have given me, to learn more about elephants and do more for their conservation." - Belindé Schreuder

Photo credit: Brendan Croft