AFTER returning from a holiday, Port Elizabeth businesswoman, Natassja Ungerer, felt and looked "horrible” and she decided to lose weight.
Little did she know that her new look would land her an opportunity to be a model for one of the biggest retail stores in the country.
Ungerer, 27, of Lorraine was recently announced as the winner of Edgars’ Penny C competition, the in-house initiative for plus-size women.
She is one of three women selected in the country to be a face of Penny C.
They have each walked away with R45000 in prizes. These include a modelling contract, a modelling course and clothing vouchers.
"The competition was advertised in the Huisgenoot in August last year and I entered because my mom thought I was photogenic.
"I’m very excited about winning. This is a big achievement for me.”
Ungerer, the owner of a legal consultancy firm, was announced the winner in December and was flown to Johannesburg for a photo shoot.
"I can’t wait to start with the campaign.
"We [the winners] were told we would appear in all Edgars catalogues.”
Ungerer, who joined a weight loss programme in 2011, said she felt good about herself after shedding a couple of kilograms.
"I weighed 104kg and now I weigh 88kg and I feel so good.”
"I wasn’t happy with how I looked before, especially after looking at the pictures I took while I was on holiday. I looked horrible, so I decided to do something about my weight.”
Winning the competition was a cherry on top, she said.
"I only lost weight so I could feel good and boost my confidence.
"I did not do know that I would enter and win a competition.
"I didn’t even take the competition seriously until I was told I was one of the six finalists.”
"I’m more excited now because winning the competition shows one can achieve anything one wants, no matter how big the challenges are. Now, plus-sized people can also be models, something which was thought to be for only skinny people.”
Ungerer is flying to Cape Town today for an official photo shoot.