A Profile of Eugon McNeil

The fact of the matter is, life will present you with many opportunities and it is up to you to decide what to do with those opportunities. Eugon Mcneil did not plan on becoming a supermodel, but when the opportunity presented itself, he grabbed it with both hands.

The 20 year old Eugon grew up in the tough streets of Scottsville, Kraaifontein, where gangs and drugs is an everyday problem. Like many of us, he knows what gunshots sounds like and what poverty looks like, but despite his circumstances, he chose to stay away from negative influences. He chose friends who weren’t into drugs and gangsterism, friends who preferred playing games and doing their homework. Also, like many of us, he was raised by his mother, a single parent.

Eugon was discovered at the age of 17 while being a best man at a wedding. However, being discovered isn’t as simple as it sounds. Despite his potential, he had to work hard to put together a portfolio and audition for modeling contracts.

His first big modeling job was in Milan, but this was while he was writing exams and he still had to study while preparing for his trip. Before he flew to Milan, he wrote his exams at 8am, passed, and left for Milan at 12pm on the same day. He travelled alone and he admits he felt scared being away from home. While he was on the plane, he called his mother and told her that he wanted to come back home. However, as time passed, he became use to it and started to love travelling all over the world.

Despite his success, he hasn’t forgotten where he comes from. He still lives in Scottsville with his mother and still likes walking around the neighbourhood talking to his friends and neighbours and he still likes to eat curry and gatsbies. When he got his first big paycheck, he gave it to his mother to thank her for everything she has done for him. He knows that he won’t model forever, so he wants to get a degree and become a TV presenter.

The advice he gives to those aspiring to be models is just be yourself because foreign modeling agencies loves working with South Africans (they especially like our accents) and they love talking about Nelson Mandela. The advice he gives to all young people chasing their dreams is, you need to be focused, believe in yourself, and when the opportunity arrives, grab it with both hands.