Tahnee van der Merwe is onze razende reporter en PR-star, maar daarnaast ook fashion model voor verschillende grote merken. Ze combineert haar liefde voor interieur en schrijven met haar rondreizende leven voor allerlei (inter)nationale opdrachtgevers. Op Ibiza komt ze regelmatig, voor shoots maar ook om even lekker vakantie te vieren. Lees nu alles over de ervaringen van Tahnee met het eiland Ibiza!

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Waarom reis je veel naar Ibiza?

“Ibiza is een eiland waar veel van mijn opdrachtgevers graag komen vanwege de parelwitte stranden, de schitterende natuur, idyllische dorpjes, indrukwekkende kathedralen en Romeinse overblijfselen. Zelf ben ik gek op het struinen over de kleurrijke markten en ondertussen de leukste vintage kleding, lokale kunst en accessoires aan te schaffen.”

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Wat is je favoriete restaurant in Ibiza?

“Restaurant Cicale is één van mijn favoriete restaurants. De 16e-eeuwse gerestaureerde finca is een ware droom voor elke interieurliefhebber. De stijl van het restaurant is bohemien-chique gemixt met moderne eenvoud en ademt een ontspannen en warme sfeer. Het restaurant zit verscholen tussen weelderige groene bomen en prachtige tuinen en bevindt zich in het hart van het platteland van San Lorenzo. Mijn favoriete gerecht hier is de aubergine parmigiana met vers gevangen vis.”

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In welk hotel slaap je het liefst als je in Ibiza bent?

“Ik bivakkeer het liefst in een gerestaureerd Ibicenca boerderijtje genaamd Can Curreu. Ik ben gek op kleine boetiekhotels en deze in het bijzonder. De ligging is heerlijk rustig op het platteland en met een uniek uitzicht. Elk kamer heeft een gekleurde muur in combinatie met veel wit en hout, wat voor een serene en mooie uitstraling zorgt. Het hotel heeft eigen paarden, een zwembad en een sportschool. Een fantastische plek om tot rust te komen. In Can Curreu slapen gasten in huisjes die elk anders zijn ingericht, tussen de olijfbomen en boomgaarden in.”

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Welke winkel is een must?

Wanneer je knalroze olifanten voor een mooie 17e-eeuwse finca ziet staan dan weet je dat je goed zit. La Galeria Elefante is een chique concept store waar je echt niet voorbij kunt lopen zonder naar binnen te gaan. De winkel combineert meubelstukken, accessoires, antiek, fashion en kunst. Je vindt hier prachtige kussens, lampen en geurkaarsen waar je huis meteen een Ibiza feel van krijgt.

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Magisch moment van Ibiza?

“De ochtenden op Ibiza zijn magisch. Ik ben sowieso écht een ochtend mens en ik zou geen zonsopgang willen missen. Het geluid van de zee samen met de opkomende zon en een oranje-rode lucht maakt van de ochtenden hier een feestje.”

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Mag je niet missen!

Op Ibiza kun je niet om de handgemaakte manden en hoedjes heen. Daarnaast is Ibiza echt een fantastische plek om mooie gekleurde plaids, handgestikte kussens en geurkaarsen te scoren. “Als je van shoppen houdt, moet je zeker naar de Las Dalias hippie markt op zaterdag. Wandel door de kleine straatjes in de oude stad van Ibiza en ontdek unieke interieur shops en boetieks. Als je op het strand van Calas bent. Probeer dan de kleine chiringuito beach barretjes voor lekkere verse vis.”

 

 

Tahnee van der Merwe

Model Couple Interview Tahnee Frijters Zack van der Merwe

It is no secret your soulmate makes the ultimate travel companion. If there’s one couple who knows this, it’s Tahnee Frijters and Zack van der Merwe. Check out our interview with this stunning duo…

What is it like having a partner working in the same industry as you?
I (Tahnee) like it because they get that you never know what tomorrow brings. In today’s industry, a lot of work happens from day to day, so when you have someone that is in the same business, you never have to explain why plans are being cancelled. Sometimes it is hard, because one person can be away for ten days. But the moments we are back together it is amazing! We often try to go with each other to different countries. If I am working in Paris and Zack is free, he would come with me. This way we can have a nice dinner together and he can see his agency and see some clients in Paris.

Have you ever done a shoot together? What was it for? How was it and were there any challenges you had to overcome?
Yes we did. It was advertising campaign for quite a big brand in Ibiza. It was a lot of fun, because the shoot was all about a lifestyle that people want to lead. So big boats, helicopters and jet ski’s…lots of fun! We also did a tennis and golfing shoot together not long after. We are both very easy to get along with and I think we are professional in what we do, so our personal life doesn’t get in the way when a job needs to be done, but it’s always handy when you have to do a couples shoot together. We are hoping to do a big campaign together…

Tahnee Frijters Zack van der Merwe Model Couple

Have either of you noticed a significant difference in model pay roles or availability for modeling jobs based on gender?
The industry is constantly changing, as most people will tell you. In the past women earned way more than guys do and for some jobs they still do, but with the internet and online shopping, things started to head to the same level.

What has been the most rewarding part of being a model for each of you?Tahnee: I get to see so many beautiful places and meet so many people from all over the world. I learnt a lot of languages on my trips and travelling really makes me grow! Love it!

Zack: I met the woman of my dreams on a job, so there are no complaints there. I get to work with different people and I get to see different places, I would never have seen if I weren’t a model.

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What is your ideal way to spend a Saturday?
We have a little boy now, so there is a lack of sleep, but we are not late sleepers. So we’d get up around 7, feed the little guy, then would take turns doing some sort of exercise, followed by breakfast. After that, if the weather prevails, we’d be outside in the forest, on the beach or in a city, just walking around. Then we would have friends of family over for a games night followed by lots of healthy good food and some wine and bubbles, as Tahnee is a bubble drinker, which is Zack’s fault…got her into really good bubbles, as I believe if you do not drink much, you should drink something you like.

Zack van der MerweWhich one of you wears the pants in the relationship?
It’s definitely a team effort with most things, but when it comes to decisions about what lamp to buy and which corner to put it in, Tahnee definitely knows more, but when it comes to what car or technical thing to buy, Zack get’s complete freedom.

Tahnee, what was your secret to getting back in shape so quickly after having your beautiful baby?
Zack…hahahahaha. I always work out, but we had a rough pregnancy, which didn’t allow me to work out, so as soon as the little dude was out, I was back in gym, but I started slowly and built up my strength over a few weeks. For the rest, I love cooking! We have a big kitchen and make a lot of healthy food. :-)

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What is your go to meal after a busy working day?
Seared tuna salad or sushi, love that stuff!!!! If we have time, we make Vietnamese rolls with our own stuffing or a home made vegetable soup with spelt bread.

Is it difficult to balance your model lifestyles with your new baby Lenn?
As soon as a option or job comes in, we schedule it in, so if one of us works on that day, the other has to babysit. If it happens that we have to work on the same days, we are fortunate to have family really close by.

What is your favorite part of being a parent?
It is something you can’t explain unless you have your own. When you look at him and you see half of your partner and half of yourself, it is absolute bliss, even though some nights you want to take him to the closest store and give him away when he’s crying, but it only takes one smile from him to make your heart melt and forget why you ever thought of giving him away…hahahahaha. It is our little miracle boy and we love him with all of our hearts! He completes us.

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ZACK VAN DER MERWE MARRIES TAHNEE

Zack is an international model who has worked on some of the biggest advertising campaigns in the world. Anyone who has followed the Jeff Banks website for the past few years will see his face gracing our pages regularly.

Just about a year ago after he had proposed to Tahnee, Zack asked if Jeff Banks would make his suit for his wedding.

As a man of style who has worn some of the most expensive clothes on the planet, he wanted to look his best. His bride to be is absolutely drop dead gorgeous so Zack had to pull out all the stops. He spent an afternoon in the design studio going through fabrics and finally settled on a Dormeuil wool and mohair. He chose a pink lining with all hand stitched edges. We made a three piece suit as it was a special occasion.

The wedding took place in Het Oude Slot Heemstede in the Netherlands with the bride looking simply stunning and Zack looking fully booted and suited.
Our congratulations to the happy couple.