This is an undated portfolio photo supplied by Ice Model Management in Johannesburg of Reeva Steenkamp
This is an undated portfolio photo supplied by Ice Model Management in Johannesburg of Reeva Steenkamp, during a photo shoot. Paralympic superstar Oscar Pistorius was charged Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, with the murder of his girlfriend who was shot inside his home in South Africa, a stunning development in the life of a national hero known as the Blade Runner for his high-tech artificial legs. Reeva Steenkamp, a model who spoke out on Twitter against rape and abuse of women, was shot four times in the predawn hours in the home, in a gated community in the capital, Pretoria, police said. (AP Photo/Ice Model Management) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Reeva Steenkamp was described as "the sweetest, kindest, just angelic soul," and at the same time "a very inspiring individual, very passionate about speaking about women and empowerment."
Setting an example
Steenkamp and paralympic runner Oscar Pistorius had been dating for several months, and “seemed happy,” Steenkamp’s publicist Sarit Tomlinson told TODAY on Thursday. There was no sign of discord between the two, she said.
She was one of FHM magazine's 100 Sexiest Women in the World for the past two years, appeared in international and South African advertisements and was to make her debut next week as a celebrity contestant on the reality TV show ''Tropika Island of Treasure'' filmed in Jamaica. She was just 30.
For the cause
Steenkamp had been anxiously awaiting Valentine's Day, tweeting: "What do you have up your sleeve for your love tomorrow? It should be a day of love for everyone."
Reeva Steenkamp competed in the BBC Lifestyle show "Bake-off" on Aug. 21, 2012.
Reeva Steenkamp also was a law school graduate. The freckled blonde who appeared in scanty bikinis on magazine covers and sashayed down fashion ramps was ''continuously breaking the model stereotype,'' said her publicist, Sarit Tomlinson.
Steenkamp was the face of Avon in South Africa and was scheduled to give a speech at a Johannesburg school on the day she was killed.