Genevieve Morton is one of the hottest and freshest faces to come out of the swimsuit model scene recently.
The South African beauty has graced the pages of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue two years in a row and was hand chosen for the cover of the South African Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.
GlobalGrind had the chance to sit down with the blonde bombshell and talk to her about her modeling, hobbies and even her love of hamburgers! Who knew?
Genevieve was very down to earth and had a great sense of humor. Check it out!
GlobalGrind: Tell us a little about yourself.
Genevieve Morten: I’m from South Africa, I’m 25 years old and I work as a model!
How long have you been in the U.S.?
I live between New York and Cape Town. I’m normally here about eight months of the year and in Cape Town or Europe the rest of the time.
When you’re here in New York, do you have any weird habits or anything that you think would surprise people?
I think it’s weird that I don’t go to too many restaurants even if I really like them, so that I won’t eat too much of the food. There’s this amazing place that I love, it’s the oldest bar in New York called McSorley’s and they have the best hamburgers in the whole city. I’m 100 percent sure. It’s so much fun! I love going in and I always limit myself to going once every time I’m in the city. Otherwise I’ll just be debaucherous, I’m sure!
You do a lot of swimsuit work. Do you ever get a chance to actually go swimming?
I do and I love swimming so much. Where I grew up there was a warm ocean, the Indian Ocean, but when I left home I moved to Cape Town, which is really cold, so I never swim there.
Have you done photo shoots there?
Yes, you just have to pretend it’s warm!
Do you have a favorite designer, swimsuit or otherwise?
I really like Herve Leger. His dresses fit amazingly incredible and I’m really enjoying Marc Jacobs’ stuff at the moment. I have a great pair of sunglasses from him. They’re so cool, they fit perfectly! And in South Africa, I really enjoy a designer call Hendrik Vermeulen. He designs couture dresses, which are nice to wear to the races and that kind of thing.
What were you doing before modeling?
Before modeling I was in high school and then, I didn’t really know what I wanted to do. I had a whole bunch of things up in the air. I was thinking of becoming an architect, but I wasn’t sure, so I decided to take a year off and figure out what I was going to do. In that time I became a model.
Do you have a favorite photographer?
My favorite so far has been Walter Kurtz, who I worked with in Sports Illustrated that launched this year, the 2011 issue. From South Africa, my favorite photographer would be Jacques Weyers, who shot the South African cover.
Do you ever have people you haven’t heard from in years call you, after seeing you on Sports Illustrated?
I get a lot of Facebook messages saying “I knew you would make it!” Meantime, back at the ranch, that is not what happened. It’s funny, but it’s nice to know that people still follow your career, or at least care enough about you to send those messages.
What is the strangest way you’ve been hit on?
I get a lot of people sending me messages on the internet asking me to date them or go out, and it’s very weird. It’s funny in a way, but it’s kind of scary. I don’t know if people are joking. I think people don’t realize that on the other side of the Internet are actually real people, so sometimes they just say what they feel. They don’t realize that it’s not just going into space, it’s going at someone else, which is quite dangerous.
What kind of music do you listen to?
I listen to everything, but when I’m at home and I’m relaxing with a nice glass of wine and a book, I like to listen to Dean Martin, The Mamas and the Papas, all that music from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s.
When I’m working out, I listen to things like Maroon 5. “Moves Like Jagger” is awesome. I have a playlist for specific things, so I like my chill music, which would be the old fashioned music. Then I always go with the Top 40 with training, because you need that boost to get yourself going.
What do you do in your downtime?
I read a lot. I enjoy reading and the best thing I got was my Kindle because I travel so much that I would end up traveling with so many books. I’m studying as well, so I have my text books, which weigh about 14 kilograms (30 pounds). The Kindle is amazing because I can have as many books as I want. I can flip between. I started playing golf, which I absolutely love. I just got a new set of clubs.
What are you studying?
I’m studying a degree in Media and Communications. The University I go to is made for the rural people in South Africa that can’t actually get to the University. You can go in if you want to, but I chose not to, because I’m never there. Twice a year I go back for exams, which is actually in two weeks time. It’s a lot of stress, but it’s a lot of fun and it’s worth it to get an education.
Is that what you want to do after modeling?
I‘m not sure what I’ll do, because that’s still quite a ways for me, a good couple years away. I want to fulfill other sections of my life, not just modeling. I want to branch out and do something that my dad would be proud of.