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Model and ‘child of God’ was looking forward to Valentine’s Day

Catherine Wylie

Published 14/02/2013 | 10:42

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THE girlfriend of Oscar Pistorius, who was shot dead at his home, was a top model and "child of God" who was looking forward to Valentine's Day.

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Reeva Steenkamp, 30, died in what might have been a Valentine surprise gone wrong for the couple who were the Posh and Becks of South Africa.

In her own words on her Twitter biography, she describes herself as the following: "SA Model, Cover Girl, Tropika Island of Treasure Celeb Contestant, Law Graduate, Child of God."

Just yesterday Steenkamp was active on Twitter, and in response to an invite asking her to visit and share cakes today, she said: "I'm there like a bear!!! Yayyyy!!!! X"

The model also expressed her excitement for Valentine's Day on Twitter, saying: "What do you have up your sleeve for your love tomorrow??? #getexcited #ValentinesDay"

In response to someone else's plans for the day, Miss Steenkamp replied: "That sounds amazing! Wow that's what it's all about! It should be a day of love for everyone :) may it be blessed!"

On February 1, she tweeted to Pistorius telling him he was "beautiful".

She wrote: "He certainly doesn't need more followers but he's beautiful to look at & says some smart stuff too ;)"

This weekend, Steenkamp was set to star in South African reality television series Tropika Island Of Treasure, in which celebrities and ordinary people compete in remote, exotic locations in a variety of daily challenges.

On the show's website, a tribute to Steenkamp says: "We are deeply saddened and extend our condolences to Reeva's family and friends."

The website also carries a profile of the star, describing her as someone who "prefers to read a book on her off days".

It says Steenkamp was born in Cape Town and moved to Port Elizabeth as a child where she continued her studies and graduated with a degree in law.

Named the first face of cosmetics giant Avon South Africa, according to the profile, she has since shot some of South Africa's leading campaigns and commercials, and was working on some "major projects".

The website says she was working on "smaller TV roles as well as a lead in a new reality TV show".

It continues: "Reeva has a passion for cars and cooking and prefers to read a book on her off days and spend quality time with friends and family."

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