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My Date with Supermodel Luke Nel

Meet Luke

Location: London/New York/Zimbabwe

Origin: Zimbabwe, South Africa

Occupation: Supermodel

Hobbies: Going on missions, playing the hand drum, and meeting new people.

How We Met: Our paths crossed right in front of my apartment. Luke was playing a harmonica while riding his bike. I asked to take his photograph.

Fun Facts: Blonde| Blue| 6’1″| 38″| 32″| 15.5″| 9.5 UK| Also— Luke was twice on the cover of GQ Style and cannot say No to ANYTHING!

Fashionably Late

It was the first heatwave of the year and looking cool was not easy, especially as I waited almost an hour for my date to arrive. Luke got a last minute “modeling gig,” so I was sure he was just blowing me off, and I’m not the kinda girl that waits around, especially not in the sweltering heat. I was just about cut my losses and  write-off our date when Luke called insisting that he was en route and would only be a few more minutes (which ended up being thirty). Hot and bothered, I began tallying up his tardy points when, like some Avril Lavigne Sk8er Boi Dream come true, Luke came sailing in on a skateboard completely nullifying all penalty points. I have to admit that it was quite an entrance.

The Dinner

Luke thrives off of adventure and discovery so I decided to take the reigns on this date and show him a few hidden gems in this city that you won’t find in an issue of Timeout. I suggested Lupe’s East L.A. Kitchen for dinner because Luke and I instantly bonded over our love for coco water when we first meet. Not only is Lupe’s the cutest diner in all of  NYC, but they also serve fresh coco water right out of the coconut. We cooled off under the neon pink lights, sipped on pure bliss, and shared in a heap of laughs. Dinner highlights included our waiter Victor explaining to Luke what a taco is (“Precious” bonus points) and Luke licking salsa off his arm at the dinner table (“Double-Precious” bonus points). The table etiquette in Zimbabwe must be a bit different than in the States but I have to admit that I found it quite charming.

Cuckoo for Coco Water!

Victor Explaining The Concept of a Taco

The Date

Next on our agenda was Sheriff Uncle Bob’s Bluegrass Jam at the Grisly Pear. Luke is a big fan of Bluegrass music so it was an absolute must that he meet The Sheriff of Good Times. The bar was pretty crowded, mostly with musicians who were  jumping in and out of the jam circle. Sheriff Uncle Bob gave us both a warm welcome and cleared an entire bench of guitar cases and random instruments so that we could have the best seat in the house, thereby earning me some “I’m with the Band” bonus points. Shortly thereafter, Bob took a little break to hang out and catch up and even showered us with gifts! I got a copy of his new CD “Hold Whatcha Got,” and we both got one of his “Get out of Jail Free” cards, just in case we got into any trouble later in the night.

Luke & Sheriff Uncle Bob

Carly Sioux & The Sheriff of Good Times

Holy Hotness

Luke Wins Back Lost Points for Cruising in on a Skateboard

Paparazza Jack Pot

Luke Hits The Jack Pot for Talking-Up My Photo Blog

Got Holes in My New Skirt for You

His skateboard shredded my favorite skirt

The Conclusion

Pros: Is a Supermodel, things like Tacos are a new adventure, and he always says “Yes.”

Cons: Is a Supermodel, is prone to being fashionably late, and he always says “Yes.”

Luke Nel is adventurous, optimistic and did I forget to mention handsome?  He’s always in the moment, which explains his trouble with punctuality. Would I wait an hour again for him? I probably would— I’d try to do handstands for Luke! I’ve already booked my flight to South Africa, invested in a mosquito net body suit, and enough Raid to wipe out an entire species. Now I just have to get over my fear of I.O.U.S. (Insects of Unusual Size).

Goodnight Indeed


  1. Oh Carly, I am so glad I get to see what you are getting your camera into these days. You really have a knack for people and creating something with them in your photos. Telling a story with a camera? Good concepts. Love and miss you. I need to book a flight for your side of the continent as soon as I can.

      • Ragazza Paparazza
      • Posted August 10, 2011 at 10:37 am
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      Thank you Rachel! Hopefully this project doesn’t get me into any trouble 😉

  2. Csizzle,
    You are so beautifully talented it actually gives me chills!
    I love you! What a fun choice of music for this one. Keep em coming. I feel so lucky to have such a f’ing rocking friend. xoxoxxo

    • Girl, don’t even get me started on how Awe-some you are! I am always bragging about your involvement with… you know what!!! Not to mention back in the Brenda the Beautiful Butterfly daze! Miss you and I am gonna come see you! xx

  3. THANKS!!! I have to say that this series IS a lot of fun!

  4. This is great. I’m really enjoying this series.

  5. Hey sister, I’m about to head home for some corn, farm eggs and bacon! See you very soon.

  6. Ha ha! Lorraine, I would curate a special date that would include “plate-licking.” Utensils are overrated anyways. 😉

  7. As always you make the corn fed Ohio based sister laugh!!!! Love ya Rae

  8. As Luke is my son I am bias…but I have to say Carly has related this date in a very amuzing way….and when she mentioned that he licked his arm, to collect any drips of slasa, I was surprised she did not go on to say he licked his plate at the end of the meal…which he usualy does…and yes its a Zimbabwean thing!! Knowing this now..I wonder if she would still go on another date with him…supermodel…uhm…well I think he’s super and he is a model…can those be connected! What a novel way to spend ones pastime…dating fellows and then blogging…I think its crazy…unusual and quirky and I like it!! I am a fan from now on and will obviously be spreading the word…so family and friends can share and have a laugh over Carly’s date with ‘Supermodel Luke’!! Thank-you Carly!!

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