Olin-Shae De La Cruz
|Olin-Shae De La Cruz|
Olin-Shae Elizabeth De La Cruz|
March 29, 1994
Western Cape, South Africa
Wynberg Girls’ Primary School|
Westerford High School
Waterfront Theatre School
Boston Media House
|Years active||2011 - to date|
Olin-Shae De La Cruz is a South African model who competed for the crown of Miss South Africa in 2017 and exited the pageant in the semi-finals. The eventual winner was Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters. Olin-Shae had previously entered the 2013 Miss Earth South Africa where she also placed in the semi-finals.
Olin-Shae was born Olin-Shae Elizabeth De La Cruz on 29 Marc 1994 in Wynberg,a suburb of the city oof Cape Town in the Western Cape province of South Africa. She is the only daughter of Dennis and Karin Papillon Ford; however both her parents had been previously married, her father has four children (two boys and two girls) from the previous marriage while her mother had one child from hers. Olin-Shae has five siblings.
She went to Wynberg Girls’ Primary School and later went to Westerford High School where she matriculated. While in high school she was a part-time student at Waterfront Theatre School and after matriculating she enrolled there full-time majoring in Dance and Musical Theatre. Olin-Shae then enrolled at CityVarsity School of Media and Creative Arts where she studied Journalism; while there she also did Digital Video Course as well as a Television Presenting Course. She later enrolled at Boston Media House where she studied a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Media Operations Management.
Olin-Shae began making inroads in the entertainment industry while she was in high school. Perhaps vaguely remembered as part of the obscured SABC 3 kids adventure show, Which Way, produced by Okuhle Media. On that show; a group consisting of four teenage explorers traveled around South Africa, in each episode they were introduced to a new area and educated about it before engaging in activities unique to or available in that are.
While in school Olin-Shae also took up hip hop dancing and participated in competitions nationwide including dancing at The Artscape Theatre. In 2012 she was a lead dancer in the Cape Town Carnival held in Long Street and in 2013 she was part of the opening act in the carnival with the African Queen, that year's edition of the Cape Town Carnival was held in Green Point. She was signed and represented by Y Models which is now known as Contact Model Management. In 2013 she entered Miss Earth South Africa and made it through to the semi-finals.
In 2014 Olin-Shae relocated to Johannesburg where the entertainment industry is far superior to that of Cape Town. There she began working on a part-time basis with a youth marketing company called HDI Youth Marketers.
2017 Miss South Africa
In 2016 Olin-Shae entered the 2017 Miss South Africa beauty pageant. This was perhaps her most high profile undertaking as the Miss South Africa is broadcast on television nationwide to scores of adoring fans. She was quoted saying of the endeavor, "while talking to youth at schools I realised that I wanted to see a change and encourage youth to empower themselves". And by entering the Miss South Africa beauty pageant, she could show youth that they too could be, “the best version of themselves”.
Her mother, Karin Ford, said of her daughter's undertaking, "I was so overwhelmed when I saw 2 000 entrants. Olin-Shae was dressed in a casual dress because we thought the judges were going to let the entrants wear casual then go to formal dress. We found out that they were going to look at one dress. I told her to go and change. She made a way to get out of the waiting line to put on another dress.
"I was freaking out and asked her to run to the bathroom. I also wasn’t happy with her red lipstick. I know she loves red lipstick, but I thought the judges would not like it. However, she insisted on keeping the red lipstick because she said that was her. And she pulled it off," her mother said speaking to the Southern Mail.
During Olin-Shae's time in the competition she received media coverage from her native Cape Town with the South Mail doing a full article on her including speaking to her aunt, Venetia Orgill, who said “Olin-Shae is a great role model for the youth and I am bursting with pride for what she has achieved”.
Post 2017 Miss South Africa
Since exiting the competition as a semi-finalist she has joined Disney Cruise Line and travelled the world working as a Youth Counselor. As of January 2018 Olin-Shae is a co-director at Swishep Marketing Agency.