Describing herself as 'SA Model, FHM Cover Girl, Tropika Island of Treasure Celeb Contestant, Law Graduate, Ambassador, Child of God' on Twitter, Reeva Steenkamp, a Cape Town born model had faced near death experiences twice in her life, before succumbing to death last year. At the age of five, she nearly bled to death after suffering complications when she had her tonsils taken out.
Then at 19 she broke her back in a horrific horse-riding fall on their farm, suffering injuries so severe she was forced to learn to walk again – an experience that may have brought her closer to Pistorius years later.Twitter/Reeva Steenkamp
Oscar Pistrorius and Reeva Rebecca Steenkamp -- their's must be the most high-profile story this year, with the paralympic star boyfriend going on trial for the murder of his supermodel girlfriend.
When the famed "Blade Runner" was first introduced to Steenkamp by a mutual friend in November 2012, he fell for her very quickly, by his own admission. "I think if anything I was maybe more into her than she was at times to me. I let her just take her space but it wasn't always easy, I was besotted," Pistorius had revealed during the murder trial.
Steenkamp too, was quite happy with the relationship and just three days after they met, tweeted: "The only guy you need in your life is the one who proves that he needs you in his." Two days after that, she added: "Blessed beyond words...."
Even their friends said they were clearly in love and happy, despite mentions of rows and Pistorius's temper.
On 1 February 2013, 13 days before her death, Steenkamp had tweeted a picture of Pistorious, saying he was "beautiful to look at".