South African Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp attend an awards ceremony in Johannesburg, South Africa last November.(Photo: Lucky Nxumalo, AP)
JOHANNESBURG (CBSNews.com) - The woman who was shot dead in double-amputee Olympian runner Oscar Pistorius' house was a model, a law school graduate and an entrepreneur who cared about empowering women and was to give an inspirational talk Thursday at a Johannesburg School.
Publicist Sarit Tomlinson said Reeva Steenkamp, known simply as Reeva, was one of FHM's 100 Sexiest Women in the World for two years running, appeared in international and South African advertisements and was one of the celebrity contestants on "Tropika Island of Treasure" filmed in Jamaica.
"We are deeply saddened and extend our condolences to Reeva's family and friends," read a statement posted on the show's website.
According to her profile on the show's site, Steenkamp was born in Cape Town, South Africa, and became the first face of the South African branch of cosmetics company Avon Products Inc. six years ago.
On Twitter, she tweeted messages urging women to stand up against rape alongside her excitement about Valentine's Day.