Monaco's princess-to-be Charlene Wittstock has revealed her excitement at making a trip home to South Africa to take part in a fundraising swim.
Charlene Wittstock is looking forward to seeing her friends in South Africa when she makes one of her final trips home before becoming a princess in July.
The former Olympic swimmer - who will marry Monaco's Prince Albert on July 2 - revealed she is excited about having some traditional South African cuisine as she prepares to travel to her home country to take part in charity swim the Midmar Mile, to raise funds for the country's special Olympics.
She said: "I'm really looking forward to a braai [similar to a barbeque], seeing my friends and if possible even going to a Sharks [rugby] match."
Despite her swimming pedigree, the 32-year-old bride-to-be has warned she is not "in Olympic condition" but is hoping to raise both awareness and funds for the Special Olympics.
She added she is excited about returning to swimming on a social level.
Giorgio Armani announced last month he will design Charlene's wedding dress saying "Yes, I want to declare, I will make the wedding dress."
Giorgio and his niece Roberta are close friends of the 32-year-old bride-to-be with Roberta recently revealing she thinks Charlene will make a wonderful princess.
She said: "But Charlene is my friend, which makes me biased! She is perfect for being a princess. She's down-to-earth but also clever, determined. She shines in our clothes!"
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Anyone know how Cashlene and Armani became friends?
Charlene explained her Armani introduction in her South African interview with Jenny Crwys-Williams on 15 February 2011. I transcribes th entire segment because it shows how good Charlene is at flattering people, but also notice now she has moved on to other designers. Con artists are loyal to no one - but themselves. Also, notice how Charlene considers herself an expert on fashion and she speaks as if she is now the best dressed woman on the planet. The transcribing is my best attempt at accuracy by writing what I heard.
Jenny (starting at time 14:43): Tell us how the whole Armani thing came about. Because, he basically picked up the phone to you and said, “Now come into my parlor,” didn’t he? Charlene (laughs): Well uhm, it was, it was about five years ago that I was approached by the Armani group and they obviously wanted me to become one of their ambassadors, because they have sporting ambassadors as well. And, Mr Armani you know obviously Roberta Armani who’s a friend of mine, uh, supported me through uh the, the couple of years that I had engagements that were public and social an uh. Uh, and so yeah they designed a look, they took me under their wing and…
Jenny (interrupting): What did they teach you? What, I mean when you think about it, that description of yourself at the Red Cross Ball and , and being bouncy and thinking that you looked fantastic and I am sure that you did actually. But, they must have taught you a whole lot and you, you do say that what he’s taught you is just unfathomable really. Charlene: I think he has given me an (pause, sigh) you know I really do not know how to explain I because he has given me an opportunity to appreciate fashion, and appreciate ou know ygood cuts, good lines, things that will suit my physique and uh he took us from season to season. I mean I will never become a slave of fashion. I like to wear something that is simple, ah, obviously not over the top and I think that they understood that about me and that is, obviously Mr. Armani is an icon in his own right ah, and you know I was very honored grateful that I had this assistance and inspiration.
Jenny: But he’s the best paired down of all the designers isn’t he? I mean everything is cut, uh, everything you know is the line, uh the cut and there’s nothing superfluous about an Armani outfit at all. So did that teach you something or did you know that instinctively but, but just felt comfortable when you knew that that was what suited you? Charlene: Yeah that’s exactly right. I just thought you know something simple, I’m still sporty, sportive, and uh obviously my broad shoulders and he dressed me and I uh felt comfortable and it was something that I loved and liked and uh yeah.
Jenny: When you first got into your very, very first Armani outfit, what did it feel like? Did it feel like silk? Charlene (laughs): Gosh, I can’t actually remember. Ah, But uh, I do know that he is an absolute perfectionist and uhm his team are absolutely amazing and impeccable with their stitching, and uhm stylish elegant and I felt amazing, wearing his styles.
Monaco's fairytale love story: post-engagement
PPDA: And this was the woman whom you needed? Albert: I think... *** Reporter: "Is Charlene Wittstock your soulmate?" Albert: "I don't know if she is ...I don't know yet.
BOTH of these are handmade with "job's tears" beads (a type of grass seed beads that already have a hole in them) and cheap beads. I actually bought ALL the beads for this project to make a joke gift for my daughter and it cost less than 3.00 US. No doubt Charlene is passing them off as couture.
Last Edit: Apr 19, 2011 3:26:41 GMT -5 by mrplowfan
Thanks for this link, refia OMG: WHat is wrong with the her skeleton in her neck region??? newspix.photoshelter.com/image? picture: _bqG=41&_bqH=eJxtkFFvwiAUhX.NfdmLLnYuTXhAoPVuAhtQTX0hpm1So3NJJdGfP25jtmbbfYDvnMuBXBbptc9Db9.b2Qecd8Vtujj2u9W2CTKbz5.zxzSbTWNl4LllpO72_ak9tw_XQwiX8FkfE_CWUycm6VLKScrJyOAcDc5HVhULTdyjLX5Hxd.o.D_KwFXDYy62EZgulTOVB6tRagNCxR5ohRKsN2ItqBX8Lt_G2mrjiKHqNRkG9VRxEiKXVhgPnJT4CdvmSb7cOnvKcewNGFfStaeFUKzCQ4lnSw_x4hi9Y_mNJv9BiUiZI5d239ddshnSBa5fhAB1GA--