Here’s the first thing you should know about Dominique Piek: Her laughter is so infectious that no matter how dark your mood may be, you’ll instantly be smiling and grinning away with the beauty. Modelinia sat down with the South African born model and immediately fell in love with her hot pink mani/pedi - a post training session DIY project she completed before taking off for castings. The reason for her last minute nail hue? Dominique took off for Dallas right after our meeting on Wednesday to support her boyfriend CJ Wilson in his latest charitable effort: CJ Wilson’s Children’s Charities. Though the couple (who met thanks to a combination of the Sports Illustrated editors and social media efforts) lives in two different cities as CJ plays baseball for the Texas Ranges, they’re putting in the extra airline miles to see each other between games.
You’ve been in New York for six years now. What’s your favorite thing about the city?
The food! I adore the food here. I go to a diferent restaurant it feels like every day. I went to this really cute restaurant called The Fat Radish. We were lucky enough to sit at the chef’s table in the kitchen and have him cook for us. We had an awesome time there. I’ve always loved Indochine, Waverley Inn for the truffles. I’m getting hungry again now! [Editor's note: As it turns out, she had dinner with Britt Maren at The Fat Radish that night - whose boyfriend is the chef!]
Which neighborhood do you love the most?
I love downtown; I’m a downtown girl. I don’t know if I’ll go back to Europe just yet, but I love Soho and the West Village. I stayed in the East Village last year but I wasn’t that crazy about it. Lower East Side is a little bit loud. I’m all for the West Village - green and cute little shops!
Any beauty secrets to share?
I put moisturizer on my face like 5 times a day. I like Dermalogica Barrier Repair - it’s really good especially if you travel a lot. I use La Prarier night cream. It’s so expensive but worth it. You wake up feeling like a new person. It’s like a face lift in a jar.
How do you deal with a long distance relationship?
He lives in Dallas and I live here, so we try to see each other as much as possible. We Tweet each other ocassionally, but we try to keep that to a minimum now! He’s like, ‘Baby, is it ok if I Tweet you?’
Have you picked up any new hobbies lately?
I haven’t really had time to; I like painting tho. When I was in South Africa I started painting again. I’ve always loved art so I’d love to start doing that more often. Having a gallery opening is something I always thought about. I’ve got a few little things I’ve started painting and sketching; you lose your confidence if you don’t do it for a while so you have to get back into it.
What’s next for you?
I’m going to go shoot for St John in LA next week so that should be quite nice. I’m going to be in New York for the next few weeks though. I’ll go back to South Africa next summer, winter here.