Olin-Shae De La Cruz

Olin-Shae De La Cruz is a South African model and television personality. She made her television debut on SABC 3’s explore teen show Which Way.

Olin-Shae De La Cruz
Born Olin-Shae Elizabeth
De La Cruz
March 29, 1994
Cape Town
Western Cape
South Africa
Education Wynberg Jr. Girls
Westerford High
Waterfront Theatre
Occupation Journalism Student
Part-time Model
TV Personality
Since 2012 – to date
Website olin-shae-tv.co.za

Modelling Info

Height 1.72m
Hair Colour Black
Eye Colour Brown
Manager Contact Models

Olin-Shae De La Cruz is a South African model and TV personality who was born in Cape Town in the Western Cape province of South Africa.

She is the only child in the marriage of Denis De La Cruz and Karin Papillon Ford.

Olin has four siblings from her father’s (Denis De La Cruz) previous marriage; two brothers and two sisters.

She has a brother from her mother’s (Karin Papillon Ford) previous marriage – all in all she is one of six combined children of Denis De La Cruz and Karin Papillon Ford; she has two sisters and three brothers.

Olin-Shae De La Cruz attended Wynberg Girls Junior School where she later completed her primary schooling.

While at Wynberg Girls Junior School, she participated in numerous sports – among them; Athletics, Hockey, Diving  as well as Netball and Swimming which she also captained.

Away from school, Olin took part in hip-hop dancing with Out of Africa Dance Academy.

She performed in local and national competitions including dancing at the Artscape Theatre.

She was involved in Ice Skating with Junior Blades at The Ice Station at the Grand West Arena.

She later went to Westerford High School in Rondebosch, Cape Town – while there – she played Basketball and Netball.

At age 14 she began modelling with Shine Models  and later moved to Y Models, which has since underwent a name change and is now known as Contact Model Management.

In 2010 when she was in grade 10, Olin was one of three learners to be selected to represent Waterford High School netball team in the tour of Namibia.

At the end of 2011 Olin traveled with her school to Cambodia and Vietnam.

In 2012 she captained the netball first team at Waterford High School.

Olin completed her secondary education and obtained her matric certificate at Westerford High School.

While in high school she was a part-time student at Waterfront Theatre School. After matriculating she enrolled at the Waterfront Theatre School as a full-time student to study performing arts and majored in Dance and Musical Theatre.

In 2012 Olin took part in the 3rd annual Cape Town Carnival.

In 2013 she returned for the 4th annual Cape Town Carnival, this time around she opened the annual spectacle with the African Queen costume.

The costume was a subject of a positive reception and acclaim, Olin went on to appear on the cover of the 021 Magazine wearing the African Queen costume.

Olin left the Waterfront Theatre School – abandoning her pursuit of the performing arts qualification in favour of the journalism qualification – and enrolled at the CityVarsity where she remains to date.


Cape Town Carnival 2012 – 2013

In 2012 Olin took part, as one of the lead dancers, in the 3rd annual Cape Town Carnival which was themed “Cape-to-Cairo” and featured  9 Floats and approximately 2000 performers.

Olin-Shae De La CruzThat year the annual showpiece took place on Long Street in the city of Cape Town where a reported 60 000 strong crowd lined the streets to witness the celebrations.

The annual Cape Town Carnival founded in 2010 is intended to celebrate and showcase the diversity of South Africa.

In 2013 she returned for the 3rd annual Cape Town Carnival themed “The African Legends” which took place at the Fanwalk on Somerset road in Green Point, Cape Town.

Over 100 000 spectators descended onto the Fanwalk in Green Point to witness a spectacle.

Olin was part of the carnival leading African Queens, the costume she wore, African Queen, was a subject of a positive reception and praise. It was featured on the cover of the 2012 Autumn edition of the 021 magazine.


Which Way 2013

Olin was one of four teenagers on SABC 3’s kids’ show, Which Way, which aired in 2013 on Saturday mornings. Which Way follows the journey of four teenagers and their mentor as they explore history, environment and the diverse cultures of South Africa; their exploration is carried out in an unconventional and spontaneous way. The four teenage explorers set out to complete a series of challenges relevant to each town they visit.


City Varsity 2014

Olin Shae De La Cruz and Keagan BasilIn 2013  Olin left Waterfront Theatre School where she was studying performing arts.

In 2014 she registered at City Varsity to study journalism.

Olin was an extra on the American social science fiction film, The Giver, which starred Jeff Bridges a the Giver with Meryl Streep, Brenton Thwaites, Alexander Skarsgård, Odeya Rush, Katie Holmes, and Taylor Swift.

The film’s principal photography began in October 2013 in Cape Town and Johannesburg, other scenes were filmed in Paarl in the Western Cape as well as in England and in Utah in the United States of America.

Additional to journalism, Olin is currently doing a digital video course as well as a television presenting course.

On December 20, 2014 she presented the Odyssey Fashion Project’ Fashion Fair alongside Keegan Basil at the Old Mutual Campus Courtyard in Pinelands in Cape Town.