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The couple's relationship was at the center of a murder trial that has captured worldwide attention. Before dating Oscar Pistorius, Reeva Steenkamp was famous in her own right. She was a striking, platinum-haired model, gearing up for her. That night, they were photographed on the red carpet grinning at each other Pistorius told Mr Divaris that Steenkamp had been “a fantastic date”, and She added that the star was “certainly not what people think he is”, and.
Power couple Steenkamp was born in Cape Town but moved to Johannesburg to pursue modeling. She and Pistorius became an item around November and were popular in South African social circles. She constantly referred to him as "my boo" on social media and posted pictures of their vacations together.
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But phone messages read during his trial in her death showed a couple who had some rocky patches as well. In some of the messages, she accused him of being overly jealous and overbearing.
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But he said he loved her and was planning a life with her. About a month before her death, the model shared a picture collage that included the runner. Shortly after they met, she posted a message that appeared to make a reference to their love. They had big dreams Pistorius' relatives said she made him happy.
Both had big dreams, the uncle said. Oscar -- as you can imagine -- is also numb with shock as well as grief. He ran on special carbon fiber blades affixed to his legs.
He was born without the fibulae in his legs, and they were amputated below the knee when he was 11 months old. Empowering women Before she died, Steenkamp sent out a message urging her thousands of social media followers to empower women. Steenkamp urged her followers on Twitter to wear black the day after Valentine's to protest violence against women. Pistorius spent his early years in wealthy circumstances but his parents divorced when he was six and his father was declared bankrupt - meaning, he said in his autobiography, they relied on handouts from his paternal grandmother, and his mother had to scrimp and save to ensure he and his two siblings did not go without.
Steenkamp's parents also separated when she was young, and her father Barry struggled to support the family through work as a racehorse trainer. When she moved to Johannesburg in her late twenties, she used her limited earnings to support them. A model who friends said was on the verge of greater fame, she understood the world of celebrity he lived in and his desire for privacy and space.
An athlete, he understood her model's preoccupation with health, diet and appearance. The couple shared a love of cars - many of the Whatsapp messages they exchanged between them that were later retrieved by police were on that topic.
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Steenkamp was a keen horserider until she fell and broke her back in her early twenties. Having had to learn to walk again, she could empathise something of the struggle Pistorius faced as an amputee. She frequently sent him motivational messages, telling him the month before she died: I'm here to always encourage you to get there. She and Pistorius shared a deep Christian faith. I have said a small prayer for us both.
The couple's messages are testament to their affection. In one exchange, in January, she tells him: I'm crazy about you and when I look at you I smile inside.