Charlbi Dean Kriek is a South African model and actress.
Charlbi was born in Cape Town, South Africa on February 5, 1990 to Joanne and Johan Kriek. She started her modeling career at the age of six. She started off doing television commercials and children’s fashion catalogs. Charlbi was discovered at just 12 years old when a model scout walked into her current agency, Alfa Model Management, with pictures of models who had been doing TV commercials and kid’s catalogs. Her family commitments required her to change schools every two years and after making her big break for Italian Vogue at 12-years old, her father decided it would be best for her to quit regular school and take on home schooling instead. At just 14, Charlbi took two months off home school to spend time in Tokyo.Soon after her return to South Africa from Tokyo Charlbi packed her bags and headed to New York, where she spent two more months doing castings, shoots and networking. She was accepted into a great agency very shortly after arriving in New York and shot with world-class photographers David Sims and Alexi Hay.
It wasn’t long before Charlbi landed the United Colors of Benetton campaign as well as the Monaco fragrance campaign. She has also worked in London, Barcelona, France, Milan Turkey and has done shoots for SA Elle, SA Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Dutch Elle, German Glamour, Levi’s and Guess? campaigns and has been in runway shows for the likes of Ralph Lauren and Gucci, among many others.
She currently resides in New York, NY.