Behati Prinsloo

Behati Prinsloo  at the 'Pink Body' by Victoria's Secret Launch.

Prinsloo in 2009, photo by s_bukley/

Place of Birth: Grootfontein, South-West Africa (now Namibia)

Date of Birth: May 16, 1988

Ethnicity: Afrikaner (Dutch, Frisian, as well as French and German, distant Latvian, Finnish, and Kenyan, remote Portuguese, Norwegian, Belgian [both Flemish and Walloon], Swiss-French, Swiss-German, Danish, Swedish, Chinese, Indian, Indonesian, Malagasy, and other African [including Angolan])

Behati Prinsloo is a Namibian model. She is 5′11″.

Her father, Louis Francois “Boet” Prinsloo, a Christian minister, was born in South-West Africa (now Namibia). Her mother, Magda, was born in Cape Town. Her surname is Dutch. She is from an Afrikaner family. A picture of Behati’s mother can be seen here.

Behati is married to American singer, television personality, and actor Adam Levine, with whom she has three children. She has also been billed as Behati Prinsloo Levine.

Behati is a second cousin, three times removed, of prominent Afrikaner, Colonel Hendrik Prinsloo. She was also a half-third cousin, once removed, of South African president F. W. de Klerk. Behati’s paternal great-great-great-grandmother, Anna Sophia Erasmus, was also F. W.’s maternal great-great-grandmother.

Behati’s patrilineal ancestry can be traced back to her tenth great-grandfather, Hendrik Prinsloo.

Behati’s paternal grandfather was Louis Francois Prinsloo (the son of Georg Diederick Prinsloo and Cornelia Maria Pretorius). Louis was born in Angola. Georg was the son of Michiel Wilhelm “Giel Prem” Prinsloo and Martha Catharina Jacoba du Preez. Cornelia was the daughter of Louis Frans Pretorius and Martha Sophia van Dyk.

Behati’s paternal grandmother was Isabella Jacoba van Tonder (the daughter of Jacobus Coenraad van Tonder and Isabella Jacoba Mostert). Jacobus was the son of Cornelis Jacobus Van Tonder and Elizabetha Susanna Breytenbach. Behati’s great-grandmother Jacoba was the daughter of Johannes Hendrik Mostert and Isabella Jacoba Smit/Smid.

Behati’s maternal grandfather was named Jacob Frederick Rossouw. Jacob was born in Ladismith, Western Cape, South Africa.

Behati’s maternal grandmother is named Albertha Steenkamp. Albertha was born in Calvinia, Northern Cape, South Africa.

Sources: Genealogy of Behati Prinsloo (focusing on her father’s side) –

Genealogy of Behati’s paternal great-great-great-grandfather, George Diederick Petrus Prinsloo –

Genealogy of Behati’s paternal great-grandmother, Cornelia Maria Pretorius –

48 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    Behati’s paternal great-great-great-grandmother, Anna Sophia Pretorius, was also the maternal great-great-grandmother of South African President and Nobel Prize Laureate F.W. de Klerk.

  2. andrew says:

    genealogy of Behati’s paternal great-great-great-grandfather, George Diederick Petrus Prinsloo:

  3. andrew says:

    Behati is related to Colonel Hendrik Frederik Prinsloo.

    Behati’s paternal third great grandfather, George Diederick Petrus Prinsloo, and Colonel Hendrik’s paternal grandfather, Hendrik Frederik Prinsloo, were brothers

  4. andrew says:

    genealogy of Behati’s paternal great-grandmother, Cornelia Maria Pretorius:

  5. ashash says:

    Wait, why do you include that Candice Swanepoel has distant African, Indonesian, and Indian ancestors but not for Behati? It should be in Behati’s, too.

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