No one can forget Vanessa's first big blockbuster, District 9 (a film produced by Peter Jackson , directed by Neill Blomkamp) which was a new milestone in her life. It Ranked no.1 for many weeks in South Africa, United states, Russia and the United Kingdom. Vanessa plays one of the lead roles as Tania, wife of Wikus (Sharlto Copley). The success of District 9 is so huge that it even made its way to the Oscars as it got nominated in various categories like adapted screenplay, visual effects, film editing and also in the glorious category of the best motion picture of the year 2010 Vanessa’s acting career started at the age of 4. Vanessa began her journey as a model and then proceeded to acting in films and television.

Vanessa also made an impressive appearance in a few documentaries as well as television programs. Vanessa spent her childhood in South Africa on a farm in Mpumalanga playing in muds and enjoying in wheat fields. When her family shifted to the city of Pietersburg, her mother made her enter beauty contests in order to help Vanessa gain some self-confidence as she was rather timid and shy as a little girl. Owing to that boost and encouragement in her childhood, Vanessa completed modeling courses and went ahead to win the title Miss Spring. She also won the titles of Miss Bushveld and Miss Tropica, following which, she became Miss Valentine and Miss Cameo and never look back from then on. Vanessa's chose to pursue her degree in chiropractic medicine in Durban, but destiny aimed for something else and due to some inhumanly activity in college, she went on to study business management and marketing, which she successfully completed in the year 2001.

Vanessa was a Miss South Africa finalist in 2000. She got many offers after that, and her journey in the glamour world began.. In 2005, her journey as a fitness athlete took off to a good start. Vanessa secured the 4th position in internationally acclaimed Miss Fitness which was her first competition. Vanessa appeared in both ‘Muscle Evolution’ and ‘Fitness’ magazines. Vanessa posed for the cover of Fitness magazine twice, which is a great achievement in itself. Winning Shape Cover Look of the Year 2007, got her an opportunity at the ‘Shape’ magazine cover page and this was just the beginning Vanessa got ample of offers and opportunities then on. Viewing her entire journey as a model, she has many achievements.

She became a cover model for ‘Prima’ in 2006, ‘Shape’ in 2007, ‘Women and Home’ and ‘ Tina’ in 2008 and ‘Runner’s World’ in 2009. Vanessa from her childhood performed as an actress and dancer on variours platforms, this hobby of her’s made her go ahead in the field of Drama as she had a great attachment for the stage and film since childhood. Vanessa's journey in television is older than the films. In 2000 she was the contestant in the show ‘Savages’. She held her responsibility as anchor and presenter on Agri-TV in 2006. Vanessa’s film journey started with Hey Boy (2003) where she played Mourner. Then, in 2006 she got a role in Blood Diamond where she played a diplomat's wife. Ultimately, the year 2009 proved to be a milestone for her journey due to the release of ‘District 9’ in which she was in the lead role of Tania Van De Merwe and also the release of ‘End Game’ I which she had a role of presenter.