LA BONITA INCOGNITA
Photographer: Michael Abrams
1. What inspired you to get into this industry?
I guess you could say that I am a lucky one.
I had never dreamt of being a model per se, but always of being in the spotlight. A performer, a dancer since the young age of 4, I had always found myself under the lights, on the stage or in front of the camera. With an interest in the glamour and beauty of Playboy I had always been interested in being a Bunny and a Playboy model, happy to be naked and exude sexuality. However it was something that seemed so distant for a young English girl where Playboy was way across the pond and those glossy magazines that were not even available to be purchased in the United Kingdom.
At the young age of 19 I started traveling the world as a showgirl, and the world of modeling came about me through a beautiful Mexican Model friend of mine who dragged me in front of the camera at a shoot of hers I was accompanying her at. It all just came so naturally. It wasn´t long before Playboy snapped me up and I was also shooting TV commercials for Bikini companies in the Caribbean. So I guess you could say that I am a lucky one.
I love this part of my life and although it seemed so untouchable I have welcomed it with open arms and loved all the surprises it has entailed.
2. How long have you been modeling?
Since I was around 20, I feel exceedingly fortunate that I have been surrounded by incessantly creative individuals and brands that have aloud me to grow as a model and learn from it all as well.
3. Who is your favorite model?
The list is rather endless of girls whose instagrams I scroll through and am inspired by their work. I wish I kept a list of them all so I could shout them all out. I like girls that break boundaries and don't just shoot for jobs. Girls that pry on their creative sides and shoot things that interest them, concepts that are daring and not just lingerie.
4. Were you always comfortable in your own skin and in front of the camera?
In front of the camera yes, it has been my "let go" I guess, like my alter ego. Alike when I am on stage. I feel full of confidence and excitement and my chance to show myself and everyone different sides of me. As for being comfortable in my own skin, it has been a rough ride. I have recently written a post about it actually on my website called "Accepting Me.." you should check it out.
5. Did you have any mentors who really helped mold and guide you?
I have been pretty solo in my journey to "becoming" a model. I still find it hard to identify myself as one as my height is far off the runway norm and my curves don´t really allow me to conform with your common ideas of fashion. My closer friends and family are not familiar with the world of mdelling, but are very supportive.
However, after becoming a Playboy Bunny I was immersed in a family of females who were nothing but fun, free and supported me and motivated me to be better. Those girls are a special sisterhood who guide you and grow with you.
6. Do you have any tips for aspiring models in the industry?
Be you. I spent a long time battling with personal issues and trying to be like other people who I saw being successful, but it feels so much easier and much more enjoyable to be honest with your followers and work flow when you can be you. You will attract jobs and people and followers that you actually want when you allow yourself to be raw and unfiltered!
7. Do you have a WTF moment at a shoot?
For a bondage shoot with Playboy once I was called back to the city whilst on Vacation as they needed some extra shots for a pictorial, by midday I was having hot wax poured over my breasts and although the photos were great it was not what I had been expecting the week before whilst I tanned myself on a beach.
8. What are some of the biggest revelations you've discovered through modelling?
That some of the most beautiful (both inside and out) woman I have met in the industry are the ones who struggle to accept themselves and their beautiful flaws (if you want to call them that). It is imperative to educate young woman from a young age self love and self care, we must make the change and show the new generation the importance and best way to love ourselves. This body positivity movement can't just be a trend for the moment we have to keep it going!
9. Tell us something random about yourself.
I have my right nipple pierced, and I am thinking about the left...thoughts?
10. What are you most proud of?
Making it this far! Go Me!
11. When it's all said and done, what do you want to be remembered as?
Empowering and Inspiring, to travel and love yourself.
12. Any other fun facts about this shoot?
These pictures are not new, and they were shot in the Miami Heat in 2015 and for one reason or another have never seen the light of day, or the light of the world wide web. Both myself and the photographer have advanced professionally and personally since, but I think they are so special and I love the wig, the coconut oil and black and white vibe of them. I feel so happy and special that SKYN are finally going to air them, and I couldn't of thought of a better place to get them out there to be seen!