Playboy has had some exceptional women represent their brand: Marilyn Monroe, Pamela Anderson, and Carmen Electra have represented Playboy very well over the years, but there is one model that is ready to take the reins and represent the Playboy brand for years to come. Erica Gore was just recently named Playboy South Africa’s Miss March 2015. Erica is just getting started and with her gorgeous looks and great attitude–there is no limit on what she can do.
You were recently named Playboy South Africa Miss March 2015. What kind of emotions did you have when you found out?
Erica Gore: I was so excited that I was shaking! Ha ha. Like, what? Me? Really? I’m so honored and thankful for the opportunity! I couldn’t be happier.
What does it feel like to be a part of the iconic Playboy brand?
Erica Gore: Amazing! Growing up, I always thought those girls were so gorgeous and glamorous, but I never thought I would be in this position. To be able to be a part of something that you always looked up to is just incredible.
When did you take an interest in modeling?
Erica Gore: I took an interest in modeling when I was about 12-years-old. I mean, what little girl doesn’t want to be a model? But I got turned down a lot for stuff at that age because I didn’t have the right body type for the typical model. My hips were too wide, and I wasn’t quite the height they were looking for. I moved to California to pursue a dance career, and that is where I discovered glamour modeling and completely fell in love with it.
You’re also into fitness. How important is being healthy and working out to you?
Erica Gore: So important! I’m at the gym everyday trying to keep in shape for my shoots. I love food way too much, so the gym is definitely a must. And plus, it just makes you feel like a sexy beast, ha ha.
Now that you’re a part of Playboy, what other companies/publications would you like to be involved with?
Erica Gore: I would love to be involved with Maxim or Sports Illustrated. Basically anything sexy.
What’s the most difficult part about being a model?
Erica Gore: I would say the hardest part about being a model is teaching yourself that you aren’t going to be perfect for all of your audience, and even the people you work for. Everybody has flaws, but learn to love yours and realize it’s what sets you apart. You’ll have fans that absolutely adore you, and you’ll have people who will criticize everything about you. But when you learn to love everything about yourself, nobody in this business can bring you down.
How do you separate yourself and stand out from other models?
Erica Gore: I don’t think of it as a job at all. Every time I walk into a shoot, it’s just a blast! I’m always having fun and laughing with the whole crew. I mean, why not make their job fun too?
What do you want people to think and feel when they see you?
Erica Gore: Oh lord, who knows. Um, I have been told that I bring really good energy wherever I go! It’s all about the vibes!
Before 2015 ends, what is one specific thing that you would like to accomplish?
Erica Gore: This year I want to start competing in figure competitions, so that is what I’m currently preparing for. I also want to travel and see a lot more places in the upcoming months!
What advice would you give to someone who is trying to accomplish a goal that they’ve set in their life?
Erica Gore: To not give up! Every time you fail, that’s one step closer to achieving your goal. You learn a new lesson every time. Every dream comes to you for a reason and the harder you work, the harder it is to give up. Just know that you can achieve anything if you want it bad enough.
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