Enrapture: Erica Gore

 

Erica Gore

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.

 

Erica Gore

 

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.

 

Erica Gore

 

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?

 

Erica Gore

 

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!

 

Erica Gore

 

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.

 

Erica Gore

 

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Ardent: Christina Dronkowski

Christina Dronkowski

 

There are Playboy models, and then there is Christina Dronkowski. Christina is the hardest working Playboy model around, and with her blue-collar work ethic and attitude–nothing gets in the way of this highly motivated woman. Having already been named Playboy’s Miss Social June 2013, Christina Dronkowski has been padding her modeling portfolio ever since, and she’s also a nurse.  You might call Christina the complete package, but that’s an understatement. She’s always pushing the boundaries, and Christina is constantly setting goals for herself. One thing is for sure: whatever Christina sets her mind to–she accomplishes.

 

At what point in your life did you seek an interest in modeling?

Christina Dronkowski: I found Playboy Miss Social and after submitting my profile and all the attention I received, I set up my first photo shoot!

 

When you first started to model, was it like you had envisioned it to be, or was it something totally different?

Christina Dronkowski: Totally different. I never in a million years would’ve thought I’d be where I am today! I have had some amazing opportunities because of Playboy!

 

Christina Dronkowski

 

Did you seek out any guidance when you started to model, or did you just learn along the way? 

Christina Dronkowski: I learned along the way!

 

What valuable lessons have you learned in your life, and how have they helped you in your modeling career?

Christina Dronkowski: To be independent, and to love myself just the way I am! It comes with age and experience after being in one crappy relationship after another hence: “Single for life.”

 

Christina Dronkowski

 

How do you handle doubt, fear, and rejection in your modeling career and personal life?

Christina Dronkowski: Never let anyone tell you, “you can’t!” And to not let people’s negative words get to me! When one door closes, another one opens!

 

What drives and motivates you?

Christina Dronkowski: Haters! People who tell me I can’t–to I won’t; just more motivation for me to prove everyone wrong!

 

When someone is being negative towards you online and off, how do you handle it?

Christina Dronkowski: Ignore it!

 

Christina Dronkowski

 

You were Playboy Miss Social June 2013. What was that experience like, and what’s it like to be a part of the Playboy brand?

Christina Dronkowski: It was an amazing experience! I’m very lucky I had the opportunity that not many get! It was such an amazing day! I can’t wait for upcoming projects with Playboy, and of course, more kick-ass Playboy parties! I’m so happy to be a part of such and amazing brand!

 

You’re also a nurse. What made you choose to be one?

Christina Dronkowski: My aunt is a retired nurse. She is a role model to me, and I’m very close to her. When I was in high school, I did and internship at the hospital and just fell in love with nursing, so I knew at the age of 17–that I wanted to be an RN and specialize in Oncology.

 

Christina Dronkowski

 

What would be your advice to anyone that is trying to better themselves in life?

Christina Dronkowski: Stay true to yourself! Take it one day at a time! We are human; we all make mistakes. Don’t let anyone dull your sparkle.

 

Christina Dronkowski

 

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Impassioned: Jacqui Childs

Jacqui Childs

 

Actress and model, Jacqui Childs, is one extraordinary woman. Since she was 14-years-old, Jacqui has been setting the acting and modeling industry ablaze with her talent. Taking 15 years off would be career suicide for most, but not for Jacqui. Taking time away from acting and modeling, Jacqui focused on raising her family, and then returned back to acting and modeling without skipping a beat. Upon her return, Jacqui joined Naked News and her status has been growing the past year, gaining over 1.4 million fans on her social media accounts. What makes Jacqui stand out and unique, is the way she connects with her fans through social media. If you happen to send her tweet, comment on her Facebook page, or like her Instagram posts, you can expect Jacqui to reach out to you. If you combine all of Jacqui’s qualities–you get a person who exudes excellence.

 

At what point in your life did you get interested in modeling?

Jacqui Childs: I’ve been modeling since I was very young, starting with local pageants and extra work.

 

What was the modeling industry like when you first started out?

Jacqui Childs: When I first started, it was the days of film. You had to take care of yourself, your skin, etc. and be able to hold a pose. No Photoshop, and very little plastic surgery; that’s how old I am!

 

What did you turn your attention to when you went on a 15 year hiatus from modeling?

Jacqui Childs: I took several years off to raise my family and getting back into modeling was mostly a head game with myself. Did I still have what it takes? Was I going to be able to compete with girls half my age?

 

And what made you come back to modeling?

Jacqui Childs: I came back to modeling once I was divorced and independent. I had a new partner who was very supportive and helped me with health and fitness, and was completely understanding about the time and stress of the industry.

 

You’re also involved with Naked News. How did that come about?

Jacqui Childs: Naked News had a job posting, which my husband actually applied for me. They were looking for a mature actress/model and I just happened to fit the bill. It’s been a very interesting and eye-opening experience. Lots of judgement and criticism because our society relates nudity with pornography, which Naked News is not!

 

How do you maintain balance in your life with everything that you have going on?

Jacqui Childs: Balance is very hard in this industry. It’s 24/7 and unfortunately, friends and family not in the business don’t get it. So, lots of challenges arise due to travel, project time conflicts, and family commitments (my poor pets).

 

What do you do when harsh criticism and negativity is directed towards you?

Jacqui Childs: After two years, I’ve finally realized that the negativity is almost always jealously. Haters come with fame and you can’t please everyone all the time, and at my age (41), I’m okay with that. I’m thrilled with my success and the exciting opportunities that have come my way.

 

What’s been the most important lesson that you’ve learned in your life?

Jacqui Childs: As far as life lessons, it’s actually kind of sad. You really need to focus on yourself and what makes you happy. People by nature are very good at using one another, and treating each other like possessions. On the way up, you work so hard that they judge, and feel left out; when you’re on top, they’re back! I’ve learned that I’m happy on my own and in my own space, and most people at arm’s length is okay. I know who’s in my corner and who’s proud of my accomplishments.

 

What can people expect to see from you in the future?

Jacqui Childs: Nothing in life comes easy, and although I laugh, smile, and seem to be crazy most of the time, I’m very aware of what’s going on around me, and what’s being said. I’m extremely passionate and professional, and although some might say different–no one gave me anything on this journey, this was completely self-made.  Next, my website JacquiChilds.com and NakedNews.com, radio, magazines, and TV. Movie and books after I’ve played out Naked News a little longer. It’s not something I can do forever once I’m a grandmother; it’s probably a good time to put my clothes on (laughs).

 

Jacqui Childs

 

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Picture Perfect: Holly Randall

Holly Randall

 

There’s a reason why Holly Randall is the “World’s Best Erotic Glamour Photographer.”Her photos will grab your attention like nothing else you’ve ever experienced in your life. Holly’s work is pure quality, and she’s shot the most beautiful girls in the world, including Playboy South Africa’s “Playmate of the Year 2014” Khloe Terae and adult film superstar Tori Black. Having a top-notch photographer like Holly Randall can greatly benefit a model, and their career. Few people understand that it’s just not the model that makes a photo come alive–it’s also the photographer. You’re about to find out what makes Holly Randall the best at what she does.

 

How did you get interested in photography?

Holly Randall: As most people know, my mother is a photographer so I guess it just runs in the family. She never encouraged me to start per say, but when I was in high school I had a creative arts elective, and I chose photography. The first time I developed a print in the darkroom, I was hooked. I remember the distinct moment when I became hooked on photography.

 

Do you remember your first photo shoot? If so, who was it with and how did it go?

Holly Randall: Well, my first nude photo shoot was with Aimee Sweet, who is now one of my best friends. Indeed, at the time she was one of my mother’s favorite models and we became friends, so when I was ready to start shooting and not just doing admin in my mother’s office, Aimee was naturally the first girl I shot. I was so nervous, I couldn’t give her any direction, but she was a pro so I just clicked the shutter while she went through the poses almost automatically. I had no idea what I was doing.

 

You’re very creative with your photo shoots, and your work is pure quality. Was that something that you had to develop, or did it just come easy to you?

Holly Randall: Well, first of all, thank you. Honestly, I learned so much from my mother, and she was always about attention to detail. Her lighting was precise, her poses, wardrobe, makeup–everything had to be perfect. I think it’s a mix of being taught to make everything perfect on camera, and also inheriting her perfectionist personality.

 

What makes you get out of bed every single day?

Holly Randall: Ha. Sometimes believe me, after shooting five 12 hour days in a row, I don’t want to get out of bed! But I’m driven, I really want to achieve, I want to succeed. And to be honest, my life is pretty awesome. I’m a pretty lucky girl!

 

Have you come across any form of criticism/negativity in your career? If so, how did you overcome it?

Holly Randall: Surprisingly, I rarely get negative comments, everyone is pretty supportive and kind to me. But, yeah, I can’t book mainstream gigs–not that I’ve tried because I’m happy doing what I do, but there have been times when friends of mine who work in fashion or whatnot have tried to pitch me for a job, and when it’s revealed what I actually do for a living, the door gets slammed in my face. But, again, I’m not looking to cross over into mainstream, I’m content shooting adult glamour.

 

What’s been your favorite photo shoot that you’ve done, and why?

Holly Randall: Oh man, that’s a tough question. I’ve had so many. I guess I could say that the shoot I did of Rene Perez in an airplane graveyard in the Mojave desert could be one. I got this really iconic pin-up of her standing by an old broken down WWII plane. It’s such a great shot, definitely one I’m very proud of. I even have it hanging in my house.

 

You’ve done a lot of work for Playboy. What’s it like working with a brand like Playboy?

Holly Randall: It’s fantastic, I love working for Playboy. They’re a great company and I love shooting softcore because it allows me to be more creative and artistic with my work. When I shoot the more explicit adult work, I have to keep in mind that the audience are generally men who want to see a girl masturbate or have sex, they don’t care about the awesome wardrobe or location. With nude glamour softcore, I feel like it’s more about an appreciation of the art of the female nude, rather than just body parts.

 

What’s the most difficult part about your job?

Holly Randall: The days are pretty long, and I’m not as young as I used to be. 12 hour days several days a week start to wear on me, I’m on my feet all day, I do so much–the styling, data wrangling, paperwork, directing, video camera work, and of course, the photography. And on the days I’m not shooting, I have so much admin and office work to catch up on. I’m tired a lot, and I get irritable. I forget to be grateful to be so busy.

 

Tell me, what’s the biggest lesson that you’ve learned during your career?

Holly Randall: Be careful what you put in writing. Even when you feel justified going off in an email, you never want to send one in anger. You’ll almost always regret it. Keep your cool, keep it professional. And if you really need to say something that might come back to haunt you, say it in person. Once it’s on paper, you can’t take it back.

 

You’ve accomplished a lot in your career, but is there anything that you have yet to achieve in your career?

Holly Randall: I’d like to direct an actual erotic movie. And actually, I’m doing my first one next month.

 

Whether someone is striving to be a photographer or they’re just aiming to achieve a specific goal, what would be your advice to them?

Holly Randall: You have to really love what it is you do, and be dedicated to it. Also know your limitations and your weaknesses, and look to address them. I’m pretty self-critical so I’m always looking for flaws in my work and ways to improve on them. I don’t think you can ever stop learning, and honestly, it’s a lot more interesting that way.

Holly Randall

 

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Illustrious: Katie Danzer

Katie Danzer

 

Katie Danzer is one woman who will always be in your head, and dominate your thoughts throughout the day. But Katie is not just another pretty face. She was Miss New Mexico 2013 and if that wasn’t enough, Katie is also a certified hair and make-up stylist, she has managed a dental company, and she loves to help people in her community. Katie has also appeared in shows “Crash” and Easy Money. And just recently, Katie was in the running to win Miss COED’s “Miss COED of the Year 2015.” It’s apparent that Katie is one exceptional woman, and with her passion and drive–nothing will stop her from achieving her goals.

 

When did you get interested in modeling?

Katie Danzer: I started at around age 17/18 when I did a test shoot during a family portrait session, and realized I love the camera.

 

What was the modeling business like when you first started out?

Katie Danzer: It was hard. You learn a lot. I have never signed with an agent, and I am fully self-made, which I am very proud of. It takes a lot of networking, free work, and persistence.

 

Katie Danzer

 

Any ideas you’ve had that you haven’t gone through because they seemed too extreme?

Katie Danzer: I have always wanted to model for Maxim, but due to my body shape, I do not meet the measurement requirements.

 

You were in the running for “Miss COED of the Year 2015.” What was that experience like for you?

Katie Danzer: It was interesting. I never like doing online contests, due to hackers, people who don’t like to participate, and having a busy schedule. I did not make top five in the end.

Katie Danzer

 

 

 

Walk me through the step-by-step process that you went through to get to where you are today? 

Katie Danzer: I don’t know if I can remember every single step, but it was a lot of hard work. Several times I have spent hundreds of dollars on printing images to send out to every single agency that I could think of–with no responses. I have submitted hundreds of images online, have gone to a ton of networking events, done a ton of work in trade with other people, and have spent a lot of money on travel, contracts, etc. Persistence is key to everything.

 

What form of criticism/negativity have you come across in your modeling career, and how did you overcome it?

Katie Danzer: I always seem to hear the words curvy, heavy, thick, overweight. However, I am comfortable in my own body, and have worked hard to get to where I am. I cannot help genetics, and there is always gonna be companies that love the curves I have. I’m healthy.

 

What companies/publications would you like to work with, but haven’t yet?

Katie Danzer: I don’t have a “list.” I am very open anyone who can help me advance or teach me something in my career.

 

Katie Danzer

 

What’s the best and worst part about modeling?

Katie Danzer: Best? I love people! I love meeting fans and reading messages on how I inspired someone. Hard? I love food! Diets are always a struggle for me.

 

Katie Danzer

 

What can people expect to see from you this year?

Katie Danzer: I have a lot in the works. I have several magazine publications coming out, and I recently started a workout routine, so I am hoping to break out into the fitness world soon.

 

Katie Danzer

 

If someone walked up to you asking for advice and you only had a few minutes to give them your best tip, what would it be?

Katie Danzer: If you want something: get it; no one will ever get something for you. If you have flaws, embrace them; someone will always love those flaws. Be yourself, be confident, and be unforgettable.

 

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Avant-Garde: Alicia Guastaferro

Alicia Guasteferro

 

She’s easy on the eyes, but this beautiful woman will enthrall your imagination. Alicia Guastaferro is one talented individual. Acting, modeling, singing, etc. Alicia does it all, and then some. Hard work doesn’t even begin to describe Alicia, and her passion for excellence. Constantly striving to be better each and every day, Alicia is a woman who every girl should strive to be.

 

You’re an actress, model, and a singer. How did you get interested in all of those things?

Alicia Guastaferro: I started doing beauty pageants when I was eleven-months-old until I was about eighteen. So, my entire life I have always been performing on stage. I love to entertain and it’s always been a dream for me to do it as life time career.

 

How do you balance and maintain being proficient in all of the things that you’re passionate about?

Alicia Guastaferro: I practice, practice, and practice. Practice makes perfect, and that is what I do. Everyday I practice singing to strenghten my voice, I try my best to eat healthy, get rest, and always stay positive!

 

What’s the most challenging part about acting, modeling, and singing?

Alicia Guastaferro: The most challenging part is always staying positive and never giving up. Some days maybe tougher than others, but no matter what–you cannot give up and that is what I do; I follow my dream and never give up.

 

Do you have any daily habits or routines that have helped you out in any way in your life?

Alicia Guastaferro: My daily routine that helps me in life is always good plenty of sleep, practice singing everyday, try to work out for at least half an hour each day, eat healthy, and always stay positive, and never give up.

 

How do you handle doubt, fear, and rejection that you’ve faced in your life?

Alicia Guastaferro: My whole entire life I have been judged and always in the spotlight, especially being an only child–I handle doubt, fear, and rejection by never giving up and now matter how hard things may be, I will never take no for an answer. Also, my parents support me 111% in everything I do and to me, they are my world.

 

Which leads me to my next question. How do you handle criticism and negativity that is directed towards you?

Alicia Guastaferro: In school I was bullied so bad, I’ve had hate crimes happen to me, and I’ve been put through living hell and back. But in the end–I’m a survivor. When someone is negative towards me, I brush it off. Words do hurt (I know firsthand), but you cannot let it get the best of you; no matter what happens to you in life.

 

What kind of impact do you want to have on people with your talents?

Alicia Guastaferro: The impact I would like people to have is that there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and it’s a positive one. No matter what happens to you in your life, never give up and do not live in the past, live in the future and never judge a book by its cover.

 

Is there anything in particular that you would like to accomplish this year?

Alicia Guastaferro: One particular thing I want to accomplish this year is to finish my first singing album, which I’m very excited about. Music runs through my family and music is a part of my life, and I love it.

 

Who do you look up to the most in your life and why?

Alicia Guastaferro: The person I look up to the most was my grandmother. She passed away when I was eleven, but she raised me from day one; she was a mother to me, I even called her mama. She always told me to never give up on my dreams, and that one day, I’ll be a star. In her honor may she rest in peace. I want to fulfill her dreams by always believing in my dreams, which is to have a career in the entertainment field; which I love.

 

Share a piece of advice that has helped you out immensely in your life?

Alicia Guastaferro: Piece of advice is to never give up on your dreams, no matter what anyone tells you, and always believe in yourself.

 

Alicia Guastaferro

 

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Cleveland Rocks: Katie Karrington

Katie Karchefsky

 

Cleveland is buzzing these days. With the return of Lebron James, the arrival of rookie sensation Johnny Manziel, and of course, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum. But nothing comes close (excitement wise) than model Katie Karchefsky. Katie is driven, and is passionate about anything she sets her mind to. You might get the impression that she’s quiet, but as your eyes gloss over her images–you’ll realize that she’s very outspoken. Katie has her sights set on making it big in the modeling world and posing for Playboy, which she will soon accomplish in the near future.

 

What interested you in wanting to become a model?

Katie Karrington: Well, I was born with the passion for the fine arts/entertainment industry as I liked acting first. Growing up I got really into taking pictures and naturally took a lot of time with putting effort in, and working with them. Shortly after I was randomly scouted by a photographer–who got me started with my first experiences and learning.

 

How did your first photo shoot go?

Katie Karrington: It went surprisingly well considering I was 19, in a bar setting, and wearing lingerie, ha ha! It was my first time learning how to move my body in a lot of different, specific ways which is always good for modeling.

 

Katie Karchefsky

 

Before you started to model, did you set any goals that you wanted to accomplish?

Katie Karrington: Not any major ones that I can think of that stick out. I was fresh out of high school,  just beginning to really grow up, and wasn’t sure exactly where I was going. Once I actually discovered modeling and has someone reach out to me–many goals have been put on my list all the way up to now.

 

What’s the most difficult part about modeling?

Katie Karrington: I guess I would have to say the industry itself. It is very competitive, challenging, and you have to hustle to the max! Although I like that about it, especially since it’s a huge passion of mine. It’s almost like if anyone can have it–I don’t want it type of deal.

 

Katie Karchefsky

 

Being a model is very tough. How do you deal with all the ups and downs in the modeling business?

Katie Karrington: I can honestly say that I get my moments of complete discouragement that come over me. You just can’t let it keep you down to where you aren’t going to hustle enough to meet your aspirations! If you want it bad enough, you can make it happen. It’s all in the mindset!

 

Which brings me to my next question: how do you handle criticism and negativity that is directed towards you?

Katie Karrington: I did not handle the criticism and negativity well at all when I first started out. I would let it eat me up and cared about what others thought way too much. That has changed dramatically ever since I’ve become much more serious into my modeling career. Everyone is going to talk/judge etc. You can’t control that. What you can control is how you decide to react to it. If someone has any negativity/criticism towards me, that’s just a reflection of themselves at a person, and I feel bad for them. I laugh it off these days.

 

Besides modeling, what else are you passionate about and interested in?

Katie Karrington: Acting has always been a passion of mine since I was nine-years-old. I really enjoy video production. Of course being in front of the camera such as acting in music videos for example, like cinematography! I have a huge imagination and always come up with creative ideas. Music is something I’m very passionate about too.

 

Katie Karchefsky

 

What would you like to accomplish this year and why?

Katie Karrington: Besides making any kinds of improvements/accomplishments within myself for my modeling career, I would like to get my foot in the door more with acting and do some short films, more music videos, etc. The biggest thing being is that I would love to become a Playmate. Playboy has been and will always be like the “holy grail” for me. I feel that I have exactly what it takes.

 

What’s your definition of success?

Katie Karrington: I would say accomplishing and living your highest aspirations in life for what you have the strongest passions for. Being extremely happy/positive and never stop hustling.

Katie Karchefsky

 

What would be your advice to someone who has a goal in mind, but doesn’t know how to go about achieving it?

Katie Karrington: I would tell them to keep a strong mindset, take it day by day, and figure out little things to start off doing here and there. It takes time and effort of course, but if you believe in yourself enough and don’t give up, you can achieve any goal you want!

 

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