Winsome: Amy Rose

Amy Rose

 

 

She appears on your screen, like a rare painting that you stumble upon in a museum. You could gaze at Amy’s pictures, and lose track time. After reading this interview–you’ll be able to gain knowledge about Amy and her personality. And next time that you’re admiring Amy’s beauty, you’ll be able to appreciate her more knowing the great personality that coincides with her body.

 

How did you get interested in modeling?

Amy Rose: I first became interested in modeling about my junior year of high school. However, I didn’t actually start pursuing it until after my high school graduation in 2008.

 

To date: What has been your favorite photo shoot and why?

Amy Rose: Hmm. That’s a hard one. I’d have to say my favorite photo shoot so far was when I was shooting on the soft sands and clear beaches in Cancun, Mexico. It was so much fun posing in front of the camera while I heard the waves crashing and sand between my toes; it was truly paradise.

 

Amy Rose

 

Were you always confident in front of the camera, or was it something that you had to get used to?

Amy Rose: It was definitely something I had to get used to and work up to. When I first started modeling, I was very shy and unsure of what to do in front of the camera. But it’s like anything else: It takes practice. So the more I shot, the more comfortable I started to feel, and the more I started to flow from one pose to another.

 

Before modeling, you earned an associate degree of applied science in baking and pastry arts. Why did you decide to study that, and what was it like working in that industry?

Amy Rose: Yes. I decided to study baking and pastry arts because baking had always been a passion of mine and something I enjoyed doing. All throughout middle school and high school, I took culinary classes, but it wasn’t until high school that I decided to go the baking route instead of just culinary. I loved being able to create art out of food and the joy it brought on people’s faces when they saw their cake for the first time.

 

Amy Rose

 

What was the hardest part of transitioning from baking and pastry arts to modeling?

Amy Rose: I don’t think there was necessarily a hard part in transitioning from baking and pastry into modeling, as to me–both are a form of art and expression. It was a change in the fact that I had to start expressing myself through my body instead of designs on a cake or dessert. And also that I had to relearn a whole new industry and figure out how to also be successful in it.

 

How do you handle criticism and negativity that is directed towards you?

Amy Rose: I simply ignore it. Helpful criticism is okay and I accept it–however any negativity people tend to give out, just shows their character, not mine. When other people say negative remarks, it’s not my problem–it’s theirs. I want to see everyone succeed. The people who are negative all the time towards others just shows that they are not truly happy with themselves. They should work on their own happiness first–before they try to ruin someone else’s.

 

Amy Rose

 

In your opinion: What is the biggest misconception about modeling?

Amy Rose: I think the biggest misconception about modeling is that it’s easy and isn’t hard work. That “we just stand there and look pretty.” There is a lot more that goes into that. We have to make sure that we are always in shape by working out, our hair, and makeup is always looking good. And the fact that sometimes we have to be in the most uncomfortable positions to get the right shot for the picture. Not every pose we do is easy and though we may make it look like it is comfortable, we are just waiting until we can get out from that pose! Also, some locations that we shoot at–are not the easiest to get to. There are many hard hikes, jumps, crawling, and weaving we have to do just to get to that perfect location to shoot.

 

Amy Rose

 

What do you want people to think of you (e.g. your brand) when they see or hear about you?

Amy Rose: I want people to see me and think that I am a beautiful person; not only on just the outside, but especially the inside too. I want to inspire people to achieve their own dreams and goals. I want them to believe that they can achieve anything they put their mind to–by watching me work hard towards mine. I would love for someone to come up to me and say, “Because of you, I never gave up.” When I inspire others, it inspires me more.

 

Amy Rose

 

Share a piece of advice that has greatly benefited you in your life?

Amy Rose: A quote that I love to go by is “Nothing works unless you do.” That has greatly benefited me and my life because it reminds me that I have to work hard for anything I want. If you aren’t working towards something, how will you ever get there?

 

Amy Rose

 

What can people expect from you for the rest of 2014 and onward?

Amy Rose: Well, I recently had a feature with Playboy Mexico! So everyone should go check that out at playboy.com.mx ! And as for 2014 and onward, people should definitely look out for me in 2015. There are bigger and better things that will be happening with more publications and events. And I encourage everyone to follow me on all my social media sites to see all my updates on all the things happening and exciting things moving forward!

 

Amy Rose

 

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Sensationalistic: Rachel Chava Raizel

Photo Credit: Brian Grossman
Photo Credit: Brian Grossman

 

She’s bold, confident, and strong. Rachel Chava Reizel is a woman who goes after what she wants, and she’s setting a great example for her son (she’s a single mom). It won’t be long until Rachel is gracing the cover of Playboy and other various publications. Get to know one of the most boldest (and beautiful) woman who you’ll ever have the pleasure of reading about.

 

When did you get interested in modeling?

Rachel Chava Reizel: I started to do a bit of modeling a few years ago. It was mostly just for friends who were photographers, who were either in school or were trying to start a career. After that I stopped for about two years, due to personal reasons. About a year ago I started modeling again, and I really love it.

 

Do you remember your first photo shoot? If so, what was your experience like?

Rachel Chava Reizel: My first photo shoot was with my friend Julia. I had never really gone to one, and she was in school for English, but is a very bright and artistic person; and paints a lot and has a very good eye. So when she asked to photograph me I said, “no problem.” We had a whole photo shoot in her yard and in her studio; and it was really fun and peaked my interest.

 

Photo Credit: Ilan Porat
Photo Credit: Ilan Porat

 

Is there anything specific that you would like to accomplish in your modeling career?

Rachel Chava Reizel: I really want to show people, women and especially men, that all women’s bodies are beautiful. I gained 58 pounds when I was pregnant, and even though I try to stay in very good shape, my body isn’t perfect. I have a lot of stretch marks. But nobody is perfect, most models or in fact all models, are photo shopped. I want women to be confident in their bodies regardless of having had a baby or having stretch marks on her. As long as you work out and try your best to stay in shape, you should be confident and happy with yourself. I also want men to realize this, and try to not shame women. I also want to show that you can be sexy and take sexy pictures, but not be a slut in actuality. I am hoping to branch out and be more of a personality and less of a model. I also really want to be in Playboy! It’s super sexy!

 

In your opinion: what qualities are essential in wanting to become a model?

Rachel Chava Reizel: Obviously one has to have a certain look, but it also depends what kind of model you want to be. High-fashion models need to be very thin and extremely tall. They’re the ones who do runways and high-fashion campaigns. I am more of a commercial model: pretty, in decent shape, but not very tall. My biggest thing is that I have a huge personality, which is good to have to be a model. It’s good to show off your personality in your pictures, and not be the same as everyone else.   Most of my pictures that I have done have been more sexy, but I’m really looking forward to showing my personality to people. I just started a YouTube channel, and really want people to see the weird, crazy, intellectual, witty sides of me, not just the sexy one.

 

Photo Credit: Mike Mor
Photo Credit: Mike Mor

 

Have you dealt with any form of criticism/negativity in your modeling career? If you have, how did you overcome it?

Rachel Chava Reizel: I had one “good friend” who, at the beginning of modeling career, started attacking me because of it. She said to me, “you think that because you are skinny now, you can turn into a big whore?” She basically just kept attacking me, and I would try to speak nicely and calmly to her, telling her that no matter what I do–we are always friends, and that she shouldn’t judge me if we were so close, and that if she really cared about me, she wouldn’t be attacking me: she would be stating facts and reasons why she thinks this is bad for me in a very nice way. Especially since I kept responding to her kindly, but all she would do is attack me; it was extremely rude of her, and other friends of mine told me that most don’t even talk to her anymore, because she is so judgmental towards everybody. And the fact that she brought up that I’m thin now, it means that she’s jealous of my weight. If she wasn’t, she would’ve just told me that I look slutty or something, even though I don’t think I do. The fact that she brought up my weight was simply showing me that the only reason she was attacking me is because she was jealous of my weight. I also have a lot of people online who harassed me; guys think I’m a whore so they send me pictures of their man parts. Whenever possible, I send the picture to their family member/mother/girlfriend. A lot of guys are stupid and leave their Facebook/Instagram open, so I can easily find a family member and report to them how inappropriate their brother/boyfriend/husband/son is, so they can curb these boys behavior before it’s too late. Women also attacked me, calling me slut and stuff. But mostly, it’s men. When women find out about my weight loss and my baby and all that, they tend to be supportive. The ones who aren’t, I think are jealous. Especially random people I don’t know who feel the need to comment on my stuff online. I think it shows really bad character to find someone you don’t know online, judge them, and then publicly attack them. It’s in the Bible that to embarrass or insult someone in public is like killing him. And killing someone is one of the three things that you don’t go to heaven for. These people think they are so mighty–that they can call me out on my “sluttiness,”  but then they have the nerve to attack random people and try to insult them and hurt them. It’s pretty pathetic and it really doesn’t bother me–it just makes them look jealous and pathetic.

 

What would be your dream photo shoot?

Rachel Chava Reizel: As I said, I would love to shoot for Playboy! I would also love something crazy and musical, like backstage at a concert or something (where I spent most of my college years). Also, Mario Testino, is like, the best photographer ever, and I would love to shoot with him!

 

Photo Credit: Selwyn Bear
Photo Credit: Selwyn Bear

 

What’s the most difficult part about modeling?

Rachel Chava Reizel: Finding photographers/agencies that aren’t totally perverted. Many are wanting girls to do inappropriate things for jobs. It’s also tough to find someone who is totally into you, because a lot of people have different tastes in what and who they want to photograph.

 

Besides modeling, what are you most passionate about?

Rachel Chava Reizel: My son. I am a single mom and he means everything to me. I also love music, and used to be an NYC “scene kid” at least three concerts a week is how I rolled. I also love art and used to create extensively, but that has recently taken the back burner to living life. I hope to have more time for it soon.

 

Photo Credit: Mike Mor
Photo Credit: Mike Mor

 

How would you like your modeling career to end up?

Rachel Chava Reizel: I am not so into the “famous” thing, but I would like to end up feeling happy, accomplished, and sucessful. I would love to be a household name, as well as to do campaigns for anything that interests me. And a lot does!

 

Photo Credit: Selwyn Bear
Photo Credit: Selwyn Bear

 

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

Rachel Chava Reizel: Hopefully more artwork, more of my personality through my new YouTube channel (just getting it started), and a lot more awesome pictures! I am witty and engaging, I make everyone happy, and I want to spread it around!

 

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Desirous: Kasha Marie

Kasha Marie

 

It takes confidence and motivation to get in front of the camera, and Kasha Marie exudes both of those qualities and much more. Represented by Bella Life Models, Kasha Marie is energetic and is driven to achieve all her goals not only as a model, but as a person as well. You’ll come away impressed by this down-to-earth model after reading this interview.

 

When did you get interested in modeling?

Kasha Marie: I first became interested in modeling when I was about ten-years old. Growing up with all sisters and one brother had a huge impact on me, because I was always surrounded by mostly females. Having an older sister to look up to influenced my decision to “hurry up and grow up.” On TV, in magazines, or even just in public I obsessed over clothing. Looking and feeling pretty; and new style ideas. Family members, and even random strangers would tell me “you need to model; you’re beautiful.” However, at that age I wasn’t fully interested in doing whatever it took to make it. I really became interested in modeling once I gave birth to my daughter! I realized how quickly life changes and before time kept passing by, I decided to finally fulfill my dream of modeling, especially to prove to my daughter that no matter what obstacles life may throw you, it’s always important to believe in yourself, and do anything in your power to reach those goals!

 

What was going through your mind before you did your first photo shoot?

Kasha Marie: Once I became a professionally signed model, I was so nervous yet so excited for my first photo shoot! My mind was all over the place, I was over-thinking, practicing, and reassuring myself that I was ready for it! What pushed me to show up was the fact that I finally was given the opportunity to start fresh and build an amazing portfolio, so positive thinking helped me go through with my first shoot!

 

Kasha Marie

 

How do you prepare for a photo shoot?

Kasha Marie: To prepare for a photo shoot, I like to stay very organized! I usually talk to the hair and makeup artist HMUA, and photographer, as well as anyone else involved to make sure that I have full details on what to expect. I write a list of things I need to bring, and most times I bang out a huge workout the day before to make sure I feel just as great!

 

You’re represented by Bella Life Model Agency. What’s it like being represented by them?

Kasha Marie: Being represented by Bella Life Models is probably the most rewarding accomplishment in my modeling career thus far. I have been signed with two other agencies who loved to take my money. Bella Life Models has opened so many doors for me. Christine has a huge heart and she strives each day to make sure she gives us models endless opportunities to excel. I have met so many amazing people in under a year, and I’m blessed for that! Within all of these connections I have already learned so many valuable lessons, and I am proud that I have begun the process of building a professional portfolio!

 

Kasha Marie

 

In your opinion: what does it take to be a successful model?

Kasha Marie: To be a successful model, first you need to make sure this is something you truly want. A lot of people think that modeling is easy, because a photo can look so simple, yet many don’t even know the half of it! I have been to endless amounts of shoots where models complain, complain, and complain. Plain and simple: If you want it, there are no excuses! A successful model is someone who radiates determination! Shoots can sometimes be completely unorganized, and it takes a strong-minded model to deal with whatever bumps are thrown in the way, and still come out with amazing work. A successful model is versatile, and can portray whatever the project is looking to announce. It is important that the model is prepared, and willing to take risks and step a few feet outside of their comfort zone. All of these traits build a strong model, and a successful model will portray growth, because growth is most important!

 

Who has been the biggest influence in your life?

Kasha Marie: I have had a lot of positive influences in my life, as well as negative influences which have built positive mindsets for me! My older sister Nicole and my family in general–have all been such a huge support system for me, as well as a select few friends who have always encouraged me! Nicole has influenced me to stick to my goals and dreams until they are accomplished; she is best at accomplishing hers! My daughter, Avynn, has now been my biggest pusher. Seeing her smiling everyday–makes me want to keep the smile on her face, and make her proud. I will never give up, because of her. She deserves a better life than I was given, and each day reminds me how crazy this world is, and how sad our economy is. Having a daughter at such a young age–makes me strive even harder to become successful, so that one day, she too can do whatever she dreams too.

 

Kasha Marie

 

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

Kasha Marie: Aside from modeling, I have been most passionate about fashion in general; I am working on a networking project right now, in hopes to increase my exposure. Fashion to me is a way to express yourself, and I feel that today, especially young women have trouble embodying who they really are due to bullying, and self-image struggles. After giving birth, it really hit me: how strong women truly are. I feel that lack of self-confidence is a huge factor in hatred these days–for people towards themselves and towards others. Being passionate in fashion has given me positive attention from younger girls who say that I am an inspiration, and that is exactly what I aspire to do: be inspiring!

 

Is there anything specific that you would like to accomplish in your modeling career?

Kasha Marie: I hope to accomplish a lot of goals throughout my modeling career. Of course everyone hopes to make it, but I would love to make it while making a difference. I have list upon list of goals in my head; these all help push me daily, especially when I have weak moments where I question if it is all worth it? When I see my daughter’s face light up when I walk through the door, that is reassurance. When I show her my modeling videos and she says, “good job, mommy,” that is my reassurance. I will continue to set higher expectations for myself, because it is such a rush when I push myself to step into something uncomfortable, and step out proud!

 

Kasha Marie

 

Do you set goals? If so, can you describe how you do?

Kasha Marie: The most important advice in setting goals is to compare yourself to only yourself. What things are holding you back that you wish you could change? See something that inspires you? Put your own twist on it! It is most important to set goals in hopes to be exactly who you were born to be. Always strive to improve. Chances are, once you hit those goals, on the way you will find more goals, and the list will grow. Sometimes goals will seem not realistic, and let them feel that way. Just add baby steps in between those goals and you will soon climb!

 

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

Kasha Marie: In the near future I hope to continue to build my portfolio! 2015 will be a huge comeback for me. It is a chance to prove myself all over again that I can keep checking goals off of my dream list. Until my dreams become a reality, I can’t give up; I am working on many projects currently to increase my exposure, because word of mouth is an amazing concept. I want to reach out to as many individuals as possible to release my message. I hope my message shouts ” we are all beautiful, we are all strong, we are all unique.” I am working on personalizing my career. Too many people outside of the industry and many people inside the industry feel modeling careers strive for attention, and most times negative attention all for the wrong reasons; I aim to prove that in some cases, like mine–I strive to inspire. I want to be more approachable. I want people to know my story, hear my story. I want to be your inspiration. I want to help generations grow. I want to see change! Through whatever dreams someone may have whatever goals they may strive for; I want to be the voice and help people push through their hard times in order to help them reach their ultimate happiness, to become confident. So welcome to #401FIERCE–my networking site, which will combine all of my social media accounts, with constant updates and the ability to connect with me, because “who uses Facebook anyways?” ha-ha. My site will be proof that sometimes the fiercest dream comes from the smallest state. Stay tuned, y’all!

 

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Phantasmagorical: Kimber Cox

Photo Credit: Playboy Plus
Photo Credit: Playboy Plus/Photographer:Jennifer Vaughn

 

 

She unfolds before your eyes, like a curtain that is being drawn up before a show begins. Kimber Cox is one Playboy model that stands out from the rest. Being in front of the camera, Kimber makes it looks easy–and her ability to nail each pose that the camera matches is incredible. It’s easy to appreciate Kimber’s beauty, but as you learn more about her in this interview, you’ll be hard-pressed to find another model like Kimber Cox.

 

How did you get your start in modeling?

Kimber Cox: I started my modeling by going to a Playboy casting call here in Dallas. I have always wanted to be a part of Playboy so I jumped on the opportunity. I did a few modeling gigs back when I lived in Los Angeles, but I was not serious about then as I am now.

 

Is there anything specifically that you do to prepare for a photo shoot?

Kimber Cox: Before any shoot, I do make sure to prep about a week before the shoot. I try to drink as much water as possible, so that I feel refreshed. I am not a huge workout person, but I definitely hit the gym a few weeks before.

 

Photo Credit: Playboy Plus/Photographer: Jennifer Vaughn
Photo Credit: Playboy Plus/Photographer: Jennifer Vaughn

 

What do you like the most about modeling, and what do you dislike the most about modeling?

Kimber Cox: I think what I like most about modeling is the excitement of waiting for the pictures to come out! Every photographer is different so it’s real fun to see each outcome. Another thing I like about modeling is each theme–you get to be different people or dress certain ways that you usually wouldn’t dress. It’s fun to step out of your comfort zone. I don’t really have any dislikes about modeling. Sometimes you have really long days and towards the end, it takes everything to stay “model” ready.

 

Have you come across any form of competitiveness in the modeling industry?

Kimber Cox: I think there is competitiveness in everything. I think everyone wants to shine! However, I have met some of my best friends doing modeling. All the models I’ve worked with have always been super friendly.

 

Photo Credit: Playboy Plus/Photographer: Jennifer Vaughn
Photo Credit: Playboy Plus/Photographer: Jennifer Vaughn

 

In your opinion: what is the biggest misconception about modeling?

Kimber Cox: I think the biggest misconception of modeling is that it’s easy! It’s not easy; I think it looks that way in pictures, because that is the way it’s supposed to look. Graceful and easy. Usually the poses aren’t as comfortable as they seem to potray (trust me!). I’m always very sore after a photo shoot.

 

Is there any companies/publications that you want to work with, but haven’t yet?

Kimber Cox: One of my biggest goals was to model for Playboy, so that was really cool for me and a big achievement. I would love to do work for Maxim; the photos are always so hot! I really want to do a photo shoot at the beach!

 

Photo Credit: Playboy Plus/Photographer: Jennifer Vaughn
Photo Credit: Playboy Plus/Photographer: Jennifer Vaughn

 

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

Kimber Cox: I love, love, love animals! My perfect day would be to relax with a glass of wine and my fur babies! I have four dogs; I plan to someday do something to help more animals find good homes.

 

Do you set goals for yourself? If so, can you share some that you’re trying to accomplish?

Kimber Cox: I am always setting goals for myself. Whether it’s for work, cooking, or modeling. When it comes to modeling, I think my biggest goal would be to become a Playmate.

 

Photo Credit: Playboy Plus/Photographer: Jennifer Vaughn
Photo Credit: Playboy Plus/Photographer: Jennifer Vaughn

 

What is your definition of beautiful?

Kimber Cox: My definition of beautiful is having a kind heart on the inside–that reflects on the outside. I think when someone feels good about themselves, it shows. You have to be confident and remember that any “flaws” you think you have–are just things that make you different from anyone else!

 

Photo Credit: Playboy Plus/Photographer: Jose Luis
Photo Credit: Playboy Plus/Photographer: Jose Luis

 

What can people expect to see from you the rest of 2014 and in 2015?

Kimber Cox: Big things! ha-ha; honestly, I don’t know. I hope a lot more pictorials! Hopefully, I will have the opportunity to show people more about me!

 

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Dualistic: Larissa Bartolo

Photo: Playboy Plus/Photographer: Cassandra Keyes
Photo: Playboy Plus/Photographer: Cassandra Keyes

 

Fresh off her recent Playboy photo shoot, Larissa Bartolo’s  presence is growing by the minute. She’s quickly gaining attention all over the world, especially the USA (where she will make a few trips in 2015). It’s easy to see why Larissa is a successful model. She’s beautiful, driven, and willing to put in the work to make herself stand out in the modeling industry. Earlier this year, I interviewed Larissa–and it was an absolute pleasure. Some things are better the second time around, and Larissa proves that to be undeniably true.

 

Recently, you had a photo shoot with Playboy. How did that go and what was your experience like?

Larissa Bartolo: Playboy has always been my dream, and it was everything I imagined and more! Shooting in the beautiful and exotic location of Bali with one of the most talented photographers in Australia, Cassandra Keyes, to live out my dream of becoming a Playboy model; what more could one ask for, ha ha!

 

Now that you’ve done Playboy, what’s next for you?

Larissa Bartolo: I will continue to work for Playboy now that I am part of the Playboy family, and that’s something I am really excited about. Although I do have a lot of international plans in place at the moment, and you might even see me on your television screens too!

 

Photo: Playboy Plus/Photographer: Cassandra Keyes
Photo: Playboy Plus/Photographer: Cassandra Keyes

 

I think that I speak for a lot of people on this: when are you coming to America?

Larissa Bartolo: I will be in the USA very soon! There are a few trips planned for 2015 already, so expect to be seeing a lot more of me!

 

Since I last talked to you, have you encountered any hardships? If so, how did you overcome them?

Larissa Bartolo: Traveling a lot is very draining; it’s quite hard to maintain a healthy lifestyle when your routine is all over the place, and in this job you need to look your best at all times, so I have been trying to get a lot of rest and relaxation since being back here on sunny Queensland, Australia before the next venture takes place shortly! Other than that, I’ve been taking every day as it comes and enjoying the ride I call life!

 

Photo: Playboy Plus/Photographer: Cassandra Keyes
Photo: Playboy Plus/Photographer: Cassandra Keyes

 

How have you grown mentally and physically this year?

Larissa Bartolo: I think I have done more mental and physical growing this year than ever before; I have been placed into many challenging situations, and faced with many decisions without the help of friends and family being close by. So I have definitely grown as a person, but it’s been beneficial as it’s allowed me to really dig deep into my own thoughts and dreams; and create a path, which I am satisfied with.

 

What are you currently interested in besides modeling?

Larissa Barolo: I am still very into my extreme sports, although I don’t get much time to do them at the moment! Free diving, motor cross, and scuba diving are some of my favorite hobbies. I have recently begun mediation and yoga, which has been very mentally stimulating for me, and to flip to another extreme– I’ve been training in boxing!

 

Photo: Playboy Plus/Photographer: Cassandra Keyes
Photo: Playboy Plus/Photographer: Cassandra Keyes

 

Is there anything specifically that you would like to achieve before this year ends?

Larissa Bartolo: I stopped setting specific goals for myself a long time ago, as my life is very fast-paced and I never know where I’m going to end up. My biggest achievement and one I continue to live by–is just letting life be what it wants to be and trusting in myself that it will go in the direction I want it to. It has been working a charm, and I couldn’t be happier at the moment.

 

What have you learned the most since you started modeling?

Larissa Bartolo: I’ve learned a lot about myself as a person, people around me (some new people have come into my life and some life-long friends have dropped off). I’ve learned things about the world that I could have only dreamed and for that, I’m very fortunate. But these are all things that one can learn in any situation in life–it just tends to be a little more obvious in this industry, ha ha!

 

Photo: Playboy Plus/Photographer: Cassandra Keyes
Photo: Playboy Plus/Photographer: Cassandra Keyes

 

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

Larissa Bartolo: A lot! I am on an amazing roll and loving every minute of it at the moment, so expect to see a lot more of me! My video work and TV work has started to increase so get ready to find out a lot more about “the real me.”

 

Photo: Playboy Plus/Photographer: Cassandra Keyes
Photo: Playboy Plus/Photographer: Cassandra Keyes

 

Photo: Playboy Plus/Photographer: Cassandra Keyes

 

Photo: Playboy Plus/Photogrpaher: Cassandra Keyes
Photo: Playboy Plus/Photogrpaher: Cassandra Keyes

 

Photo: Playboy Plus/Photographer: Cassandra Keyes
Photo: Playboy Plus/Photographer: Cassandra Keyes

 

Photo: Playboy Plus/Photographer: Cassandra Keyes
Photo: Playboy Plus/Photographer: Cassandra Keyes

 

Photo: Playboy Plus/Photographer: Cassandra Keyes
Photo: Playboy Plus/Photographer: Cassandra Keyes

 

 

 

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Gymkhana 7: Ken Block

Ken Block

 

Professional rally driver and co-founder of DC Shoes, Ken Block is a man who lives life to the fullest. Currently, he’s the co-owner of Hoonigan, an apparel brand for auto enthusiasts. Ken Block’s blocks abilities behind the wheel are jaw-dropping. His videos on YouTube are viewed by many (millions), and when his “Gymkhana” videos are released, people are glued to their screens, watching Ken go incredibly fast and maneuver his vehicle at blinding speeds. Gymkhana 7 was recently released, and it takes place in Los Angeles, CA. Enjoy watching this and you’re welcome.

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The MindFreak: Criss Angel

Criss Angel

 

He has astonished audiences in theaters and through television sets worldwide. He’s set records in the magic world and has the best rated magic show in Las Vegas. Criss Angel has accomplished a lot in his career, but few people understand what it actually takes to be a successful performer, let alone a successful magician in today’s times. It takes much more than learning a few card tricks and throwing on a tux (Criss changed the look of a typical magician). You have to understand what your audiences want and how to give it to them, which Criss Angel is exceptionally good at. Since season one of Mindfreak, Criss Angel has evolved both as a person, as well as a performer.

Season one of Mindreak: Criss Angel levitating a woman on Fremont Street, LV.
Season one of Mindreak: Criss Angel levitating a woman on Fremont Street, LV.

 

As Mindfreak started to get popular with audiences, Criss Angel continued to push the limits with his magic, and his death-defying stunts. Each season of Mindfreak showcased Criss’s talents and he did it through TV, which is incredibly hard to do in our fast paced world that we live in. Each week (and season) displayed some of the best magic that has ever been captured on film. Everything from card tricks, levitation, illusions, etc. were all executed beautifully by Criss. There is one particular piece of magic that Criss does better than other magician: levitation.

Criss Angel In Mindfreak, Criss Angel has demonstrated the ability to levitate on several occasions. His most impressive levitation was when he levitated above the Luxor Hotel & Casino (30 stories high). With major success in television, you would think that Criss Angel would be content, but that wasn’t the case. In 2008, Criss debuted his live magic show BeLIEve, and worked even harder than ever before. It was a great pleasure for me to see his show the first week that it had opened, and it was an amazing experience (and one that I will never forget). During the day, Criss would continue to film his Mindfreak show, and during the night he would perform in front of sold-out audiences for his live show BeLIEve. Of course with success comes jealously, and there is a lot of it in the magic world–and most of it is directed towards Criss. I’m an amateur magician myself, and I’ve heard all the hate and negativity towards Criss Angel. Personally, I don’t get it but I guess it stems from that certain magicians are not happy that Criss is enjoying success and they’re not. There are magicians that are more talented than Criss (believe it or not), but that’ll only get you so far. What sets Criss apart is his business sense, and his adaptability skill-set. Like him or not, Criss has worked his ass off to get to where he is today, and his ticket sales speak for themselves.

 

Criss Angel

 

Coming off his six sold-out shows at the Fox Woods Casino in Conneticut this past week, the future looks very bright for Criss Angel. With his innovation and drive to become the best, Criss Angel will always deliver a stellar performance, and it’ll be exciting to see what trick(s) he has up his sleeves next.