BRONX-born LA MODELS Supermodel NINA DANIELE has been given the distinction of being named the PLAYBOY PLAYMATE Of The YEAR 2018!!!
Here are a few interview interludes:
JOYCE: For starters, I wondered about the Bronx. I was young when I left, so the only thing I remember is the zoo. That was a big part of my young life.
NINA: I live about a mile from the zoo. You can still go there and see the giraffes, and the projects on the horizon. It’s still the same old Bronx.
J: So tell me about the road that led to you becoming a Playmate.
N: I’ve been modeling for about eight years now. When I started, the popular look for models was more Eastern European, androgynous, tall and gaunt. Time had to pass for it to come around to where a girl like me, whose ethnicity you don’t necessarily know, could be successful. Size, height and weight began to matter less; it became more about who you are as a person, what you bring to the table, how well you manage social media. So I decided: Instead of trying to be what the industry wants me to be, I’m going to be who I’ve always been.
J: Something HEF said to everyone was “Follow your dream.”
N: Well, that makes me really happy. playboy is a place where I feel accepted for who I am, not just what I look like. My first interview was about so much more than the photos; it was all about “Who’s Nina?” And when I got to see my story in print, I was like, “Damn, that’s me!” That meant so much to me—to not only be seen in my most vulnerable state, but to also be presented, in words, for who I am. That’s important to Playboy: how my brain works, how my heart works. Through Playboy I was able to talk about how it feels to be a woman in today’s society.
J: So what now? Do you want to be an actress, a brain surgeon? Where’s it going?
N: I used to be the type of person who would start a million projects. I played the violin for seven years, I took karate for four or five, I played for my college tennis team, I did swimming, I did every type of dance, I played multiple instruments—then I decided I wanted to be a stockbroker, then a vet, then a crime-scene investigator, then an EMT. Modeling is, to this day, the only thing I’ve stuck with. It’s a waiting game, and no one tells you that. The longer you’re in the industry, the better your chances of success, whether that’s in front of the camera or behind it. When I was finishing college, I wanted to be a writing teacher. Back then I didn’t realize that when you used a credit card you had to pay it back, so all my credit cards were maxed out, and I had a job that barely made me enough money. I was still living at home, and the idea that I could make more than $60 a day really blew my mind. I would still love to teach young people, but not from within a school environment.
J; You can still teach some things. Down the road, you might be doing tours as a motivational speaker.
N: t’s possible. Anything is possible when you follow your dreams.
Well Damn. I don’t even know what to say. I’ve never wanted something so much in my life and to see it manifest is a dream come true. I’ve been thinking about what I wanted to say and how I wanted to say it; hoping all the right words would come to me and I’d pop off with something profound but I can’t even think right now, I’m actually crying because I’m so overwhelmed LOL I guess that’s the most honest reaction I can have. I’m usually so good with words and for once I have none. Thank you to everyone at @playboy for making my dreams come true. Thank you for believing in me, for trusting me and for accepting me. Thank you for giving me this platform, this is gonna be one hell of a year AND YOURE STUCK WITH ME NOW MWAHAHAHAHA!!! 😹😹😹 Thank you @cooperbhefner you are one in a million. I’m so honored to work at your side at something so incomprehensibly huge I can’t even wrap my head around it at times. You are an inspiration to this world! Thank you @deacsy for your vision and your creativity, thank you for seeing the Femlin and me and trusting me to recreate her in bringing your vision to life. Thank you @thisannaisbananas for being unapologetically you, for being brilliant and outspoken, for being a true light in my life. Thank you @tamaraprahamian for always keeping me calm and collected, for making me feel safe and under control when the world is spinning. Thank you to my rock @jhanellecastillo ❤️ for being my biggest supporter, for encouraging me beyond belief and loving me in ALL my moments. 🙏🏽 @arigbyw @jeremi.lt @patrickpalacios @inretrospekt @evan.would @wishy0uwerenthere @___lo__ @jd_aguon @danielbuerge @lizstewartproductions @elizabethsuman THANK YOU TO THIS TEAM 📸 @jenniferstenglein you incredibly talent beautiful GODDESS YOU!! MAKEUP @yomatisse STYLING @awildatheart HAIR @amber_duarte THANK YOU TO EVERYONE who has followed my journey, who has encouraged me and supported me and VOTED for me. I love you all so much and I’m so excited to share with you something so special to me that was made possible because you believed in me too. I AM THE NEWEST PLAYBOY PLAYMATE OF THE YEAR 2018!! TURN UP!!! YASSSSSSS 🐰 #PMOY2018 #thesavagebunny
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