with Maria Vicario / @Maria_Vicario
Photography by Olly Vento / @Ollyvento
MUA Juliana Burdiugova / @mymakeupmiami
Happy to have you featured on FHM! Tell us what are some of the things you did to prepare for this shoot? I am so honored and grateful to be featured in FHM! To prepare, I did a small ritual that works for me before/after any big day; it consists of having a spa day at home, preparing my favorite salad consisting of strawberry, almonds and balsamic, and taking my beauty nap.
You’ve got an amazing figure and beauty about you, we’re keen to know what you would say is your favorite physical feature about yourself and why? I feel so fortunate, and love the fact that I am tall. I’m 5’10 and I feel like everything fits so well on me with this height. Tall boots, long dresses… I love that I feel confident in anything I decide to wear.
Being a glamorous model must have its perks, what are some of your most memorable experiences in your career? I appreciate that my workplace is always a different location with new things to learn and experience. Generally, we shoot in beautiful places where a sunset leaves you speechless… Then, when you couple that with a team of wonderful people with me, full of laughs and good times – believe me that every day is almost a guilty pleasure, and it doesn’t feel like I’m really working!
What would you say sets you apart? Coming from Venezuela gives me a different perspective on life. We have been through a lot of things as a country, and I think it gives me a superpower of resilience and strength.
On the topic of men, what was the complete best, and worst first impressions you’ve got on a first date? I really don’t have much experience in dating… I don’t know why, but it’s not something I usually do -maybe that’s why there’s always a funny story about how I met the guys I’ve dated. However, what I am sure of is that, for me, great conversation, a nice smile and self-assurance are characteristics I cannot easily resist.
What would you say is the most surprising thing about you that not many people know? Most people are surprised to learn that I am an anthropologist and that I am fascinated by ancient civilizations and history.
If you had to choose, would you say money and wealth determines success, or is it one’s personal achievements and happiness? Happiness is relative. But without a doubt, happiness is accompanied by reaching your personal achievements, seeing your family fulfilled and feeling secure with yourself. Mental health and emotional well-being are also essential happiness. However, I think that professional success and money are also important to have a good life; although without any of these other things, money doesn’t really mean much to me.
On a more personal level and in an ideal world, where do you see yourself in five or ten years; time in terms of family life, career, or both? In the long term, I would like to take my career to another level: I would like study acting and work on the small and big screen. I really feel that it is the next step in my career. In the family sphere, I would like to finalize some projects that I have planned with my family and work on our own brand.
It’s been challenging for us all, what advice would you give to other models or aspiring models out there in light of all the challenges faced? Despite all the difficult times the most important lesson learned is that the world is so dynamic and unpredictable, and that your ability to assimilate change and get out of your comfort zone is what determines your scope. Additionally, the adversity made me acquire new skills and tools along the way that have better equipped me for the lifetime ahead.
Any final words to our readers on what to expect from you this year? Besides including new habits and routines in my life to have a healthier lifestyle, this year I plan to live more intensely, be more spontaneous with my decisions and work full time on my happiness and well-being. So, without trepidation, what you can expect from me is a happier version of myself.