Model, qualified equestrian and lover of the arts, HANNAH WIDMER, makes her MAXIM debut. Enjoy the ride…
Hey, Hannah, congrats on your first MAXIM cover. How do you feel?
It is such an honour to represent such an iconic magazine. I’m thrilled beyond belief – MAXIM is a dream come true.
What do you love most about this photo shoot?
I love the location – it’s one of the most beautiful places with kind and generous people and surrounded by my beloved horses. Also getting to shoot with my soul sister, Raven Durán is always a dream come true.
Did you do anything different to prepare for this shoot?
I have a set routine. I do lots of exercise which includes a daily five-mile bike ride, yoga, 50 flights of steps plus I eat healthy and get plenty of sleep.
Well, you look fit. What would you say is your best asset?
I feel that my best asset is my smile. When I wear a true genuine smile it means that I’m my happiest and it lights up my whole face – and my vibe just changes. A sense of humour is really important to me – a good laugh will truly get you through anything.
When do you feel sexy?
Things can be looking perfect on the outside, but people really have no idea what’s really going on inside. Living up to the persona of something unrealistic can be incredibly draining. I think in order to make it, you have to be able to separate yourself from the persona, the fashion world wants the ideal of glamorous and sexy and all that stuff. But really you have to be comfortable in front of the camera by just being yourself. I feel most sexy when I am being my authentic self and being who I am is crucial, otherwise you will lose yourself. My perception of myself is very different from the perception people have of me. The person that not many people get to see is what is truly sexy about me.
For those who don’t know a lot about you, give us a brief background about your life story so far.
I feel I’m a very multi-dimensional woman, so actually this question I’m having the most difficulty with, when it should be the easiest for me to answer. While these are all bits and pieces of me, not one defines me fully. So here it goes, I’m a 23-year old single woman, I’m in my final year of college majoring in Art Therapy/Studio Art, and I’m an accomplished equestrian and show some of the most beautiful horses in the world. A big passion of mine is modelling, I’m so happy and comfortable in front of a camera – for me there’s no feeling like it. I feel the most confident and happy either on the back of a horse or in front of a camera. I keep my circle small and treasure those in it.
Nice one. What would people be most surprised to know about you?
I’m an Aquarius, I’m a visionary, I imagine my dreams and I work to make it possible. I’m someone with a progressive soul. I spend so much of my time thinking about how things can be better, what I can do better, what I can improve. I can be very impatient, even temperamental, but I want to leave the world a better place than I found it.
What do you do when you’re not posing for MAXIM?
I try to do as much travelling as possible. I love experiencing new cultures to help me become a well-rounded individual and expand my horizons. I also try to visit art museums in each new city I visit. I’m very happy being in my own company, I’m very independent and I’m very family oriented. You’ll never find me in the party scene as I require a deeper one-on-one connection you won’t find in an environment like a bar.
What’s the best way for a man to win his way to your heart?
What I expect out of myself, I expect also out of my mate. I have to have a deep intellectual and sexual connection – almost spiritual. Confidence and a kind heart are a must. Men tell me that I’m intimidating and that I have too much self-confidence. Somebody just has to be my equal, not back down to me and learn how to seduce my mind and then my body. It’s an absolute must.
What’s one thing men should always remember about women?
Don’t ever be afraid to approach a woman that you are interested in. It is so sexy for a man to have the confidence to engage a woman in a conversation. Women are mindful creatures who need nurturing. Men must learn to work the woman’s mind before they even consider the body. This can’t be achieved in a one night stand.
Where do men go wrong with women?
I feel that men give up to easily. They need to fully engage in the chasing process. I get bored really easily and if you aren’t able to engage my mind, I will leave. Flirt with me outrageously. Men are hunters and I need to be chased.
Describe your perfect date.
My date would have nothing to do with destination. It would be all about the preparation. The dress, the hair, the smells, the thought of him, the way he would make me feel, the thought of what’s to come, the touches, the anticipation.
If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
I couldn’t just choose one place – I would like to live in many different places, for extended periods of time, and then move on. I would always want my home base where my family and my horse is.
Have you ever been to Australia?
No, but my beloved horse was named Aussie! I know your national anthem and Waltzing Matilda. Australia looks like a beautiful country.
What is your life motto?
Everything in life starts with a dream, but first the dream needs to be clearly defined and, more importantly, you need to understand why you want it. At 14, 19 and 23 I never said to myself, “My goal is to be a great model or a great equestrian.” Rather, my emphasis was to be the best at what I do, which means giving my best. I knew I would have to be the best at whatever I set my mind to. Not the best compared with others, but the best version of myself. I feel that when you define what you want it gives you direction and the inner fire that can motivate you. I have an endless amount of fire in my soul when it comes to modelling and my equestrian career – I know exactly what I want and I won’t stop until I achieve it. Maybe I want to be a great human? Maybe I want to help people through Art Therapy? If these are my goals, then I am very clear with myself up front. How will reaching your goals serve a larger purpose? Why does it matter to you? What are you willing to do to come closer to achieving your goals? What do you need to get there? I focus on taking many small actions to propel myself forward.
Finally, where would you like to be in five years?
Happiness is most important to me, in whatever I’m doing. My dream would be to have a career as a successful and hard-working model, a successful equestrian, maybe even somebody’s wife, good health and to always be working toward the best possible version of myself. ■
FULL NAME: Hannah Rose Widmer
BORN: February 13, 1996
FIVE-WORD SELF-DESCRIPTION: “Visionary, minimalistic, self-confident, anxiety-ridden and independent.”
GO-TO DRINK: “A Mojito.”
BEST HANGOVER CURE: “Tacos, margaritas and mojitos.”
BEDTIME ATTIRE: “My skin.”
MANAGEMENT: Rick O’Brien – email enquiries to email@example.com
PHOTOGRAPHED BY RAVEN DURÁN
INTERVIEW SANTI PINTADO
HAIR & MAKE-UP RAVEN DURAN
PRODUCTION MUSE PUBLISHING
PRODUCTION ASSISTANT ALINA YAKIMOVA
LOCATION LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY, U.S.A.
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