The nature-lover is ready to take on New Zealand. If you see her around, say ‘kia ora!’
Tell us a bit about your shoot
It was incredible getting another opportunity to work with Brian Hayes, the greatest and most respectful photographer that I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. It was a blast teaming up with him and his crew for the day! We shot these images in Florida with the idea and hopes I would be chosen and published in MAXIM. Thank you MAXIM New Zealand as I am truly humbled and grateful from the bottom of my heart that you would choose me as your cover model for your February 2020 issue!
Are there any other funny anecdotes you can share about this shoot?
Yes, the last 30 minutes of this eight hour shoot! As I went to lie down on the beach and get myself situated, a large unexpected wave came crashing in, knocking me completely over and under water. Out of many amazing images these happen to be some that we decided to use!
Have you ever been to New Zealand?
I will be there visiting during this month of February! I can’t wait to visit Lake Tekapo, Church of the Good Shepherd, Milford Sound and Christchurch, of course. I love to be out doors, kayak, hike, I am a lover of nature and beautiful views.
When do you feel sexy and why?
After a great run, that sweaty accomplished feeling, there’s something about having tight muscles that makes me feel on point.
What is your best asset?
I believe my very best asset is that I am very independent and driven. I believe my next best asset would certainly be my legs.
Give us a little more background about yourself and your life story so far.
Besides being a model for 10 years, I have been in real estate for the past 12 years. I purchase homes to flip as I enjoy doing all of the work myself. I am a mother to my two beautiful children with the love of my life, my best friend.
What would people be most surprised to know about you?
Between modelling, real estate and being a mother, I have also worked in the oil industry for almost 15 years. I obtained a forklift licence while also spending some time under a hard hat.
How would you describe yourself in five words?
Humble, kind, loyal, independent and courageous
How long have you been modelling and what would do if you weren’t modelling?
I have been modelling for the past 10 years and boy has the industry changed. I do keep my plate full of my other passions I enjoy because I love to stay busy. I love my life. I am very blessed. There isn’t anything I would change about my life.
What have you learned about men over the years?
In my opinion, I do believe men are very simple. Men work hard every day to provide. They like to feel appreciated (respect is free). They enjoy going home into their routine environments; they like to eat so keeping a man’s tummy full with a great meal is always extremely satisfying. Lastly but most importantly I do believe men think between their legs, especially during the time of relaxation, so to me it’s very easy to keep my man happy, loved and satisfied. Again, in my life strictly based on my opinions this is what I have learned about men. Real men.
What’s one thing men should always know about women?
I am very old school so I’m not really sure that men these days could really grasp the concept of what my opinions are on “what men should know about a real woman.”
What do you look for in a man?
My list is very long but for the most important attributes of what attracts me the most would be loyalty, honesty and having integrity. I have always been very hopeful to fall in love with a man I could call my best friend, someone that is very supportive, a true team player.
Describe your ideal date.
I would say my very favourite date night is sitting on the back of a tailgate in the back of a pick-up truck, wearing a pair of cut offs listening to my favourite tunes enjoying a bottle of wine.
What can we get you at the bar?
A house red.
Got a hangover cure?
Vitamins before I start, water before during and after, then vitamins as soon as I wake.
What’s your best hidden talent?
I’m very flexible, I was a gymnast.
Do you have any phobias?
I don’t believe it’s a phobia but in order to keep things smooth sailing in my life I enjoy being clean and organised. Being able to control my environment with cleanliness, and things being in place, helps me to stay focused and on schedule with my busy life. I would say I do have a phobia to germs though!
Who is your girl crush and why?
I wouldn’t say I have a girl crush but since I was very young I have always respected and looked up to Kathy Ireland. My opinion of her true strength of the importance in never lowering her standards, keeping her morals and values number one above all in her career as a model.
What’s the freakiest/weirdest thing someone has sent you via social media?
It’s very difficult to read through so many private messages on social media, so I do not check them very often, but for quite a few I have been able to check, I’m honestly very grateful that most people are positive, supportive and respectful to me. I do remember on one occasion as I skimmed across messages I noticed one headline someone asked ”Could I send them my sweaty, gym panties?” LOL. So running across that message sums up to me the freakiest/weirdest but grossest thing asked or said to me via social media in the past 10 years!
What is your motto in life?
“Every action we take generates a force of energy that returns to us in kind. When we consciously choose actions that bring happiness and success to others, the fruit of our karma is happiness and success.”
Dylan Marer CEO Karma International
What’s next for you? Any exciting projects on the horizon you can share with us?
You will have to follow me to see. I am more about the “show” than the “tell.”
Finally, where would you like to be in five years?
One of my primary goals in my life for the years to come is making sure my preparations of whatever legacy I leave is not of my possessions, but the quality of my life. I feel the greatest waste in all of our earth, which cannot be recycled or reclaimed, is our waste of the time we are given each day.
FULL NAME: Erika Sansone
HOMETOWN: College Station, Texas
PHOTOGRAPHED BY BRIAN B HAYES
MAKE-UP BY EVELISSE HAHN
SWIMWEAR BY CORPO BONITO
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