We catch up with this stunning actress, model, skincare entrepreneur and Angelina Jolie doppelganger. Introducing MARA TEIGEN. You’re welcome…
Hey Mara, congrats on your first MAXIM Australia feature. How do you feel?
Amazing! I’m so excited to be featured for the first time and I feel so lucky to be a part of MAXIM.
This photo shoot was done in Mozambique. What did you love most about it?
I loved travelling to Africa. It’s a place that I always wanted to visit and it did not disappoint. I fell in love with it and it opened me up and inspired me to travel more. I actually booked a one-way ticket to Italy from Mozambique and ended up backpacking alone around Italy for three months after this shoot – that’s how inspired I was! Beautiful Africa – I can’t wait to go back.
Were there any funny moments during your shoot with us?
Shooting on location always has funny moments. Exploring through the Safari and running barefoot in sand that wasn’t very soft, but trying to make it look sexy, was definitely a highlight.
Well, you look gorgeous. When do you feel you are at your sexiest?
I feel sexy when I’m taking care of my mind and body. Exercising and staying on a regime makes me feel super sexy. Feeling good about the skin I’m always in brings confidence.
When are you at your best?
When I’m on a schedule. I’m a Virgo and we like structure. Going to bed at the same time every night, waking up, getting exercise and completing my agenda for the day is when I feel my absolute best.
When you’re not posing for MAXIM what do you do?
For the past year I’ve been working on a sustainable skincare line called Ziin Beauty which is good for you and the planet. I’m very passionate about it because I had my own skin issues growing up but worked hard at fixing them. So, I want to share my experiences and help anyone else who likes having healthy, clean-glowing skin. Ziin Beauty is a sustainably-aware brand — we don’t use plastic and we use recyclable and biodegradable packaging. It’s a new approach to clean luxury skincare and I can’t wait to launch it this year – stay tuned!
Tell us a bit more about yourself and life story so far.
I have lived alone since I was 15. I moved to Los Angeles at 16 and decided I was going to hustle and make a better life for myself. I started modelling in 2013 – I was still very young then and never saw myself as a model. I got scouted at the time and it just became my job and a way to support myself. Since then, I have evolved immensely and accomplished so many things. I would have never have dreamt of having the life I have now but I’m glad I never gave up. I’m thankful every day – and I’m still just getting started.
You’re well known for having an uncanny resemblance to actress Angelina Jolie. Have you ever played up on this?
This is funny! No, I have never played up on this but I’m very flattered to be compared to such a beauty!
What’s the best way for a man to win his way to your heart?
With humour, understanding and good taste in music.
Where do men go wrong with women?
Men go wrong with women when they assume we are naive and underestimate our strength and power.
Describe your perfect date.
Italian food, a bottle of wine, good music and a walk around the streets.
If you had to take MAXIM on a date, what would it entail?
It would probably be a day date. We can wear bikinis and drink something fruity on the beach.
Interesting. Would you ever date one of your social media followers?
It really depends on the person and how organically it grows.
Have you ever been to Australia?
Sadly, no, but I’ve heard that the people are very nice and that the beaches and cities are lively and beautiful.
Finally, where would you like to be in five years?
In my apartment in Paris, with my love and a baby. ■
FULL NAME: Mara Teigen
HOMETOWN: Las Vegas, Nevada U.S.A.
LIVES: Los Angeles, California U.S.A
FIVE-WORD SELF-DESCRIPTION: “Curious, open-minded, loving, accepting, daring.”
GO-TO DRINK: “Jack and Coke.”
HANGOVER CURE: “Bone broth and sleep.”
FAVOURITE HOBBY: “Nature – I LOVE nature. Anything outdoors – I’m in!”
PHOBIA: “I have a fear of drowning in the deep sea.”
LIFE MOTTO: “Be present and take chances.”
INSTAGRAM: @marateigen and @ziin.beauty
PHOTOGRAPHED BY ROCKY BACHELOR
PRODUCED AND STYLED BY BELINDA ROELOFS
INTERVIEW BY SANTI PINTADO
HAIR & MAKE-UP SIMMY CARR
LINGERIE AND BIKINIS MARY HOLLAND LINGERIE
VIDEOGRAPHY ALEX SCAPENS
LOCATION WHITE PEARL RESORTS, MOZAMBIQUE
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