Fourteen days, twelve of our gorgeous models and one epic luxury resort. Yes, this is how MAXIM does the “Cradle of Polynesia”…
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I was born and raised in America. Growing up I loved art, reading, writing, horseback riding and spending time with my mum, sisters and grandparents. I was first discovered as a model waitressing in my small hometown in Georgia. Since then I’ve lived in several cities including L.A., Miami and currently NYC. I love travelling and have been fortunate to travel to 28 countries so far.
What would people be surprised to know about you?
I’m currently writing a book about my experience working with the ancient plant medicines of the Amazon Rainforest. I’m very passionate about nature and the conservation of our planet is very important to me. My main goal for my first book is to express how nature can heal us in unimaginable ways. It’s a work in progress, but I’m really excited to finish it and share it with everyone.
What is your best asset?
My intuition. Intuition is the ability to understand something instinctively, without the need for conscious reasoning. Always trust your “gut feeling” and let it guide you.
When do you feel sexy?
When I’m doing my make-up sitting on the bathroom sink listening to Lana Del Rey. I’m always singing and dancing when I get ready and that’s when I most feel myself.
Describe your ideal date?
Getting away from the city and spending the day at the beach, hiking in the mountains or horseback riding are some of my favourite date ideas. And live music – you can’t really go wrong there.
What do you look for in a man?
The most important thing to me is being able to talk openly with your partner about anything without judgement on either side. When you can be yourself around someone, you are going to have a much closer bond with that person. I also love a guy who can make me laugh and who is really smart.
What’s next for you?
Starting my first business – I can’t share too much about it right now, but I hope to launch it this year!
NAME: Lydia Grace Bielen
BORN: October 5, 1999
HOMETOWN: Athens, Georgia USA
LIVES: New York City USA
FIVE-WORD SELF-DESCRIPTION: “Creative, driven, adventurous, friendly, happy.”
HOBBIES: “Meditation, writing, painting, drawing, skateboarding, horseback riding, open water diving.”
BEST HIDDEN TALENT: “Reading tarot cards.”
GO-TO DRINK: “Vodka and cranberry juice.”
HANGOVER CURE: “Brush your teeth, drink a lot of water, lay in bed, order Uber Eats and put on a facemask.”
LIFE MOTTO: “If you can dream it, you can do it! And the world is too big to stay in one place for too long.”
Photographed by Rocky Batchelor
Produced and Styled by Belinda Roelofs
Hair & make-up by Simmy Carr
Lingerie & bikinis by Mary Holland Lingerie
Videography by Alex Scapens
Shot on location at Taumeasina Island Resort