Amy Taylor

Meet the MBA, MENSA member and commercially licensed pilot from California AMY TAYLOR…

Tell us a bit about your shoot. Where, when, the idea behind it, etc…
The shoot was at the iconic Weese’s Pieces, in Southern California. It’s almost impossible to take a bad photo there! It’s in the desert, so the light is epic, and it’s a water cyclone, so the images end up other-worldly. The staff there are really accommodating, which made things easier on what was a REALLY hot day with thunderstorms. We made it work, though, and the photos came out beautiful… don’t you think? Ryan Dwyer wanted to create a modern, clean, sharp feel to the glamorous and slightly fitness-oriented photos, to portray a sunny, healthy, vibrant vibe in the images. The stylist added colourful, bright clothing and the makeup and hair stylist kept my look upbeat, positive, and happy. Much needed, in these times, no?

Are there any other funny anecdotes you can share about this shoot?
We dealt with extreme heat, rain showers, thunder and lightning… basically between the road trip to and from the location, and the day on set, we experienced four seasons of weather! It was gorgeous, but humbling…we had to remain adaptable. Thankfully, the crew didn’t miss a beat, and worked hard to get great photos and video, even in the strangest of weather days.

Have you ever been to New Zealand?
Sadly, no. I badly want to come… come on, open borders! I’ve read about the Dart River, Waiheke Island, Te Puia, Milford Sound, Hobbiton, Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, and the Bay of Islands. There’s just a richness of things I want badly to see in your country. It looks just magical… I’m envious, particularly these days, of the civilized, sane, beautiful country y’all seem to have.

When do you feel sexy and why?
When I’m well-rested, safe, with someone wonderful, and relaxed. Calm is a superpower, to me, for sex. The less stress, the more love.

What is your best asset? Physically and otherwise.
I’m sure it’s my work ethic; I’m not lazy. But physically? Probably my figure. It’s just proportioned well, so that it looks really nice in and out of clothes. Haha.

Give us a little more background about yourself and your life story so far.
I’m a commercially licensed pilot, an MBA, a MENSA member, and a published model. I’ve been in and on lots of magazines, but my first love was science (I studied molecular biology at UC Berkeley for undergrad, and worked in biotech for a while before going to grad school). My father is a professor, and my sister works in politics, so I come from a family who values using our intellects to try to make the world better. Not sure I have done enough of that yet, but hopefully life will continue to bring me opportunities to leave a lasting mark that helps others. I’m a native Californian (lived in New England for a while as a very young child, but the rest of life has been in these parts), and am a pretty predictable child-free, yoga-loving, beach-dwelling, Los Angeles hot chick. It’s not too bad a cliché to be, I’ll admit.

What would people be most surprised to know about you?
That I m very, very generous to those for whom I care deeply. I don’t have time online to give attention and affection to everyone who wants it (it’s just not possible), so I probably don’t seem as warm and open as those who know me well in real life know me to be.

How would you describe yourself in five words?
Smart, funny, feisty, sexy, flawed.

How long have you been modelling and what would do if you weren’t modelling?
I’ve modelled since I was 14, when a scout at a mall asked me if I’d like to try it. It’s just always been something I’ve done, in addition to other jobs and/or school. And if and when I’m not modelling any longer, I’ll hopefully continue to do all of the other things I love, like flying planes, shooting guns, staying fit, travelling and loving my friends/family/dog.

What have you learned about men over the years?
That they adore women. That they want women (particularly beautiful ones) to acknowledge them and be kind to them. That they’re exhausted, sometimes, by society’s requirement that they be strong, successful and emotionless. That they are conflicted by desire and aggression sometimes, but that they also are as loving and kind, many times, as my gender. Sometimes more.

What’s one thing men should always know about women?
That we love you. Even when we don’t understand you.

What do you look for in a man?
I like smart, successful, calm, funny, athletic men. The type with whom I feel safe, secure, and full of admiration.

Describe your ideal date.
A jet jaunt to any Aman, for some amazing food and a night in a suite. Spa treatments the next day, then a return home. Rinse and repeat.

What can we get you at the bar?
I don’t drink a lot of alcohol, to be honest (I don’t like the way it makes me feel both during and the next day)… but if I’m imbibing, I enjoy a little red wine. Bordeaux of course (who doesn’t?), but doesn’t have to be.

Got a hangover cure?
I haven t had a hangover since college! They’re simply the worst. The cure? Sleep, water, food and time, I guess?

What’s your best hidden talent?
I can’t tell you, haha. That’s only for a man I adore to find out, when the time is right. 🙂

Do you have any phobias?
Not really, but I have a recurring nightmare about my home being broken into. Odd, it’s never happened, so I’m not sure where it comes from. Anxiety dreams are bizarre. Always glad when I wake up from them!

Who is your girl crush and why?
Angelina Jolie. Forever. And not just because of her beauty; also because of who she is.

What’s the freakiest/weirdest thing someone has sent you via social media?
SO many unwanted dick pics. A lot of marriage proposals from strange countries. A lot of long diatribes of sexual fantasies, often really strange and/ or gross. And, sadly, some really nasty emails shaming me for being sexy, liberated and free. They’re always disturbing, but that’s life for every model online, it appears.

What is your motto in life?
Who you seem, be really.

What s next for you? Any exciting projects on the horizon you can share with us?
A few trips around the USA, since travel we’re allowed to do is so limited. Trying to still have fun in this life! And I’m selling my home and will be moving. Not sure whether it’ll be, just to somewhere near, or perhaps somewhere far… haven t decided yet. I definitely have a thirst for a new chapter; I just haven t decided exactly what it’ll entail, yet. I hope, whatever’s coming, that it’ll be good.

Finally, where would you like to be in five years?
Anywhere with the people I love. As long as it’s not socially distanced, as the world has had to be in 2020, I’ll be just fine anywhere!?


FULL NAME: Amy Taylor
HOMETOWN: Los Angeles
BORN: December 24
TWITTER: AmyTaylor1

Photographed By Ryan Dwyer (@ryandwyer76)
PR by LSA Publications (@leo.alderman @lsapublications)

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