BIRTHDAY: May 22, 1982 .
PARTY TRICK: “I can wiggle my ears individually.”
iPOD: “Mostly electro, dubstep, hip-hop, and drum ‘n’ bass. There’s Pink Floyd and old school punk like The Exploited on it, too.”
KARAOKE SONG: “John Denver’s ‘Country Road’. It’s kind of intentional bad singing, at that.”
DRIVES: “Toyota Yaris, It’s a great city car!”
TATTOOS: “I have six. Two on my fingers that say, “Love Again” – it’s about adversity and when things go wrong they can always get better; an anchor on my arm to keep me grounded; swallow on my wrist signifying new beginnings – I got it after a break-up a long time ago; the Gemini symbol on my ankle is self-explanatory; and an umbrella on my foot is just a funny one
– there’s about four or five of us with it.”
HER POISON: “The safe option would be vodka, lime, and soda because if you have a few, that’s the nicest one to wake up from. But I do like Havana Club and ginger beer. Any nice dark rum is good.”
Hello, Erin. Firstly, happy birthday!
It’s been four years since your last men’s mag shoot. How did you feel doing MAXIM?
I was pretty nervous leading up to it. Shoots in general are pretty nerve-wracking because there’s always a bunch of people looking at you and you’re like, “Do I look good in this? Did I do OK here?” Having not done it in such a long time made it even more so than usual. But as soon as we got the first shot done, I thought, “Yep, today is going to be a good day”.
Why were you keen to do this shoot?
I’ve always had in my head that I wasn’t quite done with doing photo shoots, and you’re always trying to have that perfect shoot. In the past I’ve done shoots where I’ve been happy but thought, “Hmmm, I could do better here or work on that a bit more.” I also wanted to celebrate turning 30 because it’s such an obstacle for so many women. When you’re in your 20s a lot of women tend to think that when you hit 30 everything starts to decline looks-wise. I wanted to show, that for me, it’s the opposite – I’ve never felt more confident.
How would you describe the theme?
It’s kind of the morning after a party, but not a crazy or trashy party, just a few drinks. And we’re in this beautiful penthouse suite at The Establishment Hotel in Sydney getting room service and celebrating. It’s a nice, sophisticated, beautiful shoot.
Did you prepare for it?
Yeah, I did a lot of soft sand running and a lot of vegetable eating on top of my Dancing With The Stars rehearsals. The dancing itself was keeping me in shape, so I didn’t have to do much. But I’m used to getting in shape for my swimsuit shoots with Mambo. I’m one of their “Mambassadors”, which I love!
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