Hey, Laura. Tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m from San Andres island, Colombia. I’m 26 years old and have been in the modelling industry since I was 15. I’ve also been the image of many brands nationally and internationally and the last thing I did was becoming the image of the well-known jewellery brand The Gem Palace which I did in India and was promoted in NYC.
What are you up to these days?
At the moment I’m focused on acting. Recently I had the opportunity of having an antagonist role in a Colombian soap opera, called Niche, and now I’m recording a series called La Niña, which will air in Colombia this month. There’s going to be the premiere of the movie Malcriados, in which I have a small role, at the same time. Besides this, I’m an industrial designer from the Jorge Tadeo Lozano University and I’m starting up a company focused on lamp designing.
We love lamp! You competed in the Miss ColOmbia 2012 comp and won Best Face and Miss Photogenic but didn’t take out the main prize. Why is that?
I believe I didn’t win because life wanted to teach me a lesson. And that is what matters is our attitude about losing. In my case I was able to turn it into something positive. You can turn any experience in your favour. I changed a lot after the competition and the best thing about it was how much I learned. I became a much more confident woman and I learned how to receive criticism without any resentment.
What do you love and hate about your job?
I don’t really hate anything, but if I could not have to wake-up early to go to work that’d be perfect. What I love the most is when people react in a positive way to my work — it’s always nice when people appreciate your job.
If you weren’t modelling, what would you be doing?
I’d be an actress or an industrial designer. But I’ve managed to do the three things at the same time and now I’m focused on starting my own designing company
What’s one thing you’d change about the world?
I would like to stop all the intolerance, mostly when it comes to race and beliefs.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
I have the ability to adapt quickly to any place but I’m from the Caribbean, so I’m always going to feel better in a place surrounded by sea and also where I can keep working.
Have you ever been to Australia?
No, but it’s one of the places I’m planning to visit this year!
What do you know about our fine country?
Besides the fact you have your own indigenous population, you also have the biggest coral reef in the world and the widest Antarctic territory.
Nice work. What’s the best way for a man to win you over?
Being a gentleman and someone interesting to talk to, having a great sense of humour and, if possible, I like a man who can dance.
If you took MAXIM on a date, where would we go?
I would take you on an afternoon date, cook at home, maybe have some fine wine and some good banter, then we would go dance.
We’re ready! Would you kiss on a first date?
It depends. If there is some sort of connection between both it could happen.
What’s next in your career?
There are many projects I want to achieve in acting but I just want to keep having fun doing what I’m doing right now and keep growing professionally.
PHOTOGRAPHED BY REY TUK
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