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Casey Boonstra

The Boonstra is Back!

Former MAXIM Australian Swimwear Model of the Year, influencer, fitspo babe and all-round glamazon CASEY BOONSTRA returns to help us celebrate seven glorious years. Sure, it may be our birthday, but this is our gift to you…

Hello Casey, what have you beenup to since we last saw you in MAXIM in April 2017?
Hey, guys, it’s so good to be back! Oh my goodness, where do I start? This last year has been the craziest year of my life. I travelled the world for eight months visiting 13 countries including America, Mexico, Croatia, Indonesia… the list goes on. I finished last year competing in the Swimsuit USA International Model Search which actually landed me a job in the US, and I’m moving to L.A. later this month on a three-year working visa! Crazy times!

What’s the craziest or embarrassing thing that happened on your travels?
There was one week in Croatia that truly tested me. I managed to drop two new phones in the ocean, step on a sea urchin and have spines lodged in my foot for weeks and I slipped over and knocked myself out resulting in five stitches on my chin. To top that off, I then sat on a baby cactus and got prickles in my butt which I couldn’t get out for about six weeks. It’s safe to say that it wasn’t my best week but at least I can laugh at it now.

This is your fourth cover for MAXIM. How does it feel?
Wow! It’s honestly unbelievable. Never in my life would I have thought I’d be lucky enough to have had four MAXIM covers. I feel so incredibly grateful that I’ve had this opportunity — thank you guys so much, you’re the best. I don’t know how you’ve put up with me for so long but I’ll take it!

What did you love about this shoot?
The location! We shot it in Newcastle, NSW, at these incredible sand dunes which almost looked like we were in the middle of the desert. It was a bit of a mission to get there but it was worth every bit. But it was extremely windy that day – one moment we are shooting and thinking everything is going great, the next minute I’m looking like crumbed chicken. Body oil and sand are never a good mix.

What are you thinking about during a sexy shoot like this?
Honestly, probably what I’m going to eat afterwards. I usually don’t eat a lot before a swimwear shoot and am usually starving by the end. Food is often on my mind. Don’t they say, “Find a girl who looks at you the way she looks at her food, because that is true love”?

When do you feel your sexiest?
When I’ve been looking after myself, kicking goals, eating healthy, training hard and feeling content with where I’m at. This is when I truly am the best version of me.

You’ve been a MAXIM girl since winning the MAXIM Australian Swimwear Model of the Year in 2015. What are some of your fondest memories with us?
I only have fond memories! MAXIM, for me, has turned into family. We have been to South Korea for the Asia Model Awards in Seoul, travelled to many parties to attend huge events like the MAXIM HOT 100 and we’ve even judge a few MAXIM Australian Swimwear Model of the Year competitions together. The list is endless! You guys are the best and I look forward to continuing to create amazing memories with you. So much love.

Being our 7th birthday cover girl, what’s been your best birthday?
HAPPIEST BIRTHDAY TO YOU, MAXIM! You’re still so young and vibrant! Some of my best birthdays were probably from when I was about seven. I’ve got some great memories of sleepover parties, jumping castles, ice cream cakes and dress ups… I think that takes the cake.

What’s been the craziest birthday you’ve ever had?
It has to be my recent 25th. We started the month in Mexico with all our closest friends for a crazy weekend where I ended up crowd surfing – twice! The following weekend I headed to a festival in Las Vegas with some of my girlfriends and then, the weekend of my actual birthday, my friends threw me a surprise party and yet another trip to Vegas! On the final weekend to wrap up my birthday month, I came home to see the family and friends back in Australia. It was such a crazy, crazy month to say the least.

What’s the worst birthday present you’ve ever received?
Pretty sure it was from an ex-boyfriend. As far as I’m concerned it’s still coming in the mail and the anticipation is killing me.

So, where are you taking us out for our birthday and what present will we be receiving from you?
Well, if money isn’t an issue, I’d probably double up on the two — get you a present that’s taking you somewhere to celebrate. MAXIM has definitely taken me to some pretty cool places, so how does the Greek Islands sound?

Boom! Lock it in. Now, you’re single at the moment right? How can a guy win his way to your heart?
I don’t know if “win” is the right way to phrase it – it might take a bit more than luck. So therefore, I’d say be brave, thoughtful and honest. Having a good sense of humour and a love for puns will also get you a long way.

Describe your ideal date.
Something simple – cheese platter, wine, a nice view and good conversation. Easy!

What would it take for you to say “yes” to dating one of your social media followers?
Hmmm, I don’t know how to answer this one, but probably no cheesy DMs and a bit of wit and some character goes a long way. Ideally, we would have mutual friends, however if they can catch my attention in the right way I could entertain the idea and see where it goes.

Finally, where would you like to be in seven years?
Who knows! If you asked me this question seven years ago I’d never have thought I’d be where I am today. With my current job at EDGEtv I’d love to continue to work on my presenting skills and be in a kick-arse TV presenter role. Somewhere down the track I’d love a family but what will, be will be. As long as I’m happy and living a fulfilling life I have no complaints. ■

Photographed By Neil Dixon

Interview By Santi Pintado

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