Time to get to know more about one of India’s finest models PRIYANKA ARES…
Welcome to MAXIM Australia, Priyanka. How does it feel?
It feels amazing! Some really inspiring women have been featured before me so it’s really an honour.
Besides modelling, what are your other passions?
Honestly, I’ve always been a bookworm and recently I’ve started writing short stories and poems. I’m also super interested in women’s issues and social justice, so I’m always looking for ways to get involved there.
Your family is from India but you’ve grown up in Toronto. Do you find it difficult to blend the two cultures?
Toronto has a huge community of south Asian influencers so it’s not too hard! There’s so many south Asian influencers, YouTube personalities, artists and writers who I follow that incorporate Canadian and Indian culture.
What is the most Indian thing about you?
My obsession with all things Bollywood! I’ve probably seen every Bollywood movie.
You have a decent fan base on Instagram. How did you build up these followers?
I just started sharing my day-to-day life – going to class, doing my nails and chilling with friends. I think a lot of people can relate to me.
If you weren’t modelling what would you be doing?
I’m still finishing school and thinking about my career. I love modelling but I would also love to work in the justice system one day, especially with women and children.
What’s the most exciting place you’ve travelled recently?
I hate to say this but I haven’t had much time to travel recently! There are a few beautiful spots in Canada which I love to visit though, like Montreal, QC. I really hope to take a trip after I graduate. I’m hoping to visit Japan!
Describe your dream guy in three words.
Witty, thoughtful and patient.
How do you let a guy know that you’re interested in him?
I don’t! I’m actually really shy. I like to wait for a guy to make the first move.
What’s your take on dating apps? Have you ever been on one?
I haven’t used them in my adult life and I don’t think they’re effective at all. I think they’re really superficial and make you focus on looks only. Maybe I’m old fashioned but I don’t think you should judge a book by its cover, which you’re basically doing when you swipe on those apps. There’s always more than meets the eye!
If we had to arrange a perfect date night for you, what would you like us to do?
The perfect date for me would be a great meal at a really nice restaurant. Somewhere with a great view and a huge selection of wine would be amazing! And don’t forget the candles and flowers – I love those little romantic touches.
When do you feel sexiest?
When I’m dressed down and make-up free. It reminds me that there’s more to me than what’s on the surface, and it feels good!
What’s the secret to a sexy selfie?
A selfie stick always helps! Also, don’t overthink it – sometimes a simple smile can give the best results.
Finally, what can MAXIM readers do to make the women in their lives smile?
Support them! Educate yourself on women’s issues and stand up for the women in your life. Use your male privilege for good.
PHOTOGRAPHED BY NICK SAGLIMBENI (@NICKSAGLIMBENI)
MODEL’S INSTAGRAM: @PRI_NCXSS
HAIR & MAKE-UP: GLAMBYGILLY (@GLAMBYGILLY)
LOCATION: ALDERLEA MANSION IN TORONTO, CANADA
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