I recently got the chance to speak with the lovely 2012 Beach Bunny Swimwear Supermodel Finalist Melissa Boloña about her modeling career and everything she has going on right now. If she wins the Beach Bunny Swimwear Supermodel Search, Boloña will be featured in the company’s swimwear ad campaign next season which will be shot by world renowned photographer Yu Tsai. Past winners include Xenia Deli and Jessica Rafalowski. Make sure to cast your Vote for Melissa Boloña today!
We have been following Beach Bunny’s model search quite closely since our friend Kari Gibson was named their Encore Beach Club winner back in August. While we were certainly a little disappointed our friend did not make the Final 3, we realize there was some really tough competition and the decision makers over at Beach Bunny have certainly found a gem in Boloña in our opinion. Melissa was one of three Semifinalists to compete in November which was the last month they held voting in before naming the the Top 3 Finalists.
Melissa Boloña was born to a Peruvian father and American mother in Greenwich, Connecticut but grew up in New Jersey. She has lived abroad in both Peru when she was in middle school and Paris while studying at The American Business School. This gorgeous smarty pants will graduate with a degree in international marketing from Pace University this Spring. Besides being intelligent and good looking, Melissa supports pediatric cancer charities as the Gents Charity Ambassador which helps children diagnosed with cancer.
Melissa was the 2013 Valentine’s Day “Lovely Lady of the Day” on the Sports Illustrated website, which happened to be the same week they released the SI Swimsuit Issue. Boloña is currently guest blogging for Vanity Fair and was featured in their VF Hollywood edition as the “Who’s that Girl?” section which is on news stands now. Besides being one of three left in the model search, she recently wrapped filming in a new TV Series called The Saint based on the hit 60′s television show starring Roger Moore.
We absolutely love this Melissa Boloña video attached to this interview called Two Sides of Me directed by Sergio Bautista. After watching the short film, make sure to follow the Melissa Boloña Facebook Fan Page & Melissa Boloña Twitter Account.
Enjoy our interview below with international model & actress Melissa Boloña:
Q: When did you start modeling and how were you discovered?
I started modeling at about 16 years old. I got discovered initially by doing local modeling for small brands in NJ and NY.
Q: What has been your favorite place on the planet to shoot and why?
My favorite place on the planet to shoot has been Paris, France because it holds a special place in my heart since I spent 5 months living there, studying, and getting affiliated with their culture. Paris holds some of the most beauty in the world and is a different style of living compared to what I am used to in New York.
Q: What 3 songs do you play the most on your iPod?
Lately I have been playing Justin Beiber’s “Beauty and a Beat”, “Sweet Nothing” by Calvin Harris and “Stronger” by Kelly Clarkson. I love a song that gets me singing and dancing!!! These songs aid me in my workouts and cleaning my apartment!
Q: I saw on your Twitter account you met Oscar Winner Christof Waltz & held his Academy Award statuette at the Vanity Fair After Party, tell us about that experience because you looked thrilled?
It was so super great and exciting!! I admire his work as an actor, especially in Inglorious Bastards. He was very kind and gracious to have won. I have yet to see Life of Pi but hear its amazing. The experience was something else to be in a room with so many talented people that I look up to. Not to mention the shocking heavy weight of the Oscar itself. If you win two in one night your arms would be sore the next day!
Q: How has living abroad in Paris and Peru influenced your outlook on the world?
I think living in two completely different cultures opened my eyes to how different and how similar we as humans are at the same time. Living in Peru made me realize at a young age how fortunate the vast majority of us are when there are so many people in the world who need. Living in Paris made me realize how so much is at our finger-tips in America.
Q: Tell us something interesting about yourself that most people do not know (the quirkier, the better!)?
I have already told Beach Bunny my fear of escalators! But aside to that most people don’t know that I am a dork!! I am super great with technology and complicated problems or puzzles. I enjoy challenging people to chess and any other game where you have to use logic. My ideal night these days are doing such things as this or watching TV or hanging out with people I am close to and love.
Q: How did you hear about the Beach Bunny Swimwear Supermodel Search?
I heard about the contest one day when I was browsing their site bikini shopping!! They have some of the most fun, sexy bikinis and I saw the model search contest and gave it a shot!
Q: How excited were you when you found out you made the Top 3 Finalists in the Beach Bunny Swimwear Model Search?
I was so thrilled to be part of the finalists!! There are so many beautiful girls with great bikini bodies who entered, so I feel very fortunate to have been selected as a final 3. Beach Bunny is one of my favorite bikini brands so I am over the moon about this!! If I won I would be ecstatic but I am just happy to be part of this whole experience!
Make sure to cast your Vote for Melissa Boloña in the Beach Bunny Swimwear Supermodel Search Here.