The heat is on with the stunning Playmate, Monica Wasp. On a sunny modern villa, this gorgeous Romanian model enjoys her music and hangs out by the pool as the photographer Ana Dias captures all her natural beauty. Modeling for quite some time, Monica feels wonderful in her own skin and posing nude is her thing: “I feel sexiest when I’m fully naked” she says.”I love my breasts. I like the shape and the colour of my nipples. I don’t like seeing myself clothed in photographs.” Scroll down and let yourself be charmed by Monica Wasp.
First published in Playboy Italy June 2019 Issue
Also published in: Playboy Hungary July 2019 Issue
Model: Monica Wasp; Photographer: Ana Dias; Producer: Gonçalo Jorge; Makeup & Hair: Kika Antunes; Video: Filipe Figueiredo
BEHIND THE SCENES
Playmate of the Year 2018 for Playboy Ukraine Adel Vakula is living the dream in this set from photographer Ana Dias. This witty, long-legged, blonde hair beauty takes us to the last house on Mulholland Drive, overlooking the beautiful Hollywood Hills. “I’ve dreamed to be near the Hollywood Sign ever since I first saw the movie Escape from L.A.” she says laughingly. Coming from the Ukraine, Adel had always dreamed of California, and of making it big as a famous actress. “I’ve practically achieved all my goals as a model, but I have a new passion: film and television!” she says, adding humorously, “I want to learn how to cross my legs as effectively as Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct.”
Looking at this pictorial, we hope all of Miss Vakula’s dreams will come true. Hang out by the Hollywood Hills and lose track of time with the stunning Adel Vakula in this Playboy pictorial.
First published in Playboy Italy July/August 2019 Issue
Also published in: Playboy Mexico September 2019 Issue; Playboy Portugal September 2019 Issue
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Model: Adel Vakula; Photographer: Ana Dias; Producer: Gonçalo Jorge; Makeup & Hair: Raquel Batalha
BEHIND THE SCENES
When I first heard from the Playboy team that I would be shooting Teela LaRoux for Playboy’s Gender & Sexuality Issue on a rooftop in downtown LA, I jumped in excitement! I just love her looks and her attitude, and to capture her in such a powerful urban landscape felt like a perfect match. So, after days and hours fine tuning the details of the upcoming shoot with Anna Wilson and Erica Loewy (the multimedia director and the creative director from Playboy, ie the creative brains), on April 5, 2019, the day of the shoot finally arrived and I was pumped!
Calm, focused, truly genuine and in complete control. That’s how Teela approached the shoot. The pictorial was titled ‘Heat Rises’ and the keywords for the shoot were ‘sweaty, sexy, city vibes’ but the weather on that rooftop in LA wasn’t exactly hot… but Teela, with all her badassery, didn’t even hesitate for a second. She went all in and pulled it off magnificently.
Photographing nudity is always a remarkable experience, because without clothes we show our inner self, there is no protection. We show a little bit of our soul. Teela had never photographed nude before, but she did it as powerfully, genuinely and generously as it can possible be done. She was a dream to work with. I love it when the model surprises me, when I don’t have to direct too much. That’s exactly what happened. I felt that Teela knows and loves her body, and can play with her posture and body language easily. She is strong, bold and intense very effortlessly. As soon as I pointed the camera at her, I immediately felt that connection. That click. You know immediately that you are going to have a great shoot… and you don’t want to stop shooting!
The pictorial was published in the Summer Issue of Playboy and Teela became July Playmate. Mission accomplished.
The shoot was also special because it was featured on an article in the New York Times, by Jessica Bennett and a photo of me shooting Teela even appeared on the front page of the newspaper. Cool!
– Ana Dias
BTS photos by Evan Woods
BTS photos by Stephanie Noritz for The New York Times
BTS photos by Raquel Batalha
Model: Teela LaRoux; Photographer: Ana Dias; Executive Editor: Shane Michael Singh; Photography & Multimedia Director: Anna Wilson; Creative Director: Erica Loewy; Photography Assistant: Raquel Batalha; Styling: Kelley Ash; Makeup & Hair: Bree Stanchfield; Staff Photography and Video: Evan Woods; Photo Coordinator: Sandra Evans; Video: Boa Simon
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