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PRISCILLA HUGGINS

MODEL DATA SHEET

Name: Priscilla Huggins
Birth date: 26.10.1993
Birthplace: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Current city: Los Angeles, California
Languages: English and Spanish
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 74 kg
Bust: 91 cm
Waist: 71 cm
Hips: 109 cm
Eye color: Green – blue
Hair color: Brown
Favorite book:
Favorite movie: Judd Apatow’s movies
Favorite song: Rufus Du Sol’s music


I am from Puerto Rico. I am a six-foot-tall passionate, soulful, emotional Scorpio Latina woman who loves life and love, and enjoys the little moments. I am a gentle giant.
With my height, it was only natural that I pursue sports and modeling. Growing up I would go from sports practices and events—track and field, basketball, volleyball—to photo shoots and runways. I played volleyball for Puerto Rico’s junior national team and then got a full scholarship to play at Florida International University. It’s Division I, so the training was very rigorous. I would wake up at five A.M. to go to weight training, then class, then practice. My life revolved around volleyball.
During my second year at FIU, I started experiencing unexpected health issues—I would pass out whenever I did any intense physical activity. My doctor discovered a benign tumor in my breast and a benign heart condition, neurocardiogenic syncope. Basically, my heart and brain don’t communicate too well. I’m glad both conditions are benign, but because I couldn’t do strenuous physical activities, I lost my volleyball scholarship. As a result, I had to leave school.
At first I was heartbroken. But then I chose to look at it as an opportunity to get back into modeling, which I had loved when I was younger. I stayed in Miami and I moved into an apartment with five other models—we slept on bunk beds and shared one bathroom and closet. It was a risk, but I wasn’t going to give up.
At the time, having a curvy, athletic figure wasn’t “in”—models were either stick-thin or plus-size. My agency told me I was “too big” and encouraged me to lose weight. I was young and modeling was my dream, so I took it to heart. I started starving myself and exercising excessively, even though it was hard for me with my heart condition. But my hips weren’t going anywhere. Finally I realized that this is just how I am built, and I started to love my curves. But convincing people in the industry was another matter.
After nearly three years in Miami I started to gain momentum, booking jobs in music videos and on swimwear and lingerie shoots. I visited a handful of New York agencies to try to take my career to the next level. No one wanted to sign me; they told me I should put on weight and become a plus-size model.
One day I got a call from Wilhelmina, an agency that originally turned me down in New York, and they asked me to sign with their new curvy division. This happened around the time that Ashley Graham was on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Things were finally changing in the industry. I had struggled with insecurities about my hips and my curves for so long, but deep down I knew that I was perfect just the way I was. It was about time that others saw that too.
I eventually moved to Los Angeles. I needed some sunshine in my life and had started working closely with Guess, so it just made sense. My first experience modeling in L.A. was back in 2015, when I did a test shoot with Josh Ryan for PLAYBOY! I stayed at the Mansion for five days and met Hugh Hefner. I was expecting it to be like the movies, with crazy parties and girls everywhere, but it was nothing like that. I got an offer to be a Playmate but ultimately I felt the timing wasn’t right—I was in my early 20s. But I have always felt comfortable being nude and knew that one day I would pose for PLAYBOY.
And this year (2020) things fell into place! Before the quarantine, I did a shoot with Ana Dias. It was in Mexico, one of my favorite places in the world, with a photographer I admired, for an iconic brand. The images are so beautiful and tasteful.
I want to continue modeling as long as possible—nowadays women can model well into their 60s, which is amazing! I really want to shoot for Sports Illustrated, and if Victoria’s Secret ever decides to cast curvy models, I’d love to be an Angel too. I’ve had a few small acting roles—I was on Ballers with the Rock and had a few scenes with John Travolta for Speed Kills—but I want to do something major! I also love photography. When you’re a model, you learn all about angles and lighting, and honestly, I just love making people feel beautiful. I want to be a mom, I want to create a lingerie and swimwear line for curvy women and I want to create an inclusive agency for curvy models.
I have so many plans for the future. I’m a very determined person, and when I want something, I work hard until I reach my goal. I never give up. So many people told me I wouldn’t make it, and look at me now!

– Priscilla Huggins
playboy.com/profile/priscilla-huggins

 

Three cheers for a Disney Princess’ third birthday!

During her teen years, Priscilla Huggins achieved many awards as a volleyball player at Robinson School.

Priscilla’s curves shine under the Hawaiian sun, just like her smile.

ON SCORPIO TENDENCIES:
My biggest strengths are my dedication, my loyalty, my passion and my caring nature. On the downside though, I’m way too emotional. I feel everything so deeply. It’s a good thing, but I can definitely be overly sensitive at times. It’s a blessing and a curse.


ON INK:
I have a Scorpio sign on the back of my neck. Everyone asks, “What’s the M for?” And I’m like, “It’s not an M, it’s a Scorpio sign.” I have a cross on my wrist that I got when I was like 18; growing up Latina, you are immersed in religion. I also have a third tattoo of my ex-boyfriend’s lips. Being the hopeless romantic that I am, I thought it was a good decision at the time. My mom thought I was crazy, and she was right—I am going to get it lasered off soon!


ON THE POWER OF THERAPY:
I was raised by a single mom and didn’t get to know my dad until recently. I had such a happy upbringing with my mom and grandparents that I didn’t realize how having an absent father affected me. A few years ago I realized I was seeking validation from men to fill that void. Therapy has helped me work through that. I think everybody should go to therapy. I studied psychology when I was at FIU and it was so interesting. I would love to study psychology again and be a therapist one day.


ON INCLUSIVITY:
I’ve seen so many positive changes in the modeling industry. I know a girl who is five-foot-two, and she’s killing it. Executives are finally accepting that everybody’s different and beautiful the way they are.


ON THE SILVER SCREEN:
I love watching TV shows and movies; I’m such a movie buff. Rom-coms are my favorite. They’re cheesy, but I love them. The Notebook and A Walk to Remember are up there on my list. I also love anything with J.Lo or Rachel McAdams.


ON ROLE MODELS:
A lot of people call me the curvy Adriana Lima, which is so flattering because to me, she’s the best. I’ve heard that she’s really sweet and genuine and not a diva at all. She’s definitely somebody I look up to.


ON BEATS:
I like Rüfüs Du Sol. I love Bad Bunny—he’s from Puerto Rico, so that’s a no-brainer. I also love the Weeknd. You can’t go wrong with hip-hop, R&B, reggaeton and house music.


ON SEEING STARS:
My mom, grandma and I have gone to Marc Anthony concerts together since I was a little girl. We were his number one fans, and then he married J.Lo, which was icing on the cake. When I got the call and found out I was going to be in the music video for Maluma’s song “Felices los 4″ featuring Marc Anthony, I was shocked. I was so starstruck when I saw him. That was definitely a highlight in my career.


ON THE OPEN ROAD:
I want to go to Brazil, Africa, Iceland and Switzerland. I also love exploring California and going to the desert and mountains. If you watch my Instagram stories, every weekend I’m road-tripping. Recently I’ve visited Utah and Arizona; I saw the Grand Canyon and Horseshoe Bend and Lake Powell. I felt like I was on a different planet! I didn’t realize the U.S. had so many stunning hideouts!


ON SELF-DISCOVERY:
I’m making the most of the quarantine and staying positive, but it isn’t easy. Thank God I have a home gym; exercising helps my mental and physical health. Little road trips and hikes help too. It’s nice to take a breath and just escape into nature. I’ve also been staying busy with photography, cooking and decorating. I’ve discovered things about myself that I never would have without this quarantine, and for that I am grateful.


ON FATE:
The universe brings people together. I met my best friend when I moved into a random model apartment in Miami. I visited her after she moved to Los Angeles, and we went to an event where I met my current boyfriend. We locked eyes from across the room, and it was love at first sight. We talked the whole night. Ever since then, we’ve been inseparable.


ON CONFIDENCE:
Having self-love is what makes me shine and stand out from other models. When you’re insecure and don’t love yourself, you can’t succeed. I love my big hips. But I didn’t always. Now I feel most empowered and beautiful when I’m in front of the camera. I want to inspire other girls to love their bodies when they see me in photos. I will never change who I am. Everyone is beautiful in their own way!


ON CAREER ADVICE:
My advice to new models in the industry: It will not be easy at first, but be patient and most importantly love yourself. It’s all about confidence. Set goals and work hard. Don’t give up! Also, stay away from people who make you feel hard to love.

Priscilla Huggins illustrated by Maly Siri, for Playboy.

 

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