Photography by Nino Batista – @ninobatista
Makeup by Jessica Tullas – @glambarbyjess
Maisa Kehl is a Brazilian model, influencer, host, actress, dancer, fitness motivator, and spokesperson. She started her career winning pageants from 1989-2016, studied International Business plus earned an Associate of Arts in English degree, she has graced the international pages of over 45 international magazines and over 20 covers. Currently, Maisa lives in the USA, available around the world for print, advertising, marketing, promotions, catalogue, and much more.
Tell us something surprising about you? I still know how to dance traditional Brazilian Samba from my pageants as a little girl and Carnaval Queen.
Were you excited to shoot for Playboy? Extremely! I was born in a small town in Brazil, but I always followed and was a fan of the legendary Hugh Hefner; an outspoken supporter of multiculturalism and a maverick in the industry. To be invited to shoot for the International Edition of Playboy Australia alongside my two best International girlfriends (Choe from Canada and Cj from the USA) was an honour and a dream come true. Beauty comes in all shapes and forms and this edition displayed it.
What inspires you? My parents, who have always been my biggest cheerleaders and support.
Why did you choose to pursue a career in modelling? To actively promote and remind women that it’s okay to love and honour themselves FULLY, allowing women to be more sex-positive and body-positive in every stage of their lives.
Who do you look up to in the modelling industry? All the women that came before me and open the space so I can do the work I do today.
What are some of your hobbies? I like yoga and meditation because it’s a way for me to alleviate stress, clear my mind, and refocus. Plus, I can do it anywhere. I travel so much that it’s invaluable to me to have something that keeps me healthy and feeling good no matter where I am.
Name three things on your bucket list? Skydive. Visit more countries. Start a charity foundation.
Turn-ons: Integrity, politeness, kindness, drive, and a positive attitude.
Turn-offs: Insecurity, laziness, cockiness, bad manners or bad hygiene.
Describe to us your perfect date… Take me to a beach house. Let’s listen to waives while we prepare a homecooked meal, then enjoy the view and a glass of wine over great conversation and laughs.
Which world capital would you most like to visit, and why? There are several that I wish to visit, Canberra in Australia is at the top of my list. Especially because it was a planned city just like Brasilia in Brazil (the capital of the country where I’m from).
What is your mantra? It’s only too late after we are on the other side of the dirt until then keep on going!
Make sure you follow Maisa’s journey on Instagram @MaisaKehl for all her latest news and content updates!