Game Time! Playboy Africa Cover Feature March 2021

with Luana Sandien 

Photography by Dani Fortuni / @dannifortuni

Hair & Makeup by Luana Cardoso / @nanacardosomakeup

PR by LSA Publications / @leo.alderman / @lsapublications

Luana! Such an honor to have an absolutely gorgeous and talented beauty feature as our March Cover! We’re curious to find out what you have been up to? Well people, working, right, working on my personal, work, traveling, living, I separated exactly 1 year ago and I felt all-powerful, I’m at my best, doing what I want, enjoying my son, my friends, my family, my beauty, enjoying myself, I finally feel happy and proud of myself, of everything I did and do. I was very ill in 2020 with the separation, I was 3 months without seeing my son, but it was also a year of a lot of personal discovery, I learned a lot and overcame myself in everything. Right now I’m focused on working and being happy.

This is your debut Playboy cover, what does it mean for you to be featured as the cover story? For me this is something new, I never posed for a men’s magazine, but I think it is a very top experience, I’m very excited to see the results, I think it was an ideal moment to happen. I even dare to use the phrase God writes right on crooked lines

Fashion and glamour are major parts of your life, what would you say inspires you to look good every day? I love fashion and I’m very feminist, I think everything goes hand in hand, right? I am inspired by beautiful women, independent women, I think these women are wonderful, they are all part of their own love, when we love each other we take care of ourselves, we pamper ourselves, we want to be even more beautiful. My house is full of mirrors and well lit, I like to see myself, to record myself, and to see improvements. I have my routine of activities and training, and my good diet.

We hear you love to box and keep fit, what are some of the ways you keep fit? Train, there’s no other, and don’t eat junk food, now I have this passion for boxing, I love it, I lose it, it makes me more active for my day today, the sport gives me a lot of energy, for me and very important, too not only eating fast foods (hamburger, pizza, chocolate…) I almost don’t eat sweets, like a lot of fruit, fish, vegetables… Maia confessed that my diet is not for following a diet, but because I have a habit of eating well.

Between all the traveling and photoshoots you must be an incredibly busy woman, what are some of the things you like to do, behind the cameras and all the glitz and glamour? The truth is that I don’t stop lately, I travel a lot, and I’m really busy with work, more like I love what I do, I have a lot of fun working, sometimes I end up in a jam, I love music, I spend a lot of my time listening to music, now I also decided to learn the piano, I always had this love for this instrument in concrete and it really relaxes me a lot, I also love to do sports, in fact, it is difficult to talk about what I like to do in my free time because I just really easy with this, since I like to do everything but stand still or clean house haha, just very free, I like to try new experiences, just very unpredictable too, not just planning anything, my friends and families always fight with me about it … I leave everything for the last hour

If we were to try and sweep you right off your feet, what are some of the things you look for in an ideal partner? I was talking about this with a friend for a week … and I really think that my ideal man does not exist, at least not anymore. Today’s men have lost their chivalry, for me, a man has to be a gentleman, detail-oriented, loving, romantic, but I think they have to be so independent whether the woman wants it or not without asking for anything in return. In women, we also have to go back to being “ladies” and let them love us.

And what would make you go running in the opposite direction as fast as possible? Toxic men, men who try to ban me from something, people have had a toxic relationship, so right now I know how to detect toxic people from afar, and ran out even haha, I’m free, I have no owner… each one with your awareness, I think life is very easy and we make it very difficult. I learned a lot in my last relationship and I know exactly what I don’t want to repeat in the next one.

You’re a seemingly talented lady, what are some, if any, of your hidden talents not many people know about? I am horrible at talking about myself, I have been told that I am very good at arguing, I can always be right even without (lol) I think this is a talent, right ?, I do many more things I dare not call them talents.

What makes you feel sexy? This is a very interesting and special question for me … well I lived a really toxic relationship for some years, for several years I felt ugly, I didn’t like my body, I felt either too fat or too thin, I was ashamed to put on a bikini, or clothes that tightened me a lot since I received a lot of criticism … today I feel super overcome in that regard, I have my breasts operated on, and I love my body, I take care of myself a lot, I eat well, I do sports, I like to take care of my skin, in short, I am lazy but I do everything to feel sexy, I love wearing lingerie, high shoes. I feel sexy with everything I put on, I love receiving compliments like all women, and people, our minds have a lot of power !!! I remember that before I went to sleep I wrote in the mirror “I am beautiful, hot, perfect” and I say this to myself every day and I think it attracts a lot.

What advice would you give to aspiring models, having been a major influencer and been through many experiences as an established model? Believe in yourself, and show happiness in what you do, what we creep is always what we will transmit, as I said before, the power of the mind is incredible, and sometimes it is not about what you do but what you transmit, there are a lot of people who do what people want to see, I always choose to do what makes me happy, a few days ago a psychologist said something I loved and didn’t know… – people always see you 20% more beautiful than yourself you see (I am a believer imagine how I got…), I think that with the energies the same thing happens …

Seeing as it’s a new year, what can we expect from you this year, any major plans and exciting things we can look forward to from you? Well, really, I just want to be living day by day … I really think that if we stay focused only on the future, we don’t enjoy what is happening now and it ends that the future doesn’t even come, right ??? I’m just very realistic and I like to tell the right things, I don’t like to create expectations in vain. I make things happen as I want so that I don’t have big disappointments. And this year my plans are to work hard and be able to solve everything related to my last relationship soon.

It has been a true pleasure getting to know you Luana! Any final words for our readers out there? Thank you for this incredible opportunity, I am so eager to see the result of this wonderful work, and that will really mark a lot for me, also encourage everyone to buy the magazine, right ?? It will be the last and we have to rock.

Follow Luana’s adventures on Instagram @luanasandien for all her latest news and story updates!