with Playboy Africa February 2022 cover star Carolina Lekker / @carollekker_ 

Photography by Glauber Bassi / @glauberbass 

Creative Director Gaspar / @kiko_gaspar_communications 

MUA Fabiana Gomes / @fabi.gomes 

Hair Stylist: Roni Modesto /@ronimodest 

Stylist: Caio Sobral / @caiosobral 

Braiding Stylist: Mahatha Falloundiaye / @mabatha_falloundiaye 

Stylist Assistant Lila Gomes / @lilocag

Happy to have you feature on Playboy! Can you give us a bit of a background on your career as a model and where it all started? It started once upon a time in Carnaval in Rio where I had the chance to be a muse. That experience gave me such a boost and gave me the feeling that this is what you wanted in my life. Not only because of being in the center of attention, but also because I felt I would be able to make a difference in the world, where many women, and especially black women, do not get the chance to live their dream.

What are some of your best career highlights so far? That was really when I moved from being a muse to becoming the queen of the samba school Unidos da Ponte. At this moment I really discovered how I could show everything that I have inside me and grab people’s attention.

Social media is a very powerful tool, given your massive following, what are some of the challenges you face when it comes to marketing your brand and maintaining a solid following? First of all, I experience all the good and bad of having a large following on social media. But I want to be a force for change and encourage other people to show and share their beliefs and passion to inspire others to also live a better life.

Can you give us a breakdown of a typical day in the life of a glamourous model on set? As there are a lot of people working together to make the best of the photoshoot, I am trying to be prepared, focused and calm. Because this is what I want to be and I want everything to be perfect.

What are some of the biggest misconceptions people have about what you do? The biggest misconception is that I am only my outside and not the strong woman with a challenging youth who has had to work hard to get a chance to do what I do now. It is my desire to become a top model that has made it possible for me to overcome these hurdles.

Now we know there are some pretty perks that come with being a beautiful woman, what would say are your favorite ones? Of course, I experience that I can have my way sometimes because of who I am, but that is not what gives me satisfaction. What gives me satisfaction is that I am able to connect with a lot of different women and show them that there are so many ways to be a beauty and a queen. There are so many ways to be and become that queen. (without padrones)

Given that you’re a stunning woman who undoubtedly gets a lot of attention, what are some of the nicest things men have done to try and get your attention? I need a good shower to start the day, a good healthy breakfast, and a solid training session, that is already a great day!

What makes you feel absolutely sexy? I think my body, but particularly my ass because it gets lots of attention when I am on the beach in my bikini.

Anything exciting we should be on the lookout for coming through this year from you? After my team and I have put together this photoshoot for your magazine and it has become a great success for your magazine because we put all our passion into it, I want to use this platform to develop my next dream, an acting career.

Where can our readers find out more about you and stay updated with your current events and adventures? Of course, I am happy to share my drive and passion and daily adventures with your readers on Instagram and Facebook.

Thank you so much for sitting down with us and letting us get to know you! Any last words for our readers out there? I hope you understand how big this opportunity is for me and how much hard work it has taken to get here and show my art to the world. And that they should watch my space for more inspiring things to come.