with Playboy Africa June 2022 cover star HoChi Bound / @hochibound
Photography by @mileslong4real
We’re 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? I am so happy to be in Playboy for the third time, and this time on the cover! Thank you so much for having me again. Being a showgirl requires a lot of promotional items and through my management team Ratnip Productions, I was the cover model for FHM twice as well as other publications. They say practice makes perfect, but really you are trying to put together a better package every time by taking in everything you learned from everyone involved at each shoot. I am really lucky to have learned from Playmate Shelby Doll and worked with her for my first shoots because that has really helped me with posing and keeping the creative energy going for all of my following shoots.
Having a full schedule must make it difficult for you to get much alone time, talk to us about the top 3 must-dos to ensure you fit in some well-deserved downtime? You really have to have your priorities straight because having your priorities straight allows you to act truer to yourself, be efficient, and feel fulfilled. I really make sure I protect my time and take care of myself. That means morning workouts, good food, and enough sleep. I find that as long as I do those things, the downtime comes naturally because you are better at listening to yourself and the pacing matches how you work.
What does it mean for you to be seen as a strong, intelligent, ambitious woman? I live my life my way to the fullest. I think the more that I embrace myself that way, the fewer people understand me and that is okay. Most people are not driven to the same extent, and I would rather be true to myself than to hold myself back.
What are some of the biggest misconceptions people have about what you do? One of the things I have noticed is that the more I continue in my career and am successful in what I do, the more people either try to pathologize what I do as if there is something wrong with me or they try to idolize what I do as something that is beyond normal range. I perform because I love performing. I work hard because putting my best out there is important to me. All of this is really simple and straightforward, but we have a culture of consumption more than we do of creation and that really skews viewpoints.
What does freedom of self-expression mean to you? You do what you want, how you want to.
We absolutely love your Instagram, your content is very dynamic, inspirational, and downright sexy, could you perhaps tell us what your personal experience as an influencer has been like? People try to live vicariously through you, so I try to share some behind-the-scenes and the travel side of things of being a showgirl through my Instagram stories.
3 things that you can’t go a day without. At this point in life, I don’t really have things that I can’t go a day without beyond the basics. If you have food, water, a roof over your head, and good friends you are golden.
What about those crazy DMs you must receive! Care to share a few funny stories regarding those? I always find it funny that guys will tell me what they want to do to me. I think if they knew the other things I do, they would run the other way before I even got the rope out!
Now we’re sure you experience a lot of male attention on and offline, any advice you would like to give to men out there who are hoping to catch your eye the right way? I am an old-fashioned kind of girl so respect, good manners, and confidence goes a long way.
What is the absolute worst thing a man can do to completely put you off? No person is an island. Lack of appreciation for the people who have helped get you to where you are puts me off completely.
That said, what advice would you have to give to all women out there when it comes to love and relationships. Learn to love yourself first. Take yourself out on dates, pay attention to what you really enjoy, and then it is really easy to see who is real with you because they treat you as good as you treat yourself.
Thank you so much for sitting down with us and letting us get to know you! Any last words for our readers out there? Thank you so much for having me again! I am really honored to be on the cover. I want to thank everyone who supported me along the way and has been a part of the journey. Follow me on my Instagram @hochibound to see what is next!