Emi Rei Ignites Desire

with Playboy Africa December 2023 cover star Emi Rei / @ms.emirei 

Photographer / @iseesexy.vegas

How do you like to begin your day? I kickstart my day with an invigorating routine including a steaming cup of hot coffee to awaken my senses, followed by a dedicated workout session and personal reflection. It’s the perfect synergy of caffeine fuel, physical activity, and mental vitality setting a vibrant tone for my day.

How did you get started in the modeling industry? What inspired you to become a model? The allure of the modeling world has always called to me and I responded with a mix of curiosity and passion. I would collect fashion magazines as a kid and cut out the photos to make vision boards, dreaming of one day becoming one of those girls. The journey has been a dynamic blend of self-discovery, artistic expression, and the pursuit of transforming imagination into reality. The inspiration to become a model stems from a deep fascination with visual storytelling. I see modeling as a blank canvas, allowing me to express sensuality, confidence, and the drawing essence of human form. 

Best place you have ever been to in the world? Paris holds a special place in my heart as the best place I’ve ever experienced. The city’s romantic appeal, the breathtaking view from the Eiffel Tower, and the art and culture at every turn made it an unparalleled journey. From strolls along the Seine to savoring delightful pastries in cozy cafes, every moment felt like a page from a dreamy story. The memories I created here with loved ones in this enchanting city truly made it the best place I’ve ever been to in the world.

What are some of your biggest dreams you hope to achieve? My primary dream revolves around making a positive impact on people’s lives. Professionally this involves excelling in my modeling and contributing to meaningful projects. I aspire to be a role model by embodying qualities like determination, integrity, and kindness to inspire others to pursue their goals. On a personal level, I dreamed of cultivating a life filled with balance. This means nurturing significant relationships, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and engaging in activities that bring joy and fulfillment. Ultimately, the combination of professional success, personal growth, and positively influencing others shapes my aspirations.

What does freedom of self-expression mean to you? Freedom of self-expression, to me, is the liberty to authentically convey my thoughts, emotions, and identity without fear of judgment. It is the ability to embrace and share my unique perspectives, ideas, and feelings, fostering a sense of individuality and openness in both personal and creative aspects of life.

How do you prepare physically and mentally for a photo shoot that will be seen by so many people? Physically, I prioritize by maintaining a healthy routine with regular exercise and proper nutrition to ensure I feel confident and energized. Mentally, I focus on mindfulness and positive visualization, channeling any nerves into excitement. Reminding myself of the creative process and the opportunity to share my authentic self helps build confidence for a successful and enjoyable photoshoot.

What are your favorite aspects of modeling and what challenges have you encountered along the way? My favorite aspects of modeling include the creative expression it allows and the opportunity to collaborate with talented individuals in the industry. The challenges often involve navigating stereotypes and external expectations and striving to redefine beauty standards. Overcoming these challenges has been empowering, contributing to my personal growth and a more inclusive and authentic representation within the modeling world.

Who are some of the models or influencers that you admire and draw inspiration from in your career? In my professional journey, I find inspiration in influential figures like Dwayne Johnson, Kim Kardashian, and Rihanna. What captivates me about them is not just their success in their respective fields but also their impact beyond. Dwayne Johnson’s work ethic and motivational approach, Kim Kardashian’s business acumen and influence on contemporary culture, and Rihanna’s various achievements in music, fashion, and philanthropy all contribute to a diverse and impactful spectrum. Witnessing their ability to leverage their platforms for positive change fuels my aspiration to make a meaningful impact in my own career.

What’s one thing about myself that fans might be surprised to learn? Fans might be surprised to discover my dual passions, a hopeless romantic who cherishes the beauty of love stories and a compassionate soul with a deep love for helping others. This unique combination adds layers of depth to my personality, reflecting a heartfelt appreciation for both the romantic and altruistic aspects of life. Behind the scenes, my love for helping others manifests in various ways, be it through volunteering, acts of kindness, or advocating for meaningful causes. This hidden aspect contributes to a multifaceted persona grounded in love, empathy, and positive impact.

3 things you can’t go a day without. Three things I cannot go a day without are my family, my dog, and great food. Each day the comforting presence of my family creates a foundation of love and support. The companionship of my dog adds a unique and unconditional connection. Additionally, the simple pleasure of enjoying amazing food not only nourishes my body but is a daily source of delight. 

If you could choose one word to describe your journey as a model what would it be and why? If I had to choose one word to describe my journey as a model, it would be evolution. This word encapsulates the continuous process of growth, adaptation, and transformation throughout my career. Each experience, challenge, and success contribute to the evolution of my perspective, and identity within this dynamic world.

What do you believe sets you apart from other models in the industry? I believe what sets me apart from other models in the industry is a unique blend of authenticity and versatility. Embracing my individuality allows me to bring a genuine quality to my work, while a willingness to explore and adapt showcases my versatility. This combination, I believe, sets me apart and contributes to a memorable presence.

Can you share any upcoming projects or collaborations you’re involved in? Currently, I do not have any upcoming projects or collaborations but I remain open to exciting opportunities that align with my values and creative vision. The prospect of future endeavors is always something I eagerly anticipate.

Thank you so much for your time. Where can our readers follow you to stay updated on what you’re up to? You’re welcome! Readers can follow my journey and stay updated on my latest endeavors by connecting with me on Instagram @ms.emirei.