Ana Espinola is a glamour model, playmate, athlete, and fitness model
Born in Paraguay, in the city Asuncion, Ana Espinola first started her modeling career as a hobby, while her main career was an accountant. Her modeling career started in Mexico, first as an image model, and from there jump into Tv. She was always passionate about fitness, so combine fitness with modeling. Calling the attention of a lot of magazines, giving her the privilege of been covers of the renowned magazines, Playboy (9 times featured ), FHM (4 times featured ), and Woman’s Fitness. Meanwhile, Ana still focused on fitness, doing her first fitness shows in Mexico, then Miami, in the Florida Estatal Championship, and from there the Olympia Brazil Amateur in São Paulo placing in the top 5. She currently enjoys success as a social media influencer and entrepreneur.
Photographer | @Johanan Nafate
Makeup Artist | Luis Velveet
THIS IS THE Q&A
When did you decide to get into modeling and how did it all start?
When I was 19, I was studying and working in an office at the same time, it was really exhausting, and during weekends I have free time, so I decided to do it, like activations, fashion shows, I never expected to become my main career. After a few weekends I receive the offer to work in Mexico, I didn’t think twice, I jumped on a plane, and here I am.
When it comes to posing for photos, what’s the best advice you can give in achieving the perfect portrait?
To have clear what you want to project, health, fitness, beauty, remember the eyes don’t lie 🙂
You exude such wonderful confidence in your images. How did you overcome any anxiety when it comes to posing in front of the camera? What was your first photo shoot like?
Inhale confidence exhale doubt, my first photoshoot I was nervous, I was overweight before so I wasn’t feeling comfortable about myself after I lose weight, I felt I own the set. I overcome anxiety with self-confidence, repeating myself self every day I was able and capable to do it.
What are the highs and lows of being a glamour model in a social media-driven environment?
The highs are that you have a voice, to influent people, on nice causes, I try to use my voice for charity, and helping. The lows are you are on the eye of the public, and you have critics all the time, If you lose weight, if you are skinny, if you party, if you don’t party. It is hard to please everyone. So just have in mind, is better when the public talks about you, instead of being invisible.
If you weren’t a model, what would have been your other dream career?
Doctor, all my family is focused on medicine, my dad is a neurosurgeon, My mom was nutritionist, my youngest sister is studying the same as well. So I am the black/pink sheep of the family hehe.
Since we’re all at home for now, are there any activities you’ve been trying out? Like painting? cooking? or dare I say it, TikTok?
I downloaded TikTok, yes, but haven’t done any TikTok yet, I am practicing my cooking skills in this quarantine.
If you were to name three people that inspire you the most. who would they be and why?
Michelle Obama is an example of hard work and education, most of the people think models are not educated that’s why they choose their career, and that’s not true. I speak 5 languages and I have an accountant degree.
Marilyn Monroe, more than a beauty icon, is the inspiring of beauty, accepting our body with love, (been one of the first playmates) and her enthusiasm with the public.
Arnold Schwarzenegger, every time I watch his videos, is just a motivation for fitness. He was insulted at his beginnings, receiving critics “no talent”, he worked so hard in prooving his talent and his dedication, now after doing the Olympia, the next show is the Arnold Classic.
What’s the best advice you can give for an aspiring athlete/glamour model?
Don’t ever give up, remember, “You can only see rightly with the heart because essential is invisible to the eye”, so when a door closes, thousands of windows are open.
Most of the times, (when I was beginning) I assisted a lot of castings, and sometimes don’t ever receive “the second call”, which that makes me sad, and feel “untalented”, after few castings, I realized there’s a market for fitness, for beauty, for fashion, for XL size.
So please, the first NO, you receive, is not existential negative, is just circumstantial negative, maybe your next shot you will be the main actress instead of just an extra.
Just don’t give up, and follow your dreams.
Article by Cyan Leigh