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Who's That Girl??

An Interview with Fitness Model
and Competitor Nicole Ferreira

If you’re a fan of the fitness scene then you have probably stumbled upon pictorials of the innocently beautiful, yet sensually erotic, Nicole Ferreira. Although she’s new to the industry Nicole has appeared in print in a variety International Magazines since August 2003. Not only is Nicole breathtakingly gorgeous, but she also has her Master’s Degree in Social Work and was the Director of a Mental Health Agency prior to modeling full time. Nicole is currently a 2003 Top 10 Ms. Bikini America National Finalist, placed 13th at the 2003 Fitness America Pageant Nationals, Routine Round, is the main writer for FitBeauties, and manages her website www.nicoleferreira.com! So what we want to know is: What doesn’t little miss perfect do? After reading this interview you’ll discover that this captivating fitness hottie can do it all.

First things first. Give us your physical stats: I ’m quite petite. I’m 5”2, 110 lbs and my measurements are 35-23-35. My bra size is 34C and my dress size is 3-4. As you can see I have blonde hair and green eyes. I'm a Cancer, and I won’t tell you my age so you’ll have to guess.

Where are you from? I’m from a small New England town in Massachusetts called Fairhaven. It’s about an hour South of Boston. I’ve lived here my entire life and I don’t think I’ll ever move. I love the change of seasons, the history and beautiful landscape on the east coast. And yes, you can catch my Boston accent once in a while…it pops thru sometimes.

How did you become a fitness model? My story is truly a fairytale. Two years ago I qualified and competed in my first national fitness competition, and while I was standing in line at registration I was gently approached by a soft spoken British man. Little did I know that this gentleman was the most renowned photographer in the industry, Rob Sims! “Hello”, he said, and I smiled, giggled, and responded “hello”. The next words out of his mouth were, “Oooh, would you like to do some fitness modeling?” I exclaimed “yes”, and he gave me his card and cell number and we set up a shoot for the following day. Our test shoot went so well that he requested that I return to his studio the next day for more images. He made me feel so comfortable and confident that I just had to do it. I never thought I'd be in a magazine but those pics became my first 8 page layout on the newstands! We worked so well together that he asked me to return to LA for a week, and that week turned into 5 other photo shoots that year. Hence, a fitness model was born.

Describe your personality.
I’m a kind and happy person, who generally tries to see the positive side of things. I love to laugh and I love watching comedies. I tend to stay away from all things and people that generate bitterness and negativity. I’m also very driven, if I want something I get it. I’m a cat lover and owner of 4 beautiful Scottish Fold kitties. I love rock-n-roll music. I’m always listening to KISS, AC/DC and Aerosmith. Rock on!

What do you find most attractive about a man? Physically I love a muscular build, dark hair and dark eyes. I love long, dark, naturally curly hair on a man (beautiful long hair, not 80’s yucky hair), and I like a little bit of "scruff" on the face. I like the bad-boy, romance novel type. Johnny Depp is my favorite actor. Emotionally a man needs to be confident, chivalrous, and make me feel like I’m number one.

In the bedroom, do you like it soft and sensual, or hard and nasty? (Hahaha) This is personal, but honestly I’m a hard and nasty girl. Although I’m in complete control of everything in my day to day life, in the bedroom I like to be dominated. A man who is confident and takes charge is my biggest turn-on.

How do you get “in the mood”? I start off by doing my hair and make-up so that I’ll feel and look hot, hot, hot!!! I like to look natural and smell sweet. Touchable hair, vanilla scented body cream, and some shiny cotton-candy lip-gloss will do the trick. I’ll put on a feminine push-up bra with either “boy-style” undies or thong panties so that my bum looks really, really round. I like to wear delicate lace fringed anklet socks with my 7 inch high heels. Next comes the loud rock-n-roll music! I love to look at myself in the mirror and seductively dance and pose…then I’m ready to be taken.

What do you like to do for fun?
I’m really a home-body. I love to watch movies with the one I love and play with my cats. If I’m going out, I like to go to a rock-n-roll concert! The loud music, pyrotechnics and lighting is exhilarating! I’ve been lucky to see many performances, like KISS, Aerosmith, Pearl Jam and Poison up close.

What do you feel are your best physical attributes? I think my tiny waist and my overall curvaceous body shape are my favorites. However, to my surprise, I’ve received fan mail complimenting almost every one of my body parts. My neck, my face, my eyes, my smile, my rear-end, my back, my shoulders, my legs. I’m just so surprised to learn that beauty truly lies in the eye of the beholder. Nevertheless, my ass gets the most attention. I’m happy to know that my booty has been featured in several magazine glute pictorials. It makes me feel good that all the squatting I do when I weight train has paid off!

What is your physical fitness training regimen like? Basically I do 30 minutes of cardio 5-6 times per week, interval training. I weight train 3 times per week and do Pilates 1-2 times a week. My biggest secret weapon, however, is the “Stripper-Cardio” I’ve implemented. Yes, my special someone gets a private dance where I wear my 7 inch heels, slither around like a snake and perform pole tricks and flexibility moves up to 5 times a week. Believe it or not my body has changed dramatically since implementing this “non-traditional” style cardio. I will be offering “Nicole Private Dancer” DVD’s in the future so be sure to visit my site www.nicoleferreira.com to check it out!

Where will you be competing next? My next competition is the 2004 Bikini Universe Pageant in Miami this June. After placing 13th in the routine round at the 2003 Fitness America Nationals, I’ve decided to take the year off from fitness competitions. I’m so lucky that my modeling career is taking off, focusing on a physique competition is more conducive to my lifestyle. Of course, I’ll be shooting with Rob Sims in Miami in addition to competing.
Does Modeling help you in the competitions? No way! In my personal experience it hasn’t. It has actually made people more critical of me. My critique in competitions is that I’m too sexy, not muscular enough and that I need to lose more body fat. Initially this really bothered me, but I’ve learned to take it for what it is: an opinion. No, I don’t have ripped abs, hard glutes and striated shoulders. I have a small waist and curvaceous hips and thighs. So I compete to achieve personal goals only! I concentrate on modeling because I’m consistently rewarded. It best suits my body type and I love it!

Has modeling changed your sex life? I guess, in a way it has “changed” my sex life. It has made me feel more confident in myself and my body. So I’m more confident in experimenting and trying different things with my special guy. I'll let your X-rated imagination run wild on that one.....

How else has modeling impacted your life? As mentioned previously, I used to be the Director of a Mental Health Agency. I have a Master’s degree in Social Work, and worked in the field for six years prior to modeling full time. For me, transitioning into modeling full-time is was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made in my life. I have always dreamt of being a model or using some of my artistic talents in an occupational manner. Since I was a young child I was involved with dance instruction, singing lessons, cheerleading and drama. So modeling gives me the opportunity to express this side of myself. I want to thank Rob Sims for helping me make my dreams come true and catapulting me into the fitness and glamour modeling scene!

Have people been supportive of your decision? That’s an interesting question. It has been a very tumultuous road. Overall people have not been that supportive of my modeling. It’s only those few, precious people close to me, who have supported me always. Initially, when I shared my success with my direct supervisor at my previous job she said, “Don’t tell anyone about this or show anyone the pictures.” I guess her nylons were in a twist that day! Also people who I thought were my friends have become enemies, evidenced by comments like, “she’s only a model because she poses like that,” as well as their constant disapproval and stereotypes they create about me and the industry. However, everyone’s discontent has helped me see the light. I’ve realized that I don’t want to be unhappy anymore or pretend to be something I’m not. I WILL live my life by my own standards and not by what other people think I should do. Yes, I’m blessed with intelligence and no one can take my degrees or academic accomplishments away from me. I’m still the same exact person I was, but now I’m doing what I want and love. And, yes, I love to be sexy!!!

What can we expect next from Nicole Ferreira?
I’ll continue to work with Rob Sims, so you’ll be able to see me in future FitBeauties issues, and read my articles. I’ll also appear in Rob’s new women’s fitness magazine, FitBody. In website news, my paid members picture sets will be available shortly. You’ll get to download 20 images of me. I also have pics that are too hot to go in the magazine! Also, I offer personalized photo shoot packages where I shoot for you, and you receive a CD of 20 digital images of me wearing what you want. Clothes from the shoot are included, if desired. I’ll also be offering “Nicole Private Dancer” DVDs, where I personally dance for you. You’ll also find me on www.fitbeautiesmag.com in Rob Sims’ live photo shoots, so you’ll actually get to see me on a live shoot! I hope to get a cover in the next 6 months as well. So be sure to check me out at www.nicoleferreira.com, you will not be disappointed!

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