You just know a super model when you see one. That's the feeling we got when we first met the adorably glamorous Natalia Bonifacci. She's truly a total package of beauty, brains and wit. You might even recognize her from the viral video, First Kiss
. We shot our East Side Opulence collection on a cold, dewey morning in LA, and this glamazon could not have been more ready to work her magic - a total trooper. While waiting for the rain to pass, we caught up with the Italian-born, LA-based super-model on her recent adventures...
OTHERWORLD: If you could go anywhere in the world tomorrow where would you go and why?
NATALIA: I would catch a flight to Paris, the city where my boyfriend lives.
OTHERWORLD: What’s been the most epic adventure in your life so far and why?
NATALIA: I'm lucky because throughout my life I've found myself in adventures quite often so it's hard to point out "the most epic". The most recent though was when I went on a road-trip through Sicily with my boyfriend a few months ago. I was blown away. That island has so much to offer - incredible food, unbelievable history, emerald waters, nice people. I'm Italian, so it was also nice to explore my own country for a change.
OTHERWORLD: What is your favorite Otherworld print from the shoot and why?
NATALIA: I love the great wall of China print. It's so crisp, and you can see so many details of the wall. I've really never seen anything like it before.
OTHERWORLD: The East Side Opulence collection is inspired by China and Japan. Have you ever been to either place? If so, what did you love about it most?
NATALIA: I'm dying to go to Japan! As far as China, I've only been to Hong Kong a couple of years ago. I enjoyed how foreign everything about the city felt, yet I was there only for three days, so I didn't have much time to explore the city. I was there on a modeling job, we did shoot in different locations, so I feel I did get a taste of the variety that the city offers at least. I remember feeling blown away by how small I felt there - the city is beyond vast, the buildings are all so high, I really got the feeling of over-population. Usually I'm not a fan of Chinese food, but what I ate over there was magnificent.
OTHERWORLD: We’re all really creative in different ways. How do you express your creativity?
NATALIA: Besides what I do on set for my job, through modeling or acting, I have other outlets as well. I like to draw. I like to write. I make postcards when I travel.
OTHERWORLD: When do you feel the most free, adventurous and beautiful?
NATALIA: Whenever I'm with my boyfriend. And when I come out of the ocean in the Summer, I love that feeling.
OTHERWORLD: What's your favorite place in the world?
NATALIA: There are so many places I love, the list would be so long, but I think when you travel so much you end up enjoying the feeling of being at home; my parent's home in Italy after a long period abroad, my apartment in Los Angeles, and I love being at my boyfriend's apartment in Paris. I love those two cities - LA and Paris. I also have a soft spot for my friend Ana Maria's kitchen in Los Angeles, it's my home away from home.
OTHERWORLD: Tell us something not many people know about you.
NATALIA: I had scoliosis growing up, I used to wear a back-brace as a young teen in highschool.
OTHERWORLD: What’s the boldest thing you’ve ever done?
NATALIA: Whenever I've been very vulnerable, or when I've been sincere with my feelings towards someone I love or when I risked getting hurt. We live in a world where everyone protects themselves so much. I think to be open and loving, to risk rejection and still deciding to go for it, is bold.
OTHERWORLD: What's your favorite way to wear an Otherworld piece (head scarf, cape, kimono, scarf, skirt, dress, etc.)?
NATALIA: I love it as a beach cover up or head scarf for the Summer and as a neck scarf for the Winter.
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