The free spirited Nina Hannaway graces our pages as this week’s LW Babe of the Week. A naturalist who feels more comfortable with her kit off than on, and we obviously have no problem with that! Meet her here.
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Full name: Nina Hannaway
Hometown: Marina Beach, KZN
Day job: Pilates instructor, professional model and artist.
Likes: Creating art, dancing ballet, surfing, rock climbing and yoga.
Dislikes: Mean girls
Special talents: Art, show jumping on my horse and ballet.
What are some of your favorite things to do?
Painting has got to be at the top of my list. Photographic modeling. Surfing, I am a mermaid at heart, and traveling to new exotic places.
How long have you been in the modeling game and what do you enjoy most about it?
I started modeling at the age of 2. What I enjoy the most about modeling is being able to tell a story with a strong message through a single image. An image that makes the viewer take a step back and think on a deeper level.
What have been some of your most memorable shoots?
Wow that is a hard one, as I have so many shoots that have impacted my heart and soul. I loved shooting the Black Swan series based on depression with the lovely photographer and friend, Lucia.
I adore working with the talented artist, Marke Meyer because I get to make use of my flexibility and strength to create shapes with my body, which he later uses as reference for his bronze sculptures.
But, like I said I could honestly wright pages worth on the memorable shoots I have done with Photographers who have become close friends.
You have no problem taking your kit off for the camera. What goes through your mind when you’re standing naked in front of the camera?
Well firstly you need to understand that I am a naturalist, so being naked is something that I am extremely comfortable with. To be honest I feel more comfortable out of my clothes. I personally see clothing as a mask we as humans hide behind, once you remove that mask you have no choice but to truly be yourself.
Sensual gratification. What is it in your opinion?
Sensual gratification to me happens when my partner has a connection with my mind and soul. It is something beautiful and organic.
Do you ever get shy?
Your most embarrassing moment?
I have far too many to list [laughs].
What was your take on the McGregor vs Mayweather fight?
Well, I must state that I am a huge Mayweather fan and of course knew that the undefeated world champ would remain just that. But I do have to admit that I have a massive amount of respect for McGregor who came from an MMA background and actually had the guts to challenge a legend. He proved himself a worthy contestant. I would love to see a rematch in a years time, I think we all would!
If you ever found yourself in a boxing ring, who would your opponent be?
Hmm tough one as I am a lover, not a fighter. But if I really had to choose someone it would have to be Miley Cyrus. I don’t think it needs any more explanation.
What does a day in the life of Nina consist of?
Well you would need a copious amount of energy to survive it. 5am yoga on the beach followed by beach sprints for cardio. Then 4-5 hours of teaching Pilates classes at my Pilates Studio. A quick lunch break followed by a surf or if it’s flat, some free diving to hopefully catch some crayfish for dinner. I spend golden hour running on the beach with my 5 dogs. In the evenings I paint. That is when I am not traveling for shoots which normally start with 4am hair and make-up and then followed by 4-8 hours of shooting for the day.
Now that the summer months are upon us, what are you looking forward to most?
I love summer! I get to live in my bikini and spend as much time as I can on my secret little beach with my 5 dogs. I am normally the only human on the beach so I get to run around naked and free just the way I like it.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
Now that is a hard question for me to answer. I am a free spirited person and love the thrill of not planning too far ahead. It allows me to follow my heart and travel, which means I get to indulge into the many beautiful cultures around the world. I might be in Bali surfing it up or I might be in India practicing yoga with the gurus. Check in with me in 5 years time again.
What’s the first thing that comes to mind when we mention:
Must have? Coffee.
Hot guys? Artistic.
Hot girls? Confidence.
Good times? Travel.
Late nights? Bonfires.