Nicola Chemaly is no stranger to LW Mag, and back for her second time as our LW Babe of the Week. We catch up with the tattooed model to get an update on her life and outlooks.
Full name: Nicola Chemaly
Day job: Illustrator, designer, hostess, model, events
Likes: Gymming, over indulging on pizza, bingeing on Black Mirror
Dislikes: Type casting
Special talents: Art
It’s been almost two years since we last featured you, what’s been going on in the life of Nicola since then?
Lots of personal growth and change, I got my degree in BA Visual Communications, studied a second course and pursued a love of free-lancing and self discovery.
What do you feel has been one of the most unexpected things to happen in your life over the last two years?
The career path which has become my new journey.
My original desire was to study 3D Animation and try break into the film industry. I find myself being more involved in the visual arts with new interests in product design and fine arts.
What does it mean to you be featured for your second time as an LW Babe?
It is a reminder of the walk my modelling career has been on. It is an indication of how I’ve come to get to where I am now and to continuously grow moving forward.
You have obviously added onto your tattoo collection over the years. Which piece is your latest and how many more do plan on getting?
I would like to go Full Monty.
I really love tattoo culture and the art behind it. I love to explore and push my body to the limits of which it can and cannot do, and how far I can modify it to evolve into a gallery of custom art by various artists.
My latest piece is on my upper thigh. It is currently under construction as the first artist who did it really made a mess of it. The touch ups and reworking of the design is currently being done by Third Eye Tattoo Studio in Pretoria.
Give us some insight into your passion and interest in art?
The moment I picked up a pencil from a young age I made best friends with it. I always wanted to be in my element of drawing. It was the most therapeutic experience for me where I could express myself fully.
Where do you see yourself in five years time?
Hopefully a successful business owner, or a happy beach-bum on some exotic island.
Tell us something most people don’t know about you?
I am left handed.
Now that summer is finally here, what are you looking forward to most this season?
I really look forward to late night swims and the holiday season, which is right around the corner.
When not working or looking good in front of the camera, what do you like to do with your free time?
I love to paint and do photography.
What would your ultimate weekend away consist of?
Lazing on the beach or camping in the wilderness. I’m very outdoorsy person.
If we had to spend a day in your shoes, what would we experience?
You’d experience my early morning coffee and gym session and a full day of design work.
What is your idea of sex appeal?
Intelligence, confidence and good taste in clothing, music and hobbies.
What’s the first thing that comes to mind when we mention:
Good times? Always a night with my siblings.
Indulgence? My peanut butter binges.
Embarrassing? The stupid jokes I make that no one gets except me.
Flirt? Cheesy pick up lines.
Art? My passion and studied, as well as all the greats I want to eventually match up to.