Hi Priyanka, did you enjoy the shoot?
It’s always nice to be on a magazine that lets you explore a different shade of yourself. I think Maxim is known for its sensual covers, and I’m so thrilled to be a part of this shoot. As models, we experience so many different kinds of shoots, and today we got to be these beautiful, bronzed goddesses.
What is your idea of sexy?
My idea of sexy could be anything—a smile could be sexy, you could have a sexy look in your eyes—it’s more of a feeling than what you wear or how you dress up.
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According to you, what makes a man sexy?
If you’re looking beyond looks, then a man is extremely sexy when he’s just charming, when he’s not pushing himself on women. It’s the way he compliments a girl, or the way he carries himself. What I find really sexy is when they know how to talk to a woman with respect and, at the same time, treat her like an equal.
How can a man impress you?
By treating me like an equal.
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Got it, and we wholeheartedly agree. What can men do to make the women in their lives smile? In other words, #MakeHerSmile (our current public service campaign)?
Oh, that’s fun! I just think, right now, people are so guarded that they are afraid to say what they really feel. People give much more importance to work and tend to forget that true joy lies in people and the experiences that people give you, and not just what your work gives you. I mean, work can give you good money and a good position, but people are way more important. And I think that women just like hearing things that are nice, and people don’t say those things these days. So, to make her smile, speak your mind and tell her how you feel about her. It may put you in a vulnerable position, but just say it.
What is your idea of an ideal date?
I think my ideal date would be stuff like scuba diving or snorkelling. Or, maybe, go swimming in the ocean, come back and have a little bonfire on the beach, and eat fresh seafood.
Priyanka Karunakaran (@yanka.unplugged) believes that we all, as human beings, have our flaws. What makes a person perfect is confidence, and confidence only comes from accepting the real you! 'In this industry, we’re exposed to harsh lights and a lot of makeup on a daily basis, so we’re affected by a lot of things. But, eventually, you realise you can’t be perfect all the time.' #Truth #PriyankaKarunakaran #MaximModelTakeover #MakeHerSmile #HotRightNow #SexyBack #MaximIndia
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Sounds romantic. We’d do that! What’s the craziest thing a man’s ever done for you?
There was this one guy who was ready to leave his country and shift to India for me. And we only met on a vacation!
He’d be right, too! Where can we find you on a Friday night?
Well, I’m not a Friday-night person, I’m a Saturday-night girl. I’m very disciplined throughout the week, but on Saturday, I like to let my hair down.
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Saturday it is. What’s your take on dating apps?
I’ve thought about joining one, but I don’t know how fun it is for a model to be on one. My inbox is already filled with sleazy texts.
What do you feel about the ‘body positive’ movement? We love it.
When I initially started modelling, I thought I was supposed to look perfect all the time. In this industry, we’re exposed to harsh lights and a lot of makeup on a daily basis, so we’re affected by a lot of things. But, eventually, you realise you can’t be perfect all the time. You have to somewhere accept that as human beings and models, what you see in a picture is actually you on a canvas: there’s make-up, amazing lighting, professional photographers and then touch-ups, and that’s eventually what people see. No one is perfect, what makes people perfect is confidence, and confidence only comes with acceptance.
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Super! Have you faced those ludicrous body-shaming trolls?
These days, people can hate you for anything. I love dogs, and I once put up pictures with a puppy and people started telling me to leave the dogs alone. I found that damn funny. But, then, I also found that when we put ourselves on social media, we have to be able to accept whatever comes our way.
What does it take to be a successful model?
It takes determination and persistence because, at times, the industry can beat you down. It’s all about how you take it and what you make of it.
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Well, you’ve got us rooting for you all the way.