Elite Model Camila Kendra on Working with Rihanna & Advice for Aspiring Models

By Katie Jackson | December 13, 2018 | People

Elite Model Camila Kendra on slaying stereotypes and where to find the best cup of Cuban coffee in the Magic City.

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How was it to work with Rihanna on the Savage X Fenty campaign?
CAMILA KENDRA: In the beginning of my modeling career, I did not feel comfortable with my body. When Savage X Fenty hired me, I was ecstatic that a company accepted me as I was. Savage X Fenty makes me feel beautiful and comfortable in my own skin. I feel honored to work with a brand that is accepting and embracing women of all sizes. It is a judgement-free environment with great people who are extremely professional and respectful. It’s an opportunity I’ll never forget.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done for a shoot?
CK: When I worked for Boohoo, I had to walk on the edge of a skyscraper.

What makes you feel sexy?
CK: High heels.

If you weren’t a model…
CK: I would be an airline pilot like my father and brother.

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How do you prep the night before a shoot?
CK: I make sure to have a nice meal with my mother, take a relaxing bath and go to sleep as early as possible.

Cheat meal?
CK: I don’t like to use that phrase. If I crave something, I will eat it when I please. My favorite restaurant in Miami is Tarpon Bend. I am in love with their sweet potato fries.

Go-to spot to grab a drink?
CK: Little Havana Visitor Center on Calle Ocho. The owners make an amazing Cuban coffee.

What’s it like to have so many eyes on you on Instagram?
CK: I have to be very careful about what I post. It’s no longer about my friends and me; it’s about all of my followers now. I have to think of how my posts affect others.

Who inspires you?
CK: Every model I work with inspires me. Their dedication and simple movements make the outcome of their work look like art.

Advice to aspiring models?
CK: Stay close to your family.



Photography by: PHOTOS BY JARED THOMAS KOCKA