Malachi Banales introduces us to Brazilian swimsuit model Raquel Santolaya
(C+P) — Meet Raquel Santolaya, our Brazlian/Californian featured model of the week. Raquel’s exotic features and toned body makes her one of the most sought-after models in the market. There’s so much more to Raquel than her beautiful photos though. Learn a little bit more about this week’s swimsuit model.
Full name, age and job?
My name is Raquel Santolaya, I’m 26 years old and currently work as a model.
Where do you call home?
My hometown is Santos, Sao Paulo, Brazil, but I currently live in Los Angeles, California.
Where is your dream vacation spot?
I’d go to Hawaii. It’s been my dream to go since I was a kid.
You have to splurge every once in a while, what are you weaknesses?
I love desserts and beer!
If you could go back and reshoot in any location, where would it be?
Bali! I booked a campaign for lingerie and I had an amazing time – great landscape and lovely people.
All work and no play is never a good thing. What do you do for fun?
I enjoy traveling, camping, hang out with my friends, watch movies, and also sometimes I like to stay in and do nothing :).
You have an amazing body! How do you maintain it?
Currently, I have been practicing MMA (mixed martial arts) at True Warrior Fitness. It suits me perfectly because it’s about evolving in all aspects of the game (bode, Muay Thai, Jiu Jitsu and wrestling). The range of motion is so extent, so many variations of movement. Plus on the side, my diet is based on vegetables, fruits, grains, legumes, roots and a little meat every once in a while. Drinking plenty water also helps me out a lot.
Where do you see yourself after your modeling career?
I see myself married with two kids, being an interior designer and working just because I want to, not because I need to. I just want to live a good life!
What is one thing that sets you apart from other models?
I never give up!
What words do you live by?
Life it’s too short to worry. Enjoy it!