Meet Alina Ilina, Maxim Africa's Smoldering Cover Model

"The beer factory workers were distracted by my half-naked body."
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Say hello to Alina Ilina, the curvaceous cover girl of Maxim Africa's April issue. 

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Having been a model since she was just 14 years old, Alina has had a breadth of experience strutting the catwalk at countless fashion shows and striking sultry poses for photo shoots all over the globe. 

It's no surprise, then, that the Russian-born babe looks seriously stunning in these exclusive shots from her Maxim Africa shoot. Check them out in the gallery above. 

While you're at it, take a look at her interview below to get the skinny on her burgeoning lingerie line, why she doesn't believe in androgyny, and which '90s supermodels served as her biggest inspiration. 

How did you get started in the modeling industry? 
I started modeling at an early age. At 14 years old, my parents sent me to a modeling agency. My career began in fashion shows and photo shoots. I already knew as a child that my future would be on stage. Alas, I was not able to fully realize my dream of becoming an actress or singer. But I’ve made it as a model. Also, my clothing brand Boudoir is gaining popularity, becoming incredibly famous and successful.

What do you love most about being a model?
The opportunity to travel and experience new sensations. Each shoot is a separate story, fascinating and incredibly interesting. On top of that modeling has allowed me to network with interesting personalities. It’s helped me incredibly with creating my clothing brand.

What legendary models inspire you? 

The famous supermodels of the '90s: Cindy Crawford, Claudia Schiffer, Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington and others. I believe they embody what a true model should be.

What was your most memorable photo shoot? 

It was definitely my shoot for Maxim Russia. We did it at a beer factory. I posed nude in the production area where there were various metal objects. It looked like a spacecraft. Naturally, the factory workers were distracted by my half-naked body. But it turned out to be incredibly beautiful!

Have you ever done anything dangerous during a shoot? 

I was in Dubai, which could be considered dangerous since the United Arab Emirates is a very religious country. We took risks and faced challenges. People even called the police, who then wanted to confiscate the memory card from the photographer.

What was the vision behind Boudoir? 

To embody female beauty and natural sexuality. I am against androgyny. I am an ambassador for femininity. The idea came spontaneously. A friend persuaded me to design clothes—I originally created a range of swimwear. The audience immediately loved my work, and the first collection generated a storm of excitement and interest.

Give us five words to describe Boudoir.
Elegant, quality, comfortable, desirable and sexy. 

What type of clothes does Boudoir create?
We make beautiful lingerie that will give every woman confidence. I want to create quality garments. I also want to make affordable lingerie, cause as you know, branded lingerie can be quite expensive.

What are your plans for the future?
I have big plans! I want to launch a line of shoes and accessories. I also plan on opening boutiques in different parts of the world.

What personally motivates you at work?
Successful people. There is always someone to look up to. There is always something to strive for. A huge inspiration is my mother. She’s the main woman in my life.

What’s your secret to success?
Failure in not an option. I use it as a stepping stone to reach new heights. Unfortunately, some people lose their determination as soon as something bad happens. They stop believing in themselves. I work contrary to that. In a period of hard trials, I am able to prove to the world and myself that I can achieve great things!

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