What a Beautiful Woman Wants: Anne de Paula

“A man’s smile and accent are my biggest turn-ons.”

There’s no stopping Brazilian bombshell Anne de Paula. 

Since joining the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit family as the winner of the the mag’s 2017 Model Search, the Rio de Janeiro stunner has been featured in the annual bikini bible three times running. 


de Paula, who is currently dating Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid, says she owes her successful modeling career to her mom.

“I became a model by accident, or I would say because of my mom,” she tells Maxim. “She asked me if I wanted to do a professional photo shoot after she was approached by an agent in the city. And here I am now. Thanks, mom!” 


How can a man catch your attention?

I am very chill, and it’s not easy to catch my attention since I am never looking for anything when I am single. 

But now that I have a boyfriend, I would say that he caught my attention by just being himself. Also, by liking soccer and speaking French…I love the language and speak it as well.

What’s the worst pick-up line you’ve ever heard?

Pick-up lines would never work with me. I don’t even remember any because I don’t pay attention to them.

That’s a good move. How do you let a man know you’re interested?

I don’t. As I said I am chill, my man had to figure it out.

Tell us about your ideal date. 

Something that is not really planned and doesn’t feel like a date. Could be anything from dinner to just walking around.

What about a man turns you on the most?

The smile, the accent, being gentle and polite.

When do you feel sexiest?

Sounds weird, but I would say when I’m waking up and starting my day.


Who’s your biggest celebrity crush?

My man is my crush all day, every day.

What’s on your favorite music playlist?

Spotify’s Hip-Hop 2019 playlist while I workout. But chilling at home, I go for MPB (Música Popular Brasileira) or Brian McKnight’s Back at One album. 

Do you have a favorite athlete or sports team?

Ha, do I need to answer that? If you know, you know. 

What fashion brands do you like the best?

I don’t really have a favorite brand, I shop anywhere with cool clothes that fit me well. 

What’s your favorite meal?

Truffle pasta.

What’s your favorite thing to do in the bedroom?

I’ll keep that one to myself. 

Lastly, what’s your guiltiest pleasure?

Shake Shack and Pão de Queijo, or Brazilian cheese bread. 


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