Manuela Hernandez may live in LA, but she has remained close to her Colombian roots. Originally hailing from Medillin, Hernandez moved to the U.S. at age 11, already dreaming about becoming a model.
Considering that she just landed a spread in the upcoming Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue as top-six finalist in the mag's annual model search, you might say that her dream is now a reality.
Hernandez's tastes reflect her heritage, whether it's her undying support for Colombian soccer player James Rodriguez or her favorite dish: bandeja paisa. For more about what Manuela wants, read on:
How can a man catch your attention?
A man can catch my attention by being funny and outgoing; I love to laugh. Being adventurous, easygoing, generous, spontaneous and having good morals and values is also attractive. Something that catches my eye is when a guy opens the door for me and treats me like a lady. Then again, looks can also always catch a girls attention, too.
What’s the worst pick-up line you’ve ever heard?
“I hope your day is as nice as your butt.”
Yikes! How do you let a man know you’re interested?
I let a man know I’m interested by flirting back with him. It doesn’t happen very often!
Tell us about your ideal date.
My ideal date would be going to a food festival where I can choose from a variety of dishes and desserts. Trust me, I am not the type of girl to turn down a meal.
Good to know. What about a guy turns you on the most?
What turns me on the most is his smell, smile, confidence and personality. I like men that take care of their physique. Honestly, a guy that takes care of you and makes sure you’re okay is a turn on, too.
When do you feel sexiest?
I feel sexiest when I wear a bikini, stand in front of the mirror and take a selfie. It makes me feel so good that I sometimes even share the picture, because, you know, sharing is caring.
Who’s your biggest celebrity crush?
You're not alone. What's on your favorite music playlist?
My favorite playlist is definitely all Latin music. I listen to artists like Ozuna, Bad Bunny, J Balvin, Maluma, Nicky Jam, Manuel Turizo, Silvestre Dangond and Carlos Vives.
Do you have a favorite athlete or sports team?
My favorite athlete has got to be Colombian soccer player James Rodriguez.
What fashion brands do you like the best?
I have so many but I love a good pair of jeans from Joe's Jeans. I also like LF, Topshop, Maii-Sarah, House of CB and I Am Gia. I honestly mainly live in sweatpants, and my faves are Adidas. When it comes to designers I love Chanel, Off-White, Balenciaga and Gucci are all up there.
What's your favorite meal?
I am a foodie so I like all kinds of food, but a bandeja paisa is the way to my heart.
What’s your favorite thing to do in the bedroom?
Cuddle, eat, Netflix, repeat.
And what should a man never do in the bedroom?
Take all the covers. That's a BIG no.
Any sexy fantasies?
Being at the beach makes me feel sexy, so I’d say one is having a boyfriend take me to a deserted island, snap pictures of me, and, you know, see where the wind takes us.
Lastly, what's your guiltiest pleasure?
A large cookies-and-cream milkshake with whipped cream and a cherry on top.
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