We meet the international fashion model and former professional tennis player with a Master’s in Science. When she’s not modeling or on the tennis court Gabriella Bongiovanni is growing her career in the Computer Science industry.
Tell us something surprising about you?
My background is very diverse so I speak four languages. My dad is from Italy, my mum is from Greece, I was born in Australia, and I am married to a Cuban… Italian, Greek, English and Spanish!
Were you excited to shoot for Playboy?
I was extremely excited to shoot for Playboy! I am proud to be part of such an iconic brand in history, and be a part of the recent rebranding that appeals to the Millennial #woke generation. Times have changed so much and I love how Playboy has become more socially aware and wants to get to know the models on the inside.
What inspires you?
The people around me, my family and friends are what inspires me every day to be the best that I can and reach my full potential. I can always count on someone in my circle to give me that extra push if doubt ever crosses my mind.
Why did you choose to pursue a career in modeling?
I always admired models in magazines and on the runway. I knew that one day I wanted to be in front of the camera. The modeling industry is brutal and you need to have thick skin. Coming from the female tennis circuit, being mentally strong is so important, so it was an easy transition. Sure, there are always tears and sweat, but what’s important is what happens next… how you move forward!
Who do you look up to in the modeling industry?
I always admired Adriana Lima. To me, she is the perfect definition of a supermodel!
What are some of your hobbies?
I enjoy going out dancing at Latin venues and spending time with my family whenever I am in Australia.
Name three things on your bucket list?
I would love to visit Bora Bora and stay in an overwater bungalow, complete a Ph.D. in Computer Science and learn a fifth language.
Describe to us your perfect date…
A perfect date to me is anything that involves good food and a good laugh.
Which world capital would you most like to visit, and why?
When I was playing tennis I visited many beautiful cities, but right now I would love to visit Cape Town so I can visit Table Mountain, and of course to see this issue of Playboy on the shelves!
What is your mantra?
If you’re too comfortable, it’s time to move on. Terrified of what’s next? You’re on the right track.
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