Aria Giovanni, one of the world’s most popular and beautiful models, overcame shyness as a girl and achieved her success as a woman – all with her own curves and convictions. She is featured this week on Savvy.com in images from her Mystique Magazine shoot with master photographer Mark Daughn.
Imagining the ultra-glamorous Aria Giovanni as a shy, insecure child may not be easy, but she tells Savvy.com that she was a tomboy who mostly went unnoticed right through high school because social situations felt awkward.
“I spent a lot of my time in the backyard playing with my animals, climbing trees, and looking for bugs. You could say that I was a bit of a tomboy. I wanted a microscope for Christmas when I was six and a chemistry set for my seventh birthday. I never got asked out in high school. I went pretty much unnoticed.”
Today, all that has changed and she boldly carries the flag for natural women, bucking the trend of skinny models with breast implants. “I’ve have had women come up to me and say they like the fact that I am modeling yet I have curves and I’m not perfect,” she says.
“There are not a lot of women in my industry that are large-chested that are also natural and curvy. It’s sort of an anomaly. It does happen, but there’s just not very many. But there is a demand for it definitely. There are a lot of men out there that want a real woman, a woman that was born this way, who has curves and is not a size 2 with bleached-blonde hair. It is a niche I was born to fill perfectly.”
Giovanni also tells Savvy.com about the modeling industry. She started at age 22 and feels that young women should wait until they know more about the world, especially if they plan to do glamour modeling.
“When you turn 18, you’re still really young, and it is hard to know all the repercussions. There are repercussions to what I do for a living. You need to know whether you are going on to have another career. You might be limited by what you’ve done in the past. One day you might grow up and have a family and wish you’d never made the decision.
“There are people who will stereotype you for the rest of your life. It’s really hard at such a young age to know how you are going to feel about what you are doing 20 years from now”. Having excelled in Math and Science during her shy school years, Aria followed her own advice, started college full-time at 16 and also tutoring college Chemistry, Biology, and Math along the way.
Giovanni now uses her brainpower to operate Ariagiovanni.com, a web site featuring her mainstream and mature content as well as candid shots from her everyday life and a message board to interact with her huge fan base. She says posing for Mystique’s Daughn is a career highlight.
“Mark has a really good eye and is able to capture a moment,” she says. “He adds the essence of fantasy to the photos. You may not be seeing an explicit nude image, but it is still powerful because the image is so beautiful. He’s able to show less skin but yet you feel like you’ve seen more. The whole less-is-more concept. Some people do not want to see everything.”
Once a month, Savvy (http://www.savvy.com) showcases the beautiful women of our partner Mystique (http://www.mystique-magazine.com) and Daughn’s seductive style of photography. Since its creation in 1998, Mystique has emerged as one of the leading brands specializing in sensual glamour photography photographed in some of the world’s most exotic locations. It positions itself between Playboy and Victoria’s Secret, on the right side of the morality line. It’s sexier than Victoria’s Secret, but not as revealing or explicit as Playboy. Mystique features “women you could spend the rest of your life with,” perfectly complimenting the women featured in Savvy.com’s non-nude pictorials.
Mystique publishes a monthly digital magazine through Zinio.com, as well as a bi-monthly hardcover book version called Mystical Sirens. Mystique also produces and licenses a range of branded collectibles, including posters, DVDs, and wall calendars. Posters are available through Scorpio Posters and Starmakers Rising in stores such as Spencer Gifts and Tower Records. Mystique’s DVDs are available directly from its Sirens catalog division, and select titles are distributed by Image Entertainment to stores such as Wherehouse, Tower Records and Borders. Mystique’s award-winning calendars can be found in the Sirens catalog and in Calendar Club stores.
Mystique also produces original programming, such as its ‘Mystical Journeys’ and ‘Behind The Fantasy’ series. Mystique regularly provides programming to the nation’s top Pay Per View networks, such as TVN, LodgeNet, inDemand and Dish Network, and on IPTV (video over broadband) services such as Akimbo. In 2005, Mystique began filming exclusively in 1080i HD to supply HD networks such as inHD and Voom. Mystique also supplies stills and video content to some of the leading Mobile Phone networks, including through industry leader Brickhouse Mobile.
Mystique content is also one of the top-rated and most popular showcase features (you can watch for free) at one of the leading video-entertainment destinations on the web, iFilm.
Mystique and its models are regularly featured in the mainstream national and worldwide media, including on shows such as Inside Edition, Extra, E!’s Wild On, Travel Channel, Howard Stern, Fox, Telemundo, RTL (Germany), TechTV, Celebrity Justice, Poorman’s Bikini Beach (and more) as well as radio stations from coast to coast.
Mystique Magazine and Sirens Catalog are privately owned by Infinity Studios, Inc. and is based in Austin, Texas.
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