Raising The Bar

Photographer Gareth LewisMelissa Mai

Melbourne-based model and yoga instructor, Melissa Mai, appeared in the Censorship issue (March 2020) of Penthouse.

How did you get started as a model?

I started modelling through an agency when I was in my teens. For the last 8 years I’ve been freelancing and that’s when my love of modelling begun.

What do you enjoy about modelling?

I love being able to express the multi-dimensional woman that I am. I love when I work with photographers that know how to bring out these different aspects of my personality.

Tell us about your shoot with Gareth Lewis for Penthouse.

We shot this series at a good friends house, which was an interesting combination of an art gallery with a James Bond vibe. I had a lot of fun on this shoot. Every time I shoot with Gareth, I feel wild and uninhibited.

Tell us about the role yoga plays in your life.

Yoga keeps me aligned with my heart.

Do you find there’s any crossover between yoga and modelling?

Yoga and Modelling are both outlets of self-expression.

Tell us something about you we might not expect.

I never wear high heels unless I’m on a photoshoot, I hate clothes shopping and I'd prefer camping over a 5 star hotel any day.

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