This week, we sit down with brunette bombshell from Texas Samantha Leon to talk about her modeling career, charity work & her taste in guys. We’d love to take in a movie with the beautiful Samantha sometime!

* *How did you get started posing for

Samantha: I met a photographer named Jose Luis. He happened to be mentoring a shoot that I was working on when I first decided to get back into modeling, last year. He and I clicked and shortly after the shoot he started working with Playboy and he asked me if I wanted to shoot for y’all and I was like, “Hell, yeah!”

* *What unique things do you bring to

Samantha: I think the charity work that I do for kids, and the compassion that I have for people and the interest that I have in people living happy, healthy lives is a pretty interesting aspect about me. Can you tell us a bit about the charities you work with?

Samantha: I work with an organization in my hometown that helps children that are in the care of Child Protective Services. Their parents aren’t in their lives and they’ve all experienced a substantial amount of abuse. They all have emotional or psychological problems. I was a hairdresser before I decided to start modeling and I had a really rough childhood—I raised myself after I the age of 13, and I raised my younger sister, too, who’s eight years younger than I am. So I donate all my hair services to them and I talk to them and try and set an example for them. I want them to know that even though life is shitty right now there’s always hope for the future and that they have the potential to change. Are there any other projects you’re working on these days?

Samantha: I am working on a new project that I hope to have fully running in four to six months’ time. I travel a lot for modeling and I would like to help no-kill animal shelters everywhere I go. I will be visiting seven cities and seven shelters, and I will organize a shoot in each one with full teams, produce a spread featuring beautiful models and animals (not just dogs and cats) for a calendar and create a T-shirt for each shelter, then return the profits to the shelters. It’s ambitious but it’s something I feel very passionate about. Everyone will need to keep tuned to my Facebook for updates on the project. Do you have a favorite behind-the-scenes story from a photo shoot?

Samantha: Between takes, people are messing with lighting and stuff like that, and I tend to entertain myself. I’ll either start meowing randomly or I’ll start dancing and singing. Every photo set I’ve ever been on, photographers think the way I’m goofing around is funny and they’re like, “No, don’t stop what you’re doing!” and they’ll start taking pictures of me. Then later they send me all the bloopers! On an average Saturday night, what are you doing?

Samantha: Probably hanging out with a combination of my friends and my family. I’m not super into going out to bars or anything like that, but I’ll cook dinner for my family and we’ll just eat and talk or whatnot. I tend to travel a lot for modeling, so whenever I get a chance to be home what I like to do is hang out with my dogs and my family and friends. What’s your idea of the perfect date?

Samantha: I like old movies; I like cinema in general, but that doesn’t mean that I have to be going out to the movies. If a guy can show me a good movie and be passionate about it, I’m pretty all right with that. What’s your favorite old movie?

Samantha: Sabrina, the 1964 version with Audrey Hepburn. It used to be Breakfast at Tiffany’s until I found Sabrina and then I was absolutely mind-blown.

* *What qualities drive you wild in a man?

Samantha: A guy who is open enough to be vulnerable with me and also be dominant when he needs to be. I definitely get a kick out of guys who will take me into bed and tell me what to do because I always make decisions outside the bedroom. I also like whenever guys aren’t too proud to tell me how they’re really feeling, whether it has to do with me or with their work, as long as they’re open. When they say something like, “Shit, I don’t have a grip on this and it’s driving me crazy and it sucks,” and they’re willing to share that with me, I think that’s awesome. Especially compared to guys who just bottle it all up and are like, “Never mind,” or think that sharing their emotions makes them less of a man. So having a guy who knows the balance between strength and fragility is what I like most. What’s one thing you think all men should know?

Samantha: They shouldn’t ever undermine women, in any regard whatsoever, sexually or mentally. Don’t ever think you know a woman because she will always turn out from under you and give you something else. If you could go on a date with one person, dead or alive, who would it be?

Samantha: Johnny Depp. I know, he’s about to get married to Amber Heard, but whatever, I have been obsessed with him since the seventh grade. I’ve always found him very interesting. Favorite Johnny Depp movie?

Samantha: There are so many good ones. Just because it’s a cult classic, I really love Edward Scissorhands, but he did really well in The Ninth Gate also. Those two are pretty fresh in my memory.

{“pbembedwidget”:“video”,“id”:“9553”,“autostart”:false} What would your fans be surprised to know about you?

Samantha: I was an absolute loser up until my sophomore year of high school and I transferred to a different school because I got picked on so much. I’m not a party animal, I’ve always been into reading and I’m actually fairly shy. And whenever people ask me out I’m always like, “I don’t know what to say to this other than no… thank you?”

* *What’s the best date you’ve ever been on?

Samantha: I don’t really consider it a date, but a couple years back I dated my best friend from high school who was stationed in San Diego. He’d gotten back from a deployment and I flew out to California and we drove all the way back to Texas in his Jeep. It was really cool because there were random fireworks going off all across the entire road we were driving along for like two or three hours. So he was driving and we were just checking everything out and talking. I liked it a lot. The worst?

Samantha: [Laughs] I moved to California for a girl that I fell in love with while I was in high school and she picked me up for a date and took me to go get chocolate cake, because I love chocolate cake. And then she dumped me while we were sitting in the parking lot in Hermosa Beach. She was like, “You’re entirely too reckless and unpredictable and you want a motorcycle and you’re probably going to get yourself killed and I can’t date you. But here’s some chocolate cake.” Thanks? Oh no! Did it ruin chocolate cake for you forever?

Samantha: No! NO! People like that can’t ruin chocolate cake! There’s an eternal goodness and consistency with chocolate cake. People, on the other hand, not so much. Cake is superior, definitely. [laughs]

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