Playboy: You lived in Cuba until December 1996. What brought you to the States?
Maria Luisa: America has so many opportunities. It's impossible ot make money as a model in Cuba. Everyone is poor, except for about five percent of the population. It's sad.
Playboy: Was it hard being a sexy woman in a macho society?
Maria Luisa: Oh, yes. In Cuba, if you're sexy you're considered a whore. Everyone stares at you when you walk down the street. They say some terrible things about you.
Playboy: What sexual behaviors are unacceptable in Cuba?
Maria Luisa: Any sexual behavior! Cuba is totally repressed. Nude pictures are not allowed. Playboy is not allowed. When I saw my first Playboy, on a visit to the U.S., it had the sexiest pictures I'd ever seen. I knew right away I wanted to be a part of it.
Playboy: What's the difference between Cuban men and American men?
Maria Luisa: Cuban guys are jealous and possessive. I don't like that. I'm a liberal, independent girl. The only person I let tell me what to do is my mother.
Playboy: What's your definition of a Latin lover?
Maria Luisa: A guy who's romantic. The candles, fine wine and classical music type.
Playboy: Besides sexual freedom, what do you appreciate about life here that an American might take for granted?
Maria Luisa: Restaurants. Here, my brother and mom and I can go out to eat any time we want. In Cuba the only restaurants are elite clubs that just the rich and beautiful are allowed into.
Playboy: Tell us about Cuban cuisine.
Maria Luisa: The food there is not so good. Everything you eat in Cuba is prodeuced in Cuba. No one has the money to grow decent crops.
Playboy: What are the three most important English phrases to know?
Maria Luisa: "How are you?", "What time is it?" and "Where's the rest room?"
Playboy: What's the most romantic rum drink?
Maria Luisa: A piña colada.
Playboy: Why is it that Cuban cigars are so revered?
Maria Luisa: Good question. I'll have to ask Dennis Rodman the next time I see him.
Playboy: Are you hot-blooded?
Maria Luisa: No, I'm just happy. I'm proud of myself and what I've accomplished. It's been my dream to come to America, and this is where I'm going to stay.
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