When model Nina Daniele found out she was going to be a Playmate, she was admittedly shocked. “I was like, ‘Shut the hell up!’ It’s like a dream come true for me.”
The native New Yorker, who grew up in the Bronx where she still resides, and only child of artist parents is a myriad of gorgeous contradictions: Unabashedly candid yet deeply introspective, she’s a dedicated pole-dancer (she takes regular classes) who studied creative writing and photography in college and an avid animal rescuer who has two dogs and three cats (her dream is to one day open a sanctuary for pit bulls).
Something else you should know about Daniele: She isn’t into game-playing. “This whole idea that if you like someone you have to play hard to get: I feel like we have such a short amount of time here and it’s very hard to find people you genuinely like and connect with. Even though we’re just people and share the same basic needs and emotions, I feel like a lot of times we make ourselves feel like we don’t deserve the relationship that’s going really well.”
While she’s all about equality, Daniele wants feminism (and the connotations that currently come with it) to bring people together. “I feel like more often than not when you say the word ‘feminism,’ 70% of the people around you roll their eyes. It should be a powerful thing, but the word creates a divide sometimes.” Speaking of power, Daniele has this to say on the topic of strong women: “Having a position of power doesn’t mean you’re a bitch or that you’re bossy. Like Beyoncé said, ‘It just means I’m the boss.’”