"People often paint a picture of me way before they even meet me. They think that I am a certain way because of my shaved head and tough look. In reality, I’m extremely shy. A friend once said, 'You look like a badass, but deep inside you are as soft as baby shit.'
As much as I’m not what people expect, I always try to be up-front with who I am. I’m very blunt and sarcastic. Also, everything I do is all or nothing. This is why I sometimes struggle with social media. I try really hard to make people laugh and feel good about themselves. I don’t want people to go through my Instagram and leave it feeling worse. I try to keep it as real as possible without publicly ranting when I’m having a bad day or putting my private life out there and disrespecting the people around me.
Playboy is one of those risks that was out of my comfort zone and ended up being a great choice.
It’s important to take risks in order to get where you want to be in life. Don’t ever settle.
Vendela's Data Sheet
- Stockholm, Sweden
- Current City
- Los Angeles, CA
- Instagram Handle
- Playboy Issue
- Winter 2019
I booked one of my first big jobs when I got a call from an agency I didn’t even know I was signed to. They were like, “Are you still bald? We’ve got a job for you.” It was to be the first female face of the video game Battlefield 1. A lot of people supported it, but a lot of others hated that they put a girl on the cover.
ON POSING NUDE
It’s so empowering. We should be proud of our bodies. We all have the right to be naked and embrace the body as art. But with nude shoots, I have to be really comfortable. I won’t shoot something passive; I’ll only shoot something that makes me feel powerful.
The wallpaper on my phone is a picture of garlic bread. I just love food, especially crème brûlêe, cheesecake and ice cream.
I like darker, athletic guys. I work out a lot and take care of my body, so I expect guys to do the same. It doesn’t mean he has to be super shredded, but I want to feel safe with my guy. I also need a guy who can be sarcastic back to me, you know? I’m a sarcastic asshole most of the time, so I need someone who can deal with it.
I love a man bun. I really love long-haired guys. I don’t know why. I don’t like beards, but I like a man bun! Maybe it’s the juxtaposition of a guy wearing his long hair tied up in a bun with my shaved head.
My trainer and I laugh so hard every session. I love boxing, but I’m so uncoordinated. He’ll show me a combination, down to every distinct punch, and my reaction is just “Huh?” Every single time.
ON TOUGH LOVE
I’m very straightforward. I say exactly what I think, and some people get butt-hurt. I love very deeply. I would do anything for the people closest to me. If I cut you out, I have a really good reason. But it takes a lot for me to get there. I love hard, and I give tough love.
In relationships, in friendships, in the workplace, if you’re not comfortable doing something, always trust your gut feeling. Don’t ever do something you -really don’t want to do.
I’m working on taking more risks in my work. PLAYBOY is one of those risks that was out of my comfort zone and ended up being a great choice. I don’t want to be too scared. I don’t want to grow up and get old and be like, What if I had done that?