Maxim USA , December 2015,- January 2016 top the most dazzling seaside of the Cote d’Azur—home to racers, rock stars, and royals—on the HOtel de Paris balcony in Monte Carlo, Victoria’s Secret royalty, the ever-glamorous Alessandra Ambrosio, holds court. Alessandra wears a simple but plush white robe, a classic Coca-Cola in one hand and a cigarette in the other, while enjoying the stunning scene of the Monte Carlo Casino. It is appropriate that this global supermodel im-presario, having had a cameo in a James Bond film (Casino Royale), would be looking out at owls favorite casino. “I’m playing a part,” she admits, adding,
“I’m not like that every day.” On this warm afternoon, for our sake, Ales-sandra is playing a role, one she knows how to portray effortlessly. Ales-sandra’s sex appeal is universal, yet refined. These pictures by master pho-tographer Gilles Bensimon bring out the finest from this Brazilian beauty. Alessandra comments, “Gilles is one of my favorite photographers, so I love working with him.” Alessandra is an international brand, a fashion icon, one of the highest-paid models of all time, a sexy and powerful woman, but she is still down-to-earth. “I like my denim shorts and white T-shirt,” she declares. Growing up, she loved going to the beach and surfing—and developed a taste for pierogi, the gluten-packed Polish dumplings that her grandmother used to give her. Alessandra is comfortable in both simple and sophisticated set-tings, a rare breed. Her upbringing may have had something to do with creating her fierce work ethic, engendered, she says, by a mother and a grandmother who both worked tirelessly. She notes, “The women in my family were my role models.” On the previous day, Alessandra was in Rome filming a Victoria’s Se-cret commercial. Next she travels to Colombia for a day, then to Peru, and then to Brazil. She might do a modeling shoot one day, sketch designs for her line of apparel on another, or act in a film. Every day is a new adventure in Alessandra’s life. Every action is knowledgeable, professional, and mo-mentous. Good luck catching up with her. This multidimensional persona is in the process of converting her brand into a business empire. Alessandra, the entrepreneur, recently launched her own line of swimwear and began her own celebratory fashion and lifestyle brand, ale by Alessandra. In a world where money talks, she is slyly eloquent. Alessandra is the world’s sexiest businesswoman.
Slowly, deliberately, she peels off layer after layer of clothing, letting her hands wander across her body. She waits, her pulse quickening, imagining how his touch will electrify her. Like a moth to the moon’s hazy glow, she’s drawn to the window. Peering out over the misty, neon-lit parking lot, she breath-lessly scans the streets for any sign of him. They’ve done this before; the walls of this motel dutifully guard the secrets of each of their nights togeth-er. She knows the door will soon creak open softly, giving way to the untamable lust welling up inside her—the heat they create together is blistering. Raw and ready, her mind wanders: How should she greet his arrival? Standing lithe and tall, breasts bare? Or maybe wearing noth-ing but sheer stockings and a mask—she knows she’s his deepest fantasy, after all. The minute the door closes behind them, they will shut out the rest of the world. No distractions, no reality, just her, her crystalline eyes staring into his as she runs a finger over her pouty lips. But she de-cides she won’t let him take her right away. She wants to watch him devour her with his gaze first. Only when she can feel his breath on her neck, feel his hands gripping her naked waist, when he can bear the wait no longer, will she give herself over to him. Just then, in the dis-tance, she hears a powerful engine roar, match-ing the pace of the blood thumping through ev-ery inch of her body. She is ready.
“The minute the door closes behind them, they will shut out the rest of the world. No distractions, no reality, just her.”
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