Model Naomi Lucia leads an exciting life. We caught up with the Cuban-Dutch world traveler and her signature natural curls for this L&R Exclusive.

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Images Julia Janse Van VuurenLinnea FrankZavier De’AngeloJennifer Fischer

MUA Jacqueline ViljoenKerryn Du RandSarah Gehrmann

Looks Jody Scott

Locations Miami, Florida & Cape Town, South Africa

Image: Linnea Frank
MUA: Kerryn Du Rand 

The last time we rapped was a couple years ago. You were headed to Cuba to meet your father’s side of the family for the very first time. What was that experience like? What did you take away with you, you know, both personally and spiritually? Yes that’s right! It was amazing, I had the best time of my life! Cuba is a pretty poor country, especially Santiago de Cuba where my dad’s family is from. So you really start to appreciate the little things in life. They don’t have much but what they have, they’re willing to share. We were dancing all day and night and the food was amazing. I even gained some weight (Laughs!). I just couldn’t stop eating, the food is too good.

Image: Linnea Frank
MUA: Kerryn Du Rand 

In addition to Cuba, you’ve been traveling quite a bit, and to different continents beyond Europe. How was Miami, Cape Town? Tell us where you have visited and what you did while there. This summer I was in Switzerland, London, Greece and Miami. It was amazing. I went to Switzerland to visit my mom and old friends who still live there. London, I went to see my modeling agent and do some test shoots. To Greece I went with my mom for a little holiday. It was lovely and the people are the sweetest. And i went to Miami with my sister for the holiday and to build my portfolio, Miami was amazing. I’ll definitely go back. In November I went for six weeks to Cape Town for modeling and to see my Cape Town agency. I had an amazing time in that beautiful country, it was very impressive to see the poor and the rich right next to each other. I had some cool jobs and worked on my portfolio.

Image: Jennifer Fischer
MUA: Sarah Gehrmann
Look: Jody Scott

Your shape is always tight, skin is always glowing, and your hair stays shiny and healthy looking. Give us some insight into your fitness, health, and wellness regimen. I love to work out, but because I travel so much it’s sometimes hard to keep up. So I try to eat as healthy as possible to keep my shape. I try to drink a lot of water and to avoid eating junk food. If I have a pimple you know I ate junk food (Laughs!). For my hair I try to use a hair mask once a week. I use a leave in conditioner after I wash my hair, and I add a little bit of argon oil every day.

Zavier De’Angelo

What is the toughest part of your workout? Do you maintain a strict diet? Name an extreme sport you are interested in competing in but just haven’t tried yet. The toughest part isn’t really the workout but the nutrition for me. I don’t really maintain a strict diet but I try to eat my carbs in the morning and during lunch time instead of the evening. For dinner I try to eat loads of protein, like chicken or fish cooked with vegetables… A sport? (Contemplates) That’s a good question, because I’ve tried many kinds of sports. I think I would be a track runner, horse back rider, ice skater, or a gymnast.

Image: Julia Janse Van Vuuren
MUA: Jacqueline Viljoenx
Look: Mr Lee Fraser

You have been dancing competitively and professionally your entire life. From ballet to hip-hop to Caribbean dance you are experienced in most forms. Any plans to delve into choreography or dance instructing? Not at the moment. I’m taking a break from dancing at a professional level, more focused on building my modeling career at this very moment. But I love to dance, you’re right. For now it’s just for fun.

Zavier De’Angelo

You keep your dating life pretty quiet, so I’ll ask you this. Name three qualities any man hoping to lock you down and wife you up must possess. Yes, that’s true I like to keep that private because it’s nobody’s business (Laughs!). I’m not looking either, but in my opinion a man should carry his woman, his girlfriend, on his hands. Do that and you will receive the same! Being loyal and showing initiative are also important.

Image: Jennifer Fischer
MUA: Sarah Gehrmann
Look: Jody Scott

Would you rather date a ladies man or a Mama’s boy? What are the pros and cons? Hmmmm, that’s a hard question, but neither! He can be a ladies man but know his boundaries. And it’s amazing if a man has a good bond with his mother and knows how to treat a woman, but he needs to be able to man up.

Image: Jennifer Fischer
MUA: Sarah Gehrmann
Look: Jody Scott

For many, happiness and success are elusive. You seem to have found both very early on. Why is this not the case for so many men and women around the world? I think it’s up to everyone, themselves. No one can create your happiness or success but you, yourself. I think I recognized that pretty early. In my opinion people are relying way too often on others or even blaming others for their failures. Instead of learning from their mistakes, correcting them and moving on. Like, at the moment I’m building my modeling career, but it’s hard because I’m an in between model. I don’t fit in with the size zero models and don’t fit in with the plus size models, and for a standard print and runway model I’m a little short with my being 5’8. I think the fashion world is slowly changing but it’s still hard to be accepted. But I’m not going for the easy road. I’ll keep going, instead, because only that will bring change.

Zavier De’Angelo
Zavier De’Angelo
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