Hana Mayeda for Nylon Guys
MODEL CITIZEN HANA MAYEDA
“Hana Mayeda is a gorgeous successful model, currently starring in Gap Fit, H & M Sport, and Aerie for American Eagle Lingerie campaigns. When she’s no posing for the camera you can catch her practicing and teaching yoga incessantly (um, where do we sign up?) She also donates some of her time to charitable work for organizations based in Haiti and Kenya. Looking at Hana’s photos may be all you wanna do–but but check out what she had to say when we sat down with her. She shares some helpful tips and insights for us guys. Follow her on Twitter HERE and find out why we’re crushing on this beautiful babe.”
Check out some of our favorite excerpts from Hana’s adorable interview…
Nylon Guys: You are at an incredibly successful point in your modeling career. Can you tell me a little about the campaigns you are in right now?
Hana: Thanks, I’m so lucky, and I’m having a blast. All of the campaigns were so much fun to shoot. I love that they’re all geared towards wellness. With both H & M Sport and Gap Fit I was able to incorporate my love of yoga and movement while shooting. I’m also proud to be part of the new Real Sexy campaign with Aerie that features girls of different sizes with no retouching. At first the idea of billboards of me in lingerie without photoshop gave me anxiety, but when I think about the message they’re sending to young girls, I’m honored to be part of a campaign with such a positive message.
Nylon Guys: You volunteer some of your time for non-for-profit organizations in Kenya and most recently Haiti. Can you tell me a bit about this experience?
Hana: Volunteering in other countries gives you an entirely new perspective on your own life and makes you grateful for what you’ve got, and when you’re grateful you’re happy. I’ve met the most interesting people and learned so much about their lives, their cultures, and also learned a lot about myself. In Kenya I work with an organization called Caring for Kids of Kenya which is geared toward aiding and educating Kenyan orphans, while in Haiti I have the privilege of working with The English Mind Institute, one of the few free and Haitian-run English schools in Port-au-Prince. The trip to Haiti was such a powerful experience, I’m headed back in June/July and bringing some friends along!
Nylon Guys: When it comes to guys, what qualities appeal to you most?
Hana: Integrity. Curiosity. Selflessness. Kindness. The desire to have a big, full life. Driven by more than just money, success and power. Okay with being uncomfortable. Passionate. Adventurous. Honest.
Nylon Guys: Do you have any romantic tips that might help a guy lure you in?
Hana: Hmmm. Ask her questions. Listen to her answers—I mean really listen, don’t just wait for your turn to talk. I’m big on random romantic acts: flowers for no reason, sweet little notes. I’m a fan of spontaneous, unexpected adventures. One of the most romantic things anyone has ever done for me was take me on a 24-hour adventure out of the city. I won’t go into detail but it was clear he put a lot of effort into the planning…it was very sweet. My cheeks hurt from the ridiculously stupid grin I had on my face the entire time.
Nylon Guys: In a few words can you share some outstanding qualities about yourself?
Hana: Big heart. Total spaz. Silly. Playful. Kind.
Model: Hana Mayeda
Interview and photos by Tina Turnbow