Destination MAXIM: SAMOA
MAXIM Australia|May 2020
Fourteen days, twelve of our gorgeous models and one epic luxury resort. Thanks to Samoa Airways, this is how MAXIM does the “Cradle of Polynesia”…

Halfway between New Zealand and Hawaii, is one of the South Pacific’s hidden gems — Samoa. With only a small amount of tourism, arriving to Samoa was like a step back in time — back to a simple time where food is fresh, the people are friendly and the waters are clear.

We were greeted with a sincere and genuine welcome at the airport and again at Taumeasina Island Resort. Our immediate switch into “island time” was an unexpected part of our arrival into a, what felt like, secret new world. There simply is no need to rush in Samoa. It was like a new calm energy that took over our group and we quickly learned that the priorities of the people are focussed on family and quality of life in a way that you do not see often when travelling to glamorous destinations. We didn’t realise that our island getaway was going to give us so much more than amazing pictures and incredible tans. It seems the spirit of Samoa is focussed on celebrating the simple things in life and this taught us a lot during our stay.

The traditions and culture of Samoa were demonstrated with pride throughout our stay at Taumeasina. Whether it’s the local foods or the evening entertainment in the form of fire dancing or local singers, we were constantly reminded of the islands beauty and its people. There is just something incredibly unique about the people of Samoa which is difficult to describe. Their authentic pride and commitment to service made us feel at home immediately. Every person we encountered simply wanted us to love their country as much as they do and nothing was too much trouble for them to do to make our stay enjoyable. Walking onto a deserted beach or incredible waterfall and having it all to yourself is not a unique experience in Samoa. It happened to us time and time again. The fact is there are so many picturesque beaches and crystal waterfalls and so few people that it’s almost guaranteed. It was a feeling of privilege to explore the island and its beautiful jungles and lush landscapes without ritzy attractions and large resorts. Traffic delays due to coconut harvesting above the roads or random families of a mother pig and her piglets wandering along the beach tracks were the norm and all part of the experience.

The To-Sua Ocean Trench is something that needs to be seen to be believed. For once, the super hyped destination actually delivers and looks exactly like the postcards or something out of a movie set. The experience of swimming in this beautiful turquoise natural pool was pure magic. Our resort had endless activities including snorkelling with the local wildlife, sailing, kyaking and much more.

The feasts of incredible seafood that had been caught each day or fresh produce, grown locally will not be easily forgotten. We lost track of the fresh coconut consumption and the bar staff didn’t disappoint in the cocktail department. Food is an important part of the Samoan culture and large meals are non-negotiable and definitely needed after our long days exploring. Needless to say, it was a sad day when our two weeks in paradise came to an end. A massive thank you to the amazing Samoa Airways for getting the team there safely and back. We will never forget our time on this friendly island and hope to return soon.

Tiffany

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I was born and raised in New York, half in the city and half countryside, and started participating in pageants around age eight. After graduating from college I chose to further pursue modelling and also focus on the things that truly make me happy which include travel, time with my loved ones and constantly learning from others.

Are there any other funny anecdotes you can share about this Destination MAXIM photo shoot?

Learning all the quirky Aussie slang from the other girls. I’m still laughing inside.

What is your best asset?

I’m always smiling or laughing so I’d say my smile. Otherwise, my best asset is being able to adapt to any social environment and staying cultured.

When do you feel sexy?

After a good workout at the gym and any time I’m in front of the camera. Both give me a sense of adrenaline and the best confidence boost.

What would people be most surprised to know about you?

Being the clumsiest girl in the world, I’m pretty surprised I’ve never broken a bone or sprained anything!

What’s the scariest thing that’s happened to you on a photo shoot?

Aside from multiple nip-slips in public, being washed away by beach waves and encounters with bugs swarming my face, I’ve had an island pig attempt to bite me in the butt. Sometimes BTS can be the funniest moments.

What do you look for in a man?

Chemistry is number one, someone ambitious who can make me laugh and be able to handle my sassy side. Being able to hold a conversation with my circle of friends and family is always a plus, too.

What’s the weirdest thing someone has sent you via social media?

My DM: “Hey, Sexy Lady, I’d pay to lick your beautiful armpit”.

STATUS UPDATE

NAME: Tiffany Kelley

BORN: March 24, 1994

HOMETOWN: New York, New York USA

LIVES: New York, New York

FIVE-WORD SELF- DESCRIPTION: “Optimistic, quirky, ambitious, kind and FUN!”

HOBBIES: “Hiking, travelling, exploring new restaurants, exercising and long walks with my furry baby Jillybean.”

PHOBIA: “Dark and enclosed spaces.”

GO-TO DRINK: “One spicy margarita — sugar rim, please!”

HANGOVER CURE: “A glass of Pedialyte, a bowl of ramen and two Advils.”

LIFE MOTTO: “Never settle for mediocracy. Learn what makes you happy and pursue those things relentlessly.”

INSTAGRAM: @tiffany_kelley_

Janine

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Although I’m just 21 Years old, I believe I have the wisdom of an elder. I grew up with my two older brothers and one older sister. They had all left by the time I was 16. Until now, I’ve been the sole provider for my mother – unfortunately, my father passed away when I was eight. I’ve been blessed with a job after job from the age of 14 and have not stopped working since. From hospitality to retail careers, I’m incredibly lucky to have had opportunities every year. I’m currently in my second year of a Bachelor of Nursing program, and hope to continue into psychiatry, but I’ve always wanted to be a model and MAXIM has allowed me this opportunity.

What do you do when you’re not posing for MAXIM?

I’m influencing positive mental health. I believe throughout your life, no matter what is happening, you should put forward your purpose.

What is your best asset?

My personality – I think it shines through, allowing me to show who I really am. I think personality shines through photoshoots and the more positive you are the better your results.

When do you feel sexy?

I feel sexy due to my confidence, whether it is certified or not. The way you believe in yourself is the way others will see you.

Describe your ideal man?

In a man I look for respect and humour. If you entail both of these qualities you’ve got it in the bag.

Would you ever date one of your social media followers?

I definitely would date one of my followers. In this day and age social media is the epitome of getting to know each other until you get to know each other in person. We are blessed with the technology of today and should be so grateful for the opportunity.

What’s next for you?

I’m young and have the world at my feet. I hope to continue studying and eventually make an impact on society in the mental health sense. I would really love to continue modelling and acting but whatever God has in place for me I will accept and keep driving myself for better.

STATUS UPDATE

NAME: Janine Patricia Saker

BORN: December 2, 1998

HOMETOWN: Dandenong, Vic

LIVES: Pakenham, Vic

FIVE-WORD SELF- DESCRIPTION: “Funny, positive, encouraging, kind and humble.”

HOBBIES: “Painting, gym, mental health advocacy and spending time with family and friends.”

PHOBIA: “Enclosed spaces.”

GO-TO DRINK: “Amaretto Sour – unfortunately it takes a little long to make but it’s definitely worth the refreshing taste.”

HANGOVER CURE: “Have another drink, a coconut with vodka and something solid to eat. You know what they say, if you don’t stop, the hangover doesn’t happen.”

LIFE MOTTO: “Continue. No matter what you go through you are still blessed with life and that is much more than most others are blessed with.”

INSTAGRAM: @enina_jsaker

SNAPCHAT: janinesaker

Katie

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’ve always had two passions – animals and modelling. Growing up in Los Angeles, I did a lot of modelling. My mum owned her own promotional modelling company and was a model herself, so she knew the industry well and taught me a lot. Modelling as a kid was so much fun and it taught me to have thick skin while my confidence also skyrocketed. Although I enjoyed modelling, I wanted to do more with animals. So, I ventured a couple hours north for my bachelor’s degree, where I studied Animal Science. After receiving my degree, I moved to Australia to work at an Animal Conservation. I finally made my way back to sunny California, where I currently live and still model part-time while also volunteering at animal shelters.

Are there any other funny anecdotes you can share about this Destination MAXIM trip?

I ate tons of dessert and drank a pitcher of beer before one of my shoots because I was unaware there was an upcoming group shot to be done. I felt a bit sick, and slightly tipsy – whoops!

What is your best asset?

Legs! Thank you mother for my long legs. Also, my brain – smart girls rock!

When do you feel sexy?

Any time I’m in heels – they resemble confidence. Whether it’s for date night, girls’ night out or at a photoshoot, I jump at the opportunity to put on a pair of heels. I also secretly wish I was taller – the taller the heel, the better.

What do you look for in a man?

Intelligent, athletic, driven and family-oriented.

Describe your ideal date?

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