with Flora ivy / @floraivytv
Photography by Mike Cohen / @mikecohenphotos
PR: LA Media Group / @la.mediagroup
Such an absolute honor to have you on Playboy! Tell us about your daily schedule as a model, do you have a routine? It’s been a pleasure to have been photographed for Playboy, I feel very honored myself. It’s always very inspiring seeing the models that have graced your pages before, so it was very exciting for me to do this. I do have a little routine in my daily life… I love my mornings to be very health focused; breakfast, gym, etc. It makes me feel wholesome and sets me right for the day, then from midday it’s all work. So no bookings or plans before 12 please haha!
How do you like to begin your day? If it’s a nice day, I sit with my coffee outside and write in my Journal listening to the birds. I like to empty my head and write my thoughts and dreams out. I find this helps mentally and prepares me for my day. My favorite breakfast right now is Smoked salmon Bagels with salted whipped cream cheese so that comes swiftly next.
What are some of your biggest dreams you hope to achieve? Playboy was actually one of them, so thanks again for making this happen. I’ve wanted to build my own little retreat for some time. A style of Yin yoga, Kundalini and sound bathes. Bringing the peace and serenity I have found in these aspects of my life to others who would love to just unwind and de-stress. Help people connect with something deeper that leaves them feeling refreshed and happy. It’s quite beautiful to watch people glow after a session. Their inner smile has reappeared. I love it.
What helps you decompress and relax? Yoga really for me is life, I feel at home on my yoga mat and comes everywhere with me. It’s been an important tool for me with mental health and I believe in it. But I do also like to watch a good movie too with some good snacks and relax with friends and family.
Who has been the most influential person in your life and why? I wouldn’t say I have one influential person in my life. I have found inspiration from many things in my life, mostly from travel. Meeting new people from around the world from all different places and the amazing things they do. I feel you take a little wisdom from every person you meet. You can learn a lot by listening to others and just being quite reflective. Model-wise, I take a lot of influence from Burlesque stars Betty Page, Dita von Tease and Tempest Storm. I love the self-expression, story and art of tease. When they take their clothes off it’s art! And although I’m not an exotic dancer, I like to move very slow, seductive in this way for the camera. Revealing something, but never too much too quickly. Where would be the fun in that?
How romantic are you? Soooo romantic! Love being loved and i love hard back. I’m a giver and put so much energy into my partners or brief sexual encounters. So yes, for me candle-lit dinner dates, romantic walks and cuddling on the sofa with a movie. I like to snuggle, have my face held and be kissed in the rain. Love hearing someone else’s great love story too. I’m a sucker for love.
What is the most memorable date you’ve ever had? I have had a lot of small beautiful magical romances but there is one particular that stands out. It was a date to a garden center. Which sounds silly, but this guy had listened to what I loved and surprised me. I had not been long into my new home; it was just a big white empty space. And he filled it with plants! now that’s crazy romantic for me. He knew I missed jungle life traveling, knew I loved nature, and I wanted a base in England. My smile was so big, he made me very happy that day. I still have all these plants now and they are massive.
What was the biggest lesson from your worst breakup? People have always tried to change me or my job. And I think it sadly diminishes your personality and breaks you down. Don’t let anyone change who you are. You are beautiful as you are, only you know yourself when to change and grow. And listen to your intuition, it’s very on point. Be strong!
Would you rather be loved, respected, or admired? Admiration would be nice for just being my true self and being kind to others. And then I believe respect comes with that. I would always treat people how I want to be treated.
Are you a city traveler or nature explorer? Nature explorer!!! Call me Flora the explorer. I love being immersed in forests finding waterfalls & creatures. Love animals almost too much… always get told off for trying to make friends with lizards and monkeys when I’m away. When I’m not traveling, I’m at my little sanctuary of tropical plants that fill my home and, in my garden, back in England.
What’s on your travel bucket list? Ooo so many places I would love to see but the top 3 right now is Costa Rica, just for pure nature and environment. Japan I would love to go in spring to see the cherry blossom and eat the food. And some little places in Switzerland with lakes and mountains. I have been lucky enough to have travelled a fair bit with modelling and also other work, I used to be an air hostess for a while. I am very grateful to have traveled so much and meet lots of people from around the world.
Where can our readers catch up with you and stay updated with your work? I do post regularly on social media. You can find me on Instagram at @floraivytv. Come join me on my adventures and see all the pretty lingerie I wear. I’m a sucker for pretty embroidery, fine lace, and stockings. I have such a big collection so it’s a combination of travel and pretty knickers. Also, I have my Twitter where I mostly like sharing my daily thoughts. Come find me and let’s connect.