It's a Guy Thing

East Coast’s Finest!

with Nickie Bradford

Photography by Ben Ray / @benrayphoto

Meet East Coast fitness and glamour model Nickie Bradford who spends most of her free time at the gym or outside enjoying the beach and nature. She loves to travel with her family and spoiling her two chihuahuas.

Happy to have you featured on FHM! Tell us, what are some of the things you did to prepare for this shoot? There’s always the usual fitness and upkeep to prepare for any shoot. For this shoot specifically, there was more focus on the location, weather, and having everything available for touch-ups. It’s much harder to touch up your makeup and wardrobe on a beach versus a studio.

You’ve got an amazing figure and beauty about you, we’re keen to know what you would say is your favorite physical feature about yourself and why? I would have to say my smile is my favorite feature about myself. It’s effortless to show off and the feature I get the most compliments on no matter what I’m wearing.

Being a glamorous model must have its perks, what are some of the most memorable experiences in your career? It definitely does have its perks! I’ve had the opportunity to shoot with some pretty amazing exotic and luxury cars that most people never get to see. I would say the most memorable is being styled in designer gowns with jewelry and shoes. I do love to dress up!

What would you say sets you apart? I would say what sets me apart from some of the others in the industry is that I’ve been blessed with such a great support system around me from the beginning. I’ve been lucky enough to always have someone on set with me to help with everything I need and professionals in the industry putting in their own time to help me achieve new opportunities.

On the topic of men, what were the complete best, and worst first impressions you’ve got on a first date? Luckily I’ve never had any really bad experiences. I would say the most disappointing is when you think you’ll immediately hit it off with someone and that doesn’t happen. I’ve only had one first date when the attraction was there but there’s no common interests. Of course, the very best was not expecting anything to come after the first date and it turns out great!

What would you say is the most surprising thing about you that not many people know? I think people are most surprised when they find out that I’m from a VERY small rural town.

If you had to choose, would you say money and wealth determines success, or is it one’s personal achievements and happiness? In my opinion, personal achievements and happiness are the true measures of success. It’s much more challenging to set a goal and to achieve it and money has no value to me if I’m not happy with what I’m doing.

On a more personal level and in an ideal world, where do you see yourself in five or ten years’ time in terms of family life, career, or both? In five years I hope to have the opportunity to shoot with some of the international photographers that I admire when traveling isn’t as difficult. There are still some publications that I would like to achieve in the near future. In ten years I think I’ll have a bigger family and I’ll be helping a smaller version of me achieve his or her interests and dreams.

2020 was a challenging year for us all. What advice would you give to other models or aspiring models out there in light of all the challenges faced? My advice during these challenging times would be to set your goals and don’t give up! You can achieve anything if you’re willing to dedicate the time and work to get there.

Any final words to our readers on what to expect from you this year? I hope everyone enjoys my feature and photos! It was a great day shooting and I had a great time! I have a few things planned for 2021 that the readers are going to be excited to see so stay tuned!

Want to see more of Nickie? Then follow her journey on Instagram @1tz_nickie for all her latest news and story updates!