As we post this, it’s Valentine’s day again, when singles everywhere either know how sad their life is or how lucky they are to avoid the aftermath of a drained wallet. Either way, if you feel like you need someone to provide some warmth for you this cold Valentine’s day, we have you covered. Nelly Chavez, a Peruvian hottie, is here to provide you with that much needed space to fill that empty void you call a heart. We met Nelly at SEMA in Las Vegas last year while we were trying to make the most out of our time with our expensive hotel room. Wait, that doesn’t sound right; we meant we were looking for a model to work with. We were lucky enough to have met her while she was working a booth. Numbers were exchanged and our last minute shoot turned out to be a success. We couldn’t have done it without her though, due in part to her professionalism and just her being an all around nice gal. And no we’re not trying to sugarcoat stuff here, she really is that nice. Thankfully for you readers (if people actually read this), Nelly is not as bitter as we are when it comes to life. Read on below and see what she has to say. And no Nelly, we’re not allergic to shrimp.
1. The first time we met you was at SEMA 2013. How did you start your modeling career?
I actually started by taking pictures on the beach just for fun with one of my friends’ photographers. I didn’t know if I was any good at it, but they really believed in me and encouraged me. They told me that I was doing a great job, but I always doubted myself; you know how you can always be your worst critic! But when I saw my final photos, I was pleasantly surprised at how they came out and ever since that day, I knew it was something I wanted to pursue.
2. We know that you gogo dance as well. What would you tell people who consider gogo dancing the same thing as being a stripper?
Well one thing’s for sure, I don’t get naked and if I was a stripper, I would definitely be making way more money, but people are always entitled to their own opinion and I don’t judge. I feel that they are both an art form in their own way.
3. Have you ever had money thrown at you while gogo dancing? Any memorable moments that you’ve encountered while gogo dancing, like creepy dudes or dirty old men?
Yes, I’ve had people throw money at me while dancing. I must say, it still feels a little strange sometimes because I feel those are the same people that think we’re just like strippers, but you will always have those people that go one step further and think they can touch you when they’re not allowed to and just know I’m not a fan of that at all. Luckily that’s why we have security and if something like that does happen, you can always notify them and they’ll take care of the problem because nobody likes feeling uncomfortable at their job.
4. What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done?
One thing that comes to mind is when I went to Lake Havasu in Arizona. I’m a big adrenaline junkie; I love anything that gets my blood pumping. I decided to go cliff jumping off one of the highest cliffs in Havasu; looking up at the cliff it didn’t seem so bad, but once you’re up there, looking down, it’s a whole different story and I was certainly scared. My whole body was shaking and I was terrified I wouldn’t jump as far as I needed to and end up scratching my entire back going down the rocks, but I said “F it!” and did it any way. It felt like I was falling forever but once I hit the water it felt amazing.
5. What can you share about yourself that would be hard for someone to believe?
One thing that is hard for people to believe is, they would never think that I used to be overweight; they feel I have always looked exactly the same but that is far from the truth. It’s been a struggle and a journey to be where I am at today but I don’t take it for granted. I don’t know why some people like making fun of overweight people. They’re just people like everybody else. They hurt the same just like you and me, but I am thankful for my experiences and obstacles that I have encountered because I feel I am so much stronger now. Once people have kicked you when you’re down, you learn to be resilient and you can overcome anything people throw at you. It’s kind of paid off because in this industry, people will rip you apart for not looking a certain way because you’re in the public eye. People weren’t always so nice to me and I was definitely made fun of because of my weight, but it showed me that it’s whats on the inside that counts about a person. One thing is for sure, looks fade and when you’re old and wrinkly all you are left with is your personality, and you just have to ask yourself, who’s gonna wanna be around you when you’ve got nothing else.
6. Being of Peruvian decent, do you know how to cook any Peruvian dishes? If so, could you cook us some Lomo Saltado?
I do know how to cook Peruvian food actually! And of course I can cook for you guys some delicious Lomo Saltado, but if I was joining, we might have to switch it up to some Camaron Saltado, because I’m sorry to say that I’m guilty of being a shrimp lover and since I’m cooking, I’m deciding whats going in the food, but you’ll love it either way! Unless anyone’s allergic, then we might have a problem!
7. What’s a normal day like for Nelly Chavez? What do you do for fun on your spare time?
A normal day for me would be to try to wake up early unless I’ve worked the night before; then I won’t be up till 12PM. I usually like to be up by 9AM, then go hit the gym and maybe try to fit in a hiking session to clear my mind. I really do enjoy working out and being active in my spare time. I also love video games; I still have my original Nintendo and it’s still one of my favorite consoles to play with. I also enjoy some light reading and when that gets boring I start working on e-mails and finding new projects I can work on.
8. If luck would have it, we might finally get off our asses and post your interview just in time for Valentine’s day. If that’s the case, what would be your ideal Valentine’s day?
My ideal Valentine’s Day would be spending it with the person I care about. I would love to wake up to some surprisingly beautiful flowers and breakfast in bed, then find a note saying “Just Pack A Bikini” and find an envelope that has two tickets to Hawaii and leaves by 4PM that day! Then I’d get picked up in a town car, get driven to the airport, and my special someone would be waiting for me with flowers in hand as I get out of the car. The plane would take off with no delays (because you know how airports can be sometimes). And that is was I would call my ideal Valentine’s Day!
9. What do you look for in a guy physically? Mentally? Anything in particular?
Physically, they have to have a great smile that’s contagious because I love to smile and laugh. Mentally they’d have to be goal oriented; I want someone that has their head on straight and can also deal with my profession. I know it may not be easy to deal with certain guys flirting or leaving provocative comments; it just comes with the territory. but they would have to understand that if I’m with them, I’m only with them.
10. How was your experience working with us? Let’s rephrase that; what went through your mind when you went inside a Vegas hotel room with three guys waiting for you?
First of all I thought, “this better not be a set up!” LOL; but working with you guys was a blast of course! I never once felt uncomfortable at all and that’s very important to me. To be in this industry you have to be pretty good at weeding out the weirdos, which you guys certainly weren’t, but I did do my research on your company first and everything seemed legit, nothing that threw me off, so I went for it. The fact that there was another girl in there before me made everything that much better!
11. We noticed that you are the proud owner of a pitbull, which tend to get a bad rap in the media as murderous zombie dogs on steroids. What would you tell people who fear these beautiful dogs?
I would tell them that it’s not the dog, but the owners. Your dog is the outcome of what it experiences at home. A dog is pretty much like a child; you have to love them, nurture them, and teach them right from wrong. It’s a lot of work but well worth it, and best of all they love you more than they love themselves! What more can you ask for?
12. Any last words for your fans?
All I can say is “Thank You!” for your kind words and your belief in my work, and don’t forget to check out my brand new website at www.whoanellychavez.com