Niklas: Hi Dana,
lets start from the beginning.. What was it like growing up
in a small town in
North Carolina? Tell me a little bit about your
upbringing. Were you popular with the boys?
Niklas! Well, growing-up in North Carolina was the
best! Of course, it's all I know, but since becoming a model
I've been fortunate enough to have done an extensive amount
of traveling, so I've got a pretty good idea of what's out
there in terms of places to live. I happen to think NC was a
great place to grow-up.
Yes, I'm from a little
town of about 40,000 people, but it was a safe and
secure place to develop...lots of good people there.
I couldn't have asked for a better upbringing or a
better set of parents. I grew-up very middle
class...we weren't filthy rich, but we always had
everything we needed and most of what we wanted.
I attended a private
school where I was an average student, but I
definitely excelled in sports, fine arts, and of
course I was a social butterfly. My family and I
lived on a small horse ranch out in the rural
countryside. It was a very beautiful place with a
huge lake and horse stable. I was quite the
tomboy...I had every single animal you could imagine
from lizards and snakes to raccoons and birds. I
have always been an animal lover.
Just an average day in school for Dana!
As far as being popular with
the boys...my parents were strict. I didn't get out as
much as the other girls did as far as going to the local
hangouts, concerts, or school dances, etc... My parents
were wonderful and loving, but also very protective, so
they frowned upon too much mingling with boys. They
didn't even allow me to accept phone calls from boys
until I was 16. So, that was that, but apparently it
didn't bother me, because I never remember putting up a
fuss over it.
I was a pretty good
kid...I rarely talked back or stormed off to my room
crying. I just assumed they knew what was best...and
they did :) I became popular with the boys around
age 16, but I only wanted one boy. I was
conservative. I had a high school sweetheart, but he
was constantly fighting the others off, which made
his life hell at times. Good thing he didn't mind
fighting. Poor guy (Richard)...he is probably
Niklas: You said you got
into sports early, what motivated you to do that?
Dana: The thing is I was
always very coordinated from an early age. Physical
activities just came easy to me. In grade school I
was always the first one chosen for team sports. I
was a fast sprinter, I could catch, I could throw, I
could assist, etc... I've won countless trophies and
awards for my participation in volleyball, tennis,
softball, sprinting, weight training, etc... I was
skin and bones though. I was painfully skinny. My
metabolism was through the roof! I remember being in
8th grade and overhearing some boys talk about how I
was pretty in the face, but too skinny!!! Grossly
skinny!!! I would get a lot of rejection and it
really hurt my feelings.
Everyone wants to be
accepted, especially at that age. People would tell
"eat something", but I WAS eating. In fact, I
was a big eater, but nothing ever stuck. So, at 14
yrs old I started reading Muscle & Fitness Magazine.
I learned that it was possible to "sculpt" my body
the way I wanted it to look by adding muscle.
Obviously, it's not quite that easy, but to a 14 yr
old girl...it was a good start. So, around that time
I started training with weights :)
Niklas: How did
you get started with modeling? did you actively
pursue it or were you discovered?
I was discovered several times
over, but I always chose the path I wanted versus what
someone else thought I should do. I started fitness modeling
around age 17-18. Within the next few years I was landing
the covers of
MuscleMag International, American Curves, Muscular
Development, Planet Muscle, Fitness Rx, Ultimate Athlete,
etc... I've been published in more magazines than any other
fitness model to date :)
Niklas: What was it like
to be in front of the camera for the first time and what
sort of shoot was it?
I was nervous, of course. My
facial expressions wouldn't cooperate with my brain. I
probably looked like a deer caught in headlights. LOL!!! I
was 16 and I was shooting with a local photographer - just
some simple headshots :) I still have them...I had bleached
my hair blonde...I thought I looked cool! There was one shot
where I had some cleavage showing. My Mom didn't like that
Niklas: I bet everyone
else did though! What was the best and worst part of
fitness modeling and what made you move away from it?
The best part was meeting some
of the most wonderful people that are still my closest
friends to this day. The worst part was maintaining such a
gruelling diet and training in the gym 2 hours per session, 6
days per week. The stress your body endures while being a
working fitness model is definitely not healthy.
I got out of fitness
modeling for the most part because I had achieved
the highest honors any fitness model could possibly
hope for. I was featured on some many magazine
covers, sometimes two covers in one month, and in so
many layouts that there was no where else to go. I
had accomplished all the goals I'd once set for
myself. So, I felt it was time to move on to
something more mainstream while I was young and on a
hot streak. I'm very glad I did, because many more
doors were opened, which lead to bigger and better
I still do quite a
bit of fitness modeling for magazines, but now all
my work is published in
Europe where they actually pay well and
they're not overly obsessed with muscle. They
appreciate feminine curves on a woman's body.
Niklas: You've been in
pretty much all of the men's magazines like FHM etc, any
crazy shoots you especially remember? Best or worst
I've been very lucky to have
always worked with great people. I have mostly had positive
experiences. Photographers and models are always running it
and gunning it...in other words you may travel around a city
like a chicken with its head cut off looking for locations
to shoot. Make-up and hair are being done in a car while
scouting out the best places to stop and set-up. Of course,
the "best" places are always the toughest to get in, because
someone 'in charge' is eventually going to ask if you have a
permit to be there, etc... It's annoying. You get chased off
a lot, which is sometimes embarrassing or frustrating.
Models also deal with a lot of elements...wind, rain, heat,
clouds, sand, water, etc... It's not always easy, but I'd
sound stupid and ungrateful if I complained. LOL!!!
Angelina Jolie or Dana Hamm?
Niklas: How do you feel
about the constant comparison to
Angelina Jolie, is it just flattering or can it be
annoying at times?
It is very flattering, yes. I'm
a big Angelina fan from way back, but she has changed a lot
these days. I no longer see that much of a resemblance.
However, in some of her older movies I can see myself so
clearly in her at some particular angles. It's wild! I
definitely prefer her look from the
Tomb Raider movies when she was filled out with more
curves and darker hair. But she is still amazing and so
talented. I just wish she'd go back to playing crazy people.
She does that best!
Niklas: Well, I can only
speak for myself but for next Tomb Raider movie, I would
love to see you as Lara Croft! With the launch of your
website (DanaHamm.com) you've reached a whole new audience who might not
know you from your mainstream modeling, do you feel like
you've got more freedom with the types of photo shoots you
can do? Does it allow you to get sexier than what the
magazines normally allow?
Oh yes! I have no one telling me
what to do except me. It's wonderful!!! It's complete
freedom :) I love being a glamor model and controlling my
own website. I'd love to start a new category of model where
you can work in a wide variety areas without having to stay
strictly molded into one genre. I enjoy doing it all. I love
fitness, glamor, fashion, beauty, etc... I can do sexy, I
can do erotic, AND I can do conservative as well. I cannot
stand labels, especially when they truly don't fit.
Furthermore, in real life we are not ONE THING. You know?
You play different roles throughout the day to various
people. I don't want to be put into any one single category.
Niklas: You've posed
topless a few times, would you ever consider doing full
Will be nude!
Of course, but it's going to be
very special and very unforgettable. Very high end. Very
empowering. Very beautiful. I may do it for
Max Magazine this summer in Italy. Like I
mentioned above I don't want to get permanently labeled or
put into one category. Posing nude should be special and not
done on a regular basis.
Actually, I have never released
any topless or nude photos, but rather a few have been
leaked onto the Internet through carelessness or a breach in
our server's security. The truth is I have shot 1,000's of
nude images throughout my career, but I'm saving them for
that particular day I decide to release them on my website.
Right now, I enjoy being a tease, but I don't do it
Denise Milani style.
My members get access to a very
erotic style of tease, which doesn't leave too much to the
imagination. I wear a lot of sheer lingerie, which in my
opinion is extremely erotic and sexy...I have followed the
lead of many classic pinups in that way. They didn't get
naked and spread out on the bed, but they did tease their
viewers in a way which kept them coming back for more. I
realize my members are paying to join my site (DanaHamm.com), so I would
never insult them by doing the same song-n-dance tease each
update, no way. I keep it fresh and I enjoy keeping the
members constantly report to me about how happy they
are with the way my new site is progressing. My
looks and my website appeals to a specific class of
men and women. I have a lot of wealthy members who
work in high powered positions. Lots of
professionals. They appreciate my style of
entertainment and beauty, because I strive to keep
it upscale and classy.
Niklas: Do you feel that
doing nudes might hurt your mainstream career?
If the nudes are done
right...like I mentioned above, I do not believe it will
hurt my mainstream career. If I were to release a new set of
nudes each week, then yes, it would hurt me very much and
people would definitely label my work. However, I think
releasing a beautiful and tasteful set of nudes sporadically
would be fun!
Niklas: Are you pursuing
a career in movies as well? what sort of movies do you see
yourself doing? You don't strike me as someone who would be
satisfied as playing "sexy cheerleader #2"
Actually, I have been getting
scripts and casting rundowns for the last 3 years fairly
regularly. In 2008 I became friends with director
Michael Bay and he has offers me a few speaking roles
in his films as well. I was also offered a decent part in
the upcoming movie
Sex and the City II. The problem with me is I don't
live in LA. I live in
Columbus, Ohio. When you're called about appearing in
a film, they want you there within a 2 days notice. That is
often impossible for me, because I have a lot of animals and
it takes time to arrange for someone to care for them while
The other thing is...I will
never move to LA. It's just not my cup of tea out there. Too
superficial, too plastic. I like to surround myself with
genuine people. I don't constantly want to hear about acting
and modeling non-stop. I enjoy diversity :) Currently, I'm
in talks with a small film production company in Italy about
an upcoming movie where I will be playing a vixen who drives
a really fast classic car. I think it's going to be great!
Niklas: Wow, I like
vixens and I like fast cars so I cant wait to see that!
Anyways.. lets move on to talk about your boobs, this is
Boobie Blog after all.. size please?
Okay, good! As you know real
boobs alter in size according to body fat, but right
now I'm a 34DD. I have been exercising a lot this
spring and also sprinting in the park, but I hope to
maintain all my breast size :) The smallest I've
ever been was a 34D, but that was when I'd gotten
down to 117 lbs. I won't let that happen again, I
like my boobs big!
Yes, I've had big boobs since
the 11th grade!
Niklas: On the internet
being busty is an advantage, but as a magazine model was it
considered a good thing or a bad thing?
For the most part I think
naturally big boobs are always a good thing no matter what
the application, but when it comes to high fashion modeling
they definitely pose a threat and present a problem. Fashion
models can't be any bustier than 34B, and sometimes even
smaller is better. Big boobs do not fit into tailored
clothes very well. To the trained fashion eye they also take
away from the designs and the lines of clothes. Oh well, too
bad is what I say.
Niklas: Good thing I'm
not a fashion expert.. how do you feel about all the
attention your boobs gets you? Have they ever gotten you
For the most part I enjoy it and
find it flattering as long as people remain respectful and
considerate with their comments. Sometimes I think women are
just as interested in looking at them as men are. I catch
women checking them out all the time, which often surprises
me. However, people still tend to look at my face first and
then they move on down. I prefer it that way.
I'm sure my boobs have gotten me
into trouble at various points of my life, but I think
mostly with getting mainstream work. My face always gets me
in the door, and then my boobs get me kicked out. It's
unfortunate that people in high places are so afraid of
large breasts!!!! That's what I appreciate so much about
GUESS JEANS...as they put it they love big boobs,
especially when they are attached to an "beautiful iconic
face". I guess it's time for the rest of the fashion world
Niklas: On some of the
blogs including Boobie Blog people have compared you to
Denise Milani and
Jordan Carver, how do you feel about that and do you
have any relationship with them at all?
Call me crazy, but I had never
heard of Denise Milani until like 2008. I suppose we were in
different markets at the time and I just wasn't aware of her
until people kept messaging me on
MySpace saying that she and I were their "dreamgirls".
I would hear this over and over and over. People would
constantly put us in the same sentences or same category. I
didn't pay a lot of attention to it until she actually
emailed me and said she'd like to meet me sometime. We also
discussed doing a shoot together, but our schedules were
(EDITORS NOTE: at this point
in the interview Niklas actually passed out at the
possibility of a Denise/Dana combo)
From my experience, Denise is a
very nice and lovely person. Not to mention she is
absolutely gorgeous! There was a movie producer out of
Miami, FL that kept emailing me about being in one of
his films. Finally, we talked on the phone and he told me
that once he came up with unlimited funds, he would love to
hire me and Denise Milani to star in his movie. I finally
asked him why people kept thinking we were so much alike??
He said it was because we were both dark haired, classy,
beautiful, popular, and huge breasted. I guess I had never
really looked at it that way :)
As far as Jordan goes I don't
know her...she is new to me. All I can say is that she is a
striking woman and I wish her the best. I think some of the
fans might want to put us against one another just to create
some silly Internet controversy. It's only for the sake of
entertainment. Must be a lot of bored people out there :(
All I want to do is promote my website and let the world
know what I can provide for my members. I think Denise,
Jordan, and myself are certainly different from one another
in many ways. We have our own selective styles. We offer
fans and members distinctly different types of content.
Overall, I feel there is plenty of room out there for 100's
of busty models to be extremely successful...much least 3! I
plan to continue growing my website with each and every
passing week. My goal is to offer 10 updates per week by
August 2010. I advertise updating no less than 3 times per
week, but currently I'm adding about 6-7 updates per week.
My HD Video stock is really growing by leaps and bounds!
Lets do the Bernard Pivot
Niklas: What is your
"Yes"...when it's in the
Niklas: What is your
least favorite word?
"No"...when it's in the negative
Niklas: What turns you
Good company, yummy champagne,
great food, exotic vacations, shy men with sexy eyes,
intelligence, wit, the fireplace burning, good sense of
humor, fast cars, plush bedding, exquisite Italian
furniture, private jets, bubble baths, kissing, a good
romantic comedy, new stiletto shoes, new slinky dresses,
business success, marble floors, warm weather, nice strong
hands and forearms, full lips, a well-developed chest on a
manly rugged body, but not overly muscular, etc...
Niklas: What turns you
Liars, back-stabbers, jealousy,
cheapness, selfishness, fear, homebodies, laziness,
averageness, confusion, bad personalities, early mornings,
insomnia, complaining, being stuck in a rut, moochers,
hackers, thieves, big mouths, ignorance, freezing cold,
cheap linens, etc...
Niklas: What sound or
noise do you love?
I know this sounds cheesy, but I
love the sound of the ocean. It's so peaceful and relaxing.
It's the only sound I can think of that I really love
through and through. I also love the sound of birds
singing...it's always a sign of spring and warm weather!!!
Niklas: What sound or
noise do you hate?
Computer error noises....yuck!!!
Niklas: What is your
favorite curse word?
"Fuck", of course. It's fitting
for all occasions, but I try to use it with digression.
Niklas: What profession
other than your own would you like to attempt?
I would like to be a writer or a
TV chief. If those things weren't an option I'd have to be
selling something. I'm a very good salesperson.
Niklas: What profession
would you not like to do?
Anything mechanical would bored me
too death. I'd have to do something that would allow for
change and growth. Actually, I would not want to be a school
teacher either. That would wear me down very fast!
Niklas: If Heaven exists,
what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the
I sure hope he'll say welcome my
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