Sizzling Hot Kay Manuel

with Playboy Denmark May 2024 cover star Kay Manuel / @officialkaymanuell

Photographer Aaron Chan Chui / @mrchanchui

MUA Agnes @agnestheartist

PR Company Ratnip Productions & @centerfoldstalentagency

We’re happy to have you featured on Playboy! Can you give us a bit of a background on your career as a model and where it all started? It’s been a long journey, I never saw myself getting into modeling. Not even as a child. When people ask what you want to be when you’re older, I always say doctor because I was obsessed with the medical shows on television. It all started in the back of a classroom when I was 18 with only fans. That was the first ‘form’ of modeling I started with, then it progressed further and further booked my first modeling shoot for free with a photographer, and was addicted. Best addiction to have in my mind! Now it has a snowball effect, more opportunities opening up being featured in Forbes magazine for entrepreneurship and modeling etc, TV appearances, and a lot of radio coverage.

Having a full schedule must make it difficult for you to get much alone time, talk to us about the top 3 must-dos to ensure you fit in some well-deserved downtime. You are correct, it doesn’t come easy. Balancing a work and personal life is tough. Sometimes I still feel like I need to work on it. The biggest must-do for me is at least once a day whether it’s before bed or when I wake up. Reflect on what I’ve achieved, where I started, and now where I am. Sometimes I feel like I haven’t done enough when there are so many people who could only dream of the position and opportunities I have been blessed with. Secondly, I’d have to say a must is nutrition and sleep. This is something that is something major that sometimes I believe, gets overlooked. Not looking after your physical self impacts you so much mentally. It’s crazy how much it does impact when you aren’t looking after yourself. Even something as simple as 20 minutes of cardio changes everything! Lastly for me a strong support network goes a long way. They can always hear it in my voice or even in something as minuscule as how I word something on a social media post, my friends pick up on it and tell me to sit down and chill the f*ck out. They know how hard I work, that I don’t like to stop and I’m so driven to do as much as I can day in and day out.

What does it mean for you to be seen as a strong, intelligent, ambitious woman? It truly means a lot to me. I never cease to amaze myself with what I can achieve. I wouldn’t want myself to be seen in another other light. Physical looks are fantastic but I think that as a society we are starting to realize how attractive it is to have those characteristics. I surround myself with people of the same caliber so it helps me to reach my fullest potential.

What are some of the biggest misconceptions people have about what you do? As time goes on I believe the misconceptions are changing about modelling and the adult industry as a whole. Definitely the main misconception and I’d even say stereotype would be that we are all ‘dumb’ and ‘haven’t worked a day in our lives’. I definitely wouldn’t say we are the hardest working people out there because that’s immeasurable. Working 80-90 hours a week, constantly putting strain on the body is something that a lot of different industries do and ours is no different. Now the ‘dumb’ part of the biggest misconception I can’t speak for everyone but all of the beautiful women I have met so far in my career have been the most driven, business-minded people I’ve met. Seriously, I’ve met people from all walks of life and the fact of the matter is most of us strive to break that idea. It drives us harder the more people think about it.

What does freedom of self-expression mean to you? Well, it means exactly that. Freedom. Something that others still struggle to do every day. It’s something I often take for granted living in a Westernized country. To be able to speak my mind/opinion and it is okay, whether others share the same or they don’t. I am able to do so without fear of persecution or consequence.

We absolutely love your Instagram, your content is very dynamic, inspirational, and downright sexy, could you perhaps tell us what your personal experience as an influencer has been like? I have always had a passion for social media. I remember being 12 years old and secretly creating a Facebook account to post pictures on when I wasn’t allowed to haha. Sorry dad! Basically from that age onwards, I knew that social media was my thing. Creating things that grabbed people’s attention and shoved me into the limelight. ‘Influencing’ just came with part of the ambition. I share things and people either love it or they hate it but I share my own journey and everything I love. Trying to use social media as a positive tool rather than a negative is an ongoing issue in our society today. In saying that, there is always going to be and has been negative connotations to what I do. As I stated not everyone agrees with what you do or how you say something and that’s something I deal with constantly. When put into situations where people look up to you there is always constant ‘constructive’ feedback people are giving you on what you’ve done or said when it’s never been asked for.

3 things that you can’t go a day without. 3 things I can’t go without. Mmmm. The gym is first on this list. Without it / without exercise it’d go crazy! I like to look after myself, as I mentioned earlier even if it’s something as little as 20 minutes. I’ve gotten my blood pumping and it’s a great way to start the day. Secondly would have to be as simple as a phone call to my grandma, honestly, she keeps me so grounded. Whenever life is crazy and things are flying left right and center she is always there to be the traffic controller and calm me down. Keeps me remembering where I came from and where I am headed. My favorite saying is “Rome wasn’t built in a day!”.

What about those crazy DMs you must receive? Care to share a few funny stories regarding those? Where do I start? The same line is normally repeated constantly in my dms “Can we film together?!”, I’ve had loads of influential people say the same thing too with one request.. If their face can be hidden. I find it funny that I’ve actually got sexual content with athletes and even 1 rapper signed with a major record label.

Now we’re sure you experience a lot of male attention on and offline, any advice you would like to give to men out there who are hoping to catch your eye the right way? Classy is in and sleazy is out! Let’s take it back a decade or two when you had a real-life conversation with a woman and asked her out on a date and don’t worry about paying for us both! I have my own money but for a man to take the initiative to ask is a huge green flag and gives a lot of brownie points in my opinion.

What is the absolute worst thing a man can do to completely put you off? The absolute worst thing a man can do that is going to change my whole outlook on him and put me off is lie. It sounds very cliche but if I can’t trust you then what’s the point? I think one thing that can be a struggle is honesty, be honest and don’t lie to me about your intentions whether it has to do with something as big as your feelings for me within a relationship or even what you want for dinner. Just because I want steak for dinner doesn’t necessarily mean you want it to and that’s okay! I don’t even believe in ‘white lies’.

That said, what advice would you have to give to all women out there when it comes to love and relationships? I think so far within my experience and past relationships, I’m the last person to give any advice but what I’ve learned so far is that ‘what will be will be’ and the same ‘everything happens for a reason’. You’ll never stop the other person from cheating, If they want to do it then they will. Recently I have learned that trying to keep control of everything in your life just inside attainable, doesn’t work. Trust me I’ve tried and failed…I’m probably going to look back at this article and say “damn I really need to start taking my own advice lol”.

Thank you so much for sitting down with us and letting us get to know you! Any last words for our readers out there? I’ve had a lot of fun sharing my insight into these questions, I’d like to finish off with something that I have learned during my short time on this earth. Remember at the end of the day you are your own person, you’re the only one that’s going to be there for you. Your boyfriend now might not be there in a few year’s time, maybe not even tomorrow. They say family is forever… not for some people. Make sure you always look after yourself and never depend on anyone else. Ever. Create the life you want to live and don’t wait for anyone.