Model Melissa Cuc may be from a small town in the Black Forest, but the sandy blond stunner has left her mark on nearly every corner of the globe—North Pole not included. And whether she's chilling out on a Manhattan rooftop, strolling the high fashion streets of Milan, partying at Coachella, or soaking up the sun's warmth on some faraway beach, Cuc brings her adventurous spirit and easy-going smile to every situation. Her Insta-feed is packed with sunny beaches, relaxing "summer in the city" scapes, and a ton of bikinis—just the thing you want to see during some afternoon social media escapism. We caught up with her in New York for a quick chat, you can catch up with her wherever you are by simply pressing follow.
Where are you right now?
I'm at a casting right now for Marie Claire.
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in south of Germany in a little town near Stuttgart. It's in the Black Forest. It's very cute and picturesque.
If you weren’t a model, what career would you pursue?
As I'm from a doctor's family and my parents, my brother and even his wife are all in medicine. So, I'd probably go that way as well. I'm interested in dermatology and would go in the direction of cosmetics.
What is your mantra? (If you don't have one, make one up. We'll wait.)
My Mantra is: I carry the sun in my heart. It means that you make yourself super happy with that and not only that but you spread the light you have inside of you also to the outside and share it with the world.
Where have you never been but want to go?
I've never been in the jungle of Papua New Guinea. I'm a wild spirit. My sign is an Aries so i love adventure and new things. The jungle would be something super inspiring for me to see. Another place I'd like to see is the North Pole which is another extreme but such an adventure as well and I actually hate the cold but I would love to see the sky colors of the North Pole when it shows its beauty at night. That must be fascinating.
Do you read the comments?
Sometimes I read the comments sometimes not. It depends if its something negative I stop because I don't need negative energy around me. Most of the people are super sweet though.
What is the craziest thing you’ve done on a shoot?
The craziest thing I've done on a shoot was being the whole day in ice cold water in the middle of the winter in Australia (it can get really cold there). We were shooting a fitness commercial at the Bondi Iceberg Club and they had to heat me up in a steam room every few minutes. It was also the most beautiful experience as well as we shot very early in the morning and the pool nearly connects with the ocean and suddenly we saw dolphins jumping out the waves super close to us.
How do you spend your time off?
When I have time off I looove to sleep for a very long time. And then I usually work out with my best friend (because I don't like working out alone). I cant wait to see my family and friends when I have free time. I would pack them all in a car and go to the beach or do a BBQ in the park and enjoy the time together. I love being outside with them!
What is your most prized possession?
My most prized possession is definitely my family. I'm super close to every single one of them we have a great connection. My dad, mom and brother are like my best friends to me.
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