Gia Marie is totally fine with the term ‘ginger.’ Her auburn hair has always been something that she embraced, rather than a personal quality that made her self-conscious.
“I’ve only recently found out that some people aren’t comfortable with the word (ginger). I think it’s a cute little term. I’ve never seen it as anything other than that,” Gia, 29, said from her native California.
As Playboy’s November 2014 Playmate of the Month, Gia has joined the select group of red-haired beauties who have graced the centerfold of the famous men’s magazine.
When she’s not looking gorgeous in front of the camera, Gia keeps busy getting others ready for their close-ups as one of L.A.’s top makeup artists. She counts The Black Keys, Britney Spears and R. Kelly among her most famous clients.
Gia talked to us right before Halloween about her costumes, fan mail and which pro coaches need the most make-up help.
Busted Coverage: What was your Halloween costume? Is it more or less stressful to pick a Halloween costume as a Playmate? Were there any you ruled out?
Gia: “As a Playmate, there is a lot of pressure to choose an amazing — yet sexy — costume. As the ‘new girl’ in town, I didn’t want to be too outrageous, so I went with a Greek goddess costume for the Halloween party at the Playboy Mansion. It was well-received.”
“Of course, there (was) more than one party to go to, so I had to have other costumes lined-up. A few of my girlfriends and I (dressed) as characters from ‘Valley of the Dolls.’ I think we pulled it off (see gallery).”
You are sort-of a double agent: model and make-up artist. What’s the strangest thing you’ve seen during a shoot?
“Once I saw a pyro-technic effect blow-up in a guy’s face. It’s not as glamorous as the finished product. There are 15-hour days.”
You were in Sports Illustrated’s 50th Anniversary issue. Tell us about that.
“Yes, I was part of the ‘Happy Birthday’ layout; I was the ’60s girl in vintage swimwear. It was a fun experience.”
In your professional make-up artist opinion, which current sports head coach most needs make-up?
“I’m not the biggest sports fan, but I do go to hockey games, so I’ll have to say hockey coaches need the most help. They are always yelling, and they work a lot. They could use a little eye-mask to help them look a little fresher.”
What can guys do with make-up, yet retain their masculinity?
“They just have to remember not to do the drag-queen eye makeup. Go lightly to take care of those bags under the eyes. They shouldn’t wear as much makeup as their girlfriends.”
Which athletes and celebrities have you met since becoming a Playmate? Who has flirted with you the most?
“I haven’t really had that experience yet. The most interesting thing has been getting fan mail from guys in the U.S. Army and military who have searched me out to get me to sign the issue. It’s great.”
What do you love most about being a redhead?
“I love the attention of being a redhead, especially in Los Angeles. There are a lot of girls who color their hair, but it’s not the same as being a real redhead. Playboy is a great example. I know I’m one of the few Playmates to have natural red hair. That’s an honor.”
Has anyone ever asked you to change your hair color?
“Yeah, actually. I remember talking with a booking agent a while ago who said my hair was too washed out/too mustard-looking and that I’d never work as a red-head. Not everyone wants a ginger, I guess.”
“But I’ve stayed with it and here I am, so it all worked out.”
You mentioned in your bio that you used to sneak peeks at Playboys as a kid. What was your reaction?
“There was a definite ‘Wow!’ factor. These were vintage Playboys from the iconic 1960s and 1970s period, so they had much different lighting and photography. We tried to re-create a little of that in my pictorial. I think the look still resonates.”
The November 2014 issue of Playboy, featuring Gia Marie as Playmate of the Month, is on newsstands and iPlayboy.com now.