October 25, 2021

‘LL: So you went from being a student to a sexpot. How did life change?
Raquel: This is how much my life changed: I had never even been on an airplane before [appearing in] Playboy. Now I was being sent across the country to host events. My first assignment was in Denver and it was my first trip ever, at age 24. I also never thought I had this talent for being on television, for hosting, for radio; it was all new to me.

‘LL: Latino families can be very traditional/conservative when it comes to sexuality. How did yours react to your new status?
Raquel: My family is very open-minded and very liberal in their ways of living and thinking. My parents are both very open-minded. My dad has always been a Playboy fan even though everyone always says they read it for the articles – he really does like it for the articles. It’s really amazing how different my family is from everyone else’s. I’m actually very grateful I was raised liberal.

‘LL: Do you have plans to go back to school now that you have this new career?
Raquel: I definitely want to finish because education is something no one can take away from you. One day I will be older and there will be a new face, a new “it” person and I have to move on. So I have to have my plan B, which is biochemistry, which I love. It’s another passion of mine so I will make sure to finish my degree for that.

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Navani Otero is a New York City based multi-media journalist. Her work has been published in The New York Post, Latina, XXL Magazine, In Touch Weekly, msnNOW and MTV News. The self-professed music junkie splits her free time helping out on The Heavy Hitters Radio Show on SiriusXM and mentoring aspiring teen writers. You can read her observations on life at www.navaniknows.com.

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