Nina Agdal had quite the road to stardom.
"English was my worst subject in school," she recalls of landing in Miami, Florida, at age 18. "I was very shy about saying anything and was so scared. I landed with $40 and a little piece of paper with the address for the model apartment."
She may have been shy as a teen, but Agdal is more than confident on the Maxim cover, appearing topless underneath a blush-colored leather jacket.
Then again, the Danish beauty has had lots of practice showing skin for the camera. In 2012, Agdal snagged the first of several appearances in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue and earned the publication’s Rookie of the Year honor. By 2013, she had scored a Super Bowl commercial for Carl’s Jr.
As she continues working her way up the ranks in the modeling world, Agdal has already reached a financial milestone in the form of her own New York City apartment.
"It's the only place I can be by myself and not feel lonely," she adds, noting that the purchase is her biggest accomplishment of the last year.
While her Oscar-winning boyfriend isn’t mentioned in the interview, Agdal does share tidbits on her laid-back approach to dating.
"I think Danish girls might be a little more chill -- at least, that's what I've heard from people who've also dated American girls," she says. "I hear some of my friends talk about how you shouldn't be doing that or wearing that yet. You know, 'It's only the fourth date,' or whatever. I'm not like that. I don't keep track."