HOW HOT IS JESSICA BURCIAGA?
WORDS Glenn Anderson
Jessica Burciaga has always known how to go in for the kill. Like when she first started modeling—the dazzling California native zeroed in on the target and has been burning up the pages of magazines ever since—most recently landing the title of Playboy’s Miss February. So far, she’s loving every minute of it—especially the part where she gets to meet handsome magazine writers like me. You don’t have to impress Jessica Burciaga with your bling. All this Mexicana needs to keep her smiling is sunshine, a pristine beach, and a delicious cocktail. Just don’t try to come on too strong. Jessica’s got a mean left hook and she’s not afraid to use it. Trust me, my nose still hurts.
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What nationality are you?
My dad is Mexican, so I’m half Mexican, and my mom is French and Irish.
Which do you most strongly identify with?
If I just had to pick one, I’d say Mexican. I feel closer to that part. I’m closer to my dad’s side of the family and everything’s Mexican: the food, the family.
Which do you think works the most in your favor with the guys?
Mexican of course! [Laughs] Guys love Latinas. But they like that I have an exotic name. That works to my advantage in modeling also, because I can appeal to different types of people.
I hear you love the beach. What is it about the ocean that attracts you to it?
I don’t know if it’s so much the ocean itself. I love the smell of the beach, and I just love to lay out and get a tan. I love warm weather and just being able to hang out in a bikini with a margarita.
How long have you been modeling?
I’ve modeled since I was…well, it’s probably been almost two years.
Do you like it?
I love it!
What do you like most?
I love how it allows me to travel. My modeling has taken me to places like Hawaii. I’ve been able to go to a lot of cool places and meet a lot of cool people.
Are your parents supportive of your modeling?
Oh yeah, totally. My mom is really, really supportive. She takes anything I model in and puts it in her purse. Her and my grandma, any time they go to the post office or something, they’ll be showing people in line. My grandma will be like, “Look at her, she’s so hot.” [Laughs]
Has modeling allowed you to meet any celebrities?
I was asked this question in another interview. I actually gave the celebrity’s name and he ended up reading what I said about him. But then he tried to contact me to try to go out with me. I thought he was really hot. But I thought it was crazy because he had a wife or something—yet he still tried to contact me. I was like, uhh…no.
Well you gotta give him an A for effort. So, what’s the most memorable experience you’ve had modeling?
Can I give two? [Laughs] The first would have to be my first modeling job ever. I’d never really taken a headshot in my life, then suddenly I had this big thing. It was my first time ever on a plane. First time going to New York, first time I’d ever been out of California. They had a limo pick me up and the limo driver was holding up my name. I was just like, “Oh my God!”
The second most memorable was my recent trip to Hawaii. It’s the most beautiful place I’ve ever seen. I cried when I had to leave. I was like, “No!!!”
Is that where you’d live if you had the choice?
I could definitely live there. The people are friendly…I don’t know, you get off the plane there and it smells like flowers. You get off the plane in L.A. and it smells like smog and gasoline.
What’s your favorite drink?
I love margaritas. I also love Bloody Marys and dirty martinis. Corona and Pacifico are my favorite beers.
Do you ever actually buy your own drinks?
I like to buy my own because I feel that if a guy buys you a drink then he thinks he can talk to you all night.
Would you consider yourself a party girl?
I work in a bar weekly as a go-go dancer. But if I weren’t a go-go dancer, I wouldn’t go party in clubs, because I’m not a club person. I don’t like loud music. It’s all hot and sweaty, people are bumping into you, and guys are trying to get you to dance with them. I’d rather go somewhere where you can wear your flip-flops and have a drink outside, where you can have a conversation and actually hear what they’re saying.
Does the chaotic world of modeling make that more relaxed scene more attractive for you?
I think that’s why I like the more chill, more relaxing spots—because I’m constantly in clubs. I’m constantly go-go dancing; I’m constantly on the go with modeling. Going to the clubs on my night off is the last thing I want to do.
What do you look for in a guy?
I’m someone who needs a lot of attention. My boyfriend definitely has to make me feel like I’m number one—that there’s nobody better. That he only wants me. I have to feel totally secure and confident with the guy that I’m with. I don’t like selfish guys who are into themselves. I like a guy who’s aggressive and knows what he wants—that kinda tells me what to do instead of asking me what to do. I don’t like someone who’s like, “Umm…okay, where do you want go tonight?” Don’t leave it up to me. I want you to decide. Surprise me.
What’s the one thing a guy could do that would immediately turn you off?
Talk about how much money he has—and that has been done to me a few times. They try to stop and talk with you real quick and then they like talking about the things they have. But I don’t care about those things. They’re not my things, they’re your things.
Have you ever been arrested?
No, I’ve never been arrested. However…well I don’t think it counts but the police stopped and talked to me and my friends once because they thought we were drunk in public. It was kinda cool though when the cop grabbed me all fast. He grabbed my arms all hard. I was like, “Ooh!” [Laughs] But he let me go, so that was good.
What would you suggest to a guy trying to catch your eye?
I’m kind of old fashioned when it comes to dates and stuff. So if I’m going out with a guy for the first time and he opens the door for me, I love it. Guys don’t do that anymore. I like someone who orders for me too, like someone who asks me before the waitress gets there, and then says, “She will have this, and I’ll have this.”
You just want a guy who’s going to take care of you, don’t you?
[Laughs] I mean…I don’t want to be taken care of in that way, but I love to be babied. That’s my thing. I’ve had boyfriends in the past that didn’t appreciate me, but now I know there are other people who will treat me the way I want to be treated.