Hawaii woman wants to be ‘Hometown Hottie’
IMAGES COURTESY MAXIM MAGAZINE
BY STEVEN MARK / firstname.lastname@example.org
Aja Dang, a Punahou graduate now studying to be a journalist at the University of Southern California, is seeking your support in her quest to become Maxim magazine’s “Hometown Hottie.”
Dang, 24, is one of 10 contestants in the contest. Their pictures, videos and biographical information can be seen at www.hometownhotties.com/gallery.
Dang said she wanted to be a “Hottie” since she was young.
“I would open up the magazine and I wanted to be one of those girls in the magazine,” she said. “Now I’m a graduate student at USC and thought it might be pretty cool to write for them.”
She’s hoping that her participation in the contest will give her access to the editors and publishers of the men’s magazine. She envisions appearing on videos on Maxim’s website.
“I’ve actually always wanted to write a column for them, where guys write in and ask for advice about relationships, love, girls, what have you, and who better to answer that than a Hometown Hottie?”
Dang said she was perfectly comfortable posing in skimpy swimsuits for Maxim, and added that her parents have been supportive of her career.
“You should see the bathing suits I go to Sandy’s in, it’s nothing.”
Dang is of Welsh, Chinese and Slovenian ancestry and grew up in Manoa. She modeled locally before going to the mainland for college. Since she moved to Los Angeles, she has appeared in a few music videos. She said she’s gotten a lot of support from the island community already.
“I just feel really thankful to be from an island that supports and wants the best out of everyone,” she said.
Fans can vote once a day until Dec. 5.