Olivia Culpo Opens Up About Making A Career Out Of Being An Influencer: 'I Would Never Want To Take Myself Too Seriously'
What you see from Olivia Culpo is what you get, as the 29-year-old keeps true to herself when working on any and all of her many projects.
The brunette beauty sat down with Grazia to discuss her plethora of business endeavors, as well as the crossover between her personal and professional life. Given that she has a public profile, her work as a social media influencer infiltrates many aspects of her life.
The model often shares stunning posed shots of herself to social media; however, she doesn't shy away from offering her nearly 5 million Instagram followers a glimpse of her goofy side. "We do have fun," she seemingly said of her and her team, noting: "I would never want to take myself too seriously, because that would be depressing."
Culpo pointed out that "there’s not a huge barrier between the person that I am behind the camera and the person that I am in real life, and I like it like that."
She also revealed that, in her line of work, there's not a big difference between traveling for business or pleasure, noting her girls' trip with sisters Sophia and Aurora ended up incorporating some professional responsibilities. “I mean, sometimes it’s hard to differentiate if I’m actually here for fun or here for work when I’m traveling like this,” Culpo admitted of their recent getaway.
Meanwhile, her authenticity in front of the camera seems to go beyond posing for photos, as she recently landed a role in writer-director Ty Hodges’ indie drama Venus as a Boy.
The former Miss Universe — who opened the restaurant, Black40, in 2017 with her family in her home state of Rhode Island — is set to play the role of Insta-famous New Yorker Ruby who has a complicated romance with struggling L.A. artist Hunter (Hodges), given that they seem to run in completely different social circles.
While the story is based around an influencer, it was Culpo's genuineness that sealed the deal for Hodges. “I think what [Olivia] brought to it was a very human existence. Yeah, she happens to be a social media influencer," said the director, "but the film is not about that. It’s about her as a human being."
As for Culpo, she said she felt like "playing a version of what I do in real life was very cathartic."