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BlackMen Digital Interview: Tonya Robertson

Thursday 17th, March 2011

BM: Why do you think you should be a BlackMen's Magazine Model?

TR: I’m just happy to see that BlackMen Magazine has the 40/40 issue, so that we can show the world that it’s okay to be curvy. I’ve been told no over and over again, but I’m never giving up until I reach the top. I’m very proud of the way my body was created naturally, and I’m not afraid to show it off. Not everyone is a size 2, 4, 6 or 8. I represent the sexy ladies in the two digit family. I know I have what it takes to be a BlackMen’s model. I’ve admired all the lovely ladies shot for the magazine and I know I fit right if, if I don’t stand out. Being a BlackMen’s model is not just being a pretty face with a banging body. You’ve got to have brains, too. You need to be book and street smart and I think I represent that well, because I have it all. I’m a new face, and I’m ready to show the world  that I can have it all.


BM: Did you market yourself to fans on

TR: Yes.


BM: Were you always this amazingly curvy?

TR: Yes, it runs in the family.


BM: What disadvantages do you feel you have as an urban model?

TR: I dislike the fact that many large size and/or curvy women shop at Victoria’s Secret, but I never see them on the runway or in commercials advertising the products. That’s all about to change. Curvy women need to unite and let the world know that being thick is beautiful and we can be high fashion models as well.


BM: Do you think that having size 40 or more hips inhibits most models?

TR: I absolutely do. Having wide hips can make you look skankish, depending on the pose. That’s a reason we’re ignored. I love the way BlackMen’s Magazine is high standard with their models. Which is why I love to being a part of it.


BM: Do you have a commercial head shot?

TR: No.


BM: Do you understand that without these things on your resume that your career, if any might be short?

TR: Yes, and I’m working on it.


BM: Favorite drink?

TR: Sweet Tea.


BM: Favorite food?

TR: Spaghetti.


BM: Mood Music?

TR: Early 90’s R&B.


BM: Favorite vacation spot?

TR: Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.


BM: Favorite place to be kissed?

TR: On the forehead.


BM: Favorite body part on your man?

TR: Hands and nice traps.


BM: Favorite place to kiss him?

TR: In the shower.


BM: How often do you measure yourself?

TR: All of the time, especially at the gym.


BM: Are you proud of your curves?

TR: Yes, yes, yes!!!!!! What would I do without them?


BM: What curvaceous celebrity do you identify with as a role model for success?

TR: I love Tracy Ross’s figure. I think she’s talented and beautiful.


BM: Have you invested money into your career?

TR: Yes.


BM: Do you or would you work a 9 to 5 until your career took off?

TR: I haven’t worked a 9-5 in a few years. If that’s what I had to do then yes, but all is well now working on my own.


BM: If you had an agent, would you refer all assignments to them as in your agreement, or do you feel you should take some work without informing them?

TR: I would always tell my agent about my assignments.


BM: How do you feel about magazines like Elle and Vogue, do you think they should feature more curvaceous women?

TR: Honestly, I don’t read those magazines as much. I enjoy reading magazines about people of my culture, so I really don’t have an opinion of their magazines. Plus, I never see a curvy woman on the cover. No offense and I love them, but J. Lo and Kim K. are not the definition of curvy.


BM: How do you plan to change the game?

TR: I’m a fresh face to the game. I think I have that spark that will draw a lot of people to me. Not only am I beautiful on the outside, but I’m more beautiful on the inside. I’m very smart and a true go-getter. I have two degrees and a few trades under my belt. So the broke and busted models that you see and hear about won’t be me, ever! Once you get to the top you’ve got to be smart and remain relevant, and that’s what’s going to take place for me once I get this opportunity.