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BlackMen Digital Interview: Sabrina Athena

Thursday 17th, March 2011

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

SA: I love feeling sexy and embracing my natural curves. Luckily, the men who read Black Men’s  Magazine love to embrace those things, too.



BM: Did you market yourself to fans on

SA: I tweeted about it and posted the link to my FB for my supporters to check out the site.



BM: Were you always this amazingly curvy?

SA: Honestly, yes. I have been this height and fluxuated between a size 12 and 6 since 8th grade. I always had a little meat on me, sometimes a little more than others. I think I'm happy at a size 8.



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

SA: I don't necessarily consider myself to be an "urban model". I would say my look is more versatile, and to put any label on your talent is to put yourself at a disadvantage.



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

SA: Well, if you’re a runway model then, probably so. Even then it depends on who you are walking for. Obviously if you get picked up by a client like Ashley Stewart, then the requirement may be that you need to have 40+ hips. Limitations and restrictions go only as far as you allow them to. There are far too many types and divisions of modeling for anybody to use their body as an excuse. Yes, that means you.



BM: Where do you train if you are acting?

SA: I am currently working with a personal coach I met through the Directing Actors workshop in NYC.



BM: Do you have a commercial head shot?

SA: I sure do.



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

SA: I guess that depends on what your career goals are (that always needs to be assessed). For me, my coaching as well as my headshots, have been essential in my career growth.



BM: Favorite drink?

SA: Right now, warm Rice Milk with Cinnamon.


BM: Favorite food?

SA: Food is too good to pick just one thing. Brunch is my favorite, if I had to choose and that’s not a type, it’s a time.



BM: Mood Music?

SA: Anything R&B related from the 90's and early 2000's.



BM: Favorite vacation spot?

SA: Anywhere I can find a good adventure or see something beautiful in nature.



BM: Favorite place to be kissed?

SA: My hips.



BM: Favorite body part on your man?

SA: His smile.



BM: Favorite place to kiss him?

SA: Right on the lips.



BM: How often do you measure yourself?

SA: When I feel like there has been a change in my body. Roughly four times a year or if a client requests exact measurements.



BM: Are you proud of your curves?

SA: Proud is an understatement. I am in love with my body, and not just at this size, at any size. It's about self love first and always.



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

SA: I love Lisa Raye, and Alicia Keys (and they are probably the two I get most compared to as well). They are both beautiful women that worked very hard to get in the positions they are today. I respect them both greatly and hope to reach beyond their success.



BM: Have you invested money into your career?

SA: Absolutely! Anything that helps with your career from makeup to facials to flights to prints for your portfolio to food for specific eating restrictions to gym memberships, I digress. Now if you consider time to be money, then I've invested millions.



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

SA: That’s another absolutely! The trick is to find something you can do that won’t conflict with castings and is flexible enough to allow you to switch your schedule at short notice for gigs and shoots. I have been through several jobs because of career conflicts, however anything in the service/hospitality (bartending, waitressing, hostess work) is usually a good fit for up and coming starlets in the entertainment industry. Almost every single one of your favorite actresses, models, singers, etc. has had to refill a cup of joe or two in their journey.



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?

SA: First, your relationship with your manager/agent should be very tight. You should both have the same vision and goals pertaining to you as a brand and not just an individual. It is super important to choose carefully when it comes to concrete representation, you want somebody that believes in you MORE than you believe in yourself (we all need a push from time to time) and sees potential in you that you never knew existed. Once you have that perfect coach/mentor/manager/agent then there shouldn't be a single project you consider without running it across his/her desk first.


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

SA: My view of the fashion in industry is a little different due to being able to see and study it from the inside out. I love those magazines and I feel they have their purpose. High fashion mags such as Elle and Vogue have a specific target that they cater to, the same as any other magazine. I feel that if the editors were to use a "curvy" woman in their publication it would be for a very specific cause and to get across a well thought out message. In other words, they are going to continue to cater to their audience, if their audience so happens to trend toward a fuller figured woman then yes, we will be sure to see it.


BM: How do you plan to change the game?

SA: Just by being the first me. Before Tyra there was no Tyra, and before Halle there was no Halle. I can change the game by just being the first  Sabrina Athena and letting God take care of the rest.