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BlackMen Digital Interview: London

Thursday 17th, March 2011

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

L: Well, I am what Black Men love, I'm British, curvy, educated and I can cook, I think people in the States have a very inaccurate picture of British people. We aren't all pale, tea-drinking people with bad teeth, and I want to represent for all the ladies back in the UK. I love that BlackMen's Magazine is sexy but classy, and it's definitely a great opportunity for me to reach a bigger audience and for more people to get know me as I'm starting this exciting career of mine.



BM: Did you market yourself to fans on

L: Yes, I did!  Thank you to all of my followers on Twitter and Facebook, and everyone who voted and support me.



BM: Were you always this amazingly curvy?

L: No, I got hips out of nowhere the summer before 10th grade. I had gone back home to London and when I came back all my homeboys were like, "Damn, you thick.”  When I was modeling in the commercial/fashion side of the industry I worked out all the time to stay within acceptable measurements for my agency which is a lot smaller than 40 inches.



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

L: I don't think I have any disadvantages honestly. This isn't the end or the complete goal for me, but I do see it as a great opportunity to build a foundation for all of the other entertainment and business ventures I am passionate about. I am a newcomer to this side of the industry, so I do have to build my fan base and myself as a personality, but I don't see it as a disadvantage I just see it as a step that I will inevitably conquer.



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

L: I think it might inhibit a model that is misguided and/or hasn't found where she fits within the industry. I definitely think it’s key to know what direction you want your career to go in, where your starting point is in relation to the industry, and what is going to be the best way to facilitate your road to success. If you can adapt and be realistic then 40-inch hips should not make you feel like you can't model, or inhibit your dreams whatsoever.



BM: Where do you train if you are acting?

L: I'm looking into acting coaches out here in Atlanta; my agency has put some things in place I just have to decided what the best fit for me is.



BM: Do you have a commercial head shot?

L: Yes, I do, courtesy of VXN studios.



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

L: I definitely understand how important it is to have a strong comp card, portfolio, and head shot if you are attempting to have a serious chance at making it. Those are the basics.



BM: Favorite drink?

L: Gin & Tonic.



BM: Favorite food?

L: I'd probably have to say its a tie between traditional English Fish & Chips, and Brown Stew Chicken, Rice n' peas, and cabbage.



BM: Mood Music?

L: Anything with a chill beat and freaky lyrics, Chris Brown "Bullshit" is like THE MOOD track right now for me, but honestly if I'm in the mood we could be listening to Boosie...It’s Going Downnnn .



BM: Favorite vacation spot?

L: Los Angeles, California. I want to retire and move to Marina Del Ray, it's so beautiful out there, you have everything you could want, beautiful beach, beautiful people, mountains and still a hot party scene, I always enjoy my trips to L.A.



BM: Favorite place to be kissed?

L: My lips...and not the ones I'm speaking with.



BM: Favorite body part on your man?

L: I don't have a man right now,  but all of my ex's have had serious abs. I can't spend nights wrapped up on the couch touching on a if you ain't right in that area we're just going to...



BM: Favorite place to kiss him?

L: Every person is different, so if I am going to be kissing on you I want to know what part of your body makes you feel the best. I like to give and I like to explore my partner and when I find that spot I make sure to never forget it.



BM: How often do you measure yourself?

L: Every other week pretty much, but my measurements don't go up and down as much as they used to.



BM: Are you proud of your curves?

L: Yes, I love my body, when I was younger I did contemplate getting my boobs done, but I am very content with being an all-natural curvy woman.



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

L: I'd have to say Beyonce is the role model that encompasses every aspect of the word curvy and the word success. There's no refuting what she has accomplished, and the obstacles that face any woman regardless of shape that she's overcome....



BM: Have you invested money into your career?

L: Yes, I have. If you don't feel that your career is worth putting your own money into, why would anyone else feel differently? It's important to have a strong portfolio, and tear sheets alone aren't going to provide that. I've invested in shoots and the pictures that I have got back  that were worth every penny. Not every paying gig, or TFP shoot is beneficial in the long run, and if you want longevity you have to have all your materials together. In this industry it doesn't matter if you are the dime of your city, if you don't photograph well and don't have the proof that you can photograph well, you're not at a competing level with any other established model, even if you look better than them. I don't want to be a model that doesn't have my business right in any aspect.


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?

L: I feel that if I want my agent to be loyal to me and I am trusting them to push my career above any other model that they do not represent, then I should be loyal to them as well. People in the business are not going to respect you or want to work with you if you show no loyalty to your own team. Being stingy and trying to block your agent from getting commission off one job only hurts you, because they work for you.



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

L: No, honestly I don't.  I think if you want to be in Vogue or Elle ,you should represent their image or be relevant enough to be featured in their magazine despite being curvier than the typical Vogue model. People need to realize this is a business, it's not about feelings, or being fair, Vogue and Elle are fashion magazines; not everyone is built for fashion, and people should accept that. Readers don't pick up BlackMen's Magazine to see a size 00 model modeling the latest in couture, and I know that when I pick up Vogue I don't even pick it up to see the models period. Fashion models are there to showcase the product and most samples look best on skinny fashion models. Excel in your own lane, whatever that is.



BM: How do you plan to change the game?

L: I'm not here to change the game, I think the urban modeling industry has its pros and cons like any industry you might work in, but I am here to execute my plan for my career precisely and accurately so that I can expand past being a model. I sing, I host, I write, I cook, I am a multifaceted person. What I like about this side of the industry is it all about making yourself the brand, and that’s why the models that have personality can succeed. The game, as it is set up, already gives any upcoming model a continuously expanding audience, visibility that you don't get as a print/commercial mainstream model. It's all about how you position yourself. I'm here not to change how the urban industry is, but to take my career within this industry that much further than the next model out there.