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BlackMen Digital Interview: Courtney Janell


Wednesday 23rd, March 2011

BM: Why do you think you should be a BlackMenMagazine Model?

CJ: BlackMen is a magazine that I’ve always wanted to be featured in and I feel like I definitely have what is takes to be one of its best featured models. I mean, look at me!

 

BM: Did you market yourself to fans on www.Blackmendigital.com?

CJ: Yes I did! I got love from my Facebook & Twitter fan base.

 

BM: Were you always this amazingly curvy?

CJ: ALL OF MY LIFE. I was pulling high school guys when I was in the sixth grade.

 

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

CJ: The disadvantages of being an urban model to me is the way that I’m shaped. I have hips and thunder thighs. This hinders me from booking work in the fashion industry at times. In their eyes, I’m not a “real model” because of my curves.

 

BM: Do you think having size 40+ hips inhibits most models?

CJ: Yes, the imagery society puts forth via media, etc. says that you’re not supposed to have 40+ hips. It makes a lot of curvaceous women feel as if they are not good enough to be a model because of their size. Hopefully, I can be that model to let all of my 40+ women know that it’s OK to have curves! Embrace them!

 

BM: If you are pursuing acting, where do you train?

CJ: I take 3 classes a week at The Alliance Theater of Atlanta.

 

BM: Do you have a commercial head shot?

CJ: Yes, I do.

 

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

 

CJ: I sure do!  Don’t worry I’ve been on my grind lately.

 

BM: Favorite drink?

CJ: Patron and lime baby!


BM: Favorite food?

CJ: Seafood.

 

BM: Mood Music?

CJ: Neo-Soul.

 

BM: Favorite vacation spot?

CJ: Dominican Republic.


BM: Favorite place to be kissed?

CJ: Definitely the neck.

 

BM: Favorite body part on your man?

CJ: The arch of his back.

 

BM: Favorite place to kiss him?

CJ: His ears.

 

BM: How often do you measure yourself?

CJ: Everyday! Gotta make sure these curves don’t go anywhere!

 

BM: Are you proud of your curves?

CJ: Very proud. I lose it when I lose ONE pound.

 

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

CJ: Nicki Minaj

 

BM: Have you invested money into your career?

CJ: Most definitely! Duh!

 

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

CJ: I’m a full time Hooter’s Girl. Ain’t no shame in my game!

 

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?

CJ: I inform him of everything. I’ve never been a shady person.


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

CJ: Yes, they should feature us! We would sell the clothes and provide a more common, realistic perspective for the common, everyday beautiful women that walk the earth daily. Many of us are more beautiful than high fashion models.

 

BM: How do you plan to change the game?

CJ: I plan on changing people’s perception on curvaceous models. We’re categorized as urban celebrity models or video vixens and that’s it. I want to show people that we can be more than just that. We can do everything that a size 0-4 model can do if given the opportunity.