The ever-changing model has brought her fun loving personality to Beauty & Brains. As she sits with us, the 5í6Ē cutie with dimples raps with us about the pros and cons of Canada versus Florida, how the increase of women wanting to be models doesnít equate success and why T.I. is such a distraction.
Beauty & Brains: What brought you from Canada all the way to Florida?
Soroya Mundy: I was born in Canada, but I left the area when I was two-years-old. The first half of my life was actually spent living in Florida. Then, at 13, I went back to Canada. Iím not really a snow person and Florida is faster paced than it is where I was at. I liked Florida, a lot more; itís hard as a child to live there, though. You can get into more trouble as a kid and Canada definitely isnít like that. I can say that I was blessed though. Canada helped to raise me into a young adult, while Florida taught me about life. If I wouldíve just learned about life in Florida, I may have been distracted by the bad influences that were around me and I would have been trying to fit in with the cool kids growing up.
B&B: Besides the weather Ė what were a few subtle differences that you had to get used to?
SM: Well, Canada is more diverse. In Florida, where I grew up, the ratio was 90% Black and 10% White. In Canada, it was pure opposite; like night and day. I mean, theyíre two different areas and it took a lot to get used to. There is a lot less racism in Canada than there is in Florida.
B&B: How did those differences affect the way you went about handling your career?
SM: It helped me learn to not judge people. I accept people for who they are. It helped me to grow and love where they come from. I try not to prejudge people. I have had people do that to me. I am not going to let someoneís actions dictate what they think of me. I am 100% honest with myself and towards others. I know that I am shy person when people first meet me. Itís innate. But afterwards, when I open up, I become somewhat of a chameleon. People think that Iím stuck up because I keep to myself. But when you get to know me, you can understand who I am. Looks are deceiving. Beauty is more than skin deep, you know.
B&B: Do you think people like dealing with a smart woman in this business?
SM: I feel that men would be intimidated by a smart woman. Iíve dated people who have been intimidated from that. How I carry myself and how I live my life may intimidate them. I can always do for myself and I donít look for anyone to help me, especially if I know that I can do the work for myself.
B&B: Does being emotional usually affect your working relationship with other?
SM: I would say that it can. I try not to let it. But Iíd be lying. Dealing with boyfriend issues and then taking it into the workplace. My emotions stay on my face. Whatever mood Iím in is going to show on my face. Itís not a good thing. You have to know how to separate the personal from the business. Females shouldnít date until theyíre 35. [Laughs] Itís hard to focus when youíre going through your heart.
B&B: More and more women are throwing their name into the ring with being an urban model because they see where it can take them if theyíre a success. How many success stories have you seen since getting into the game?
SM: HmmÖ how many success stories do I know of? Iíd maybe say two. Most girls just donít branch out from under being just a model. They just stay in that one area. If you look at someone like, Melyssa Ford, she started in videos, but she was diverse. She didnít let that consume her. You donít want anyone to categorize you as a video chick. But no one thinks about that. The women who get involved in this game fall for the glamorization of what is on TV. Iíve personally done a music video and there nothing like what you see happens when filming. You may sit there [on set] for two days straight, just to do a five minute part. Ladies just see what they want to see on television and itís not always that great.
B&B: Men are usually a perk and a distraction at the same time with this business. Since Valentineís Day has passed Ė who is one crush you would like to date and how have men been a distraction, if any, when it came down to getting work done?
SM: Let me seeÖ [Laughs] I donít think that I have a crush. Oh, uh, you know whatÖ I have a thing for T.I.! As far as men and them being a distraction, I really donít get distracted by men, to tell you the truth. When men see a woman, it doesnít matter, theyíll stop and get their looks in. I donít really do that with men. Iíll look or glance over, but I expect a man to approach me.
B&B: What about T.I. though?
SM: If T.I. was to walk into my jobÖ Iíd be distracted. [Laughs] Thereís just something about him.
B&B: So, youíre single?
SM: No, Iím taken.
B&B: How does your man handle seeing other men drooling over your pictures?
SM: [Laughs] Thatís so funny you asked. He doesnít like it. He doesnít feel that a woman should dress any certain way. I say that he should be confident that Iím with him. People will always look. If theyíre looking at your woman, as a man, he should take it as a compliment and leave it be. Bringing unwanted negativity attracts unnecessary attention.
B&B: On your MySpace page, it says one of the last books you read was ďDiaries of a Video Vixen.Ē What did you think of the book?
SM: Truthfully, the first book, I wanted to read because of the hype. I wanted to know who she was doing and all that. It was a little too personal. But the second book, I didnít finish it. Thereís only so much of something not so positive that I could take. You kind of want to hear what sheís saying, but after a while, it gets redundant.
B&B: How does that make you look at the ins and outs of the entertainment world?
SM: Honestly, it makes me stop and think about the area of modeling I was going in. When youíre naÔve and young, you end up putting yourself in situations that you canít sometimes get out of. At that point, you need to stop and think about what Iím really doing. People will look at you in a certain way. Would I do a video? YesÖ but would I do one when Iím 90% nakedÖ never. It made me change the views of the type of modeling I wanted to do.
B&B: So, if a Chris Brown came up to you and had an ill rap game about himself, he could only get the industry hug and kiss on the cheek, huh?
SM: From me, personally, yesÖ Iím 25 and heís like a baby to me. Heís a cute baby, but something like that doesnít do it for me. I would want to be looked at like Iím not a groupie. Guys see that and theyíre not going to think of you as if youíre anything but a groupie if they see it as such. When they speak my name, theyíre going to say it in high regards.
B&B: Your career seems to be going on the right track, but what are a few things youíre looking to do in 2008 that you didnít get a chance to do last year?
SM: Letís just say that I had a lot of opportunities that have come my way. From Dime Piece Magazine to Rip The Runway Ė there are things that I have lost or done last minute. Iím really trying to push myself out to the public more. Iím making sure that Iím doing as much as I can to have a diverse portfolio. I have a lot more offers this year than I had last year so it can only get better.
If youíre interested more about Ms. Soroya Mundy, please check out her Myspace page [by clicking here].