One to make that process become progress is Patrice Hollis. The born and raised Las Vegas starlet is the second oldest out of six brothers and sisters. Although drama seemed to be a main course, Ms. Hollis never let it deter her from her ultimate goal. Now, the Playboy Bunny shows Beauty & Brains how she has her sights set on Hollywood and beyond.
Beauty & Brains: How does it feel to be in Playboy, girl?
Patrice Hollis: Itís a great opportunity. A photographer who I was working with submitted my pictures to them. At the time, I had never really posed or thought about being in the magazine before. I ended up doing a test shoot with them, which they liked and I ended up signing a two year contract with Playboy. I canít pose nude and I get booked out on jobs and appearances.
B&B: You got millions upon millions of men oogling you? Do you ever fear not leaving anything up for the imagination for a boyfriend?
PH: No, not really because the pictures are so classy and tasteful. I have a boyfriend and his first time dealing with Playboy when he was looking at me. Itís just work and he knows that. I wouldnít pose nude for any other publication. I honestly feel that by asking for more, you canít handle what Iím bringing to the table, which is bad because if you canít handle my work and what I do, as my man, then you canít handle me. If you canít handle my work, you canít handle me.
B&B: Is Playboy something that black women should realistically aspire to be on the cover of? Or are magazines like Black Menís and King more apt?
PH: I donít see why not. Playboy does have a different look, but I donít see why not. I always tell people that if you want to do something, then one should go out and do it. Playboy just happened for me, I learned while I went along. It doesnít hurt to try. Youíre not really losing anything from it.
B&B: How has dealing with dramatics growing up as a child helped you deal with it as an adult?
PH: I think it makes me stronger and makes me smarter. I can point it out before it gets to me. I am able to deal with it so
B&B: As a Playmate of the Month, how does the public treat you differently than before you became its cover girl?
PH: Not so much, so far. Nobody has treated me any different, I do have fans. I donít have any stalkers. I can keep a low profile. Iím not a big clubber or on going out. So, I think that that makes it a little bit easier.
B&B: Being that hip-hop has come under criticism with Congress and what not. Do you feel that Black women are degraded? Or do you believe that everyone has a choice?
PH: You know what? I think that with the videos and stuff like that, Iíve chosen my roles. You donít have to choose the way you live your life. Men do say degrading things, but we call our best girl friendsí our ďbitches.Ē I think you pick your role. If you want to be in one like that, you just have to defend your position. Men respect the right type of women. Itís all in the role you choose. My role is clean. Iím not wildiní out on somebody or actiní a fool; my demeanor is very classy. My roles were dancing or acting if Iím playing a role right next to somebody, but I wasnít wiggling my butt, sliding down a pole. If that works for someone else, then thatís cool, but not me. I think there is a difference Ė when you respect yourself then being classy is where youíd want to be versus being sleazy with it. Thatís where the line gets confused.
B&B: You sew, right?
B&B: If you could design an outfit for one celebrity whoís in need of some fashion help Ė who would it be and why?
PH: HmmÖ? Probably Macy Gray. [Laughs] I like that she has her own style and that sheís an individual. I think that she should have a better fit of clothes. Itís too over-sized.
B&B: As you career continues to be on the up and up Ė whatís next for you?
PH: Iím starting my own childrenís foundation and Iím starting a few businesses. Iím running a boutique, my own clothing line and a modeling agency. My partner is doing a make-up line, so weíre getting all that taken care of. What I want to do with children is to find a location where I can house them who have been neglected and/or abused. I would have an animal shelter right next door. They would take care of the animals and there would be a counselor on site, as well.