For all of the mountain climbers out there, the 5í11Ē New Yorker isnít really focused on modeling. While women from all the boroughs try to do what Tangee seems to do with ease, the leggy Capricorn is more so focused on her charitable endeavors. As the humble seductress sits down with Beauty & Brains, Ms. Tangee discusses her reluctance to be in the entertainment game, explains who would win a fist fight between Jay-Z and 50 Cent and shares some jewels for women really trying to make a come up.
Beauty & Brains: Can you sum up your experience as a model in one word?
Tangee: If I had to sum it all up in one word, then Iíd have to sayÖinteresting.
B&B: Why that word?
T: The experience was just that. It was one that I came away learning more about myself, if anything. As far as entertainment wise, it taught me about what I wanted and didnít want as a person.
B&B: What did/didnít you want?
T: I wanted privacy, honesty Ė those were the two things that I wanted. I thought I wanted the same as most girls, you know?
B&B: Whatís that?
T: ÖYou know, people knowing you and all that. But that was the main thing that I donít want. People get into the business to get the notoriety and I donít want that at all. I didnít like the lies or the games that were played in this business. It seemed like it was associated with it and Iím not with that. Iím more of an upfront, say-what-it-is type of person and Iíve met a lot of people who werenít like that.
B&B: But New York seems like itís that type of place to say whatís really on its mind Ė so what was the problem?
T: Sometimes. But in the industry that Iím in, people lie a lot and I do mean a lot. They hold things back and thatís not really how I am. Iím used to people being upfront and people who can talk to me.
B&B: So, why be a part of it?
T: It was something that I kind of fell into. I didnít necessarily go after it, it just came to me. I just figured that it was something that God put into my life and it took me to different places. Iím not going as hard into it as I should or could be, but itís because of all the negative things that I got from it that I havenít had the time to really get myself deeply involved in it.
B&B: What were a few negative things that happened to you?
T: I was dealing with a few people, agent-wise, who told me anything that came to mind. They were holding money from me. They would tell me about castings that were different. I just didnít want to be involved in one area of modeling, I wanted to have more than just that and it wasnít. It was a little bit deeper than what Iím telling you now, but Iím not going to get into that.
B&B: But you have the right height to be a model outside of urban entertainmentÖ
T: Öbut I donít have the right weight. I have to be a little bit slimmer to get into editorial work and runway work. There was a time when I was smaller and it was cool. Iíd book jobs here and there, but I wasnít comfortable. When I went into the urban place, it was different. I was always in-between.
B&B: So, are you in-between with your social life?
T: [Laughs] Iím not in-between now! Iím kind of urban now. [Laughs] At that time, it was cool. I got some mixed reviews. Friends and family didnít like what I was doing. They thought I was too skinny and that it didnít fit the person who I was. So, I just started to do me; I ended up gaining a few pounds, but at the end of the day, I was comfortable.
B&B: How easy/hard has it been for you to create these opportunities?
T: Itís been a little bit of both. I work two jobs and that hasnít allowed me the time to be able to be booked for work or for whatever is out there. When I get off work, my time is really tight. I could be doing a lot more, but like I said before, I got a little bit lazy with it. There are women who are trying to do this full time and itís just cool to me. Iíve learned a lot of life lessons from this, but itís not what I want to be known as.
B&B: So, then aside from the modeling, what is your true passion? What else do you want to do?
T: Now, Iím getting into a lot of charity work. Obviously, I want to have my own businesses, but thatís whatís in my head for the next five years. I want to get involved with young women and I want to show them and myself that I can be my own boss. The urban world and the mainstream world are two different things. The mainstream requires a lot more work. My focus is different. I want to put that money in the savings and I want to build.
B&B: You were in the "Roc Boys" video, right?
T: Yeah, it was a lot of fun. Everyone was there and they were cool. I had a lot of fun doing it. I was very tired and I had a killer headache. When Iím on set, I always get a migraine. I donít know why I do, I was trying to enjoy myself there, but I was not in a place where I want to be because of the migraine.
B&B: Thatís a big celebratory record, right thereÖ We know who Jayís ďboysĒ are, but who are a few of your ďRoc GirlsĒ in the game that you always kick it with?
T: I donít really kick it with girls in the industry. I have my girlfriends who Iím close with; that I spend time with. Itís always the same group that I hang with. I have home girls in the game that I know. Theyíre cool. I wish them much success and give them plenty of respect. Right now, theyíre going harder in being an actress/model and I applaud them. We all started around the same time.
B&B: Itís not hard to get along with women in this game?
T: No. I wouldnít say that. You get the ďIím-the-shit girls,Ē but at the end of the day, there are a lot of girls that you can just talk to. Itís pretty much 50/50 what type of women you meet here. Iím cool. I can talk to anyone and will say hello to anyone. But people donít want to get to know who I am, they just assume that they know me.
B&B: Who would win in a fight between 50 Cent vs. Jay-Z?
T: [Laughs] In a fist fight, Iíd have to say 50 Cent. Heís bigger. 50 has more muscles than Jay. I feel like heís more aggressive than Jay would be.
B&B: What about in a rap battle?
T: In a rap battle, hmmÖ I canít really say. I like them both. Jay has been around a little bit longer, but 50 always has something slick to say which always gets a laugh. 50 is funnier than Jay because he has a sarcastic appeal to himself and Iím a sarcastic person too. Most people think that heís being an asshole, but heís really just being funny.
B&B: Are there truly any differences between modeling and trying to be a rapper?
T: A difference? I donít think so. If you have the will and the aggression and the power to do it, then your passion will take you there. As far as rapping, you get more respect because youíre putting your skills out there for people to listen to. With modeling, people donít understand how hard it is to have to look good and pose. It really is hard. People think itís just one thing, but you have a million people watching you and criticizing you.
B&B: Do you think itís hard to break outside of black entertainment?
T: I canít say because I havenít really attempted to do it. I wonít do it. Itís harder because Iím older than a lot of women in the Hip Hop industry. Body-wise, they want 105 lbs. If youíre 5í11Ē, youíre naturally not going to be 105 pounds, you know? In Hip Hop, though, the motto goes Ė the curvier, the better! There is a difference, like I said earlier, but I had put a lot of pressure on myself. At the moment, that pressure was worth it, but itís not really my thing. People tell me that age doesnít matter, which is true that you never know, but theyíll tell you that 14-21 is the best age to be. But if youíre 23 and up, youíll be considered for other things besides urban work. Modeling is cool, but it hasnít really paid off for me, as far as breaking into that other part of the world; the mainstream.
B&B: With all the work youíve put in during the last few years, what was your worst moment, why and what did you learn from it?
T: I didnít really have too many terrible moments. Itís coming up on two years and Iíve never had a bad experience with booking a job. Everyone has been friendly and nice, but it was more so just a lesson as to who I was and how I needed to ground myself over anything else. I learned more so about myself while being in this industry.
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