As the lady with the 34-24-40 measurements sits down with Beauty & Brains, this sexy Sagittarius discusses why she’s on MySpace instead of sleeping, what the rest of you all are missing by not being in L.A. and answers what’s the first thing women notice on men. It may surprise you!
Beauty & Brains: Ms. Copeland… Are you okay today [sounding worried]…?
Cynietra Copeland: Hmm, yes… I’m fine, why?
B&B: I read your blog on MySpace – what’s with all the “I Can’t Sleep” titles? Insomnia?
CC: No, no, no, no… For some reason when I do a blog on Myspace, I check my emails, and I’ll be up online and I’ll write about what’s on my mind. That’s just the title to my blogs. In one blog, in particular, I was getting headshots taken at one in the morning. And to make a long story short, I think that everyone has two sides to who they are. You have the party side and then you have the caring side. My photographer and I are cool. I am close to him; I look at him like a father. We just hang out and chill. We can do a shoot for a whole hour or the whole day and still see eye-to-eye.
B&B: On your “Imperfections” post, you really wax poetic about some conflicting issues of beauty that women go through.
CC: That blog… man, I wrote that one awhile back. That blog was just about how I feel about the things that go on in the industry or what happen personally about myself. It is hard for women to be accepted by men, by the press, you know? One of my issues that I had when I was growing up was about being a dark-skinned lady. I grew up having all my best friends being Caucasian and that left me feeling like I wasn’t being accepted by my black peers.
CC: Because I was always traveling… I’m a classically trained singer and the kids thought that I was too good... for whatever reason that may be. I was teased as a kid. My complexion never had anything to do with how bad or good I was. It only seemed as if black kids always made comments about me being ugly. When it came down to the other races, it was about the person you are, not the race you are. I have a little cousin who’s nine-years-old and is experiencing the same thing. She’s going through the same things that I went through and that really impacts you as a child growing up.
B&B: But modeling is a very, very critical industry. How do you stay sane?
CC: I’m all grown up now! [Laughs] When I was little, I used to sing, I did always win those competitions, so I’m used to being criticized. I learned that you can’t win them all. There’s always going to be someone better than you.
B&B: Long Beach is your place to remain sane, huh?
CC: Most definitely. Long Beach is like America because it has so many different sections. I grew up in the El Dorado area and it has so many different sections. On the East, you have Cambodians, Asians. In the Upper East, there’s white folks and out on the West, you have the black and Hispanics. It shaped me into the person that I am now. My parents had me on lockdown, but growing up, things are always available to you. Growing up, I’ve done pretty much everything that I wanted to do. My next thing that I want to get into is film. I’ve wanted to see the world, you know? I wanted to do things that I’d love to do like sing in the Notre Dame Cathedral and see France. It’s always how I wanted to spend my life. I never want to let material things stop me from what I wanted to do..
B&B: What is it about Cali that people are missing out on?
CC: People are missing out on the fact that they can be whoever they want to be out here. In Cali, you can do whatever you want to do. I have people who are so chill. My friends who come out from New York are surprised because here, people don’t think too many things seriously. I have yet to go to New York to check out how it’s like there, but New Yorkers are always so on it. They’re always on that hustle. People out there create their own jobs. If you’re a model or whatever, pretty much everybody does their own thing and then bartend at night. In Cali, we’re laid back and pretty much go with the flow.
B&B: I don’t like earthquakes, myself…
CC: [Laughs] That’s funny. We haven’t had any in a while.
B&B: You’ve managed to crack some pavement walking by fellas with that size-? How much trouble has your curves got you in?
CC: [Laughs] I haven’t gotten into any trouble. I was just cool with everything. When it comes to buying clothes, I have troubles. My little sweet personality has got me free things. It helps instead of hurts. I just notice that people go out of their way to do things for me. I get my car washed for free. I don’t ask for this. I get a lot of perks. I have friends who are beautiful, too, but their personalities are nasty. So, I get extra copies at Kinkos and it’s nice. I guess it’s because I’m nice. I’m a flirt, though. It’s because of my super big eyes.
B&B: So, if we notice the ass on a girl, first (on average…) – what’s the first thing a woman notices?
CC: A woman notices everything. The first thing I notice is his appearance. Here in L.A., we’re used to the outer; the appearance, you know? I think that’s anywhere you look, but I’m a big teeth person. Teeth and eyes are the first thing I notice. The typical L.A. thing is like, after the club they’ll notice the guy’s cars first. I’m from Long Beach and that shit doesn’t count, but they get mad because the girl’s here care about what you doing and how much you’re making. If that’s the first thing you hear, run! That’s the most scariest thing. The guys act like they’re super Hollywood are the people aren’t from here. They’ve forgotten where they come from.
B&B: So, what about guys…?
CC: Guys from L.A. don’t come on as strong as how you say what happens in New York. I think some guys – when it comes to me in particular – are intimidated. I know they want to say something, but, they’re intimidated by my beauty. [Laughs] No… Don’t get it twisted… not like that. I’ve had my guy friends say that they wanted to talk to me, but I wouldn’t date them.
B&B: What do you want to do with your career?
CC: I definitely want to get more into film. What’s pretty cool is that I just started working with Celia Ferguson and Associates. They’ve been sending me out like crazy for different auditions. I want to get back into film. Modeling is okay, I can still do things on the side, but the urban industry is kind of allowing the ladies to be pimped. Your image is owned; ringtones and wallpapers and all that, not all the girls are paid for that. They think that coverage is exposure. You can get typecast. There isn’t a future in urban modeling. I want to just get back into acting. I don’t necessarily want modeling as a career, I just did it. My passion is film and stage.
B&B: So, which one works better…?
CC: Film does. You can see my talent instead of just my assets. There is more to a woman than just her measurements and the way that she looks. You can see a picture and think a thousand things, but when they’re bringing a character to life – that’s a beautiful thing to see. I would love to do a movie about the life of Harriet Tubman. She was a very important person when it came to the movement and progress of black folks in America. I would like to be financially independent and I would like to invest and watch my money grow, so by being in the film and entertainment industry, I can do that…
B&B: That’s a lot of ass to kick…
CC: [Laughs] I don’t think my butt is that big. Guys and girls trip about it, but, that’s how I know that it is noticeable, girls won’t lie. So… yeah, I guess I have a lot of ass to kick.
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