In a climate where yours truly has to solicit offers to keep you geeks satisfied, this 21-year-old truly defined the word “initiative” as she got in touch with HipHopDX, as of yesterday and proudly Beauty & Brains presents this Virginian beauty as she discusses how modeling affects her personal life, what’s the weirdest compliment she’s received and would she rather have true love or great sex?
Beauty & Brains: Summer is almost over, which means all the beautiful girls like yourself, will be covering up for the fall and winter months. What are we to do with you walking around like a snow nun?
Martese Mason: [Laughs] I think it leaves more to the imagination when you have clothes on, but I think that everyone will be alright [laughs]. It depends on how the woman’s personality is. I’m very open-minded and adventurous. I’m a nice girl. but I’m a bit reserved sometimes when I’m uncomfortable. So, the best fit of clothing that matches my personality would be Robert Kavalli. I love the way that the material is – see-through, sheer with animal print. It’s a bit daring and I feel like that matches my personality.
B&B: You’ve gotten some nice up-and-coming looks in the magazine game – how did you get involved in modeling?
MM: I contacted a photographer about doing a test shoot and they came out okay. After working with a few others, I started to post them and the work I did with others on MySpace and on other modeling websites. Once I built up enough work, I’d show my portfolio around and earned my way through into these magazines. I wasn’t nervous at all [to model]. Modeling is easy to me. It’s simple. I’m really an actress. It’s harder to do that than modeling because you have to practice, know your craft and consistently be prepared no matter what happens. I love the challenge of acting.
B&B: With fine women coming out of the woodwork to be in music videos and whatnot – how does that affect dating and a relationship if women would more like to showcase the goodies for exposure, rather than the opposite?
MM: I think the music videos don’t hurt relationships to an extent. No clothes is not really a big deal, it’s how you’re portrayed in the video. If you’re just standing in a bikini, then it’s no problem. If you were on UnCut, that’d definitely ruin your reputation. If you’re acting or dancing, it’s not really a big deal.
B&B: What’s the weirdest compliment that you’ve ever received?
MM: I get told that I have nice feet and I feel that that’s weird. They’re not ugly. I just don’t like feet at all. I don’t think that anyone has ever really said anything too weird to me, though…
B&B: Everyone has an embarrassing story about their first time at a gig – what was yours when you first started modeling?
MM: I actually work with my mom doing daycare. After I’d get off of that, I’d work as a waitress. One time [laughs], I forgot to put in an order – does that count as embarrassing? Ooh, oh, wait… my sister and I would steal cookies from the kids… and they were delicious. [Cackles]
B&B: We’re going to play a little game of word association – is that cool?
B&B: Trey Songz or Ne-Yo?
MM: Trey Songz. Neither really, but whatever…and without braids.
B&B: Chicken or waffles?
B&B: In the nude or t-shirt and panties?
MM: In the nude…
B&B: True love or great sex?
MM: Hmm… true love…
B&B: When is it acceptable to have one over the other?
MM: When you’re single… sometimes you gotta try different things and do whatever you want. When you’re in a relationship, you should be strictly monogamous. Even if you’re not in love, you should be faithful. My boyfriend was a cheater and I dated him for 5 and a 1/2 years. I was young… I’m still young, but I learned to put myself first and I never want to settle for less. I never want to get myself depressed. I want to achieve acting off of talent and persistence, so my plan B is to go for grad school and major in Communications.
B&B: With your career on the up and up – what are a few obstacles that you’ve had to go through in order to get where at?
MM: MySpace is tough, but you still have to make that connection to establish yourself in this game. You have to prove yourself in order to get the world to take notice. I believe that I have talent and I’m persistent. It’s all going to happen in a matter of time. I’m always prepared. I work out and I just want to better myself. I know this is what I want to do for my career.
Feeling the summer heat from Martese Mason? Be sure to check her out on MySpace [click here].