Beauty & Brains: How did you get into modeling?
Iyuana Evans: I got into it a while ago, when I was 17. My friend, my cousin and I used to take pictures with our disposable cameras and we’d do our own photo shoots. But my best friend and I continued to do it further than what other’s expected. Later on, a local photographer had hit me about doing a professional shoot for his portfolio and from that day on, I’ve been doing it ever since.
B&B: Anyone could really have a similar story, but what did your folks think of their little girl showing off what God gave her?
IE: [Laughs] My dad… he doesn’t have a problem with it. He always told me to always be the best and I always listened to my daddy! My mom and sister’s approve of it. I don’t really get any negative feedback from my family, but I don’t know anyone in Cleveland to hate on me, either. I get positive feedback all-across the board. The pictures that I take aren’t trashy. I’m not out there showing my crotch or anything [Laughs].
B&B: Right now is an interesting time to be a black person good or bad. Could you speak on how the death of Bernie Mac?
IE: I don’t want to offend anyone, but his death, it didn’t affect me, personally, but Bernie Mac was that perfect comedian. He was a king, hilarious, you know… and no one could replace who Bernie Mac is. No one was funnier than him on The Original Kings of Comedy. I also never seen a comedian who had his own sitcom and do as well as he did for so long. A lot of people are going to miss Bernie Mac…
B&B: On the flipside, Obama is really the frontrunner to become the next President of the United States. How does that make you feel?
IE: I am iffy about it. I really want [Barack] Obama to win, but I know that there are people who don’t want a black man in the White House. I don’t want another Bush to be in the office because it’d be the same ole’ stuff all over again. Obama is whom I’m voting for! A lot of presidents who get in to the office promise a lot of things and then fulfill nothing that they’ve said while one the campaign trail.
B&B: Do you think black men are going to be held to high standards now that Obama has made such a statement for how black men could be?
IE: Nobody can make a lazy person do anything. I wouldn’t be in a relationship with someone who’s a lazy person. If you have a strong woman behind you, then, with any man I’d be with, I shouldn’t have to be his mother and take care of him and his every need. He should already have a mother, you know…? A man who needs to be with me has to have that drive and ambition to be someone in this life.
B&B: What is a good man to you?
IE: A good man is someone who will go to work, even if he doesn’t want to, and works his hardest to do his job. He has to support anything that his woman is doing to better herself and their relationship. A good man is someone who won’t depend on his girlfriend to do everything. [Laughs] Especially if you’re with me, then our relationship has to work out to be 50/50.
B&B: Is that why you’re single?
IE: Yes… [Laughs] I’m not looking for anything though. I’ma let it come to me.
B&B: Surely there has to be someone in Cleveland that makes you blush…?
IE: [Laughs] There is, but I don’t want to say any names…
B&B: Sounds like a problem, if you ask me. You’re not scared of a good man, are you?
IE: [Laughs] I’m not scared of a good man, it’s just that it’s hard to find someone. I do have somebody who makes me blush, but he’s busy just like I am. He’s a really good man, but he’s busy and I don’t want to take his focus off of what makes him money. Just like I don’t want that for me…
B&B: So, if you could be doing anything right now, then what would you be doing?
IE: At the present moment, I’d love to be asleep, but in my life I would want to be on top of everything. I want to be on top of all my goals that I’ve set. I want to have a set amount of money in the bank, I want to get out of Cleveland, and by still being here, I feel like I’m just wasting time.
B&B: You call yourself an “exotic trophy wife” – what is one thing that your award-winning husband could look forward to experiencing with you?s
IE: Everything. When I am in a relationship with somebody, I try to give my all and my all is everything to me. I can cook. I love to make macaroni and cheese. [Laughs] I’ll eat that over anything else. [Laughs] We can watch a good movie together. We can watch The Notebook together…
B&B: You think that someone is going to watch The Notebook with you…?
IE: Yes! Or my other favorite movie is The Last King of Scotland… We can go to a club, but I don’t dance… Cleveland has a few spots to go to for that entertainment… I’d make a great trophy wife!
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