Beauty & Brains: What distinguishes a woman with class from a woman with ass in the modeling industry?
Stephanie Perry: A woman with class will a lot of times be about her business and not make a lot of things in the industry personal. A lot of that goes on from time to time and I wouldn’t make it personal no matter how much one would feel I should be offended. It could go both ways depending on whether you have an ass or not. A woman with ass can still be a businesswoman and make it in the industry. I don’t think a woman with ass is that different than a woman without one. You know that they’ll get looked at by an urban magazine before anyone else because that’s what they want to help push their magazines.
B&B: So, why haven’t the standards of beauty ever been challenged by anyone in the game?
SP: Wow… What can I say about that? I believe that people who show their ass have no problem compared to when it comes to fashion. You have fashion models and the one’s who show more don’t have a problem and they won’t say anything about it. That could be their moneymaker. I don’t have a problem with it. If I did, then I wouldn’t do it. I’m very comfortable with doing it. So, it’s no problem with me. A lot of models may sleep around with people in the business, kind of like Karrine Steffans did, but directors are always going to try you to see where they can go with you.
B&B: It just seems like more women are comfortable with this and/or they work to graduate into the white media mainstream and never really reach back. Has there been a time where you’ve just wanted to quit?
SP: All the time, yes. All the time. But the thing about me is that I have a drive and I’ve done everything that I can do within urban modeling. I don’t think about quitting anymore. When it was hard for me to get there, I’ve done it all. I’ve switched over into doing other modeling. I just did a big print ad, so people see me in a different way. I used to complain, but now I can’t complain anymore because I’ve worked hard for everything that I wanted. In the end, if this didn’t work out for me, I would want to counsel patients and help them understand themselves better.
B&B: So, how would you counsel Kanye West after his latest incident?
SP: I would sit down and have a regular conversation with him. We’d get off the subject for a second and just talk with him like a man. Then, I’d pick his mind to figure out why he smashed the camera. I could diagnose him to find out if he was tired, angry or whatever. Kanye has a bad temper. In my opinion, he needs anger management, anyways, so I’d just try to figure out the root of his disorder.
B&B: How does your support system feel about your career path?
SP: People all around me support what I’m doing. They’ll tell me to not give up my dreams. They’ve given me money so I can take photos and do what needs to get done. When it comes to my dad, he knows, but he doesn’t know. He knows that this is what I want to do, but doesn’t know how deep into it I am. They support me all the way. One of my sisters wants to be a model, the other is a teacher and she’s trying to take care of her family, but they all support me in the end.
B&B: If you had to explain why a show you love to watch was your favorite – what would it be and why?
SP: My favorite TV show…? Hmm… I would say The Game, just for the simple fact that I’m a football fan and it lets you know the inside deal of what goes along with dating a football player. It really hit home to me. It tells you everything. If you’re dating a football player, what they’re talking about explains what most women go through when it comes down to dating an athlete.
B&B: So, you’re not a Maury Povich fan?
SP: Yes, I am. I would fake to be on the show though. It’s a part of acting and that’s what I would want to do. If I were on the show, though, I’d have to be in the role of the cheater. I have done that before, but I was pushed to that limit. You have to be on top of your game if you’re going to do it. You have to know where your lover is at all times. If you’re going out on a date, you have to make sure it’s not a place that people recognize you at. When you talk to that person, you have to make sure that you’re alone and away from any prying ears. You can most definitely cheat while being on MySpace and Facebook.
B&B: You have New Edition’s “If It Isn’t Love” playing on your MySpace page. Would you rather date a Bobby Brown or a Ralph Tresvant fella with some sensitivity?
SP: Let me see… I’d like to date a Ralph Tresvant. More of his music and what he sings about is right up my alley. He’s more of a calm and loving person. Bobby Brown, on the other hand, is a totally different ballgame. Those are two different people to me. I’d go with the more loving person, who’s calmer and more appreciative of my time. I’m not going to say that I don’t like superthugs with the golds and the dreads because you have to have a little thug in you, but you can’t be out here trying to be Nino Brown.
B&B: I’m surprised that since you’re a Florida girl that you wouldn’t want a Kimbo Slice type of guy… So, what’s some word of advice to the ladies out there who are looking to get rid of those Rick Ross liar types?
SP: Aww, man… [Laughs] You have to grow up. I did like those types of guys when I was in high school. You have to realize that there is so much more than just dating those types of dudes. You run into those who are the stereotype, most definitely, but other times, they’re not. If so, they’re usually a drug dealer and at the end of the day, it’s a part of growing up to learn that there’s more to it than just flashy cars and money. You can meet some good men and some bad ones. The good one’s don’t mess with a lot of women, but the bad one’s they just mess with everybody around town. All type of females may come and they use it to their advantage. A good one, though, he’ll hold you down and that’s the best thing that can happen to you – if you find a good one.
B&B: When it’s all said and done – you’ve been able to create a career on ingenuity and talent. What were some of the hardships involved in becoming a model?
SP: Everyone’s opinions can be hard to deal with sometimes when trying to become a model. I think that that’s about it. Nothing really crazy happened that was really a hardship, though.
B&B: If you could change one thing about the game that you’re involved in – what would it be and where do you want to go from here?
SP: I would say that people look at everyone’s outside beauty. Modeling has changed so much to the point where they look at what you are offering in order to be a success. I don’t know if I can change that though. All I can do is speak out on it. The industry… it is what it is. You either hate it or love it.
B&B: With music being able to be downloaded for free – aren’t you worried that there won’t be any need for any models?
SP: Oh, no… I’m never worried about that. That’s one thing that I don’t have to ever worry about because eye candy is what sells the video. At parties, you just want to see some modeling chicks in the building. That’ll never go out of style. You’ll always need something to look at while listening to those good tunes. I would like to work with R. Kelly and Jay-Z [click to read], but I wouldn’t give them the time of day for anything else… money makes me cum!
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