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LRG gets to know Miss Vanna Black

LRG: What is your nationality?
Vanna: I'm all mixed up [laughing]. My father is African American and Cherokee, and my mom is French, Irish, and Dutch.

LRG: Wow that's a pretty good mix! How did you get into modeling?
Vanna: I started modeling about four years ago because I knew it would help me promote my music career. I attended a fashion show and when one of the models pulled a no-show, they asked me to fill in for her. I had no experience, but I figured it wouldn't hurt to give it a try. The show led to a magazine spread, which led to more magazine and music video work.

LRG: What do you do for fun?
Vanna: I love movies--horror, comedies, action, and American and British gangster films especially. I also love writing, music, traveling, and I recently started my own modeling agency, Mlange Models, because I enjoy helping other models pursue their dreams.

LRG: That's cool! So, when did you discover your talent as well as your love for rapping?
Vanna: In high school. I was a bit of a tomboy and hung out with a lot of boys. That was something they were all doing and I loved rap and was always a great writer, so I decided to write some rhymes of my own. It turned out I was better than most of the boys! [Laughing]

LRG: How do you think your style is different than other MCs out there?
Vanna: I'm different in a lot of ways: my voice and flow definitely stand out, and I can sing as well. Also, I'm from Philly but live in Charlotte, so I have kind of an East Coast/down south swag. Plus my experiences are unique, and my content reflects that, and unlike a lot of artists, I write my own material.

LRG: That's always a plus when you're able to flow as well as have the ability to write your own rhymes, it's hot! How do you think women rappers are perceived in the industry? Do you think they are misunderstood?
Vanna: Definitely. It's a male-dominated industry, so as one of the minorities, women always have to work twice as hard to be taken seriously. Being an attractive female rapper alone comes with its own set of stereotypes. You have to prove you're a real artist, not just a pretty face.

LRG: Who do you think is the best female MC out there?
Vanna: Vanna Black! But I have great respect for Eve, Foxy, Kim, and certainly pioneers like Queen Latifah, MC Lyte, and Left Eye who paved the way for us.

LRG: If you could sign with any label, which one would you sign with and why?
Vanna: Good question, but at this time I don't really have a top choice. It's a hard time for hip-hop, but there are many respectable labels, major and independent, that are managing to keep up and running and still work hard for their artists and promote them effectively. I'm going to sign with whoever puts the best offer on the table.

LRG: If you could sign with any label, which one would you sign with and why?
Vanna: Good question, but at this time I don't really have a top choice. It's a hard time for hip-hop, but there are many respectable labels, major and independent, that are managing to keep up and running and still work hard for their artists and promote them effectively. I'm going to sign with whoever puts the best offer on the table.

LRG: If you could design your own lowrider, what color would it be and why?
Vanna: Black because that's my favorite color, but I'd throw some candy pink trim up on it to add a little girly touch. Although, I don't think it would be complete without a Vanna Black pic painted on the hood!

LRG: What type of guys do you like?
Vanna: Intelligent, funny, street-smart, confident guys who are doing something positive with themselves. And I have a thing for sexy firefighters!

LRG: What song on the radio best describes you?
Vanna: Kardinal Official's "Dangerous."

LRG: Tell us one of your favorite verses that you've written.
Vanna: It's Ms. V, the Zanotti hottieGot the Cavalli on my body-odyExotic mami, perfect 10I don't cook but my verse canThat's why I'm purchasing diamonds up and ball on hosAnd if I had nuts they'd be all on those, ha!Blow 50 grand all on clothesThe reason why your man's jaws won't closeMy flow is superb, so is the curvesI make so much dough it's absurdI notice the birds, V. got a sharp eyeI walk by and they squawk "hi"But they talk fly behind my back and stareI'm too busy gettin' stacks to careV. Black is here, and I can tell that you cats is scaredCause I'm more than a face and an attractive pairBoss lady, floss crazy, y'all shop at the mall, Ross maybeAnd Rainbow, you's a lame ho, mad cause my chain glowWhen I change clothes and I flame flows!

LRG: Where can we find you?Vanna: You can check out more photos and my music at www.myspace.com/mzvannab, www.myspace.com/melangemodels, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/theofficialvannablackgroup.....

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