Hold on. You being Jamaican know for damn sure there are yardies (Jamaican men) who fit that description.
[Laughs] No that’s fine and I like a thug, I don’t like a nerd. I like a nigga to have a little swag and a little umph to him—don’t get me wrong. But when I met Gucci he was tall he took the gold out of his mouth, he just came out—he had lost like 30 pounds. He was a totally different person. And the way he spoke to me was totally different, the way he treated me was different, the way he handled me in front of people, like that meant a lot to me. Like, “wow, he’s really not like that.”
Fair enough. Back to you deciding to jump into music videos. What made you decide to forget about your reservations and jump in front of the camera?
I told myself, “So what if they stereotype me, it’s not true. Who cares, I can just show them something different than what other video girls have shown them.” Or what they think of a typical video girl, cause I don’t like to be called a video girl or video vixen.
So is it safe to say that you’re done with the videos so you don’t fall into that trap?
Right now, if someone were to request me for a huge video—and when I say huge, I mean like a Jay-Z or Kanye West—where I can play a similar role to the role I played in the “Say Something,” as an actress-slash-lead model, I definitely would do it. I’m not going to do any videos where I’m in a club, which I’ve never done anyway because I’ve always been on top of, you know, involved in whatever I do. As far as being in the club, shaking my booty to the camera—I would never do that, anyway. But it has to be something major. And yeah, I would still do it.
Wasn’t Jeezy’s “Lose My Mind” video set in a club?
It was a club video but it was just headshots and I was smiling and winking at the camera, it was nothing.
Nothing you’d see on, say, BET Uncut.
Exactly, I would never do that, never.
Because it would interfere with your brand, which now includes cosmetics maven to the umbrella? Did you always have in mind to do your own cosmetic line?
Never. Now, how that came about was I wore some blue lipstick to an event and was photographed with Lil’ Wayne and it got on the blogs. And everyone started talking and everyone was questioning, “where did she get this blue lipstick, I can’t find a blue lipstick anywhere.” So that inspired me like, “wow, everyone wants this lipstick. I need to make it so they can have it.” And that’s what inspired me to do Secret Kisses.