It’s been five years since the second season of VH1’s the popular reality series, Flavor of Love, introduced 21 new diverse females competing for the love of oddball rap icon Flavor Flav. But just because the show ended doesn’t mean the girls time in the spotlight had to.
In fact two of the ladies, Larissa “Bootz” Aurora, and Shay “Buckeey” Johnson used their time on Flavor of Love as a springboard to appear in the VH1 spin-off Flavor of Love Girls: Charm School in 2007. And while FOL 2 winner, London “Deelishis” Charles, had a fleeting romance with Flav, the hour-glass figured Detroit native found an outlet for her true love—singing. The aspiring songstress released the aptly titled single, “Rumpshaker,” in 2007, which showcased her prized asset.
That same year Deelishis and Bootz graced the pages of XXL’s Eye Candy, while Buckeey appeared in Fabolous’s music video for the single “Baby Don’t Go.” Certainly these ladies were once the flavor of the month in hip-hop, so the question is, where are they now? —Amber McKynzie
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Bootz vs. Sumthin’
Larissa “Bootz” Aurora
XXL: So you were XXL’s November 2007 Eye Candy, and just after that you were featured in Fabolous’ video “Baby Don’t Go.” All of that was in ’07. Since then you’ve traveled, hosted parties, etc…but things have been kind of quiet lately. Where are you now?
Larissa: I’m married [and] I’m actually in the Valley, about 30 minutes from Los Angeles, and I just had two kids back to back so I’m already down to my size four again. So now I’ve been going out, meeting a lot of people trying to get back in the game basically.
Married with kids! Who’s the father?
[Laughs] Ummm, I’m married to someone I’ve known for like years, since sixth grade. So when I went on Flavor of Love2 we were off. Then in Charm School, he was the guy I was talking to on the phone when Pumpkin actually took the cord out of the wall and I went off on her… when they taped Flavor of Love it was about three months before they aired [the show]. We hooked [back] up right after I taped.
Okay, so you’re married to your high school sweetheart, and you have two kids. Does this mean you’re done with the spotlight and there’s no more Bootz?
No! I have a new YouTube channel that [just came] out. It’s YouTube.com/ForeverLarissaAurora. [I just] put up my first video and that’s basically based on my fans. I’ve been getting a lot of questions, like you said, Where is she now? I get a lot of comments on my hair, so [I’ll give] tips on hair, talk about all the shows, the videos and everything. I’m basically going to be answering my fans’ questions kind of like an “Ask Larissa Aurora” or Bootz or whatever cause they usually call me Bootz.
Do you still have the same mentality that you had when you were on Flavor of Love and Charm School?
One thing that I don’t like is that people think it’s not for entertainment, and they think that’s exactly who [I am] on a day-to-day basis. I want to show people who I am on YouTube and let them know who I am, especially after having two kids. And then seeing who I [really] am because a show is just a [small] percentage of who someone is and what they do, especially because it’s all about ratings and making money.
You have your YouTube channel and your social networks going – do you have anything else in the works?
I am going to pursue acting but I really think that my fans have been asking… more about VH1 shows and I’m not trying to jump into a VH1 show unless it’s my own you know. ’Cause I feel like with the I Love Money I don’t like how they lumped everyone together. Everybody in that category is not to my level. Everybody that is not at my level will bring me down because these people can’t have the ratings that my show [will] have you know.
So talking about other girls on your level, there were a few other girls from FOL2 that XXL readers followed after the show – Buckeey and Deelishis. Do you have relationships with them?
[ Buckeey and I] talk once in a while and we have been in talks about certain things for the future and but, you know, of course we’re working on ourselves first.
What about Flav? Do you still talk, are you still friends?
When I was pregnant with my daughter he wrote me on MySpace, but that was the last that I’ve heard of him.