Emmaly Lugo, the dime from videos such as Rick Ross’ “9 Piece” and Birdman’s “Fire Flame (Remix),” graces the Eye Candy section of XXL’s October issue. Here are the video and outtakes from the interview.
Name: Emmaly Lugo
ETHNICITY: Hawaiian, Puerto Rican & Greek
HOMETOWN: Born in Rochester, raised in Miami.
How many videos have you been in?
I have been in over 15 videos for mainstream and underground artists. Rick Ross featuring Lil’ Wayne “9 Piece”, Birdman featuring Lil Wayne “Fire Flame (Remix)”, Cam’Ron featuring Vado “Girls Cry”, Bobby Valentino “Rock Witcha”, Rick Ross featuring Gucci Mane “MC Hammer”, Jae Millz featuring Chris Brown “Green Goblin”, MassPike Miles featuring Rick Ross “Nasty”, Brisco featuring Lil Wayne “On the Wall”, Benzino featuring Ray J “Amazing”, and a few more.
What was the first video you were in?
The first video I was in was a Tyrese video for “How You Wanna Act Like That.” I was 16 years old and I was an extra on a porch scene. I remember being so nervous because I was so young and being on the set was surreal. At the time I had no experience with being on camera and had no clue what to do. Funny thing is my scene didn’t make the final video, thank goodness!
How did you get linked up for the Rick Ross 9-Piece video? Who directed the video?
The infamous Gil Green directed the “9-Piece” video down in Miami. I actually went to a casting call orchestrated by Ethnicity Models. There were over 300 girls casting for the same role so I was so excited when I got the part. At the casting they had us holding a gun and acting like we shot somebody it was dope.
You’re relatively a new face in this game. How did you get started? Did you always want to be a video model?
The funny thing is I did my first video at 16 and I did another video when I was 18 for Dj Khaled’s “Holla At Me Baby”. I was one of the girls who hugged Pitbull when he walked out of the store. I was even an extra in Ying Yang Twins “Get Low (Remix)”. So, technically I’ve been in the game a minute but I took gaps in between to focus on school. I’ve always wanted to be model but music videos are just a thing I got into because the market for that is big in Miami. However, I am glad to be considered a new face because I don’t ever want to be played out.
You’ve been in a ton of videos that were shot in Miami. Mainly, because of the weather. But for some reason when the summer wraps, so do the video shoots in Miami. How do you continue getting your name and face out there?
When the castings slow down I try to update my portfolio, take acting classes and hustle hard in school. I also set goals of different things I want to be a part of such as magazines, online websites and different types of photo shoots I want to try. I find ways to connect with people who can help me make these goals possible. The hardest part is sniffing out the phonies. A lot of people talk but actions speak.
Do you enjoy what you do? If so, what are the perks of your job?
Doing music videos and shooting for magazines is a lot of fun. To be a part of an artist’s vision for the way he portrays his song is epic because that video is forever. Similar are taking photos for magazines—the pictures are forever. To be able to watch the video play on TV or walk in a store and see a magazine that you’re in on the stands gives an amazing feeling. However, the down side to urban modeling is it’s extra sexy and all about seduction. A lot of stuff isn’t ideal to show your parents.
What do you think is your best physical feature and why?
My best physical feature is my feet. I take pride in the fact that I have cute toes that I always keep freshly polished.
Do you get tired of shooting for the same artists for songs that practically sound the same?
I don’t mind shooting for the artists and their songs don’t bother me. My iPod is full of hip-hop songs from artists like Talib Kweli, Mos Def, The Roots and others like that. So the same songs that are popular today never get played out to me since I don’t listen to the radio like that.
What is your ultimate goal?
My ultimate goal is to take over the world. No, I’m only kidding. My goal is to embrace opportunities as they come without going out of my way. What I plan on working hardest at is graduating college and becoming a pharmacist.