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Yesterday, XXL posted footage from Joe Budden’s pool party, which went down the night before Summer Jam and set the tone for a memorable weekend in New Jersey. Those that caught the exclusive video, were probably wondering about the identity of the young lady with the blonde Mohawk and star-spangled bathing suit. The party’s host was similarly intrigued by the fresh face, using his trusty megaphone throughout the night to flirt with the mysterious beauty.
The woman of the hour was Kaylin Garcia, a hip-hop dancer and Zumba instructor from Miami. “Get Kaylin for me,” announced Joey as his backyard was just beginning to fill with guests. Once he located his new crush, he shared a very important message with her. “On Twitter, block all these niggas. All these niggas is spam. Report them as spam,” he directed as guests laughed.
Sensing a budding love connection, XXL scrapped the regular Web Candy of the week feature planned for Kaylin and instead got her and Joey on the line together. Live from Joey’s crib, the two lovebirds spoke to XXL about their connection at the poolside bash, the chemistry they’ve built in the time since and why Kaylin’s humble attitude makes her stand out even more than her mohawk does. — Calvin Stovall (@CalvinStovall)
XXLMag.com: Joey, what caught your eye about Kaylin at the party?
Joe Budden: I saw a very new look. On the megaphone I was joking around and I think that’s what made it hot. As the day went on, it was clear to me that everyone that came in shared that sentiment… Because I was actually throwing the pool party, I didn’t really get to see much or enjoy too much, but I noticed that everybody had a picture with Kaylin, and everybody I spoke to after the pool party was talking about Kaylin. My mom came in the room and asked about Kaylin. [laughs] Shit.
What do you think it about her that made her the star of the party? Is it the Mohawk?
JB: It was more than the Mohawk. The Mohawk was a part of it. Her body looked photo-shopped. And everything just looked right. The face was right, the hair was right, the smile was right— everything was right.
Kaylin, how did you feel about the attention you were getting after Joey shouted you out?
Kaylin Gargia: I kind of took the attention as, I knew what it was. I get the same attention in Miami, but the attention here was just on another level. I didn’t expect it to be the way it was, but I had a great time. I enjoyed myself and the people that was around me.
How’d you end up at the party?
KG: I found out about the party like two months ago. (My friend) was like, “I have to get you here to this party, you gotta be a part of it. So that’s what it became.
What do you do for work back in Miami?
KG: I’m a professional hip-hop dancer. I used to teach at dance studios, also a Zumba instructor at gyms LA Fitness and Bally. I was a dancer since like 5th grade, and then [I started] teaching Zumba just like two months ago.
What do you plan to do with modeling?
KG: Right now, I’ve done a couple music videos for a couple of artists, but I’m not trying to get into that because I’m not tryna be labeled as a video vixen or a hip-hop chick. That’s not my goal, so right now I’m just going with the flow— whatever happens, happens. But “whatever happens, happens,” is not gonna be with WorldStarHipHop and me showing my ass in a video.
What’s it been like getting to know each other one on one as opposed to that crazy scene at the pool party?
JB: I told her this yesterday and the day before, at the pool party because there was so much chaos it was very clear to anyone with two eyes that she was an amazing looking woman. Spending a few hours [with her] without so much else going on, her brain is pretty complex. And I know mine is pretty complex. That made this reunion very easy.
After getting to know her, what stands out to you most about Kaylin as a person?
JB: She’s a fun, easy-going, mannerable— none of the asshole shit that a lot of these bad bitches from New York have. Seriously, a lot of these beautiful women in New York, they grow up being beautiful women from New York. So they’re arrogant, they’re bourgeois, they feel like they should be on a pedestal. Their views are maybe fucked up as far as men go because they encountered so much so early. Kaylin’s beautiful, but without all of that. I’m not saying she don’t have her own Miami shit, but she don’t have that [NY attitude].
Kaylin, it’s rare to find a beautiful woman without the attitude. What about your life made you so humble?
KG: I’m very humble. I definitely ain’t no bourgeois chick… I appreciate what I have because that’s how my mother and father taught me. When it comes to being a bourgeois chick, I’m not the one. I’m just living day by day… I grew up rough. I had a rough childhood so it comes with it. I know how it feels to be poor, I know how it feels to be homeless as well. So, it all comes with the humbleness. That’s just the kind of person that I am. It doesn’t matter if I have all this attention around me, I’m still gonna be the same type of person. I’m not gonna change for anyone.
Is Joe the first rapper you’ve met?
KG: No, well I used to do music videos. I’ve met Mystikal, Lil Wayne— I never met them on like a really personal level to talk to them, but on set they’re cool people. I’m very cautious of what I do, because the industry’s very small. So if I do anything, [I’m careful].
Joe, is it fair to say that her looks caught your eye, but it was the way she carries herself that truly piqued your interest?
JB: Please be clear, if she didn’t carry herself that way, there would be no attraction from me. That is part of what attracts me to her. The fact that she is so abstract from the fucked up ass industry where you meet all these fucked up ass people.
Kaylin, final question. What’s your favorite Joey song?
KG: “Pray for Me.” It’s deep.