Erika Mayshawn Interview
ETHNICITY: African American
HOMETOWN: Detroit, Michigan
WEB SITE: Fantasy-dollz.com
YOU'VE SEEN HER IN: "What's Not To Love" and "Cheating" videos by Dwele
What has KING's former Web Girl of the Year contestant (KING June '07) been up to lately? Any highlights?
Outside of the music videos and magazines, I graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in fashion merchandising and a business minor, with a 4.0 GPA and on the Dean's list!
Beauty and brains? That's a rarity, especially for women featured in Playboy. How did you score those multiple gigs?
For some reason, they got a great response on their blogs and in e-mails about me. So it stretched my two issues to seven issues and a cover. It shocked me, and now they are considering me for a Playmate feature. We'll see, though. They are very picky with black girls; very.
What makes them picky, in your opinion?
Playboy adheres to a commercial standard of beauty: a slimmer frame, more international appeal. Therefore, some women who we all think may be drop-dead beautiful may not make the cut, oftentimes by just being too curvy.
Still sounds suspect, if you ask us. But what are your thoughts on being one of a very select few African-American models in their magazine, even if it is their spin-off rag?
It's flattering to be in their magazine. If you notice, there are no more than two black girls per issue. Out of all the girls that would like to do it, it's kind of humbling, if anything.
Think you can get us into the Playboy Mansion? We've heard that grotto has plenty of stories.
There wasn't much going on when I was there, aside from girls making out and maybe a few guys watching. There are four big parties there in 2010, so I'll put "my people" on it [laughs].
Thanks for the look, homie.
The Mansion is very fun, but it's not some big orgy, unless I was at the wrong party. But it's a very relaxed, loose atmosphere. Nobody is hounding anybody; it's a laid-back energy. When girls can walk around and drink naked comfortably, it says a lot!
Which makes sense that you would fit in. You like posing nude.
I feel like the top models of the world pose nude, and I'm no higher up. Being a female model is about being a sex kitten. Carmen Electra, Pam Anderson, Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford and more have all done Playboy. And don't forget Janice Dickinson, Iman, Gisele Bundchen and various Victoria's Secret models have posed nude, as well. I think a tasteful nude shoot beats a trashy seminude shoot any day.
We're mad you added Carmen Electra and Pam Anderson to that list. Anywho, what's the first thing men, or women, for that matter, compliment you on when you're power walking down the street?
I get the most attention for my legs, then my lips.
Yeah, those soup coolers of yours can make any man squirm in delight
It's to be expected, but I guess it's my job to use it to my advantage, right?
Quick, describe them in 10 words or less.
All-natural, heart-shape lips made to warm the body.
There isn't enough collagen in the world to fake those. But we reckon Heidi Montag has tried.
***CHECK OUT MORE OF ERIKA AND HER ALL-NATURAL HEART SHAPED LIPS IN THE FALL 2010 ISSUE OF THE WOMEN OF KING, ON NEWSSTANDS NOW***