From The Vault: D. Woods
Normally, we ride shotgun alongside Diddy's executive decisions (Kain and Dream aside). But concerning Wanita "D. Woodsâ€ Woodgetteâ€”our favorite fifth of Danity Kaneâ€”Diddy's head game has been far from proactive. In his biggest brain-fart since claiming "Cassie's not a bad singer,â€ the Bad Boy guru seems to have an issue with the Springfield, Massachusetts, native's show-stopping thickness. In fact, Diddy once claimed that the diva was "one hamburger awayâ€ from exceeding Danity's weight capacity.
Even if you huffed with Puff, though, you can't blow D. Woods down. The Nicole Richie diet wasn't an option for the West African, professionally trained dancer. And considering that her group's self-titled debut has outsold Press Play, D. Woods and her hourglass physique seem to have fans convinced. Good thing, since her hidden passion could potentially enhance future Danity Kane videosâ€”stripper poles plus music equal one happy Wanita.
How was it shooting fresh pics, slightly less-clothed?
I've never done a shoot for a magazine, so you guys popped my cherry. [laughs] It was fun, though. Going in I was like, "I'll do it, but I gotta talk to them about what I'm gonna wear, 'cause I ain't doing no backshots.â€ My mama would be mad.
Parents just don't understand. Why has the group been sexing up magazines individually lately?
We have five different girls, five different backgrounds and ethnicities, with different audiences that we cater to. I'm not gonna be doing [Town & Country] type stuff with Shannon if they ain't checking for me. And I wasn't in the Blender and Maxim issues with Aubrey, so it just makes sense for me to rep for who I'm representing.
Of course, and you've always been our favorite, anywayâ€”just ignore those Aubrey pinups behind you [laughs]. Why do you think Diddy is so critical of your curves?
I feel like he puts stuff out there to see how you'll react. Even with him talking to me later about it, he said he had to say certain things because that's what other people are going to say. In my heart I don't feel I have a problem. The only thing that affected me was the manner in which he did it, because I thought it was disrespectful.
Funny thing is, you're not even that thick. Compared to Cassie, though, you're Monique.
I'm not big. Genetically, the women in my family got thighs and booty, so that ain't gonna go nowhere no matter how much I run on the treadmill. In fact he made me run an extra three miles a day on the treadmill than the other girls and I was telling him, "You might not wanna do that because I'm gonna be all muscle. When I come back in here looking like Flo-Jo, I'm going to look like I'm about to beat somebody's ass.