SEPTEMBER: The Flawless Yolie Monroe
Name: Yolie Monroe
Dimensions: 36DD – 26 – 44
Occupation: Esthetician & Business Owner
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Bio: If you didn’t already know, Yolie Monroe is one of the hottest ladies on the scene. This bi-racial beauty has always been into healthy and holistic living which has fueled her passion for skin care. In high demand, she’s always on the go so we were lucky to squeeze in this shoot just before she relocated to the West Coast.
Why did you get into the industry?
Having studied drama and dance growing up, I was always attracted to the entertainment industry… but I kinda fell into things when I got older and photographer Johnny Nunez discovered me along with a few promoters.
What was your first gig or experience in the industry?
I was in LA and ended up being a stand in for J-Lo in one of her music videos.
Where do you see yourself in the next few years?
I hope to continue growing my business and be successful in the skin care industry.
What do you like about the industry?
What I like is that you can create trends and movements that people can follow.
What don’t you like about the industry?
Ugh, that it’s so phony and so fake… a lot of people aren’t really your friends, they’re just in it to see what they can get out of you. So you really can’t be naive and understand that most people aren’t genuinely looking out for you. But if you can get past that, you’ll be fine.
It’s a good idea to hit up other people in the industry to know what you’re getting in to.
What advice would you give an up and coming model that you wish someone gave you?
Do your research, especially on photographers. I worked with one guy that turned out to be very sleazy and untrustworthy. After I worked with him I spoke to other models, and they all had the same opinion as me. So don’t assume that everyone is legit just because they have, or work with, big names.
What advice would you ask a more experienced model?
Hmm… is sleeping around with everyone in the industry really worth it?
Who is your fave model or #WCW?
Obviously, Marilyn Monroe… you can see how much she has influenced me.
Have you been published? if so, when/where?
Well there have been quite a few… Smooth Magazine recently featured me in their “Best of” issue, Thick Magazine, Shy Girl Magazine, Sweets Magazine, and Seductive Complexions.
What major bookings have you done?
I’ve hosted so many celebrity parties with huge performers that I’ve lost track… artists, ball players, it feels like everyone!
Your photos look amazing, what’s your secret?
Take care of your skin! You really have to be careful or you can end up aging yourself too soon. Try to make conscious choices now that will make maintaining your beauty easier as you get older.
How do you feel you’re empowering yourself and others?
I feel like being a glamour model has a negative connotation because so much of what’s out there is just poor quality. By getting involved with ShotsWeekly.com I’m making sure that I’m working with a brand that cares about what’s put out there. That helps to elevate the industry by eliminating the negative context… and it’s a great platform for models looking to get their big break.
Do you feel this industry objectifies women?
I think people are focused on the wrong thing. They listen to a song that disrespects women, and then attack a model for posing provocatively. There’s a double standard. Not every woman that chooses to show her body is a whore, I know a lot of strippers that are more upstanding than women with “respectable” jobs. There are also a lot of celebrities that have posed or performed nude, but we praise them for their craft…
Any interesting you’d like to share with us and your fans?
Contrary to what a lot of people assume <chuckles> I’m very rugged and outdoorsy. Gun ranges, camping, motorcycles—I’m in to it all… and definitely not afraid to get my hands dirty or be a little adventurous.
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