I'm a sucker for chicks with accents. I don't know what it is, but the moment I hear the foreign intonation in a female's voice, my attention, among other things, perks. Everything they say seems that much more important and I hang on to every word. And what an AMEX Black card and hefty bank account do to elevate a man's game (of which I have neither), an accent does to a girl's. A "five" becomes a "six", a "six" a "seven", so on and so forth.
So when Steve and Dennis from Babe Blvd were hyping a new model from the UK, I was intrigued. An import model with a British Accent? Say word, son. Even if she was only moderately cute, I had to meet her. But when Kay Valentine, Ms. London Thang, turned out to be hotter than a Spice Girls orgy sans the Scary Spice, I knew she would be perfect for our ten year anniversary issue. That, and it would give me an excuse to sit down and soak up all her UK-breathed sexiness.
'Alo, Guvna!How are you today, my love?
Feelin' right proper; downright cheerio and you?[laughs] I'm real fine, mate. Thanks for asking.
Now would be the time to interject for those reading at home that you are, in fact, from London, England.Yes, it's the 'London swagger', and it's highly contagious; spend enough time with Kay Veezy, and you'll start talking like Harry Potter!
Funny, Potter was actually my nickname for a while...Stupid scar. Anyway, how long have you been in the States, and what brought you out here?For about a year, now, and I love it - definitely beats gloomy London weather. At first I moved out here for my family, but now it's for the fast food-In 'n Out, Arby's... mmmmm!
Arby's? Of all the deliciousness America's filled with, you pick Arby's?Arby's is definitely high on the list. It's their buns, really - I can't explain it, but they're so soft that you can't resist to just take a big bite! They're perfect.
On the subject of perfect, soft buns, is your dad a baker?Is my daddy a baker? Why?
Because he sure did turn out a set of nice buns!Allow you! Or to put it in London terms: hold it down, dude! [laughs] Carter, that was so cheesy, as any British girl would tell you.
I'll allow you anytime! So, was that the first USDM pick-up line anyone's tried to spit at you?[laughs] No, I get cheesy pick-up lines all the time. Boys here find it more of a challenge to speak to me; they're intrigued by the accent and I get the same questions again and again. It's come to the point where I fancy just tryin' to put on an American accent to avoid the hassle. But I can't do your accent - I suck at it. Maybe I should write all the usual questions down, along with all my answers, so whenever I meet new people I can just hand them the list and make both our lives easier.
What are some of the usuals?Most people will ask, 'where's the accent from?', and then some will kill the conversation with, 'Is that Australian?'Shrimp on the barby! On the subject of stereotypical slangs, what's your favorite U.S. one?Well, you Yanks have taught me every naughty slang... but 'fools' is probably a good one. Try calling someone that in England, and you'll probably receive a beating!
This coming from an island nation that refers to everyone as 'chaps'...who wants to be referred to as cowboy pants? By the way, 'assless chaps'-best two words, ever.Hey, calling dudes 'chaps' isn't all that bad. It could be far worse.
I guess...fool. Ha! Kidding! Besides 'allow you', what's a useful British expression you could bequeath upon me?Over the moon! When you're feeling happy, you're 'over the moon'. Care to bless me with an American expression?
Hmm...Super stoked. It's kind of like 'over the moon'.So are you 'super stoked' today?
Yes, now that I'm talking to you, I am definitely 'over the moon'. Mars, even. So how did you start modeling all the way over here on the 'other side of the pond'?Yes, it's a big pond too, isn't it? [laughs] My grandparents and my mum's side of the family lives in the States, so that's why I initially came out here. I've been modeling in London since I was 18 - fashion and catalogue work, mostly -and I made a Myspace page for fun. Someone from L.A. found it and 'discovered' me. Thanks to Steve from Babe Blvd. and Myspace, for bringing the whole world together. It's amazing what we're all able to do in this century!
Yes, the Internet is the greatest technological enabler for stalkers since the advent of the White Pages or binoculars. Stevie B. is a cool dude though--the homie. What was your first show?It was actually only last year, Spocom. I was a newbie to the scene then, but I loved it from the start!
Is there an import scene in the U.K.?There is, but it's very small. And most of it is Euro style with topless chicks... but not me - I'm a good Catholic girl; gotta keep my buns safe in the oven!
I've got a nice oven. Feel free to use it. On the subject of delectable treats, what is your favorite L.A. food?I love the Brazilian food at Bossa Nova...being part Vietnamese, I love pho. Who doesn't love pho? My favorite foods in L.A. are Vietnamese, Filipino, and Japanese. But back home, it's definitely the fish and chips! They're way better in the U.K.
Pho sho'. What do you miss most about London?I miss my tea time and sipping on my English tea.
Is there a difference between English tea?Yes there is; the tea bag is unique and you can't purchase it here. That and we drink tea with milk.
Milk with hot tea? Sounds gross.Try it, and you'll love it. Guaranteed. I make the best cup of English tea.
Those are dubious honors, that's like saying I make the best bowl of instant ramen.[laughs] I'm good at that too!
I'm sure you are. Have you heard of the show, Top Gear?Yes I have. I've been watching that since a very young age. It's a good show. It comes on at 7 pm which is dinner time back at home so our entire family would watch it. It's humorous and I like the racing.
Bad teeth and pale complexion, is there truth behind that stereotype?It is true to a certain point but I can't speak for everyone. I've been lucky enough to be blessed with a good complexion and extremely good teeth. I've been certified by dental practices here and back at home. My nice teeth is one of my trademarks.
But over here, good teeth are the norm.Yes I agree, I have seen many great sets of teeth around, but dental practices have complimented me on my teeth. I'm very thankful for that.
[laughs] You're weird. What does a guy have to do to earn your heart?That's a challenge for any guy; I've been unfortunate with love. I've given my heart away and been hurt before and I don't ever want to experience it again. I want to meet good people; a person with a good heart that I can trust and count on, and who will respect me.
Cough, me, cough! Good and respectful is easy! Where do I sign up?You may submit your applications directly to my Myspace. [laughs]
Besides looking for a good man - which by the way, will be totally over for you, once I find Internet access - and modeling, what else are you into?[laughs] I like to go out and soak up the sun. Give me a beach or a backyard; either way, it beats London weather! I also like going out with friends, singing and dancing! I love dancing! I'm a dancing fool; I grew up studying performing arts, from contemporary ballet and jazz to hip-hop and it's pretty much one of my biggest passions! Once I start, I can't stop. Just like the Energizer Bunny!
So what songs get the bunny going?Oh, now you really got me started! Anything - Chris Brown is my favorite, I love his song, Forever. It's my Fav, but there's just so much!
Speaking of songs, for the last burning-in-my-loins question: How come every time I come around, your London, London Bridge wanna go down?Oh, Mr. Carter... I'm sure you can have that effect on me, but I'm saving my buns for someone special! Sorry, mate!
I am so not over the moon anymore...[laughs] One day, Carter... one day you'll be super stoked!
Makeup/Hair: Iconimage.Net Styling: Hollie Williamson Wrap & Skirt: Hollie Williamson Bra: H&M Shoes: Jessica Simpson Necklace: Joshua Titchkosky Bangels: Skinny
Measurements:34C - 25 -36
Birthday: February 25th
Hometown: London, United Kingdom
Thanks: I would like to thank Import Tuner and you, Mr. Carter! Steve Bitanga and the whole Babe Blvd. talent firm, my best friends David and Clinton, my guardian angel Walter, and last but not least my Mummy, Daddy, and family.