Four-letter words in the English language are some of the most profound, uninhibited and sincere manifestos a person can offer. Direct and to the point, these quad-character charges are more than just words, they're mono-syllable statements--full emotional discourses, at the cost of half a breath. Take for instance, the term "shit"; a colorful expression depending on use, can imply something either intensely positive or downright negative. Example: If you lost your car keys or a drag race, the use of "Shit!" would denote a distressing feeling, versus if you found a winning lottery ticket. "Love" is another word that conjures up extreme emotions. For females, it is the coveted word that fairy tales, chick flicks and dreams are made of. For guys, it's the one word we fear--a quadruple-lettered shackle, killing all hopes and dreams . . . until now.
Tara Love, a tag-team of four-letter words that add up to a perfect dime, gives a whole new reason to love the word Love. Of Spanish-Mexican descent, this firme heina is into Asian guys and tuning cars. Say word? Word. She's not beauty sans the brains, either. A self-taught designer and journalism student in high school, Tara reported exclusively to us the secrets of why she's better than Santa, how you can get laid, which taco trucks to avoid, and what a Va-JJ is. So in Love? You will be, after this interview.
Ready for your first question?
Yeah, this is kind of scary! [laughs]
I don't know . . . 'cause I've been waiting and waiting to do this.
Waiting for 2NR or the interview?
Import Tuner. Ahhhh okay, I'm good. Ready!
Ok, let's start with an easy one: How did you get into modeling?
[laughs] The famous first question!
Well, I went to a car show with a girl friend for the first time, and I wasn't even looking into modeling, but got offered a gig and I took it.
What car show and when was this?
It was about two years ago, at Formula D in Long Beach, CA. Someone from Scion got my contact info and I got started.
Was Formula D the first gig?
No, that's where I was "discovered", so to speak. My first gig was with Scion, for a Halloween event at Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, CA.
Were you into drifting?
I like drifting now, but not back then. All the guys are ugly.
[laughing] You don't think any of the drifters are hot?
This one dude from Japan--he looked really hot, but then he smiled and his teeth were all busted. So I'm still looking . . . [laughs]
What kind of guys are you looking for?
All of them! But I really like Asian dudes.
Wow. You caught the extremely rare female strain of the Yellow Fever . . .
[laughs] Yeah, you can say that.
What nationalities have you dated?
I've dated a Filipino and Japanese guy--to me, they have a good swagger about them. As a guy, you gotta have style and be a good dancer!
Well then, I think it's way past due to try a Korean!
Why? Who's Korean?
Present company, of course!
Oh! Duh! Only if you cook for me.
Yeah, Korean food is bomb!
What have you tried?
Everything. I like this chicken dish with an orange sauce--it's kind of spicy.
Are you talking about Orange Chicken from Panda Express?
[laughs] No! Panda Express is bomb, though.
It's not bad, but it's Chinese! Kind of. Just cause all us Asians have black hair, slanted eyes, yellow skin and speak in funny accents doesn't mean we all eat the same food.
[laughs] I know!
Besides Korean, do you have any other favorite food?
Salmon. I love fish. It's so yummy I could eat it all day, every day.
Salmon? That's not very Spanish/Mexican of you.
That's the only thing healthy I'll eat. Mexican food is delicious too, of course.
Agreed. I heart taco trucks.
Yeah, if you want to have the squirts all night. [laughs]
But once you build that tolerance, you're fine!
Growing up in SoCal, you never ate at a taco truck?
I have, but I had a bad experience!
As in . . . ?
I knew that was coming! Well, after a club everyone always wants to eat . . . so it was either Denny's or a taco truck, so we decided to pull over and grab some tacos .
And . . . ?
I guess the meat was freaking old or something, but I didn't know until I got home. I ended up running to the bathroom all night! [laughs] I can't believe I just told you that.
For personal reference--so I never venture there--where was this?
In Pasadena, CA, around the corner from club Mnage off of Fair Oaks! If you ever want to lose 20 pounds, go there.
Gross. But thanks for diet tip. So what do you do for fun?
I hang out with my girl friends a lot . . . we'll go out and party.
Do you have any unusual hobbies?
I like to make my own clothes. I've made dresses, jeans and jackets.
You're a designer?
In the making. I can make you something . . . like a pair of boxers.
A leopard-print thong, please.
Only if it's hot pink!
Rawr! Did you go to school for design?
I went FIDM, but not for design; for visual communications.
So you didn't study design?
No, I should have.
You just started designing on your own?
Yeah, I've always loved the world of design. Plus, I have a lot gay friends who inspire me. [laughs]
Like really gay, or they just act gay.
Like totally flaming gay.
So you're talking enjoy-the-taste-of-man-popsicle gay.
Man popsicles? [laughs] What? Gay people are fun to be around--they're so free spirited.
That's because they're gay.
[laughs] And they have fashion sense. They'll tell you straight up if your wardrobe looks like shit, and that you should change your outfit.
And you can compare notes on other guys!
[laughs] For sure!
Going back, how were you in high school?
I loved school--I loved to write! I was in journalism throughout high school.
Yeah, I was a good student. I had my bad moments, but I did well for the most part.
I did not take you for the journalism type.
No one does. It's like everyone expects me to say, "I was the head cheerleader and like, sooo popular in school! Like, oh my god!"
"Like, totally!" What was the last book you read?
My grandmother Margie recommended the Twilight series, so I read all four books in total.
You mean the vampire thing?
O. M. Freaking G. That movie was horrible!
What?! I liked it!
Of course you did, you're a girl! That movie was so cheesy.
Boo, Carter! They could have cast a hotter girl for the lead, though.
Why do girls like movies like that, or The Notebook or Titanic?
Don't forget Romeo and Juliet!
Sigh. And us dumb dudes always get dragged by chicks to watch cinematic crap like that.
[laughs] That's how you guys get laid! Duh! [laughs] Kidding!
Dudes can be so stupid for the poon!
Eww! It's Va-JJ.
Oh. Is that the current vernacular? Sounds like an Armenian dude hawking cell phones. Back to writing, what's the last thing you wrote?
I write everyday.
Emails and IMs don't count!
No! I write about my day and thoughts I have. I'll write about people I like and people I hate. [laughs]
You're like a Santa Claus. Making a list and checking it twice.
I'm better than Santa--I have boobs!
Those, you do.
And they're real!
Even better. You've been blessed with good genes. Speaking of, how are your parents?
Do your parents think they're still young?
Huh? Um, no.
Well, mine do.
What do you mean?
Like, my mother loves to club. She goes hard.
Are you talking PTA/knitting type of club?
No, Hollywood. She even came to my birthday party at the former Ivar. She can keep up with my friends . . . she even got a number at the end of the night.
So I have to ask: is your mom a MILF?
No! She's not a MILF! I don't think . . . Stop!
Let me be the judge of that. Can I see her pic?
Boo! Do you have any other siblings?
I have a younger sister named Sabrina.
How old is she?
She's 20 . . . why?! Do you want to meet her too?
Your mom will suffice. Are you guys close?
Yeah, it's weird--we never fight. Well, there was one time we fought . . .
She wasn't paying attention and I slapped her in the face super hard! And then I got scared and ran cause she's really strong. She can totally kick my ass!
Your younger sister? Really?
She had me in a choke hold! She beats bitches up! Dudes, too! No joke.
Yikes. Yeah--I'll stick with your moms. What kind of car do you drive?
I'm getting a pearl white G35 soon.
Are you going to modify it?
Lower it, tint it up and maybe a kit . . . something real clean.
We should tune it for you!
I'm so down! I'll hustle dudes for money!
Holla when you get it! All I ask is for a pic of Mama Love . . .
Birthday: January 3rd
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Thanks: I'd LOVE to Thank Import Tuner and the bundle of hotness Carter! Haha. My Mentor Manny Mashouf--so Inspiring!! My good friend Robert Valentino, Derrik, Sabby, my Angel Entertainment family (love my boys) and most importantly, my beautiful sister Sabrina for always being by my side, and my mother, father and grandparents for all the love and support!! Je vous aime tout. XOXO, I love you all!