In Part 1 of our interview with Emily B of Love & Hip Hop, the reality star and entrepreneur opened up about her feelings towards Kimbella and why she handled the situation the way she did.
Here is Part II where we are introduced to Emily, the business women.
Emily talks being independent, where her friendship stands with Adrienne Bailon, and the status with her baby daddy Fab!
Vanessa: You’ve been working on a clothing line called Emily B… Can you tell us what we can expect and when it will be released?
Emily: Right now, I’m in the design phase. I’ve wanted to be a designer for a very long time and I’ve been working on it for a while and I finally clicked with someone who gets me and sees my vision. Kurt, the owner of Notation, he’s incredible. He owns a manufacturing company and he has my back. It’s not an easy process and to actually have someone who is actually helping and mentoring me is a plus. We’re looking to launch Fall 2012.
Vanessa: What will the price range be?
Emily: My main concern is for it to be affordable because the girls who watch my show are always asking “Where did you get that?” and you know what I’m not really into trends. I’m not really into the big designer things. I wear what’s comfortable and cute and it doesn’t have to be very expensive because I’ll just slap it on with a pair of expensive shoes. I’m a bargain shopper and I love clothes and to me your clothes don’t have to be $1,ooo for it to look good. My thing is making something that affordable for my fans and making something that is quality, fly, chic and timeless.
Vanessa: Age range?
Emily: I would say 18-35 but I also have a teenage daughter that goes through my closet. So I think i’ll make a few pieces for the younger girls.
Vanessa: Prior to Love & Hip Hop you were known in the industry as a stylist. How did you get into styling and who are some of your clients?
Emily: Ten years ago I worked with an artist that was signed under The Neptunes and that was my first client, many, many years ago. I moved to New York and being here I knew I wanted to continue my styling career. It wasn’t as successful in Virginia but I was making it happen. I met many people through Fab and he helped me and put me in the door and he gave me a job as well. I had to show and prove and I think I did. A lot of people say “You style Fab that’s not a job”.. No! That’s like the hardest client I have. He’s very picky and he’s a trendsetter. When I knew I could style him, which I’ve been doing for 6 years, I knew I could style anybody.
Vanessa: Who are some of your recent clients?
Emily: Red Café, Teiarra Marie, Terrence J from 106 & Park and I also do a lot of personal shopping as well.
Vanessa: We know that Adrienne and Fab are friends, are you also mutual friends? And how do you feel about what is said about them in the media?
Emily: I think it’s funny. Adrienne is a good friend of ours and I’m not going to put her business out there but we know her man and he’s actually a good friend of Fab’s. We’ve been friends for years and when you see her she’s always out with her man and he’s always with Fab. So when you see her man he’s not famous so you’re just going to put the two people that are famous together. She’s a great girl and she’s like family. I hate that she’s even involved because it’s hard for her. It’s difficult for her and I hate that she has the backlash from it but it comes with the territory I guess. We try to laugh it off all the time. I just recently went to Fab’s birthday and we took a picture together and I was like “We’re going to be on all the blogs tomorrow”, and we laughed about it. People are going to believe what they want to believe at the end of the day. So, no Adrienne and Fab are not dating. I promise.
Vanessa: What is your current status with Fab?
Emily: My relationship with Fab has changed in the last two years for the better because I went out there and got my own identity and put myself first. You have to put yourself and love yourself first. Love is crazy. And keep a hobby. Find something to do because if you don’t have anything to do and you just focus on a man that ain’t gonna work. Go do Yoga or join a cooking class, something to get your mind off of him.
Vanessa: What can we expect from upcoming episodes?
Emily: I don’t really know what the other girls have going on. I mostly shot with Chrissy this season. I know Somaya and Olivia are still working on the music stuff and Yandy has her issues with Jimmy. With me you’re going to see me on my own. This is my first time that I’m in my own place so it’s a little scary for me and I have my moments of weakness. I have my highs and my lows and you’ll get to see that. It’s all craziness and we’re still filming.
Vanessa: How does it feel to watch each week and still have to film?
Emily: That’s the hard part because when you have to watch what the other girls are saying and you still have to film is the most difficult part. I think the best thing about our show is that it’s so real and nothing is scripted. They put it out on the table and we just have to deal with it. Our main goal is to just be as real as possible. I don’t really care what anybody has to say, I’m just going to just be me. At the end of the day I’ve seen the comments, I’ve seen what people are saying and I’m just going to be me. I’m just being myself and true to who I am. Hate it or Love it.
Vanessa: What do you want the world to know Emily B for? As a stylist, as a designer or as a strong woman?
Emily: I definitely don’t want my legacy to be what you’ve seen so far on t.v because I’m so much more than that. I was going through something emotionally and I think a lot of women can relate to me. It was hard for me to put that out there but I feel like so many people can learn from my situation. I want people to learn that sometimes you have to follow your passion and love yourself first and once you do that anything is possible and you can follow your dreams. That’s the story I want people to learn from me.
Vanessa: What makes Emily B. MAJOR?
Emily: I’m a go-getter, I’m an entrepreneur and I’m independent. I don’t depend on anyone to do what I have to do. I have ambition and it’s all about ambition. I still have so much more that I want to do and it doesn’t stop here.
Make sure to catch Emily B. Monday nights on VH1 at 8pm!