Oh where shall I start?! Haha let’s begin with the Ocean Drive shoot. I was told for months I’d be shooting my third cover for Ocean Drive, and when I arrived, I wasn't aware that I was shooting a special swimwear editorial until my gorgeous sister, Marta, overheard the crew talking. Of course as a loving sister she passed on what she heard. I was shocked. I felt betrayed and lied to, so of course I am not going to smile and be OK with it. I am a business person, and whatever project I sign up for, I always give 110%. They manipulated a situation, so of course I am going to stand up and fight for what is right. I treat everyone with respect, and I demand respect and honesty back. I agreed to the shoot, because I was told it was a cover. If I was offered an editorial, I probably still would have agreed to do it (as I have done numerous editorials over the years and have nothing against them), but the fact that I was tricked into it made it unacceptable, and I wasn't going to just sit there and go on with the shoot pretending everything is great and dandy.
That being said, I love Ocean Drive, and both the covers I did with them are some of my favorites. I am very grateful to Ocean Drive, because if it wasn't for my first cover, I might have never met my fiancé, Romain Zago, as he is the one that organized my cover party at Mynt, and that was the night we fell in love.
I don't put up with B.S. from anyone; life is tough as it is, and I work darn hard for my money. I don't rely on a man to take care of me, and I have always been independent (I’ve worked since I was 15 as a telemarketer) and taken care of myself. That is why I have such thick skin and don't deal with nonsense, because I don’t have the time for it. I have made many mistakes in my life -- including buying rental properties before the market crashed -- and I have lost a fortune, but you live and learn and that has made me even stronger. I know not to deal with nonsense and things that are not important. I fight for what I believe in, and this was one of my fights to stand up for myself as I would for my loved ones and animals.