Creative capital: speaking
with Stacie J.
Colorado-raised and New York-based Stacie J. has been out on the
US west coast filming: unlike most
Apprentice contestants, she remains visible, with film roles
and modelling assignments. She was listed with Ford Models prior
to The Apprentice. As we chatted, she was planning to fly
out of Los Angeles, and we were interrupted every now and then by
her need to sort out tickets with the airline clerk.
Stacie J. is a stylish woman, with her look described
by her as very New York and edgy. I dressed funkier, edgier
than anyone on the show. Having your own sense of style and developing
it is something thats very, very important. Ive been
influenced by the fashion industryIve been modelling
since I was a kid. Roberto Cavalli (whom she loves), Dolce
& Gabbana, Prada, Gucci are her favourites. And I love
thrift-store shopping. You can find some funky, vintage stuff.
Her only faux pas was a purchase that she thought resembled
a gorilla jacket.
My next question was about her business, since
she had been on The Apprentice. One thing that never seems
to be stressed on Mr Trumps show is social responsibility
in business, something I have campaigned strongly for with my own
clients and with this magazine. While Stacie found it important,
and there was scope for it, she wanted to highlight the topic of
I was already quite appalled in my research to
find that Stacie J. was being compared to Omarosa, an AfricanAmerican
from the first season of The Apprentice. The only reason
the comparison was made was because of race. Yet these were obviously
two very different women. It is as invalid as comparisons made between
Maori comedians Mike King and the late Billy T. James: if both were
Caucasian no comparison would be drawn, for they are as distinct
as Rowan Atkinson and Benny Hill.
Her idea of social responsibility was addressing
the sort of inequality that still persists in the United States.
For me, I think of me employing AfricanAmericans in
my community. My store is in Harlem [across from President Clintons
office on 125th Street], and in America, its very hard for
AfricanAmericans in general. We dont have as high an
education as our Caucasian mainstream counterparts. A lot of AfricanAmerican
men are in jail. A lot of families are completely disrupted through
divorce. My social responsibility comes in to my community, which
is an AfricanAmerican [one]. I employ young kids. Everyone
who works for me is teenage, from 16 to 19. My responsibility is
to keep them focused, have a job, stay in school and get them the
most education that they can get.JY
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Stacie J. on the cover of Lucire July 2005: bracelets by
Judith Ripka; necklaces by Kimora Lee Simmons, and rope ring by
Crown Gems. Make-up: eyes: The eyeshadow used was LORAC Portable
Paints in Bare/Buff. The eyeliner was LORAC Cream Eyeliner Collection
1. Inner eyeliner was MAC Smolder. Mascara was Lancôme Flextencils.
Cheeks: DuWop BlushTherapy in Vivaldi. Lips: Cargo Ipanema. TOP:
Leora Abdolazadeh 14K white gold with 8·50 cts of round and
pear cabouchon rose-cut natural colour black diamonds, and 12·49
cts of rose-cut natural light champaign color diamonds. Retail US$16,785.
ABOVE: Leora Abdolazadeh14K white
gold chandelier necklace and earring set with 10·81 cts of
natural black cabouchon rose-cut diamonds and 8·69 cts of
white rose-cut diamonds. Retail $16,085. Make-up on eyes: MAC paint
in Shimma, Cargo shadow in Qatar. On cheeks, Cargo blush in Cable
Beach. Lips in LORAC Pro 9 Collection 1.
Jessica Tarazi is Director of Beauty (New
York) for Lucire. Jack Yan is founding publisher of Lucire.
Stacie J. appears on E!s Kill Reality,
débuting July 25, 2005 at 10 p.m. EDT/PDT, and in the
horror film The Scorned, scheduled for a September 2005 broadcast
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