Cover Keanu Reeves is the man of the moment.

Keanu Reeves is the man of the moment.

MAGIC IMAGE HOLLYWOOD MAGAZINE is a big fan of Mr. Keanu Reeves and big admirer of your work!

One of the great things about living in the modern world is that everyone is finally hip to Keanu Reeves. Right now he’s everywhere: Not just in the superb sequel John Wick: Chapter 3 Parabellum, but on talk shows, as a character in the upcoming video game Cyberpunk 2077, and as a hotter-than-hell but also endearingly insecure Canadian daredevil doll in Toy Story 4.

He’s on Buzzfeed answering the public’s questions as puppies scramble around him, and he has a cameo in a Netflix romantic comedy, Always Be My Maybe, playing a version of himself, if he were sort of a jerk, which, from all reports, he surely is not. Reeves has become the Internet boyfriend du jour, thanks in part to a series of photographs swirling around the web that show how respectful he is when posing with random fans or even with Dolly Parton taking care to avoid anything that could be construed as inappropriate touching. Keanu enthusiasts have even launched a change.org petition to make him TIME’s Person of the Year. That choice is made solely by TIME editors, but hey, you never know.

Keanu here, Keanu there, Keanu, Keanu everywhere: This is a 54-year-old overnight sensation who has been making movies since 1986, the year he appeared in Tim Hunter’s teens-in-trouble thriller River’s Edge. At last, he’s getting the unqualified love he deserves, and those of us who have always loved him can rest easy.

There have always been people who love Reeves, ferociously and defensively, as a personality and as a vibe. How could you not like him as a time-traveling, mop-headed swain in the Bill and Ted movies, as a surfing cop in Point Break, as earnest, searching Neo, the One, in The Matrix movies? But historically, even people who like Reeves as a performer have often been quick to add that they’re not sure he’s a good actor.

Before the Internet, there was a thing called dinner parties, and when the conversation turned to Keanu Reeves, you could be assured of hearing some variation of the following: He’s a bad actor. What he does is not really acting, he’s just playing himself. He’s good in action roles. He’s OK but he really shouldn’t attempt Shakespeare. He has no emotional range. He’s just bad.

No matter where you stand, I don’t think you can watch Reeves’ Don John and claim he doesn’t understand the character his intelligence works its way through muscle and bone as well as heart and head. It’s performance as vibration. This might be the key to all that Reeves does an actor, including his magnificent gifts as an action star. Movement is acting, speaking is acting, listening is acting, just being is acting: Reeves reminds us of all that, often silently. There’s thought behind everything he does, and reading those waves of thought is part of the process of watching him.

Maybe Reeves is one of the few modern-day actors whose style fits that model. He doesn’t work elaborate origami folds to transform himself into a character; instead, he beams radio signals from within. With a trim crewcut or a lanky shag, with a stubbly mug or a clean-shaven one, with a scowl or a slow-burning smile, he’s always starting from the base camp of Keanu.

None of this, though, answers the question of why Keanu, and why now? Other actors have passed through similar portals, seemingly expendable one minute and exalted the next. Before there was a Keanussance, there was a McConnaissance, the point at which Matthew McConaughey shifted from being an efficient actor in lame romantic comedies to being taken seriously in movies like Magic Mike and Dallas Buyers Club. The catchphrase became, “Wow, that guy can really act.”

But the recent blossoming of the Keanu orchid is different, maybe because, over the years, Reeves has proved that he doesn’t always need to be the center of attention. He launched a small art-book publishing house, X Artists’ Books, in 2018. He co-produced, and appeared in, the 2012 documentary Side By Side, an exploration of the differences between traditional photochemical filmmaking and digital processes.

He has always been guarded about his private life, though we do know that in 1999 his then-partner, Jennifer Syme, gave birth to a daughter, who was stillborn. In 2001, after the couple had broken up, Syme died in a car accident.

Reeves has erected some sturdy barriers against us, and yet somehow the membrane between his public life and what he truly thinks and feels seems fragile and permeable. What’s more, Reeves doesn’t seem to spend a lot of time on the Internet. Unlike most of us, he lives in the real world, and he makes it seem like a pretty good and grounded place to be.

When People magazine, on the red carpet for the Toy Story 4 premiere, asked Reeves how he felt about the Internet-boyfriend stuff, he responded with a ripple of surprise: “I’ve been what?” When the interviewer elaborated, he smiled quietly, as if only to himself. “That’s wacky,” he said, clearly amused as he registered this new-to-him but not-to-us information, quickly adding, “But the positivity’s great.”

He also speaks candidly on television, in the public eye about things that would leave many of us speechless. In early June he appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to promote John Wick 3, answering the usual questions about what it’s like to fight while you’re on the back of a horse, and so forth. And then Colbert almost stopped time itself by asking a strange, potent question, as if knowing that if anyone might have the answer, it would be this radiantly centered person sitting just a few feet away: “What do you think happens when we die, Keanu Reeves?”

Colbert presented the question jauntily, as at least a half-joke, both courting and getting a laugh from the audience. That audience may or may not have known about the personal losses Reeves has suffered; they may or may not have known that Colbert lost his father and two of his brothers in a plane crash when he was 10. But what they know or don’t know matters so much less than the way Reeves responds, with composure and generosity and grace: “I know that the ones who love us will miss us.” Keanu Reeves is the man of the moment. Keanu Reeves is trending. Keanu Reeves is hotter than hot. But when our attention turns elsewhere, as it inevitably will, Reeves will still be out there surfing, not worrying whether we’re watching him or not. Because surfing, not trending, is the way to keep going.

Cover WENDY GUESS Beauty, brains and brawn.

Beauty, brains and brawn, Get to know our cover girl, Wendy Guess.

MAGIC IMAGE HOLLYWOOD MAGAZINE had the opportunity to interview the amazing Wendy Guess, she opened her heart to us, let’s see what she is all about.

Don’t let the girl-next-door, beauty pageant queen, laid back California vibe fool you. Wendy Guess is driven. Born in New York and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, she brought her southern belle charm to the City of Angels in 2000, not anticipating how long her stay would last. But after a few months, she realized Los Angeles would be the place she’d call home. A graduate of the University of Georgia, with a Bachelors of Business Administration, Wendy eventually found her niche as a technology speaker. She is the face and voice of some of the most successful companies around the globe. She speaks about a wide variety of technologies, from artificial intelligence firms to high tech drone manufacturers working with the US Military. On the other end of the spectrum, Wendy’s also expanded her professional career into commercial real estate investment and development, while joint venturing with other partners, focusing on luxury apartment buildings. To call her multi-faceted would be an understatement.

MIHM: What inspired you to enter into the field of tech speaking?

WG- While living in Atlanta, just after graduating from college, I was hired by a modeling agency to be an assistant to a key note speaker, at a tech conference. I was so intrigued and drawn to this field, that I made it my mission to master the art of narrating and ear prompting. I love learning and experiencing the many futuristic ways of communicating and traveling but don’t consider myself a technology expert. Though I didn’t initially aspire to be a public speaker, once I was in front of a live audience, the adrenaline just took over from there.

MIHM: What does success mean to you?

WG- I think everyone’s definition of success is unique to them. We all have our own personal goals. I feel it’s so important to stay true to yourself, and not be defined by the opinions of others, or to compare yourself to others. I’m very passionate and enthusiastic about what I do every day. My feeling is that true happiness is living in the moment and embracing it, which is something we can all agree on and strive to achieve.

Read on to see the impact Wendy has made in Los Angeles

Cover model Wendy Guess is full of surprises! At age 14, she took modeling classes, then went on to book print ads and win numerous pageant titles. Wendy started booking fitness and lifestyle campaigns while modeling for various catalogs, which she still does today. She’s never considered herself to be a “fashion” model, per se, but more of a fitness and commercial model, which has been quite fulfilling and lucrative for her. She’s always had a passion for fitness and taught fitness classes through high school and college, and is also a disciple of power yoga.

MIHM: What gets your heart beating faster, tech speaking or modeling?

WG: They are so different yet both rewarding and fulfilling, I love and enjoy them both and love having that variety in my career.

MIHM: What kind of workout and diet do you subscribe to?

WG: I make sure I do some kind of exercise every day. I do power yoga 3-4 days a week, which is a flow practice with music, while incorporating a lot of strength moves. On other days, I do cardio-hiking, running, or gym cycling.

My diet is not always strict, but what works best for me before an event or shoot, is a diet of greens and protein while excluding carbs. I also do intermittent fasting at the same time (where you can only eat for 8 hours out of a 24 hour period).

MIHM: What do you think about the current situation in the country and what would you think you can do to change it or make it better?

WG- As much as I dislike the divide and anger we’re currently experiencing, it’s important to share our views and call people out on their integrity or lack thereof, as everyone should be made accountable in politics and humanity. I do my best to stay optimistic and respect our leaders, but at the same time I’m open-minded with regard to all the different opinions and view points. It’s interesting to travel to other parts of our country, and hear the contrast of feelings and opinions. I sound so diplomatic, but I’m truly level-headed when it comes to our country and our future. Hopefully my optimism and positive attitude will be an example to

others, because I do have faith in our system and the future of our country.

Wendy’s greatest passion is raising her two daughters as a newly single mother. She and her beautiful daughters are animal rights advocates supporting The ASPCA, The Humane Society, and Best Friends Initiative.

MIHM: It’s great to give back, what is the organization in the picture?

WG: This organization is close to our hearts and does so much for innocent animals. We adopted an adorable kitten here 2 years ago. The NKLA with Best Friends Animal Society serves as a model for how the entire nation can become a no-kill environment, meaning no pet ever must die in a shelter again, just because they don’t have a home. Their website is www.NKLA.org

MIHM: What kind of volunteer work do you do?

WG: I participate in many events and activities at my daughter’s schools. When volunteering I really enjoy working with children, whether it’s in the classroom, hosting fund-raisers or chaperoning field trips. It truly rewarding and I love seeing inside their world.

MIHM: How can people reach you, do you have social media, website, etc.?

WG- Yes, I do. My website is www.wendyguess.com

Instagram: @wendyguess

Email: [email protected]

The HollyRod Foundation Celebrates 21st Annual DesignCare Gala

The 21st anniversary DesignCare event was produced by actress Holly Robinson Peete and her husband Rodney Peete through their nonprofit organization, The HollyRod Foundation (HRF), and benefited those with autism and Parkinson’s disease, raising close to $700,000. The 2019 DesignCare Gala took place on Saturday, July 27th and featured musical performances by musical prodigious savant Kodi Lee (“America’s Got Talent”) and legendary and iconic band Cameo, as well as a fashion show by designer Pamella Roland who displayed her whimsical and gorgeous pieces from the Resort 2020 collection.
The gala honored Eva Longoria  (Actress/Philanthropist)with the “HollyRod Humanitarian Award,” Areva Martin (Civil Rights Attorney) with the “Angel on the Path” Award, Jimmy Choi (“American Ninja Warrior,” Advocate for Parkinson’s) with the “Matthew T. Robinson, Jr. Award of Courage,”Kalin Bennett (NCAA Basketball Player w/ autism) with the “HollyRod Hero Award,” Kodi Lee (blind singer w/ autism) also with the “HollyRod Hero Award,” and Cigna with the“HollyRod Corporate Compassion Award.”
Celebrity attendees included Holly Robinson Peete, Rodney Peete, Eva Longoria, Gabrielle Union, Dwayne Wayde, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Yvette Nicole Brown, Candace Cameron Bure, Jimmy Jam, Skai Jackson, Tina & Richard Lawson, Laila Ali-Curtis, Ming-Na Wen, Alex Meneses, Eva LaRue, Pamella Roland, Denyse Tontz, Kiki Shepard, Angela Lewis, Kodi Lee, Cameo, Chaz Dean, Charlotte Ross, Kim Coles,  Essence Atkins, Sharon Leal,  Boris Kodjoe, Jason Bolin, Jonathan  Adams, Maureen McCormick, Emma Fuhrmann, Emily Shah, Denyse Tontz, Bryton James, The Pointer Sisters, Lawrence Kao, Lauren “Lo-Lo” Spencer, Mimi G, Kaylen Zahara, Jonathan Adams, Vanessa Borge, Megan Colarossi, Akbar Gbaja-Bjamila, Kim Hawthorne, Nika King, Sharon Leal, Brytni Sarpy, Camerone Parker, Diana-Maria Riva, Brytni Sarpy, Samantha Ware, Chris Warren, Lincoln Younes, Reggie Couz and Amy Yasbeck among many others.
Guests arrived at SaddleRock Ranch in Malibu, CA for cocktails and silent auction bidding all under the stars of the beautiful and clear night. The evening featured culinary experiences by global lifestyle hospitality company, sbe and its restaurant brands Katsuya, Cleo, Fi’lia, Carna and Umami Burger. Guests were then invited to be seated in the stage/runway area for the beginning of the program where hosts Holly Robinson Peete and Rodney Peete walked and danced on the runway to the delight of all the guests. The Gala honored Eva Longoria with the “HollyRod Humanitarian Award,” Areva Martin with the “Angel on the Path” Award, Jimmy Choi with the “Matthew T. Robinson, Jr. Award of Courage,” Kalin Bennett with the“HollyRod Hero Award,” Kodi Lee also with the “HollyRod Hero Award,” and Cigna with the “HollyRod Corporate Compassion Award.” Designer Pamella Roland, who dressed Eva Longoria and Holly Robinson Peete for the evening, cultivated a stunning runway show featuring her Resort 2020 collection. There was a live auction and donations came through by the dozens via mobile pledge. The gala closed the night with a LIVE musical performance by legendary & iconic bandCameo led by Larry Blackmon

AMONG US FULL MOVIE

Noom, an evil extraterrestrial from the dark side of the Moon, comes to Earth looking for a beautiful human female with whom to have a hybrid child, in order to control our minds and bodies while they live Among Us; he will not stop for anything, even murder and mayhem. A human called Joss is at the right place at the wrong time, and will face Noom and try to stop him before it is too late.

Joss Gomez
Solecito Vazquez
Mizo Ghendar
Mayra Munoz
Maryna Sokolovska
Guillermo Alifraco
Karina Ayrapetova
Claudiu Raymond
Javier Rivas
Mark Savier
Scotty Marshall

Directed By
Joss Gomez

Produced By
Joss Gomez
Solecito Vazquez
Joahnna Kaplan
Carlos Gomez
Cesar Gomez

Company

Magic Image productions

Fan page

https://www.facebook.com/AmongUsthebeginningmovie/

COVER CORA YELLEN ARMENTA Model, Actress and Author

Model, Actress and Author

MAGIC IMAGE HOLLYWOOD MAGAZINE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY OF INTERVIEWING MODEL, ACTRESS AND AUTHOR CORA YELLEN  ARMENTA,  SHE OPENED HER HEART TO US AND TALKED ABOUT HER CAREER AND PROJECTS;  LET’S SEE WHAT SHE IS ALL ABOUT…

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CORA YELLEN ARMENTA, MAGIC IMAGE HOLLYWOOD MAGAZINE

Corazon Ugalde Yellen Armenta was born and raised in the Philippines, the youngest daughter of former Philippine Air Force Brigadier General Aurelio Ugalde and Chony Ugalde. She graduated from Siena College and attended the University of Santo Thomas. Corazon is a member of the Screen Actors Guild of America, SAG/AFTRA, and is known as Cora Yellen Armenta as her Professional Screen name. Cora’s paternal grandfather was from Spain, and her other heritage is a mixture of Filipino, Polynesian, Chinese, Portuguese and Italian. No wonder she has that exotic, alluring look! She started modelling when she was 13 years old, and has been featured several times as a Cover Girl. Cora has done numerous print ads and TV commercials for Pepsi Cola, Firestone, Macy’s, Kings Hawaiian Bread, Western Airlines, and San Miguel Beer, among others. She has modeled in the Philippines, Scandinavia, New York City, Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Mexico and Puerto Rico. Cora appeared in several Film and TV projects, such as The OJ Civil Trial Reenactment for E! Entertainment, Days of our Lives, Dangerous Man, Black Sheep, Behind the Dark, Botyok sa America and “Corazon” Filipino TV series. She starred in numerous stage plays and musical plays, including Balikbayan, New Yorker in Tondo, Regina R. of Greenwich, Green Card, Blind Curves, The Legend of Queen Puso (produced by Manila Actors Studio), East West Players and Asian American Theatre. She won Best Actress at the Virgo Awards for her role in There Was a Soldier. She co-hosted a Filipino TV show, Entra Pinoy, as well as several Celebrity Night fundraisers for the Fil Am Press Club. She was the Founder and President of the Beverly Hills Barbie Doll Club, with 2000 dolls in her collection. Cora was dubbed The Living Barbie Doll. She modelled Life-Size Barbie Doll Outfits for several Barbie Doll Conventions throughout the United States and Germany! Her club also did several fundraisers, and charity work for several organizations. Cora was an author of a beauty and fitness book entitled Total Beauty and Life.

Her book was endorsed by Gloria Diaz, former Miss Universe, Marianne Rogers, actress and former wife of country star Kenny Rogers. She was the owner-founder of Corazon Ugalde Yellen Cosmetics and was the first Filipina to model for a major mannequin manufacturer. They sculpted her face and made a face mask to be immortalized as an Asian Mannequin for several department stores in the U.S.A. She was America’s Ms. Charisma 1988, Ms. Travel of the World 1989, Ms. Gandang Pilipina 2015, Mrs. Travel & Trade Love of Country Ambassador 2018, Mrs. Philippines 2018, Mrs. Asia Glamor 2018, and the current Mrs. Asia USA California 2019. She was crowned at the 30th Anniversary celebration of Miss Asia USA at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, California, produced by Virgelia Productions! As the reigning Mrs. Asia USA California, Cora has been busy with a tight schedule for guest appearances, Fashion Shows, attending Fundraising events, giving her time for charity work, and visiting US Military Veterans at the VA hospital. She had an amazing journey, including a 10-day visit to Thailand, sightseeing, elephant ride, filming a video for Cancer Hope Village, and was a special guest for the Miss Chiang Rai pageant. Cora has traveled extensively to the seven continents of the world and the 7 Wonders of the World, having visited 100 countries worldwide! Recently, she launched her own company, Corazon Production Company, with Gasa Charities Inc. as her fiscal sponsor. She founded her own company for her love, passion and support for the arts, education and culture, so she can further her cause and advocacy to produce Fashion shows, theatrical stage plays and short films to showcase and promote the talents of Asian Americans, and other nationalities who excel in their artistic fields. Cora resides in Las Vegas, Nevada and Los Angeles, California with her family.

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CORA YELLEN ARMENTA, MAGIC IMAGE HOLLYWOOD MAGAZINE

MIHM-Tell us a little bit about you, where are you from and what inspired you to pursue a career in the entertainment industry and in beauty pageants?
CUA-I was born and raised in Quezon City, Manila, Philippines, the youngest daughter, among 6 children, of former Brigadier General Aurelio Ugalde and Chony Ugalde. Since elementary grade to my college days, I was always voted the Muse, Miss Primary, Miss Grade Five, Miss Sophomore, Homecoming Queen, etc. I always performed in school dances and stage plays. I started modelling at the age of thirteen. My oldest sister was an actress and beauty queen, as well. I always had a passion for the entertainment industry. It all comes natural to me.

MIHM-You are a model, actress and author. What makes your heart beats faster?
CUA-First love – modelling, then acting, travelling and writing.

MIHM-You were Ms. Travel World, Mrs. Philippines, Mrs. Asia USA CA. Tell us about it.
CUA-I have seven beauty queen titles through the years, the latest as the current Mrs. Asia USA California, produced by Virgelia Productions. I was crowned at the 30th Anniversary celebration of Miss Asia USA in Redondo Beach, California. It is truly an honor to have all these titles. It proves that a woman at any age and heritage is beautiful and powerful. Through this journey and experience, I can continue to make a difference in society, to volunteer for charitable work, to be a philanthropist by heart and to be a great example for young girls and women at any age, to demonstrate that we women can do anything we put our hearts into! I am proud to be a Filipina American, and Asian American!

MIHM-You are also a real estate agent, tell us more about that.
CUA-I had a Real Estate license in Nevada, and currently an inactive Real Estate license in California. As at present time, I have been very busy with a tight schedule for guest appearances, fashion shows, attending fundraising events, giving my time for charity work, including a 10-day visit to Thailand, sightseeing, elephant ride, filming video for Cancer Hope Village, and was special guest for the Miss Chiang Rai pageant. Travelling the world is also one of my passions. I have visited the seven continents of the world and the Seven Wonders of the World, having visited 100 countries.

MIHM-What other projects are you working on right now?
CUA-Recently, I launched my own company, the Corazon Production Company, with Gasa Charities Inc. as my fiscal sponsor. I founded this company because of my love, passion and support for the Arts, education and culture, so I can further my cause and advocacy to showcase and promote the talents of Asian Americans and other nationalities who excel in their artistic fields for the fashion shows, theatrical stage plays and short films that I will be producing in the future.

How can people reach you, do you have social media, website, etc.
Companies and producers can reach me at my Facebook page, Corazon Ugalde Armenta, and Instagram @coraugaldearmenta and my email [email protected]

Cover and inside red gown
by fashion designer
David Tupaz Couture.

Photos by Leonato August

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CORA YELLEN ARMENTA, MAGIC IMAGE HOLLYWOOD MAGAZINE

COVER BAMBI LASHELL Model, Beauty Queen and Philanthropist

Model, Beauty Queen and Philanthropist

MAGIC IMAGE HOLLYWOOD MAGAZINE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY OF
INTERVIEWING MODEL, BEAUTY QUEEN AND PHILANTHROPIST
BAMBI LASHELL, SHE OPENED HER HEART TO US AND TALKED ABOUT HER
CAREER AND PROJECTS; LET’S SEE WHAT SHE IS ALL ABOUT…

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BAMBI LASHELL, MAGIC IMAGE HOLLYWOOD MAGAZINE

MIHM-Tell us a little bit about you. Where are you from and what inspired you to pursue a
career in the entertainment industry?
BL-California born and raised. From the Bay Area to San Diego to Los Angeles, moved to
Vancouver for a few years and now residing in Arizona. Funny enough, I was pushed into a
swimsuit pageant, which turned into more, winning multiple titles and sending me to photographers,
magazines, and all kinds of media attention. After shooting multiple magazines,
calendars and advertisements, I was inspired to make myself my own brand and went on to
publish the Bambi Lashell swimsuit calendar; that went worldwide. During that time, I was
asked to co-host on Playboy radio and appeared on multiple television shows. Throughout all
the modeling, radio and travel, I continued my favorite job as a ring card girl for televised
boxing, kick boxing and MMA. I think just the excitement of something new every day and so
many amazing opportunities gave me the motivation to keep pushing for more. Didn’t hurt
that I was being paid to travel the world.
MIHM-You are a model, beauty Queen and a radio host, what makes your heart beat
faster?
BL-I guess I crave new experiences. I stay excited about the simple things in life, like a yummy
meal, a lazy day at home, a sporting event or a beautiful sunset. But what really excites me is
doing almost anything new. If I haven’t done it, tried it, been there or seen it, then it excites me
to find out. I believe life is about experiences and I get excited trying to get as many as I can.
MIHM- You have been nominated for the 2019 Woman of the Year for the Leukemia and
Lymphoma Society, LLS. Tell us about it.
BL-Yes! I am so honored, as this was a surprise and a challenge for me. I’ve always spent my free
time doing volunteer work for all kinds of organizations behind the scenes.

Being recognized in a community that I’m new to has given me the chance to meet amazing people and really push myself in an area into which I haven’t yet ventured. To keep it even more exciting, I am part of a fundraising competition for a 10-week period, which began March 21 and ends on June 1, 2019. All the donations I raise go 100% toward blood cancer research. I’ve been learning all about these cancers and how many of us are affected, which has definitely made this a passion project for me. I mean, did you know that every 3 minutes someone in the U.S. is diagnosed with a blood cancer? It’s heartbreaking! With so many of my family and friends having been affected by these cancers, it definitely adds fuel to my fire to want
to continue this fight in helping to save lives. You have an opportunity to help me by donating to my Woman of The Year campaign that goes to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. I send everyone who donates through my link a personal thank you email. I’ll post the link along with my social media information at the end of this interview. For those of you who want to help by donation, I send you my biggest hugs and most sincere thank
you! Together we can make a difference.

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BAMBI LASHELL, MAGIC IMAGE HOLLYWOOD MAGAZINE

MIHM-Define what success means to you?
BL-Success can mean so many things. I have had so many experiences in my life that a lot of people call success. I have been on all-star teams in sports, I have won pageants and contests, I have had much more than I needed in my bank account and a career that took me around the world in a celebrity lifestyle. I have accomplished so many goals I have set out to conquer, which are all reasons to feel that my life has been very successful. But personally,
I would think success to be a state of mind in a place of peace. Having gratitude for what you have, where you are and making the absolute best of
just that.
Having gratitude in the smallest of things allows you to feel true happiness and I have found my true happiness in being a mother. Knowing I do the
best I can at the hardest ‘job’ there is, makes me feel blessed and strong and empowered.

MIHM-What do you think about the current situation in the country and what would you think you can do to change it or to make it better?
BL-Wow, there are just so many “situations” in the country. Where, exactly, would anyone start? There are many wonderful and positive things going on, and there are also a lot of negative things that should change. Welcome to dealing with humankind, right? I like to keep my faith and hope that people eventually come around to do the right things, but also, I am not naïve, and I am aware that it’s only myself that I have control over. With that control I choose to be the best person I can and to help others when I am able. If more of us could be less self-centered and more giving and caring, then less of us would need help and we would be stronger as a country. But, of course, reality is what it is and, as I said, I can only do my part. I choose to be a mother raising a strong gentleman. I try to be someone who is kind and caring toward others, someone who tries to inspire and motivate others in the most positive of ways, and someone who gives back any chance I can, like currently through my cancer fighting fundraiser to help save people’s lives.

MIHM-Who have been your biggest mentors in your career?
BL-It’s always a tough question for me because in most of my ventures I was paving my own path. Of course, there have been many people who I will forever be thankful for being supportive and for their efforts and motivation throughout my journey. There were many times though, I wished I had someone as a mentor to ask questions before I made my choices. I became really good at paying attention to everything around me to make mental notes of what worked for people and what didn’t, and why. How things were done from the ground up and what seemed to be missing in whatever categories. Doing all that was how I came into creating, designing, printing and marketing my own calendar business for years. I think I was just always driven by making more money and taking opportunities for more experiences; I love to learn. I always wanted to have fun in what I was doing and prove that even when I was what people called “just a model”, that I was finding ways to use my brain, character and talents, and prove I was so much more than that. I feel pretty confident in the choices I have made throughout my life and career to lead me to who I am today.

MIHM-What other projects are you working on right now?
BL-Currently I am working hard on a fundraising competition toward blood cancer research through The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) as a nominated Woman of the Year candidate. This is a brand-new volunteer venture for me, so it’s exciting and has been a main focus right now. First and foremost though, I never stop being a mother to my little boy I call my “gentleman in the making”. On top of all, I have been involved with a company called The Legends Group who is a sports and entertainment marketing company with a charity division, which acquires silent and live auction items and experiences for large events and galas that benefit different charities around the world. As if all this wasn’t enough, I’ve been organizing my home office into an online store to begin selling new and hardly worn clothing and accessories. It’s an awesome opportunity to offload and work from home with my little guy. Busy boss babe always, tee-hee!

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