Last week, Baller Alert celebrated the 2017 BET Hip Hop Awards with a star-studded event, hosted by Kenny Burns with music by DJ Envy and DJ E Feezy. During the event, our BA correspondent Paigion sat down with the likes of Lil Mo, Bernice Burgos, Trick Daddy and more.
We also got a chance to kick it with LaShawnna Stanley, the creator of Ethnicity Models. Stanley has appeared on national networks and featured in several major publications for her work in women’s empowerment. She created Ethnicity Models, a model management company representing male and females models with exotic ethnic looks of all nationalities.
Stanley is also a motivational/inspirational/informational speaker, where she discusses a slew of topics concerning Hip-Hop and women empowerment.
During the event, Stanley discussed building her empire all the way from Kansas City to Miami, saying “It’s been 18 years now,” she said of her move to the Sunshine state. She’s now expanded her brand, which was once deeply rooted in the music industry, to “commercials, movies, TV shows and beauty hair campaigns.
If that wasn’t enough, Stanley has put on a new hat as a casting director.
“I’m casting my first feature film, it’s Matthew Mcconaughey, Snoop Dogg, Martin Lawrence, and a few other people,” she said, adding that the transition from music videos to casting director was a slow grind.
However, as she makes the switch, she revealed that music videos are a thing of the past these days.
“Music videos are dead. They are still around but at the time when music videos were at their height, that’s when hip-hop was at its height,” she said, adding that things are constantly changing and it’s important to keep up with the trends to stay relevant.
Check out the full interview below: