The Hot Seat: Athena Anesti, Houston Entrepreneuress And Five-Star Chick
Writing on hip-hop, we see lots of hip-hop videos, so we see lots of video girls igniting our manly senses, but few make us want to know more about them. They're hot. They serve their purpose. Game over. But Houston's Athena Anesti took our damn breath away. When we recognized her on our MySpace page comment section, we clicked away. We found that "hot video chick" is much more. Try entrepreneur, try model, try finance manager, try (here comes the bad news) taken. Fuck our life. Most importantly, Athena brings Yo Gotti's track "5 Star," to life. Oh yeah, she's a five-star chick. Rocks Off: It's hard to see past how hot you are, but looking closer, you've got lots going on: A barber shop, finance manager, spokesmodel, etc. But lots of people in Houston know you for being in some of Houston's hottest videos. What is it that you want to be known as? Athena: A businesswoman. Music videos are fun to be in, but what interests me more is how they're made - the directing and producing part. A lot of things are easy to achieve, but to do good in a lot of things you must know how to handle and manage a business, whatever it may be.
RO: We were having a conversation last night - a drunk one - with a music expert, if you will, that Houston hip-hop needs a boost. You're all over the scene. What do you think about Houston hip-hop? Are we in good or bad shape? Athena: I'm proud of Houston, but the more we work together, the better we will all become. We are unique since we have so much variety to offer in music. I just wish the radio knew how much talent was out here. RO: How did you get started in this business? How did you go from just another pretty girl to a face for brands? A: It's funny, because when I was young I was in a relationship, which never told me I was pretty or made me feel pretty. When I finally got the courage to leave, months later, I was asked to do my first job modeling for an album cover, then was referred for my first video. After that, referrals and requests came. Seems like everything happens for a reason. Don't let anyone ever tell you that you aren't good enough. RO: Rank your top five Houston MCs. A: This is a hard one because I respect and love so many MCs from Houston, but I have to say the very first MCs I started listening to as a young girl were Pimp C, Bun B, DJ Screw, Scarface, Lil Flip, Paul Wall, Chamillionare, Slim Thug, SPM. OK, I'll stop. I have so many. RO: What about the criticism that video girls oversexualize women and disrespect them? How would you defend that part of your career? A: I can't speak for how other women act or think, but I have never wanted someone to think of me any less for being in a video. I respect the artists and the video crew just like I would like to be respected. I talk to the artists like they're normal individuals, just like me. Shoot, there's been times when I try cracking jokes just to ease their nervousness. Models add a little spark to music videos. They bring beauty and candy to the scene. Sad to say, but sex sells, so you have to look at it as a business. I think you can look sexy but classy all at the same time. You can leave all the over sexual stuff for their fantasy. Videos are like acting. You have to act that scene. The model should know the part before she chooses to accept the role. As for rappers dissing the chicks, I don't think they should diss a female for helping out with their video. There have been times when I've seen guys stay on a channel to watch a video because of the females, even if the song is wack.
RO: So what do you want to be when you grow up? A: Like Drake says, "I just wanna be successful." I have plans to expand the Kings Of The Clippers Barbershop into many locations throughout the nation. Helping kids would be a huge success for me. They need it bad right now. Get their mind off the streets and into something they can grow their talent into. With finance management as my background I want to start up many businesses. I love entertainment and music. If I don't become an artist, I definitely want to help others achieve the dream I always wanted. RO: Why is Houston the best city in Texas? A: Houston is a diverse, multicultural city. Many artists from Houston put Texas on the music scene map. We are home of the Chopped and Screwed. Houston has a huge variety of music, arts, fashion, oil and gas companies, tons of businesses, and one of the world's largest research and health-care centers. People come from all over the world to have procedures done. We have some of the best universities in the nation. I can go on and on.
RO: From what we can tell, you aren't single, but if you were, what ranks higher for you in a man: Humor or good teeth? A: Humor! I have to have a man with my humor or even more. I'd rather laugh all day to a buck-tooth person, than yawn to a man with great teeth. Plus, we can always fix teeth. RO: We just want to throw out there that we're funny and have great teeth, too. OK, so you have a such a unique look to you. What are your family roots? A: My father was born and raised in Greece. He came to Houston in his late 20s with no money in his pocket. My mother was born and raised in Mexico. She moved to Houston in her 30s. I am first generation born here in Houston. RO: When you're not doing all the shit that you do, what is it that you do? A: It seems like I'm busy seven days a week. When I get a chance, I love to enjoy my home, so if I'm not contracting clients, doing shoots, commercials, or at the shop, I love to kick it at home and enjoy what we work hard for. Owning a home is also work, there's always so much it needs. But don't get me wrong, I love to dance and go out from time to time. RO: Did we mention we dance really well, too? But seriously, thanks for being a role model to young Latinas and sending a message that being pretty isn't enough - substance is just as important. And even more seriously, remember that we're funny, have good teeth and can dance really well. Follow Athena on MySpace and Twitter. Rolando Rodriguez is the managing editor of www.redbrownandblue.com. Follow him on MySpace and Twitter.
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