Sultry, sexy and sweet, Elise Donovan was one of the Bad Girls of Season 8 of Oxygen’s smash hit reality series, The Bad Girls Club. Here she speaks about what she learned being on the show and speaks more of her Elise Donovan Swimwear collection.
Pinkie: I was having a conversation with a friend of mines on Facebook and he was telling me how the girls on BGC qualified for being bad girls because of the “issues” they have. I profess otherwise because you were the most nicest out of the bunch. My question to you is: In your opinion, what makes a “bad girl”?
Elease: I feel what makes a bad girl, it has nothing to do with issues. It’s just how you carry yourself and how you react to certain situations, you know? And I think one thing we might all have in common is that we aren’t going to let anyone talk to us any type of way. Everyone’s gonna stand their ground. Everyone reacts to situations differently. Some girls are confrontational. Me, myself, I am non-confrontational, so it’s one of those things like it depends who you are and how you react to things.
Pinkie: What life experiences have your learned from The Bad Girls Club?
Elease: Just pretty much in everyday life, when I used to be on the show…don’t let anybody push you around, tell you what to do. Long story short, don’t even be a follower. A lot of people in everyday life, if they see someone doing this, they wanna do it too and that’s not how it should be. Always stick to your first instinct, if you feel that something is wrong, stick to that. don’t feel if anyone else is doing it, you should too because later, you would be like, ‘Damn, I should have listened to myself the first time.’
Pinkie: Do you keep in touch with the cast?
Elease: NO WAY. Gia, occasionally, that’s the only one I will talk to. The other girls, I just don’t get along with girls. I walk in the room and they just don’t like me. I’m a really nice person and these girls…they see me and they see I have a good head on my shoulders and they are jealous of that. So in real life, outside of the house, we will never get along. We don’t have anything to talk about because they are not even on my level.
Pinkie: Okay, enough about the past. Let’s talk about the Elease Donovan Swimwear line. Tell me more about it and how the concept came about.
Elease: Right now, I’m on my 3rd collection. It’s launching early January and not to mention, i have a T-shirt line coming up next month, as well, but with the concept of the line…pretty much…long story short, i went to school for fashion merchandising and I always wanted to do something in fashion because growing up, everyone looked up to these reality shows and stars and the videos that they send and I wanted to something different, so I was like, ‘You know what? I’m gonna start something that is more for me and I love Jamaica and I can never find a swimsuit whenever I’m looking for one. So let’s start something great and move on to something else. So I have the swimwear line, I’m working on my t-shirt line and hopefully we’ll move on to other things, like a full men’s line, you know, so if I see an itch, I’m gonna go for it.
Pinkie: Is there any way for people to pick up your line?
Elease: I think I’m gonna wait for my 4th collection to bring it heavy to the stores because I don’t want to make it seem like the baby steps of it. Plus when it’s in stores, you don’t know how good it’s doing ot if it’s just sitting there on shelves, so it’s better to wait.
Pinkie: Any chance of a lingerie line?
Elease: Well, I don’t have a look for it. On my dates or special occasions…it’s not an everyday thing. I have my own Victoria’s Secret, but if I don’t feel 100% about an idea, then I’m not gonna go through it at all.
Pinkie: What’s next for you?
Elease: I really wanna try my luck in acting or VJing. I just say Hey, you live once, so you should try everything once, just to say you did it. Growing up I used to watch LaLa (Anthony) as a VJ, watching MTV Jams and I say to myself, ‘I’ll be good at that’ So one day I would love to do something like that.
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