Remember the days when professional athlete’s girlfriends and wives were seen and not heard? Well in 2011 things have changed. The wives and girlfriends of professional athletes are speaking out and making it clear that they are more than just eye candy. Shantel Jackson aka Miss Jackson, fiancé of Floyd Mayweather speaks out for the first time in this exclusive interview.
Miss Jackson had everyone talking when she appeared with Floyd during his match against Ortiz on HBO. We all know the saying, thats Miss Jackson if your nasty. In this case its Miss Jackson if you’re about your business. Miss Jackson speaks exclusively with Jazzy F. for Hip Hop Weekly about being a fashion designer, model, giving back to the community and what its like being Floyd Mayweather’s better half.
Now Miss. Jackson it’s no secret that your fiance is one of the most influential athletes in sports history, boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. However, you are definitely stepping out and making a name for yourself as a mogul in the making. Fashion designer, model, and philanthropist just for starters; how do you find time to balance everything?
Miss. Jackson: [Laughing] There definitely aren’t enough hours in the day! Making it very easy for things to overlap at times, however there’s so much I want to accomplish in life. So I live by my personal motto “Hard work never hurt anyone and the rewards are so much sweeter!”.
Do you think that it’s important for woman in high profile relationships to step out and establish their own professional identities?
Miss. Jackson: Not everything is for everyone. It’s really up to women to decide where they want to stand in the world. I choose to step out and continue making a name for myself. I’ve always been business oriented, even before Floyd and I got together. So I definitely continue on my same path and being with him isn’t going to change that.
You are known to design and coordinate a lot of the outfits you wear, from the very simple and elegant to the more festive. What is your inspiration and do you see yourself having an exclusive clothing line in the near future?
Miss. Jackson: It’s important for women to always feel beautiful. I adore a classy-classic w/ an even balance of sex appeal. Looks such as the fluffy petticoat outfit I wore to Floyd’s last fight, to a long elegant gown with a high split. I currently have a t-shirt and hoodie line in the works, followed by the slated launch of my high end unisex fashion line. You got a peek of at the fight [wink]
As a model and woman who’s found her place on both sides of the camera. What are your thoughts on the current depiction of women in entertainment?
Miss. Jackson: Women are always on a different playing field than men, in everyday life and in entertainment. The world likes to play the double standard game. Prime examples: If a woman’s seen on TV or in her private life dating multiple men she’s branded a whore etc. but if a man does it he’s “The Man”. Or the assumption that every woman in a music video is a “video hoe” or “groupie”, what about the male models? Are their professional and personal motivations not the same? Women want and deserve to be acknowledged as professionals just like men.
You also shouldn’t believe everything you see on TV or via third parties [laughing] this business is called ENTERTAINMENT for a reason.
Miss. Jackson: What’s the point of baring it all? Women exude genuine beauty and natural sensuality that can be just as sexy covered up or showing just enough.
What advice do you have for young women that think they have to resort to posing for tawdry or sleazy photos to break into modeling?
Miss. Jackson: If that’s the route they want to take I can’t knock’m for it. However, I’d remind them that cheap fizzles fast, substance has longevity. Showing everything you have from the gate leaves nothing for the creativity.
Do you think these women are jeopardizing their opportunities of being taken serious in such a competitive industry?
Miss. Jackson: Yes, reputable casting agents, directors, film producers, magazines editors etc. do their due diligence only casting those who will appeal most to consumers. Don’t miss out on opportunities ladies, quality attracts quality.
Moving forward, nowadays reality TV has become the norm for letting the public into celebrity homes and lives. You have made a few appearances on Floyd’s 24/7 HBO series, if offered your own reality show or the chance to participate in one would you?
Miss. Jackson: Honestly I’m not sure, I’d prefer to be known for my work in a great movie or TV series. Not a reality show.
Miss. Jackson: Everyone always wants to coach or critique others from their couch [laughing] People forget that athletes and celebrities are human and want to live, love, laugh and be happy with someone like everyone else and so do the women they choose to date and marry. I say take a look at your own relationships and intentions before you try to judge someone else’s, famous or not.
Do you feel shows such as Basketball Wives, Real Housewives etc. make it seem as though women in these roles have nothing more to offer then being associated to their significant other?
Miss. Jackson: Yes and no. Of course there are some women who just like the association and perks that come with their significant other. I’m sure if your boyfriend or husband’s a mechanic you’ll appreciate the benefits of not paying for car repairs [laughing]. But, most use the amazing opportunities from association to create their own longevity, starting businesses to support themselves and their families.
You and Floyd are very vocal when it comes to giving back to those less fortunate. Is there a specific cause that is personally important to you?
Miss. Jackson: Yes, Floyd and I are very passionate about the well being of those less fortunate. Especially the devastating number of people going without having anything or enough to eat. We spend a lot of time consistently organizing and working food drives, community dinners around the holidays, clothing drives, fundraisers and scholarships.
What do you feel others can do even within their own communities to give back and uplift those in need?
Miss. Jackson: It takes a village to nourish an entire community. I encourage everyone to volunteer time where ever they can be of service (i.e. your local Boys and Girls Club, church, or homeless shelter etc.) And for those who have the funds but no time, cut a check for a good cause.
Before we go please tell our readers where they can keep in-touch and up to date with everything Miss. Jackson.
Miss. Jackson: Everyone can definitely keep up & stay in-touch via my website www.missjackson.com for my lastest photos, videos, events and blog information and follow me on twitter @msjackson
For more info on Miss Jackson Contact Leira Public Relations.