“Love & Hip Hop” star Mashonda stripped down and got real for the upcoming issue of King magazine.
Mashonda showed off her sultry side for the May/June 2011 cover of King. The singer poured herself into low-cut swimsuits and lingerie and stepped into some stilettos before working the camera over with a little smolder.
The reality star took also took some time to chat with the men’s magazine about her new VH1 show. Mashonda was barely there in the first episode of “Love & Hip Hop” because she was only supposed to be doing a couple of guest spots.
“I did a few episodes [first], then ended up doing a lot of episodes because the chemistry was perfect with me and Emily,” Mashonda told King. “I ended up being a recurring guest, and it worked out perfectly.”
Mashonda describes her role on the show as being Emily’s support system and counselor as the stylist tries to navigate her way through doubts about her relationship with Fabolous. “I feel like a female Dr. Phil,” said Mashonda. “That person who gives her advice and is not afraid to tell her my story and show her my life, ’cause I really want her to get hers together.”
And what about that ‘Loyalty’ tattoo on Mashonda’s hand? There’s quiet speculation that she inked herself with the word as a jab at her ex-husband Swizz Beatz. The reality star said that is not the case, though. It’s all about her.
“I got it a year after everything started going downhill. It’s a reminder to me that I have to be loyal to myself for once,” Mashonda explained. “I was so loyal to everyone, and I totally forgot about me. This is what it represents—it represents loyalty to self. Now I have to do things that I love to do, and I have to make myself happy.”
With that much self-love, she just has to spread it around. Mashonda has a deep appreciation for her fans, and she respects them enough to not label them as “groupies.”
“I show everybody love. But I don’t like the word ‘groupie.’ It’s so harsh,” she explained. “I don’t feel there’s anything wrong with one person admiring another person.”
— Sonya Eskridge