Exclusive Interview with Jessica from Big Women, Big Love

Jessica "Glam Boss" Aamons from "Big Women, Big Love"

Jessica "Glam Boss" Aamons from "Big Women, Big Love"

Love her or hate her, Jessica captures your attention every time she appears on the screen.  As one of the stars of Lifetime's newest reality television show "Big Women, Big Love", Jessica has gotten a lot of slack for being the mean girl.  And sometimes delusional.  But is that the REAL Jessica?  Smooching Frogs landed an exclusive interview with her right before the season finale, which is expected to air on 2/19 at 10pm.

As I prepared to call Jessica, I couldn't help but notice her status on Skype: "You're my drug...and I just relapsed."  The drama and passion in those words alone.  I knew I was in for a treat.  She picked up the phone while driving home, and we were off.

Does Jessica really think she's a skinny girl?

Blogs and forums questioned Jessica's use of the word "skinny" to describe herself.  During our interview she addressed it head on.  When asked about her contradictory statements about being "big & beautiful" and "skinny" she answers with a question: "why can't it be both?"  She went on to say, "it's more of a mindset, and attitude...because clearly you can still divide my pants size by four."  Jessica further clarified by saying that when she lost 110 pounds, people that knew her would say she was getting skinny.  So her use of the word is relative to where she was when she began her weight loss journey.

How is Jessica's relationship with  the other girls now?

Another topic that plagued many viewers was Jessica's treatment of the other girls.  Jessica and Jenn had a heated exchange during the seminar in L.A.  The trip ended with Jessica leaving abruptly, and a lot of unanswered questions for the audience.  Jessica stated that she and Sabrina get along really well.  Her and Mar have become somewhat friendly while she and Christie bonded after a taping of "The Real".  Jenn...well that's another story.

"In lieu of the last episode, and Jenn's dramatic breakdown, I saw some of the Twitter feed, like what people had to say to her.  And it was mean.  And I remember when the shoe was on the other foot.  And how I felt when the shoe was on the other foot and people were coming for me. And I reached out to Jenn, and to my dismay, Jenn had nothing to say back.  So I guess it's safe to say she's still butt hurt about things that happened a long time ago."

Jessica also stated that her quarrel with Jenn began long before the outburst at the table.  In fact, according to Jessica, "that was not our first run in that night."  So yeah, it's safe to say there's still some bad blood.

On being compared to fellow Georgia Peach Nene Leakes...

"I think in terms of fabulosity, the Nene Leakes reference is on the money. I think Nene knows that she can stir the pot.  But like it or not, you love to hate her.  And she doesn't care.  And I think I have a little bit of that in me...I think I was portrayed accurately." 

Did Jessica Find Love?

*Jessica was a bit elusive about what occurred between her and Eric post-production citing, "people argue.  There are lovers' quarrels. Girls do girl things.  Boys do boy things".  So there's definitely a story.  Jessica gave us tidbits and said that they are "seeing where things go".  Hopefully there will be a season two so that we can find out all of the details!

*A previous version stated that Jessica and Eric were together. However, she never actually confirmed their relationship status.

Be sure to watch the season finale.  Live tweet with us using #bigwomenbiglove and #teamericandjessica

Click below for full audio of the interview!  Transcript coming soon!

Movie Review: Whitney

...or should I say Whitney and Bobby.

Angela Bassett made her directorial debut in the Lifetime biopic Whitney which premiered this past weekend.  Yaya Decosta, runner up on season three of America's Next Top Model, portrayed the late songstress.  The movie spanned five years of Whitney Houston's life when she was at the height of her career.

Yaya did an excellent job playing Whitney. I believed her.  I saw a young, strong-willed woman who found herself in a very lonely place - the top.  She met someone whom she connected with, and made her feel special.  Whitney's youthful innocence and charitable contributions were highlighted, as well as her excessive drug use.  In my opinion, I don't think one overshadowed the other.  I hope this leads to more major roles for Yaya!

Whitney focused largely on Houston's relationship with Bobby Brown (played by Arlen Escarpeta). It is no secret that the pair had a tumultuous relationship that many contribute to her downfall.  Bobby is often credited with ruining her career and turning her into, well, a mess.  Online reviews that I have read say the movie is "pro-Bobby".  I beg to differ. 

Bobby came across as a douche.  Ms. Bassett did a superb job of contrasting his douchy behavior (impregnating his ex, telling Whitney he had plenty of girls when Eddie Murphy made him feel insecure, being caught in bed with another woman, etc...) by showing instances when he supported Whitney (canceling his tour to be by her side when she had a miscarriage while filming "The Bodyguard").  She humanized Bobby, and showed how someone like the great Whitney Houston could fall for "the bad boy from the projects". 

Let's have a real moment ladies.  We all know someone who has been involved in an intense, drama filled relationship.  Family members and friends warn them, but to no avail.  Emotion and passion replace good old fashioned logic and common sense.  Whitney Houston was a talented, self-assured woman who loved hard.  She had her demons...don't we all?  The movie demonstrated Bobby perpetuating, not creating them.

Overall, I give Whitney a solid B/B+.  Of course, in the world of biopics, I have The Jacksons: An American Dream to compare it to (smile, wink).  Angela Bassett did a great job of tastefully telling Whitney's story while still being honest.  She chose subtle nuances to allow viewers to draw their own conclusions as opposed to melodramatic twists and turns that we have become accustomed to with reality TV (alright...there were some of those too). Ms. Bassett almost made me forgive LIfetime for letting Wendy Williams (with her messy @$$) botch Aaliyah's biopic...almost.

S/n: speaking of the Aaliyah biopic, it occurred to me that I would have preferred the movie's ending to have the little guy from Fantasy Island shouting, "Hey Boss. De plane, de plane."  Then I could have written it off as a bad comedy. 

Too much?  Ok. I stop now.

What are your thoughts on Whitney?  Yay or nay?

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