For the past five seasons, quietly, celebrity hairstylists have sometimes stolen the show on BRAVO’s the Real Housewives of Atlanta. Whether they’re spilling or listening to the tea during an episode or pushing fashion forward looks for reality TV, we’ve been fascinated by their popularity. Specifically, we’ve been intrigued by RHOA regular, Miss Lawrence (real name Lawrence Washington). In addition to becoming an occasional fixture on the show, the Georgia native has landed his own spin-off, Fashion Queens, alongside Bevy Smith and Derek J. Recently, we caught up with reality TV star and surprisingly saw a different side. In addition to opening up about his upcoming ventures, we also had the self proclaimed church boy (our words, not his) open up about what actually went wrong in his business relationship with RHOA’s Kandi Burruss. Peep a few excerpts below:
On what it’s like to work with BRAVO’s Andy Cohen:
I don’t know Andy Cohen personally. Andy is just Andy Cohen. He’s always fun; He is very serious but his seriousness is done with a lot of humor. I think because of his credentials you know to take him seriously.
On the difference between Fashion & Style:
Well, fashion and style kind of just go together, it’s kind of parallel. I’m not the authority of fashion and I’m not the authority of style. I can’t tell you the difference between fashion and the difference between style. What I can say is I think fashion helps creates style.
On who is the best dressed man on reality TV:
It would have to be Mauricio, Kyle Richards husband from [the Real Housewives of] Beverly Hills Housewives.
On Best Dressed Female on Reality TV:
Marlo of course, NeNe would come in second.
On if he believes that Kenya Moore was in a real relationship with Walter Jackson:
I’ve known Kenya for so many years and I do know for a fact that she and Walter had a relationship on and off for at least two years. So it was not a made up relationship.
On Kim Zolciak and NeNe renewing their friendship recently:
I’m hoping they will remain friends for the duration of their lives. I think it has great potential to do that because they are no longer working together. You don’t have that pressure of creating a story line between the two.
On how the relationship with Kandi soured:
I think Kandi developed ill feelings because I declined her offer to be signed to Kandi Koated Entertainment and I declined because it wasn’t really a fair contract. It was just more beneficial for Kandi than it was me. There was this thing called a three sixty deal. The three sixty deal is where the label gets a percentage of every single thing that artist does, which is fine, those are relevant, but what are you gonna give as the label? If you’re not giving anything then why am I gonna give you a percentage of everything that I do so with three sixty deals the artist is usually given a really big signing bonus. The artist is completely developed by the label. It wasn’t much developing that I needed. Miss Lawrence was already Miss Lawrence before I even met Kandi.
I don’t think that that’s fair so we disagreed and that’s all it boils down to, but then after that one thing I think it really boils down to is Kandi doesn’t take rejection well and once I decided not to go through with the contract I explained it to her. I said I don’t think that it’s fair and I’m gonna decline the offer. I co-wrote “Closet Freak” as well, so why am I gonna give you a percentage of everything? It’s not making any sense.
I live in a fabulous penthouse. I drive a nice car and I refuse to become a starving artist because a label wants a huge percentage of all of my money. That is not gonna happen; so then I walked away from it and then later on a year or two later I find out that “Closet Freak” has been taken down and mind you I haven’t gotten a dime from “Closet Freak,” which I am entitled to a percent of the publishing. I haven’t gotten a dime from it. I’m also entitled to a certain percentage as the artist who recorded the song. I haven’t gotten a dime from that either, but I let it go. I’m like okay well whatever, I’m gonna let her have that because I didn’t miss a beat anyway. I’m fine. I’m gonna still eat my caviar honey and feel nothing. It’s no tea. I don’t eat caviar for real, but you understand what I’m saying.
On his future in the music industry:
I love to sing that is something that I do everyday. It is on hold right now because I am really focused on my salon and building my team up. Another reason I put it on hold is because it’s a lot that goes into music. I have to be realistic about what is paying my bills at the moment.
On his lipstick line:
I have a lipstick line it’s called Les Levres, which means lips in French. It’s a hypoallergenic lipstick and I really only have one color and that is geisha girl. It’s really really red, brilliant bright red and I just love it. It will be on the market soon.
On his upcoming T-shirt line:
‘Signed by a Queen’ and basically it’s a lot of different just quotes of my own.There is one that says, “I don’t break laws. I break tradition” and it’s signed by a queen. The one I wore on Fashion Queens says, “Dear officials. I will marry him if I want to” signed by a queen and that’s supporting gay marriage and all that stuff. There is another one that says, “I’m glad I inspired your hate” signed by a queen and so it’s a lot of different quotes.
They will be in stores very soon, but in the meantime go to the website signedbyaqueen.com and there will be information where you can leave your information. As soon as we get it in stores everyone will be, we’ll send an email blast out to let everybody know where you can get “Signed by a Queen” from.
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For all things Miss Lawrence, follow him on Twitter at @lawrenceatl.