DIVA MODEL ROSA ACOSTA CHATTED WITH THEHIPHOPDIVA ABOUT HER CAREER AS A CLASSICAL BALLET DANCER AND HOW IT TRANSITIONED INTO BEING AN URBAN MODEL. THE DOMINICAN BEAUTY HOLDS FAMILY CLOSE TO HER HEART AND IS SURPRISED TO BE NAMED FUSE TV’S BODY OF THE DECADE. THERE’S MORE TO ROSA ACOSTA THAN WHAT MEETS THE EYE. READ ON TO SEE WHAT SHE HAD TO SAY….YOU MAY BE SURPRISED.
HHD (THEHIPHOPDIVA): How and why did you make the transition from being a classic ballet dancer to a model?
RA (ROSA ACOSTA): I was a dancer. I had a lot of fun doing that. It was amazing. It was my passion. It was my dream since I was five years old. But I was going through a lot of health problems. I battled anorexia and bulimia for about seven years. I didn’t really have the type of body of a classical dancer. So, I had to make a decision. It was either my life or I would dance. And then on top of that it sounds amazing, it sounds beautiful, you were a dancer. I was making $400 a month. That’s one of the big issues when you are an artist. I made the decision to stop dancing and then four years after that I got the opportunity to do a little bit of urban modeling. I took the opportunity and I’m riding with it. But it was not something that I was like “Oh my God I want to be a model. I want to be on magazines. I want to be in music videos.” That was not something I was planning on doing. It just happened for me and I’m riding with it.
HHD: Prior to moving to the U.S. you had accomplished so much in the Dominican Republic. Why did you decide to come here to the U.S.?
RA: Well, because my mom. She’s been living in this country since I was eleven years old. She came here as a single mom to work hard and be able to get me and my brother a good education. I had the opportunity to take a little bit of English classes, computer classes, dance classes, go to a good school while I was in my country. And I don’t come from a rich family. So my mom had to work hard. She came here and we had the opportunity to come after her status was together and she was a citizen. My brother came but I was in the middle of the contract with the Dominican Nacional Ballet and I was supposed to finish in college. I was almost done. I went to business school. I didn’t want to take those four years in vain. So I finished and I came here.
HHD: When you arrived in the U.S., what was the biggest culture shock that you first experienced?
RA: I find myself taking my family too seriously. What my mother represents for me and my brother and the things I’m willing to do for them I don’t see other people here probably so worried about it. I was 22 and I was dying to live with my mom for a little bit and have her close to me. People here can’t wait to be 18 to leave. I think some family values are slightly different. People here they really like freedom more. I come from a place where family is everything, family comes first. It’s not just a saying, we really do everything for the family. I’m saying it in general. But I found that a lot of people that I met acted totally different towards family than me.
HHD: While you’ve been here is that something you’ve been able to hold on to?
RA: Definitely. I totally take care of my mom right now. I help support some of my family members that live in my country like my grandparents and my dad. In my country there’s no such a thing as social security. That type of thing doesn’t really exist. So there’s not a lot of help from the government. I definitely have to take care of them with a little something every month. I’m more than happy to do that.
HHD: What would you say has made you so popular here in the U.S.?
RA: It’s about being at the right place at the right time. When people starting knowing a little bit about me it was because I was in those stretching videos. I had about three or four jobs – I was a bartender, I was a waitress, I was doing promotions, I was working at a spa. I was doing all kinds of things. I have some modeling pictures or some dance pictures on my myspace. This guy contacted me and asked if I was interested in doing this little stretching clip for him. It was paying very decent money. There was no nudity, it was kind of sexy. He never told me he was going to put a little clip on YouTube. He said this was for his website and people would have to pay to see this. I thought probably nobody’s going to see this or just the freaks that go to his website to look at girls stretching or whatever. The next thing that I know is after a month or two it got tons of thousands of views. It was like a million views in a month or something. People started wondering “Who’s Rosa?”. It was after the stretching videos people wanted to see a little bit more of me. They wanted to see me in music videos. They wanted to see me in magazines.
HHD: What’s your key to being sexy?
RA: I am human and when I go and do my groceries I don’t feel sexy and I don’t feel the need to be sexy. I think that’s something that we pull out in situations. When there’s a guy across the room and you like him you’re going to do something like touching your hair or something with your body that is sexy to attract him. When I have to work or the camera is in front of me of course I’m going to bring out the sexiness. It’s something natural and it’s about being true to yourself.
HHD: What would you say is the biggest misconception about Rosa Acosta?
RA: Well, due to the nature of what I do for a living right now people assume that have slept with all these rappers and athletes and the truth is I haven’t. It doesn’t matter if I say this to you right now. People most of the time listen to the things that make them feel better about themselves. People don’t want to know if Rosa Acosta is volunteering for a charity or if she’s studying. They don’t care about that type of stuff.
HHD: You have a new deal with Playstation 3. Can you talk to us about that deal?
RA: They invited me to do these scenes for the PS3. It’s been great since they launched it. We’re actually doing a second one.
HHD: FuseTV name you Body of the Decade. How does it feel to have such a title?
RA: I was kind of surprising for me to be compared to all of these beautiful girls who have accomplished so much.
HHD: Speaking of your body, what’s your fitness regiment?
RA: I do everything. I love working out everyday. I’m very careful about my portions, about what I eat. I drink about three liters of water a day. I don’t do any drugs. It’s not easy.
HHD: What’s your definiton of a hip hop diva?
RA: I believe a hip hop diva is a girl who is involved in the hip hop culture. She knows all her facts. She’s a fashionista. She has passion for music and pop culture. Independent.
Check out Rosa’s feature on the Spotlight on Hip Hop DIVA Rosa Acosta page.
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