Jason Buhrmester (writer),
Rande St. Nicholas (photographer)
INKED: How does your new VH1 show Glam God with Vivica A. Fox work?
FOX: We moved 15 stylists into a home. They are from the different worlds of fashion, from hair to makeup to wardrobe. We divided them into teams and put them through tests of styling for either a photo shoot, red carpet for MTV, red carpet for the Oscars, and other events. We were looking for that gem of a stylist to give them the opportunity of a lifetime. I’m one of the judges and I’m also the host.
Let us guess: there’s drama.
Oh yeah. There are some personalities that just—whoa! You had to go, okay baby, let’s calm down. For some people it was like, this is my life and my big opportunity, because it was. It was a good opportunity for them.
Have you ever had to deal with a stylist meltdown in your personal life?
Oh sure. Are you kidding? It’s just amazing to me how sometimes it becomes more about them than you. They can get a little full of themselves and think they’re responsible for your look. No baby. You help to achieve the look.
Do you try to cover your tattoos at red carpet events ?
No. I’ve always been proud of my tattoos. I got my first tattoo when I turned 30. It’s a little fox on my arm. I was born a fox and I shall die one. I go to Shamrock Social Club on Sunset Boulevard. Either Mike [Roche] or Paul [Stottler] work on me. But I think I’ve slowed down now. Nothing traumatic has happened to me.
You’ve talked before about the tattoo of “Strength Courage Wisdom” that you got after your breakup with 50 Cent. Has he ever commented on it?
Actually, I had it removed. It hurt to get it removed and it’s a lot more expensive. I just really felt like that chapter of my life was over and it was time for me to move on. And I didn’t like that it was the one I had to cover up in movies. It became a little bit of a pain in the ass. I think it was a bit too large. It was a chapter in my life but I looked at it and thought, I’m cool. Do you have any tatos that we haven ’t seen? I have one on my lower back. It’s vinery and it goes into a rose. I love it a lot. I call it my handlebars.