RIGHT NOW… AGAIN
“I can’t help who I am,” says Eve. She’s talking despite the late hour, the long day. “I’m just doing what I feel like I should do in my heart. If I was walking around with Timbs and a hoodie on, people would see that that’s not me.”
Instead, she’s wearing a wifebeater ripped at the collar to show off the dog-paw tattoos on her breasts, some florescent-orange Chuck Taylors, striped orange shorts, and a sweater wrapped around her waist.
“I’m very comfortable with my body,” she says. “But I would never wear booty shorts in a picture, because I’m not comfortable like that. I won’t even wear a bikini. This is probably the most I would do. Or the least that I would do.”
And it’s all she needs to do. No matter how she’s dressed, she always comes off “feminine, comfortable, and sexy”—words she uses to describe her apparel line, Fetish, which debuts this August at the Magic Clothing Convention. She’s also working on a lofty and admirable project
Black kids, we don’t learn about investments when we grow up. We don’t learn about how to take care of our money when we grow up, or the value of having real estate and buying stocks. I want to be able to teach kids that.
“It’s dedicated to uplifting battered women, battered children,” she says. “I want to take children, not just out of the hood, but to other countries, just so they can know the world is bigger than their block.”
The project, still in its infancy, is going to involve more than Eve expected. “I didn’t know it took so much,” she confesses. “It takes a lot of money. Then you gotta get people on your board, and written consent and everything. But I’m still gonna do whatever I’ve got to do until it gets up and running. Black kids, we don’t learn about investments when we grow up. We don’t learn about how to take care of our money when we grow up, or the value of having real estate and buying stocks. I want to be able to teach kids that, so we can start having old money and passing money down to our generations.”
At 23, Eve has already bought her first painting, an Andy Warhol
lithograph of screen siren Marilyn Monroe. Her Hollywood aspirations wouldn’t end there, culminating in a bit role in the extreme spy thriller XXX and more significant time in Ice Cube’s upcoming Barbershop.
And, of course, there’s the follow-up to 2001’s Scorpion, Eve-olution, which features guest spots from Alicia Keys, Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg, and Truth Hurts, along with the requisite cameos from the Ruff Ryders clique.
“It was fun,” she says. “It felt like when I did my first album. The passion that you have when you know you’re about to come out, like, My shit is about to come out!” She’s gushing unadulterated exuberance; with everything else that’s going on, the album is still where her heart is. She’s prepared for an August release, but “the record company ain’t ready,” she says without going into detail, her tiredness getting the better of her.
And with that, she’s ready to go home. To her dogs and her grill. It’s been an exhausting day.
ADDITIONAL CREDITS: (HAIR) Suzette Boozer. (MAKEUP) Roxanna Floyd. (PROP STYLING) Kristin Sachau. (STYLING ASSISTANTS) Andrea Westinghouse and Damon Peruzzi. FIRST AND COVER IMAGEs: Black leather coat by Thierry Mugler / gloves by Barbara Bui / Leather pants by Plein Sud. SECOND IMAGE: Dress by Vivienne Westwood / sunglasses by Christian Dior / Chain is Eve's own. THIRD IMAGE: Top by Markus Humer / gloves by Barbara Bui / skirt by Charles Chang Lima.