Interview with Francine Dee
Francine Dee was born in the “Year of the Horse” in Cebu City, Philippines. A restless child, she blossomed after her family moved to Los Angeles and what she would call her “training grounds.”
At age 18, Francine soon found herself being asked to model, something she always enjoyed doing but this time she would be paid to be in front of the camera. Soon, she became the Queen of the Import Scene, paving the way for many Asian American girls.
“I enjoy modeling and have no problem posing seductively or even nude. I’m confident about who I am as a person and very proud of anything I do.”
“Respect yourself and others. Enjoy your vessel and welcome your inner vixen. Do YOU! Who cares what others may think?”- Francine Dee
Francine, a pleasure to meet you. I want to ask you about growing up going to an all girls catholic school. Did you feel restricted?
I was in an all girls school till 4th grade then transferred to a co-ed “catholic” school. Thank G-d. I was thrilled to see boys. As young as I was I knew that I enjoyed being around the opposite sex.
I imagine you felt a sense of freedom when you moved to LA. Did you adjust well to the “big city”?
I grew up in the city, even in the Philippines. I was used to the buzz of the city. “The States” was Toys ‘R Us central for me. At a tender age that’s all I really cared about.
I love your statement that you take pride in everything you do. Do you think many women are ashamed to show their bodies while modeling?
Inhibited rather than ashamed. There are social stigmas, especially, coming from an Asian background. I understand and experienced such. I’m an explorer at heart, jumping to every whim and new adventures, a thrill seeker. Structures, parental guidelines could not, and still will not hinder my personality.
As an Asian-American woman did you ever feel that you were not given opportunities that women of other ethnicity were given?
No, I’m aware of my insecurities, and don’t blame outer circumstances. I alone hold the key to me.
“The best part about my travels are the lovers I have encountered, passion and adventure.”- Francine Dee
What do you like best about modeling?
It’s a glamorous and sexy life. It has schooled me in various fields. I have met many interesting individuals. I now know more about myself. All this while being sponsored, this industry has truly spoiled this kitty. Thank you.
I am sure you have traveled many places and worked with many fascinating people. Any special stories you’d like to share?
The best part about my travels are the lovers I have encountered, passion and adventure.
Do you have any advice for women who might want to go into modeling?
Yes! Never mind modeling, just women in general. Follow your intuition, it’s the best weapon we have. Take care of your, mental, emotional, and physical status. Health first. Respect yourself and others. Enjoy your vessel and welcome your inner vixen. Do YOU! Who cares what others may think? Live and let live. Get it girl!!!
You have also toyed with acting. How did you like working in film and television?
It would have been nice. I’m just not disciplined enough to follow structure.
Any chance we may be seeing more of you there?
Of course, when and where, that remains undetermined.
How do you stay so fit and trim with such a busy schedule?
I’m never too busy for me. Never, EVER. Eat right, live right… all in moderation. Respect and appreciate what the universe has blessed you.
I understand you are going to business school. Do you plan to work behind the camera as well as in front of it? Any future plans?
I dropped out of conventional college years ago. The only academy I’ve been attending is UNSR, University of Nevada Spearmint Rhino……..I’m getting my PHD as we speak.
Any message you would like to give to our readers?
Live and let live… holler @ me @ FrancineDee.com. Thanks for your time. Peace…Love…and Harmony.