Feminism and Go-Go Dancing? Get to Know ROLL MODELS Star Scarlet Chan

You may know her as the “loud and crazy” girl from the K-Town reality show. Maybe you know her as the self-proclaimed feminist model who has no problem discussing her ex-stripping days. Or maybe you know her as the badass from the new reality show Roll Models. Regardless of where you recognize her from, one thing is clear- this girl is here to stay. We were lucky enough to get a chance to chat with Scarlet Chan and get to know her past the girl we see on the show. Audrey Magazine talks childhood, feminism, and Roll Models with Scarlet Chan:

 

AUDREY MAGAZINE: How was it like growing up in Hong Kong and can you tell us a bit more about your childhood?
SCARLET CHAN: I lived there until I was about nine years old. I would say we grew up upper-middle class. Then when we immigrated to the States and its like ‘Oh you’re not upper middle class anymore. You don’t have a car. You don’t have a nanny. You kinda just have to do everything yourself.’ So it was a reality check. We had to grow up really fast. My parents divorced when I was seven so my mom being a single mother added an extra layer of hardship and struggle to deal with, but she did everything she could to make sure rent was paid. Growing up I got to do all kinds of extra curricular activities. She made sure she made enough money to pay for all that stuff so I’m totally grateful for it.

AM: Did young Scarlet have any idea that she would turn to performing or reality television?
SC: No, but I remember wanting to be a model. I wanted to be a model like when I was four. I saw some runway show on TV and I would try to do the catwalk in my house. My mom still teases me about it [laughs].  I remember wanting to be in the limelight at some point, but not reality TV and not in this kind of character either. I feel like the show painted me as a very specific character that I’m suppose to resemble – I didn’t expect that.

[Reality television] was never part of the plan, but I never really had a plan. Some people are like ‘I want to be an astronaut’ or ‘I wanna be a teacher when I grow up’. None of that really solidified for me. I was kinda like ‘Oh I’m really into swimming right now and now I’m really into playing this instrument’.  I kinda just went from thing to thing.

 

AM: So you started exotic dancing while doing research for a college thesis. Can you tell us about that?
SC: I was a Women’s Studies Major and the program that I was in at UC Santa Barbara is super progressive. They make sure to incorporate women and sex work as part of their lecture. Their whole motto is that its about the choice that women can make with their lives. Certain people in sex work were obviously forced into it, but then theres women that chose that type of profession  just because they really enjoy the work and they love it. I was always fascinated with it because I’ve always been very sexual. Seriously, growing up I was always kinda like ‘oh sex this, sex that’ and so were the rest of my friends so it was always pretty natural for me to be more drawn to that subject- especially for college.

I would have to say that I was curious about the sex industry and me deciding to write a thesis about it is not like “Oh I want to strip.” Its like “Oh, I’m doing this research paper… but really I wanna strip” [laughs]. That was like my excuse to get into it. It was a good learning experience I would say. Not only did I get to interview other women while I was working as an exotic dancer, but I journaled [my experiences] every night. [I journaled] how I felt, how much money I was making, what I would wear. I just documented everything for the span of three months and then I wrote my paper about it over a year and a half.

AM: You’ve called yourself an “Ethical Feminist” thats very proud of her sexuality. Can you explain that to us?
SC: [Ethical Feminism] is about being ethical about your womanhood and women kinda finding themselves and coming into their own. I always feel like theres that double standard that women can’t be intelligent, smart, and respectable, but at the same time also have this sexuality. You just can’t be both.  You can’t be of power and be in charge in the bedroom at the same time.

Growing up, I’ve always been very experimental with doing sexual acts. I feel like in highschool, I was the first to be sexually active among my friends and I got berated for it. There was a lot of slut-bashing during my adolescent years so for me, I’ve always just been fascinated about why people have such strong emotions towards a woman thats in charge; who’s sexual and proud about it and not hiding it. The ethical part is me saying you have to treat all your sexual partners with respect and its always with consent. [You both have to] acknowledge the fears that you have and the concerns that you have.  You have to have a good open dialogue about it. I don’t think enough people practice this type of sexual behavior and being a feminist I’m kinda like ‘Alright, I’m a b*tch thats in charge’.  Its not so much a power trip, but feeling empowered and being comfortable with who I am.
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AM: So you’re in the new reality show called ROLL MODELS. What can you tell us about your character?
SC: They put me in the show because I was actually introduced to go-go dancing and import modeling through Joe. The arch of the show is that I’m interested in it- I don’t wanna go back to stripping, but I want to find some kind of alternative that’s kinda in the middle so I figured go-go dancing and import modeling would be a good introductory step for me to make some extra money without dealing with stripping. I’m introduced, through Joe, to Michelle and Nikita. Both of those ladies have been in the scene for a long time and people actually know them and they’re super famous and popular within the import modeling scene.

AM:  You mentioned that in Roll Models you’re trying to pursue go-go dancing and import modeling. Was that something you always thought about pursuing?
SC: I do want to pursue it, forsure. It’s not something I’ve always wanted to do, but the opportunity just kinda presented itself and it makes sense at this time in my life because I definitely don’t want to go back to stripping- I’m too old for that. I’m too old, I’m too tired to deal with all the drama. [laughs]

AM:  Is Roll Models anything like your previous reality show, K-Town?
SC: No, not at all. Oh my god, not at all. Its completely different. I thought it was gonna be the same- everything behind the camera is the same, but its a whole different view. The cast is so different. First of all, they’re all girls. Second of all, they’re all nice until you piss them off and then they turn into a raging b*tch. The show is more about girl humor than any other show that I’ve ever seen.

AM:  Roll Models is already building up a lot of reactions from the public. How do you respond to the reactions that don’t like how Asians are portrayed on the show?
SC: Everyone’s entitled to their own opinion, but when I first started with the show, I already knew the producers for years and I know their heart is in the right place. Our whole goal is to put more Asian American faces on television or out in the media and I just don’t think there’s enough representation of it. I don’t wanna say bad representation is better than no representation because I don’t necessarily think this is bad representation at all. I feel like this represents a very narrow segment of the Asian-Am community. This is a little glance of what we’re all about. This is just one facet of a whole range of color and different characters out there. I feel like everyone knows that- theres not just one cookie-cutter type of Asian that exists. Theres a whole ring of different people.

So when I read that negative kind of response, I’ll admit that it does get to me, but at the same time I’m like you know what, I’m just gonna do what I gotta do and tune them out. I’m just being myself- I’m not here to represent everyone in the world. If they think another show will be more interesting, they should go produce that f*cking show. They shouldn’t try to criticize us trying to make a difference when they’re sitting back eating cheetos, not doing anything about it and just talking sh*t about the work we’re doing. Thats all I’m saying.


AM:  Is the Scarlet Chan that we see on screen the same as the Scarlet Chan in real life? Do you embellish yourself a little or is there a side of you that you maintain private and just for close friends?
SC: It’s pretty much the real Scarlet Chan. The only part I don’t show is when I’m talking baby voice and cute with my boyfriend. That’s really private. “Aww baby, I miss you” and all that sh*t- you don’t see that because no one wants to see that [laughs]. Its gross. Like I want to throw up in my mouth when I do that so I’m not trying to gross everyone out.

I just go balls to the walls. I don’t hold back. There are moments where I think I go too far, especially when I do confessionals. I kinda have this sense of regret after some of my confessionals. I’m like ‘f*ck, maybe I just took that to the next level,’ but not in a good way at all.  I think it was episode two or three of K-town when I lifted my shirt and flashed the cameras and I was like “My titties taste like garlic fries!” [laughs] I just said the first thing that came to mind and I immediately regretted it. I was so embarrassed. All my friends were laughing hysterically at me.

And for Roll Models, I acted even more ridiculous in every aspect.

 

AM:  Whats your most favorite and least favorite part about filming for Roll Models?
SC: Okay, my most favorite part would be getting to watch my other cast mates change in and out of their outfits.  I’m kinda a pervert. I love watching them change. They don’t know that, but now they’ll know that. [Laughs]

And that’s just one aspect of it. I would say the crew meal in between shootings, that’s probably what I love and miss the most. I feel like towards the end of the show, I realized that these girls are actually all really sweet and really nice. I feel like people pre-judge them a lot because they’re gorgeous and they tend to talk about themselves a lot, but then you peel all the layers back and when they’re just being themselves and when they don’t have to worry about their hair, their make up, and their outfit, then they’re actually really funny girls. They’re all really smart and they’re good at what they do. I feel like that bond that I have with these girls is what I miss.

What I don’t like is dealing with high-maintenance b*tches all day long [laughs]. I remember the initial three days of meeting all these girls, I was annoyed the entire time. I’m high-maintenance, but I keep a lot of those high-maintenance comments to myself. It took me a long time to find a commonality that I have with them. They’re really girly. They go to the gym and do yoga. I don’t f*cking go to the gym. I go surfing and I ride my bike.


AM:  What can we expect from the upcoming episodes of Roll Models?
SC: Theres gonna be a lot of T&A (tits and ass). There’s gonna be a lot of catty humor. This is what the show is about and I find it super funny- when girls make passive aggressive jabs at each other like “Oh, before I met you, I didn’t think I was gonna like you, but you’re not that bad.” [Laughs] You know what I’m talking about! There’s a lot of stank eyes being passed at one another then eventually a blow up, but of course there’s a make up session. Its girl bitchiness the whole time and I personally find it hilarious.

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Be sure to watch Roll Models here.

Roll Models: Interview with Jowe Lee

NAME Jowe Lee
NICKNAMES? Prince of K-Town
ETHNICITY 100% Born & raised Korean
WHERE WERE YOU BORN? Seoul, Korea
WHERE DID YOU GROW UP? Bakersfield, CA
GIVE US ONE REASON WHY EVERYONE SHOULD TUNE INTO ‘ROLL MODELS’ Hottest import/gogo models, badass cars with drifting action, & most importantly DRAMA! What more could you possibly ask more for?

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Roll Models: Meet Beckie Joon

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If you’re a fan of the K-Town reality show – then you should also take a look at the producers’ next new show: Roll Models. Set in Southern California, Roll Models follows the lives of various Asian American import car models and gogo dancers. While there’s a plenty of negative talk and controversy around the show – we appreciate that this show adds on to the Asian American experience – namely, Asian American youth subculture. Hate it or love it – it’s a show featuring a predominately Asian American female cast. I’m definitely tuning in to watch.

The show premieres TODAY on the LOUD Channel – and we’re going to continue on with the cast interviews: next up, Beckie Joon!

(Also check out our previous interview with Gina Darling here and Danielle Lo here!)

NAME: Beckie Joon
NICKNAMES? Bee, Joonbug, Becks
ETHNICITY: Vietnamese/Chinese
WHERE WERE YOU BORN? Orange, CA
WHERE DID YOU GROW UP? Santa Ana & Garden Grove
GIVE US ONE REASON WHY EVERYONE SHOULD TUNE INTO ‘ROLL MODELS’
There seriously has to be more than The Fast & the Furious? We’re the real thing!

1. Your go-to karaoke song

I love these two songs most and cannot choose, “Careless Whispers” by Wham, or “If I Ain’t Got You” by Alicia Keys. I love karaoke!

2. Last time you cried

When my mother and I had an argument.

3. What always makes you laugh?

Playful witty jokes always makes me laugh and funny people’s interactions and reactions.

4. Your go-to comfort food

Mmm…anything spicy and hot? Like Chinese or Japanese hot pot?

5. Last thing you ate

My school was giving away free ice cream…and I was hungry.

6. Currently on “repeat” on your ipod

James Blake – Retrograde TRAP Mix

7. A guilty pleasure you don’t feel guilty about?

This is seriously a hard one for me, because I feel like I know my rights and wrongs. And all my guilty pleasures, still make me feel guilty! I guess…I choose drinking and going out crazy on a Monday night? I can do that pretty often.

8. Current favorite place

My CURRENT favorite place would be Cancun, Mexico.

9. Favorite drink, alcoholic or otherwise

Watermelon juice as my drink, coffee once a day, & Dark Liquor like Hennessy please.

10. Current obsessions?

Traveling, learning, expensive things, natural sights like the beach & MAKING my own money.

11. Pet peeve

Ignorant people who speak their damn mind, or in other words, incapable of learning and assume of little knowledge they have.

12. Habit I need to break

Being distracted!

13. Talent you’d like to have

Every talent that I already have but enhanced.

14. Word or phrase you most overuse

“And” and “Um yeaaa.”

15. Most treasured possession?

Do not touch my family.

16. Greatest fear?

I fear for no change for the better & accomplishing my dreams.

17. Favorite childhood pastime or memory.

I have too many! I treasured the moments where my whole family got along and traveled. Also, all my memories from my travels and spending quality time with the people I met from them. Germany was the most romantic, Cancun was the most exciting and comedic. Our last night in Cancun, my crazy girlfriends and I turned our dead retired hotel, Ritz Carlton, into a party of disaster with people from all around the world… Haha, it was amazing.

18. Motto?
“The World is a Show, & you define your stage.”- Shakespeare

19. What’s cool about being Asian

The food? haha… Also, I love that slow aging reputation.

20. If you weren’t doing what you are doing now, what occupation would you be doing?

I’d be an attorney or some sort of designer of fashion or architects.

Roll Models Countdown: Meet Danielle Lo

If you’re a fan of the K-Town reality show – then you should also take a look at the producers’ next new show: <em>Roll Models</em>. Set in Southern California, <em>Roll Models</em> follows the lives of various Asian American import car models and gogo dancers. While there’s a plenty of negative talk and controversy around the show – we appreciate that this show adds on to the Asian American experience – namely, Asian American youth subculture. Hate it or love it – it’s a show featuring a predominately Asian American female cast. I’m definitely tuning in to watch.

 

 

Now, while we wait for the show to premiere on the 27th on the LOUD Channel, we did a fun 20 questions interview with some of the cast members – next up, Danielle Lo!

(Also check out our previous interview with Gina Darling <a href=”http://t.co/Dm3tgR4bLe”>here</a>!)

NAME: Danielle Lo
NICKNAMES? D-Lo
AGE: Perceived as a 12 yr old…actual age: 24.
ETHNICITY: 1/2 Chinese, 1/8: English, Irish, German and Austrian. Although I’m commonly mistaken as Hispanic or Filipino.
WHERE WERE YOU BORN? Born and raised in Northern California
WHERE DID YOU GROW UP? (see above)
GIVE US ONE REASON WHY EVERYONE SHOULD TUNE INTO ‘ROLL MODELS': <em>Roll Models</em> is exactly that…models on a roll, doing their thing. It gives our fans, friends and viewers and inside perspective on the import scene, and the modeling aspect of the industry. Ever wonder what girls talk about when they’re together with their friends? When you watch <em>Roll Models</em>, you get to see exactly that! Girls, being girls. It also exposes Asian American culture in Orange County. I used to think I was more in touch with my Asian side of the family, but some of my friends here like to refer to my family as the “Asian” version of the Brady Bunch.

 
1. Your go-to karaoke song: A$AP ROCKY’s <em>F*CKIN’ PROBLEMS</em>!

 
2. Last time you cried: While being filmed on <em>Roll Models</em> O.O

 

3. What always makes you laugh: When people sacrifice their own humiliation for the sake of entertaining others. More often that not, I am normally the one making fun of myself in order to cheer people up.

 

4. Your go-to comfort food: This is very difficult, I love all types of food…so I will leave this answer blank. Although I will note that unlike most girls, I do not turn to chocolate or sweets for comfort. Maybe some Mexican food! YUM! Haha.

 

5. Last thing you ate: BBQ at my friend’s house.

6. Currently on “repeat” on your ipod: My current morning cycle of songs are: <em>Like Whaaat</em> by Problem, <em>High School</em> by Nicki Minaj and <em>Beautiful Goodbye</em> by Maroon 5…very different songs, but I general find songs that I like and play them on repeating cycles for a few weeks until I get tired of them and move on to the next set of songs I find.

 
7. A guilty pleasure you don’t feel guilty about: Eating…a lot, whatever I want, whenever I want. I grew up with a family that loves to cook, eat out and have people over for gourmet potluck dinners! Thank goodness for fast metabolism and good genetics! When the day comes, where it starts to slow down I will get my butt in gear and hit the gym…food is the one thing I will never be able to deprive myself of.

 
8. Current favorite place: My bed! Haha.

 

9. Favorite drink, alcoholic or otherwise: MILK! Yes I am weird – and sadly I am allergic to milk, but I don’t care! Haha, I’ve even been crazy enough to order a large cup of milk from Starbucks. Maybe that’s my REAL guilty pleasure – because even though I’m not supposed to have it…I drink it anyways.

 
10. Current obsessions? Can’t think of any….WORK? LOL

 
11. Pet peeve: People cracking their joints. Just the sound makes me want to gag!

 

12. Habit I need to break: Late night snacks! I just can’t help it!!! Staying up late, my body is using fuel and requires more food at later hours. I know it’s not good for you, so I’m trying to cut back.

 
13. Talent you’d like to have: I wish I could be a b-boy dancer! Break dancing is so awesome!!!!

 

14. Word or phrase you most overuse: I think everyone who was a part of the Roll Model show can answer this question! “Yeah…Uh-huh” *nods head*

15. Most treasured possession? My puppy, Mollie!

16. Greatest fear? That the standards of love and principles of marriage have changed and that the bonds and relationships that existed during my grandparents’ time no longer exists.

17. Favorite childhood pastime or memory: All of my memories of myself as a child were great! I miss being young, wild and free-spirited…I love reminiscing of my mom, dad and sister and our strong relationships growing up.

18. Motto? Life is what you make it.

19. What’s cool about being Asian: Asians are diverse! We can be geeky, goofy, dorky, sexy, nerdy, witty, creative, artistic OR all of the above! Plus our food! Haha, I love all types of Asian cuisine! Living near Westminster and Garden Grove has its perks!

20. If you weren’t doing what you are doing now, what occupation would you be doing? Hmmm, that is hard to say. I am at a point in my life where I am taking things as they come. I haven’t committed to a set occupation because I’m not sure of what exactly I want to do, and I don’t want to limit myself. Thankfully, through my networking within the import scene a lot of different doors have opened. It’s nice to try new things!

More info about the show: <a href=”https://www.facebook.com/RollModelsShow”>https://www.facebook.com/RollModelsShow</a>

Roll Models Countdown: Meet Gina Darling

If you’re a fan of the K-Town reality show – then you should also take a look at the producers’ next new show: Roll Models. Set in Southern California, Roll Models follows the lives of various Asian American import car models and gogo dancers. While there’s a plenty of negative talk and controversy around the show – we appreciate that this show adds on to the Asian American experience – namely, Asian American youth subculture. Hate it or love it – it’s a show featuring a predominately Asian American female cast. I’m definitely tuning in to watch.

 

 

Now, while we wait for the show to premiere on the 27th on the LOUD Channel, we did a fun 20 questions interview with some of the cast members – first up, Gina Darling!

 
NAME: Gina Darling
NICKNAMES? EXSUPERVILLAIN (Gamer Tag), Unicorn, and Gyna (Vagina…get it? Yeah.)
ETHNICITY: Vietnamese and Russian
WHERE WERE YOU BORN? Northern California
WHERE DID YOU GROW UP? BAY ARRREAAA!
GIVE US ONE REASON WHY EVERYONE SHOULD TUNE INTO ‘ROLL MODELS': Dude, it’s a show about hot chicks, boobs, and cars. What more is there to say?

 

 

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1. Your go-to karaoke song: I like to sing “Dreamin of You” by Selena. Also, if I’m feeling extra ridiculous, “Barbie Girl” gets thrown in the mix if I have a guy with me to sing the guy part. This is assuming that you’re actually able to get me to sing karaoke. It’s usually a once in a lifetime thing. Will never be done again.

 
2. Last time you cried: I usually cry when I talk about my parents. I love them to pieces and I turn into such a baby when I talk about them. They think it’s the cutest thing in the world.

 
3. What always makes you laugh: I love sarcasm. Good god, it makes me happy. I love when you can just sit around with your friends, talk crap to each other, and sometimes say the meanest things but still be able to just laugh it off. Also, stupid videos of animals yelling like humans.

 
4. Your go-to comfort food: Pasta. I LOVE pasta. It makes me unreasonably happy.

 
5. Last thing you ate: I had a Chicken Bacon Ranch sandwich from Subway with an absurd amount of olives in it. I told the woman to “murder it with olives”. After a bewildered look, she complied. I LOVE olives.

 
6. Currently on “repeat” on your ipod: I’ve been listening to a lot of Trap music lately. It makes me dance like an idiot in my car. Currently, I’ve had Baauer and Major Lazer on repeat.

 
7. A guilty pleasure you don’t feel guilty about: Napping. I am a serial napper. My friends say that I’m like a fat cat because I can seriously nap multiple times a day.

 
8. Current favorite place: The Griffith Observatory. I’ve been a space geek since I was about 12 years old. I love anything that can bring me closer to the cosmos.

 
9. Favorite drink, alcoholic or otherwise: I’m obsessed with coconut water. I drink it almost everyday. As for alcoholic, I’m not much of a drinker. I don’t particularly like liquor very much. I do love a glass of red wine at night though.

 
10. Current obsessions? I’ve been obsessed over a game called Last of Us. I beat it a month in advance before it was released due to some special circumstances. Now I’m just obsessed with talking about it to my friends that are now playing it. It’s such an amazing game!

 
11. Pet peeve: i hate when people walk in front of the TV or talk to me while I’m playing a game or watching something that I am really interested in. That’s an automatic death sentence right there. I also hate when people wake me up abruptly. I might wake up swingin’. Also, bad/slow drivers make me lose my mind.

 
12. Habit I need to break: I have the worst sleeping habits ever. I would sleep at 7am and wake up at 4pm. Apparently, a lot of neat things happen during the day that I’ve been missing out on. I wouldn’t really know.

 
13. Talent you’d like to have: I really wish I was craftier or more handy. I want to be able to build or make amazing things. Unfortunately, the last time I tried to be handy, I got a light bulb stuck in the socket when I tried to unscrew it.

 
14. Word or phrase you most overuse: “Dude.” “….w…what?” “Ain’t got enough peanut butter to be this jelly.” Ha! Awesome.” “That was…AMAAAAAZZIINNGG.”

 
15. Most treasured possession? Each of my parents gave me a teddy bear when I was about 3. I still have them and I will never get rid of them. I also have a piece of a telescope that my good friend Damiyan gave to me before he passed away.

 
16. Greatest fear? Super Villains never disclose such details!

 
17. Favorite childhood pastime or memory: Going to the park with my dad and him teaching me how to fight, dancing in the car with my mom, summer water fights with my family, secretly playing Mario Kart with my friends in English class, and just not really having any responsibilities.

 
18. Motto? “There is no such thing as failure. Tis’ just a work in progress.” Also, “If you go home with somebody, and they don’t have books, don’t f*ck ‘em” ― John Waters

 
19. What’s cool about being Asian: As an Asian female, we don’t get any really bad stereotypes. I mean Asian men have that “small penis” stereotype they have to deal with but us women don’t really have any problems of that type. Also, we’re small and compact, you can fit more of us into clubs.

 
20. If you weren’t doing what you are doing now, what occupation would you be doing? I would probably be focusing more on the gaming world. I currently work with Machinima, which is a huge company that basically covers all things gaming. I think I would try to be more involved with that.

 

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More info about the show: https://www.facebook.com/RollModelsShow