There is much you can say about LisaRaye. You can say that she always looks good – because she does – when she steps out on the red carpet and at galas globally. From her hair to her shoes, this style diva has what it takes to move forward in the entertainment world of television, film and beyond.
LisaRaye is currently preparing to film season 3 of the break out hit VH1 series, “Single Ladies,” starring opposite Charity Shea and DB Woodside and produced by Queen Latifah’s Flavor Unit Entertainment. The comedic drama follows three best friends with different philosophies on sex and relationships. LisaRaye plays ‘Keisha,’ a former video vixen who’s always on the prowl for a man to keep her in style. With much anticipation of a third season, viewers will see how the heroic LisaRaye has finally come full circle in her journey.
We all know that LisaRaye and her cast mates always look fabulous in whatever they wear on each episode. During our interview, many style facts were revealed that relates to the dresses she wears, to the shoes she loves, to the car styles she prefers.
I asked LisaRaye, “What car would best exemplify your daily style?” She said that BMW is her current preference. However, LisaRaye said she still holds her first car – a Toyota Celica – in high esteem. She said she loved the automobile style of her car at the time and still, to this day, swears that the quality of service was exceptional at Toyota. As for a woman and her car, the automotive style choices sometimes change over time.
As our conversation moved deep into the direction of style, LisaRaye said she is a big fan of a few key colors: dark hunter green, yellow, lavender and white. Her five favorite shoe designers are Giuseppe Zanotti, Rene Caovilla, Sergio Rossi, Casadei and Manolo Blahnik. For a moment, as LisaRaye and I were conversing about her shoes, she was looking through her closet identifying her favorites among the many in her shoe collection. I giggled and briefly had a flashback to my fond memories of watching Sarah Jessica Parker who portrayed the lead character Carey Bradshaw in the Sex and the City television series.
For all the women who adore shoes, you know exactly what it’s like to be in a shoe store and shop for shoes. The sheer excitement of having amazing shoes – as LisaRaye so eloquently shared with me – was enough to get me daydreaming about a future shoe-shopping experience.
As for perfume, her favorites are My Life perfume by Mary J. Blige, Mary Kay’s Angel Fire, Jo Malone, Narciso Rodriguez For Her Eau de Toilette and Jeans Couture Perfume by Gianni Versace. Jeans Couture Perfume – a glamorous fragrance for women – has a scent that carries a blend of orange flower, plum, freesia, iris, black jasmine, musk, heliotrope and sandalwood. LisaRaye’s sense of style in relation to her favorite fashion designers are Tom Ford suits for women, Diane von Furstenberg’s selection of signature wrap dresses, Stella McCartney, Mui Mui and Elie Tahari dresses.
The good news shared – LisaRaye will launch her own hair care product line sometime in August. She notes that women are always reinventing their hairstyles and that she will be providing a great hair care line of products suitable for women with and without weaves. She said favorite hair care products are Infusium 23 Repair & Renew Leave-in Treatment by Infusium 23, Nioxin Scalp Treatment System and Mizani HRM (Humidity Resistant Mist) Hairspray.
When LisaRaye attends gala’s and or special red carpet events, she is usually styled in diamonds to compliment her fashion styling. There are two specialty jewelry designers that she fancies currently – Glynneth B and Twisted Jewelry. Both have great everyday and special occasion jewelry many can add to their day or evening attire.
In closing, LisaRaye continues to use her celebrity status to highlight issues close to her heart. She is the global ambassador for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® foundation and is passionate about the organization’s mission to promote early detection and screenings for women.
In addition, she created the Miss Rayediant Jewels teen pageant to mentor an boost the self-esteem of girls in the 13-15 age range. LisaRaye resides in Los Angeles and is a proud mother to daughter, Kai. Stay tuned for additional episodes of the VH1 Series, “Single Ladies” coming soon. Link into the online website for more about the show at http://www.vh1.com/shows/single_ladies/season_1/series.jhtml
by Lela Christine, Special to the NNPA from the Los Angeles Wave