Vixen Chat: Winter Ramos Talks ‘Game Over,’ Karrine Steffans Comparisons and Women Empowerment
When a women’s fed up, she writes a book about it. At least that’s the case for Love & Hip-Hop New York star Winter Ramos. After 15 years in the music industry, she’s officially clocking out but with one last parting gift: a tell-all novel she aptly titled Game Over.
While equal parts of the book detailing the limelight of fame and romantic (and not-so-romantic) trysts, Ramos doesn’t shy away from discussing when hip-hop rears its ugly head. Case in point: her friendship with LHHNY cast mate L’orel. Winter explains, “What you guys saw on TV was maybe three lines of a whole chapter. If I had only just said that, then that would’ve been wrong. But when you read what came before that and you read what comes after that, you get a better understanding of the situation.”
Actually, Vixen caught up with Fabolous’ former assistant to get a better understanding of everything. From her new book–out today (Apr. 1)–to her comparisons to Karrine Steffans, Winter sets the record straight. — Niki McGloster
VIBE Vixen: What were your reasons for signing on to do Love and Hip Hop?
Winter Ramos: Why not? I was a big part of hip-hop. As far as being a women in the industry that has done different things, [I] kind of shed that light on not just being about relationships in the music industry.
Towards the end of the season, you seemed to be the one looking to stir up controversy with the book. Were you upset by the editing, or are you proud of what they showed?
I didn’t know exactly what to expect, or how they would portray me, but I knew not to expect one thing. I don’t think I’m upset. At least I have the opportunity in interviews to explain who I am and for people to get a real understanding of what I’ve done in the industry. Things are going to get cut out. That’s understandable.
Now you have a close relationship with Emily B and even Chrissy. How do they feel about the book?
I haven’t spoken to Chrissy about it, but Emily didn’t seem to have a problem with it. A portion of the book is about her and I’s relationship, and we have a great relationship. She taught me how to wear makeup and put me in high heel shoes.
When I say “tell-all,” it doesn’t mean it’s all bad stuff. The section, as far as Chrissy and I’s relationship, shows a friendship. She’s an older sister giving me advice, seeing that I was going in the wrong direction and trying to help me. I thank her for that, so I’m not badmouthing everyone.
Well, you seem to be telling a truth that’s not so pretty.
There were bad things that happened, and they’re in the book, but there are also great things that happened. When you read the book, it kind of flips back and forth. Everyone’s like, who did you sleep with? That’s ridiculous. That’s not what my life is all about. In the midst of sleeping with certain guys, I was also working.
There’s an awful lot of comparisons to Karrine’s novel Confessions of a Video Vixen.
But I’m not her [Laughs]. I don’t think I’ve experienced a lot of the things she’s experienced. We didn’t grow up the same way. We weren’t in the same environment. We weren’t really around the same guys, honestly. Those guys were using and abusing and mistreating her. She was angry, and she was upset, I guess. And she felt like this was her therapy. [Critics] already have in their minds that I’ve been through all this trauma, and I’m bitter. That’s not the reason I wrote the book.