Vixen Chat: Karen Civil Talks Social Media Beginnings, Business Savvy and Men


Karen CivilDo you ever feel like you’re missing out when you compare your life to theirs?
Sometimes I do, but I dreamed of a career. They wanted to start a family and things like that. A lot of their kids are my goddaughters, so I get to have their kids and then give them back.

How do you handle the people that know who you are, what your profession is and want to be your “bestie.” How do you separate the fake friends from the real ones?
It’s weird because I’m an anti-social person in a social world. When certain people come to me, I’m already on guard like, Are you talking to me because you want to meet Wayne? Are you talking to me because you want to meet Jeezy? Are you talking to me because you want to do business? Are you talking to me because you want to be on the site? After a while peoples’ true colors start to show, so from there I know what space I need to put people in. But more than anything, I appreciate the way people are. It’s crazy being in L.A. for two years and having four really good friends out here. That’s a lot. I know, if God forbid, I’m not doing anything anymore or I F up and just want to be Karen Civil, I know I have them.

Have you ever been star struck?
There’s this soccer player that I like a lot. Gregory van der Wiel. (shows picture) I think he plays in another country.

Are you into foreign guys with tattoos?
Somewhat. My taste in men is really eclectic. In all my previous relationships, all of the guys have been different. One was 6 feet tall, white. Another was like 5-foot-11. He had a low haircut and was really dark skinned so it just varies.

Do you even have time to date with your crazy schedule?
I wanna have time, but it’s weird. It’s hard to find a guy who understands your schedule and is secure enough to understand what you do. It’s okay if you wake me up at 3 in the morning like, “Lil Wayne’s calling you” and it’s not that type of issue. I respect a man hustling and working and doing his thing if he works at FedEx or wherever, so I want him to be okay with what I do. It’s hard to find that because I feel like, with me, guys want to be that breadwinner, which is understandable. But that seems to be my issue.

Because you’re surrounded by so many people in the industry, do you try to date someone outside of the entertainment world?
I try to date outside the industry but it feels  like they don’t understand my schedule. I try to put as much time and effort into people, but I’m not gonna be able to call you every day. But then it gets weird with the industry individual. You don’t know if they’re trying to further their leverage.

Stay tuned for the two-part “Walk In Your Shoes” series with Karen Civil coming soon!