Widely known for her role in the reality series Bad Girls Club: Las Vegas, Elease Donovan wants you to know that there is more to her than just catfights and celebrity dates! The Miami-based designer has launched her new swimsuit line (@EDSwimwear) and we got a chance to speak to her about the new endeavor and what we can next expect for the TV reality star. —Vicki Valery
VIBE VIXEN: When did you realize you wanted to be a designer?
ELEASE DONOVAN: When I was, maybe, 3 years old cutting up my own clothes and drawing. My mom knew that’s what I was going to be in life.
I think it was a skirt and a top. I cut up my own clothes to get the fabric. My mom would hate that! After that, I started doing sketches and stuff…and that’s how it kinda came about. It was always my thing. I wanted to start off with swimsuits because I would like to be a whole brand. I wanna do dresses, I wanna do shoes and a line of luxury watches. I wanna start with something smaller which is easier and just build from there.
I feel like they have the Audemars Piquet for women, but when you think of Audemars, you think of a man’s watch. If I say “Elease Donovan Watches,” I want you to already know it’s a high-end designer watch for women.Something for the ladies.
Yea [giggles], that’s right! For the ladies!
VV: Who are some of your favorite designers?
ED:Alexander McQueen, a lil’ bit of a mix of Jeffrey Campbell, Charlotte Olympia and Tory Burch. I like everything that she does! That’s kinda who I’d like to reach one day. She has the brand going on with the accessories and clothing and everything is going well. Love her! Brian Atwood is kinda growing on me.
A designer I’d like to collaborate with is Dolce and Gabbana. I mean, I feel like they could use a revamping [laughs]! Nobody talks about them anymore. Tom Ford, I like his stuff. Oh, and even Marc Jacobs. They definitely need a revamping.
So, what’s next for Elease Donovan?