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PRO MMA interview with MMA model Erin Jade

PRO MMA (promma.info) recently had the pleasure of speaking to the lovely MMA model Erin Jade. If you are not yet familiar with Erin, well… where have you been?

She has been featured in such publications as Fighters Only Magazine, Natural Muscle, and Physique, and has worked with such reputable MMA affiliates as Hardcore Sports Radio and The Fight Network. She’s even done a bit of film.

Maybe you need a model for an upcoming photo shoot, or a hot chick to appear in your next movie, or maybe you just want to check out the type of girl who loves MMA. Meet Erin Jade.

PRO MMA: You have a very exotic look, tell us a little about your background, and where you live and work today.
Erin Jade: I was born and raised in Toronto but my background is Filipino.

PRO MMA: Being an MMA model, have you ever taken any classes, or tried jiu jitsu?
Erin Jade: No, I haven’t taken any classes yet. My schedule has been really hectic and I haven’t had the time to take up any training. I know someone who takes Muay Thai and he teaches me some things but that’s about it.

PRO MMA: I’m sure you’ve met many fighters during photo shoots and at different events. Outside of the cage, which fighter impressed you the most as a person, outside of their fighter persona?
Erin Jade: The fighter that impressed me the most outside of the cage would have to be Brandon Verra. He was really funny, down to earth, and easy to talk to.

PRO MMA: I know you love to watch MMA, but did you get a chance to watch the Pacquaio/Hatton fight a few weeks back?
Erin Jade: I did! I absolutely love Pacquiao! He makes all Filipinos proud. I’d love to watch a Pacquiao fight live one day.

PRO MMA: I read on your site that you like to draw and write. Have you ever thought about writing and illustrating your own book? If so what would Erin Jade tell the world?
Erin Jade: I actually have. I like to write poetry, so I was thinking of writing a collection of poems. Either that, or a novel. I haven’t come up with a storyline as of yet, but I’d like to write something that can be inspirational to others. My own book probably won’t be out anytime soon, as my schedule has been really busy lately, but writing my own book is something that I have definitely considered.

PRO MMA: You’ve worked with a long list of companies and have built a very diverse portfolio. Has your petite size held you back in any way since you started modeling?
Erin Jade: Yes and no. Back when I used to be with an agency, my height restricted me from taking on jobs other than commercial modeling. However, height requirements were mainly for jobs such as runway, and high fashion shoots. On the other hand, I’m interested in focusing mainly on import, fitness, and MMA modeling which don’t have height requirements, so it all works out. Many people used to tell me that I was too short to model, and too petite to take on certain jobs… and I wanted to prove them wrong. Looking back, I’m glad that they doubted me, because it helped me to get where I am today.

PRO MMA: I know you had a small role in an upcoming movie, tell us a little bit about that.
Erin Jade: I just did some background work for the movie Death Warrior. The film features UFC fighters Georges St. Pierre, Rashad Evans, Keith Jardine, Rampage Jackson…etc. I’m in one of the scenes just watching the fights on pay-per-view and cheering the fighters on.

PRO MMA: Do you see yourself continuing to build off that experience and continuing to look for acting roles?
Erin Jade: I originally started off with acting before I got into the modeling industry. The experience of going back into that industry has definitely made me want to start acting again.

PRO MMA: I know that you’ve thought about or planned to start your own clothing line. What kind of line do you envision for this project?
Erin Jade: I would like to start my own line of tank tops, t-shirts and bikinis. At shows and events, I’m always creating my own outfits out of existing bikinis, t-shirts etc, and I like to make them my own. I tend to cut them up, add/remove different designs…etc. I’ve always been pretty creative and designing outfits is something I love to do. Whenever I’m bored, I always find myself doodling different clothing designs onto paper. It would be nice to see these designs come to life one day.

PRO MMA: Thanks for taking the time to talk to us here at PRO MMA. Are there any shout-outs you’d like to send out?
Erin Jade: Thanks for having me! I’d like to thank my friends, family, fans, and everyone who’s supported me throughout my modeling career. You all know who you are… I couldn’t have done it without you!

Check out Erin Jade’s website at www.erinjade.com and find her on Facebook and MySpace

By:  Denny Hodge

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