Though we've watched her grow for two seasons of Flavor of Love, New York remains a woman of mystery. Where did she grow up? What's her most prized possession? If she were an animal, what would she be? Since she's now the star of her own dating show, it's time to find out. Using speed-dating questions devised by Futurescopes.com (what better way, after all, to get to know the modern woman?) and a few of our own, we probed deep into the psyche of New York. The results may shock you.
Where did you grow up?
In Upstate New York – Newhartford, NY and Utica, NY. I lived there for a big chunk of my life – the chunk where I was too young to branch out on my own.
Before Flavor of Love, what did you do?
I was a buyer with my good friend of many years, maybe 8 or 9. He owns his own store and I had stock in it. He trusted me to go on trips with him and pick out the latest fashions because I have such good style.
When was your last relationship and how long did it last?
My last real relationship ended two years ago and it lasted for a really long time. A really, really long time.
What are you looking for in a relationship?
It's pretty simple. I look for honesty, a great sense of humor and someone that can understand that I'm not going to be perfect all the time. I'm gonna have my days when I get up and am crazy and scatterbrained.
Do you have a "type?"
Nobody's gonna believe this, but there's no one physical type. As long as he's hitting me mentally and emotionally, I don't care if he looks like the Hunchback of Notre Dame.
Do you ever want to be married?
Absolutely. I think that one day, probably not soon, but yeah, I wanna be married one day so I can see how it feels…and so I can cut the cake. I just want to cut that big six-foot wedding cake.
Do you want children?
Yes. I know that I want three – two boys and one little princess. But not for a while. My 20's, they're for me. So I'd have to say some time in my 30's.
Do you believe in love at first sight?
Absolutely. It has never happened to me, but maybe it will.
What are your turn-ons?
Someone with great, fresh breath. Someone who can pick a great cologne, like a Calvin Klein. Someone that has a great smell to him. Clean socks – you can always tell how clean a man's underwear are if you tell him to take off his shoes and his socks are clean.
Everything opposite of what I just said. I hate bad breath. And shoes – a few scuff marks are OK, but if your shoes are turning up and they look all distraught and looking sad, it's time to move on. You can't have any stains on your clothes. Pimples, that type of thing. You just gotta be groomed.
How important is sexual compatibility to you?
It's very important. It's never about size, it's always about the mental connection first and the physical connection second.
Boxers or briefs?
Oh my gosh, you better give me a man who has to wear boxers, because briefs are too tight for his ass!
What are you most proud of?
I'm most proud of the fact that I don't have a record. I've never had a run-in with the law. I get along great with my family and I have a good sense of values.
Is religion important to you?
Absolutely. I grew up in the church. I have strayed, but religion is still very important.
What about politics?
Hell no, I don't follow them. That s*** is mad boring.
What's your most treasured possession?
You probably won't understand it, but I love being a woman. I would have to say my most treasured possession is my vagina.
Do you like animals?
I love animals. I have a beautiful cat named Baby Lovingly. I found her outside, she was scratching really hard for food about four years ago. She's all black and has the most beautiful green eyes you'll ever see. And I have a Chihuahua and her name is Your Majesty.
If you were an animal, what would you be?
I'd have to be a cheetah. They're long, they're sleek, they're sexy and they can get away at the drop of a dime. I could do my dirt and then run from it real quick.
Do you cook?
Yes, I do. I take pride in my cooking.
If you had friends coming over for a dinner party, what would you serve?
Lobster artichoke dip. Chicken Cordon Bleu. Biscuits from scratch.
What makes you laugh the hardest?
I love to see fights. Fist fights and action movies – things where people get blown up and stomped out by gangs. That makes me crack up the hardest.
What makes you cry?
When I can't get my way, I'm crying.
Are you a morning person or a night person?
I'm so a night person. I'm so nocturnal.
Who are your favorite musicians?
Jay-Z, India.Arie, the Wu-Tang Clan, Mobb Deep and right now, I love John Legend and Alicia Keys.
The classic, original version of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.
Favorite TV show?
The Twilight Zone.
I don't know, I don't do that much reading. My favorite magazine is Us Weekly.
Vodka and Red Bull.
Fresh French fries.
Menthol cigarettes or regular?
Favorite vacation spot?
Anywhere where the climate is too hot for a black woman, that's my favorite spot.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
I see myself extremely wealthy, loving life and being bad…but good!
You have six months left to live: what do you do?
I would clear out my bank account and go shopping fabulously – Rodeo Drive, Fifth Ave., all that stuff. I would go to some people's houses that have done me wrong and beat their asses. I would apologize to the people I need to apologize to. I would get right with God…oh, I would have sex, too!
Our discussion with New York continues after the jump, where the dating-show vet talks fame and (be afraid:) her mother.
How has life been since Flavor of Love blew up, on a day-to-day basis? Are you ever mobbed?
There are times when I wake up in the morning and I forget that I am quote-unquote New York. But once I hit the scene and I leave my front door, I am quickly reminded that I am New York. I get mobbed. I get asked to sign underwear. I get asked to sign skin. People don't have paper, they're asking me to sign their flesh. It's crazy, but I love it.
What's the weirdest thing anyone's ever requested?
This woman, in the ladies' room, asked me to pee in her drink so that she could drink it down and be something like me. I'm like, "Lady, are you serious? You have to pay me to do something like that!"
Any harassment ever? Does anyone get aggressive with you, since you're such a divisive character?
Never. The feedback has been 100 percent positive.
How have the men been?
Guys always want to one-up Flav and say they're better, try to prove it. I have to turn them down quickly, because it's not that they want to date me, they just have something to prove. I also think sometimes I intimidate them because they saw my personality on television and how things were between me and Flav.
Any drawbacks to fame that you've seen?
No. I can't remember the last time I paid for a meal or to go through the entrance way of a club. But, a lot of females have been hitting on me since the show and it's a little crazy for me to deal with that. But I'm flattered!
When we last saw your mom, she was storming out of the house during the finale of Flavor of Love 2. She was angry that you chose to stay with Flav instead of leaving with her. What happened between then and now?
When my mom found out I didn't win a second time, she didn't say, "I told you so." She didn't say, "You were silly for staying." All she basically did was outstretch her arms for me to fall into her bosom. She was there for me to pick me up. My mom was there to support me because she knows I'm strong-minded.
And why are you having her on I Love New York?
I value my mom's opinion very strongly when it comes to love.
This is your third time to appear on a television dating show. Do you think of TV as an effective way of finding a mate?
Well, I definitely have to say it is a modern way of meeting someone. You have the Internet that you can use to find love, and now it's readily available on the television. So meeting someone via TV is the norm. It's 2007, so I'm all for it.
Did you ever use the Internet?
Oh, hell no. Guys flock to me. They've always flocked to me and they will continue to flock to me.