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Get the most out of your experience with a personalized all-access pass to everything local on events, music, restaurants, news and more. Stephanie Arakel shook her thang on stage with LMFAO for the better part of the year injust as they were blowing up. Only 21 years old, she quit her job, strapped on a polka dot bikini, and traveled all over the country with them. You can see her downing drinks in the "Shots" music video, below.
But despite becoming a fan favorite, by the end of the year, she was fired in an email.
Being "big boned," she says. Representatives from the duo's management and record label did not respond to requests for comment. Today, Arakel opens the door to her boyfriend's San Fernando Valley home clad in an oversized T-shirt.
It's clear she takes good care of herself, which makes the alleged reason for her firing seem dubious. She's eager to talk about her new career managing her rapper boyfriend, whose name is Jayoh Jr. While she was working reception at an L. He invited her to his New Year's Eve show and, when the girl they had hired to dance fell through, asked Arakel to step in. She wasn't paid, but was given a giant zebra pimp coat to complement her bikini, though naturally the coat came off at the hype man's call.
She was soon brought on board as the first "official" LMFAO bikini girl, paid in cash after each show. About the only time she could find to sleep was on airplanes between cities.
This was the group's first tour -- which served to promote their new album Party Rock -- and they performed across the country, seeming to gain momentum with every stop. She was a hit, and fans began to know her by name -- or at least by face. At some shows folks brought posters of her and hoisted them up. According to her recollection, the problem began when, at an Arizona show, she was handed the mic during a remix of the Black Eyed Peas' song "Boom Boom Take Of That Polka Dot Bikini Girl.
Her growing popularity was threatening the duo's spotlight, she believes, and they weren't happy about it: Before long he was criticizing photos of her, she goes on.
He was trying to tell me that my legs were too big and that I didn't fit the body type of the bikini anymore. And I was just like, 'What the fuck? Next, a "help wanted" type post appeared on the group's website, soliciting for her position.
LMFAO is now looking to expand its horizons and welcome more beautiful girls to the ranks. Please include a close-up of your face, as well as a full body photo. She proceeded to tell her story on Twitter, and her fans were supportive, she says -- not to mention incensed at LMFAO. She doesn't regret speaking out. Nowadays she contends that being dropped may have been a blessing in disguise, as she quickly found out she she wasn't too "big boned" to be a modeland made more money in the process.
Her credits include the cover of Show magazine twiceworking at the Playboy mansion and appearing in Entourage and Californication. Further, utilizing the contacts she made on the road, she was cast in music videos for artists including Usher, Murs and Soulja Boy and hosted nights in Hollywood clubs. She's now focused on Jayoh's career. His first album, Take 2: "Take Of That Polka Dot Bikini Girl" Journey Beginsis due out later this summer, and they're releasing webisodes in the run-up.
She particularly appreciates how he respects women, she adds, unlike, say, a certain sartorially challenged duo she could name.
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