Aubrey O’Day, Dawn Richard and Shannon Bex of Danity Kane, the Pop-R&B lady group conceived then disbanded from Diddy’s 2005 MTV actuality present Making The Band, spoke candidly about their harrowing experiences within the music trade in an unique interview with Cosmopolitan.

Aubrey and Dawn identify Interscope’s Jimmy Iovine, Diddy and Donald Trump as a number of the males who they’ve felt violated by over the course of their careers.


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Sans former member D. Woods and Aundrea Fimbres, Danity Kane recall the precise moments when sexism and racism had an amazing impact on their lives.

“When I used to be doing Celebrity Apprentice, I used to be doing all these old school appears to be like,” O’Day remembers. “I’ve this wonderful hairstylist and he would do all of those traditional appears to be like on me within the boardroom and I bear in mind perhaps the fourth or fifth episode, two producers came to visit to me and mentioned, ‘Aubrey, you’re the youngest one we’ve had right here. You’re operating circles round everybody. Nobody thought you’d do that properly, however Trump thinks you’re ugly.’”

Dawn recollects when she too was known as ugly as a member of Diddy’s Dirty Money ensemble by Iovine.

“Jimmy Iovine advised [Dirty Money member] Kalenna at Puff and mentioned, ‘Why don’t you’ve got two gentle skinned ladies?’ In entrance of a boardroom of fifty folks,” Richard shares. “He mentioned, ‘These ladies are too ugly. I don’t get it. What are you making an attempt to do with this?’ I bear in mind feeling precisely how Aubrey felt. You know you’re greater than this and also you’re sitting there and also you’re being advised as a grown lady you’re ugly…No one fought for us, ever. We’ve solely needed to battle for ourselves. There was nobody who was prepared to say, ‘We have your again.’”

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Cosmopolitan reached out to Kalenna to debate the interplay Dawn describes between her and Jimmy through the aforementioned boardroom assembly and she or he launched a press release that Diddy personally inspired her “to by no means change.”

“There had been people who thought Dirty Money was a attain,” she says in an e-mail. “I heard by way of the grapevine that Puff was being requested why he didn’t use Cassie, and so on. But Puff insisted on the sound matching the look.” She additionally says Iovine let her know she was, “now one among his favourite writers and favourite voices to take heed to.”

According to O’Day, Richards and Bex, Iovine, Diddy nor Trump have but to apologize for his or her phrases.

The “Damaged” trio are at the moment on their reunion tour and regardless of having their tumultuous ups and downs, particularly when Dawn struck O’Day throughout an argument, over time they’ve been capable of heal and discover their manner to one another.

“We’ve grown as ladies,” O’Day tells Cosmo. “We’ve all been by way of hell by the hands of many issues: the trade, our egos, males. We’re at a spot now the place we actually perceive ourselves and one another higher and noticed the worth of the loss that we had been experiencing with out one another.”

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