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NotBasicBlonde Podcast


Mar 2, 2021

In this episode, my guest, Lisa D'Amato and I discussing very sensitive topics.

Talking Points:

  • How did you get on America's Next Top Model? 
  • What was your biggest challenge?
  • If you’re comfortable sharing it, how did Tyra Banks used your childhood trauma against you?
  • It’s been bothering you after the show, how did you decide to finally confront her and post the video? Did Tyra provide any explanation 
  • How did you come up with such a clever idea for Dare U Go
  • What helped you to get on Shark Tank
  • How was your experience?
  • What lessons have you learned from being on ST
  • How did you decide to learn pole dancing and use it for education 

Guest

Lisa D'Amado @lisa_damato  wife and mother of two boys. She was born and raised in Thousand Oaks & Los Angeles, CA. Lisa has been modeling and acting since the early age of 12. She has starred in commercials for GAP, H&M, and Coca-Cola before America's Next Top Model Cycle 5. During her cycle she was coined the phrase "Wild Child" where her image was fun but got distorted drastically. it has repeated consistently to this day even 15 yrs later all over American Television and internationally-being syndicated in over 180 countries. Like many of the other selected 336 contestants that competed on America's Next Top Model, Lisa has a similar story of many of the girls that were mentally manipulated by their childhood trauma during filming. Despite the consistent echo chamber of slander to her character and to say it  jeopardized her public image drastically would an understatement. She still managed to take full advantage of the reality TV therapy shows like Celeb Rehab with Dr. Drew where she admits she went on the show for much needed therapy. She knew she needed therapy from childhood trauma AND for possible drug addiction prevention.

From there it went down hill with even more vicious headlines due to the stigma of "therapy" and "drug addiction" and "rehab" associated her name in the press. She was never detoxing for anything. Fact, case and point. 

Switching gears, Lisa focused on her music. She went on to record 3 albums and tour the USA with her album "LA Puchinetta. With Club's Top 20 Hit list "Trainwreck", and "Ace of Spades". The "Can't Touch It" electro- rap singer landed her song on the opening of the hit show "Entourage". She soon fell in love with now husband Adam Friedman. Shortly after, ANTM came knocking at her door to compete in America's Next Top Model All-Stars.  She later won a "very controversial" finale against finalist Angelea Preston.  

Lisa and her husband landed on We Network's "Marriage Bootcamp Reality Stars" and soon after that Bravo's "Interior Therapy" with Jeff Lewis. Lisa and husband have two beautiful boys Daxel, 7 and Venice, 4.

She has last been seen on NBC's Shark Tank as the inventor and Ceo of Dare-U-Go!, Lisa landed a deal with Barbara CorcoranDare-U-Go! is a 5-in-1 solution to help parents feed their kids! It's a food grade silicone bib, food catcher, air-tight seal food storage unit, divider bowl, and comes with a spork that slides through the back. It's eco-friendly, kids love it and you'll love it even more when applied to your life. Super helpful. That's probably why it's in 21 countries in a little less than 3 years. During quarantine, you can find her on her IG teaching herself pole dancing with her sons. Yep you heard that right. She is learning pole dancing and her little boys as they are becoming pros at it too. "It's pole fitness"  she says. Her and her boys are having family fun. She has also gotten political with her researched pole dancing videos that are based around specific topics like "Why do all Republicans have high SDO scores?" Even hitting heavy topics like Climate Change.

Host

Olyasha Novozhylova - NotBasicBlonde @notbasicblonde_

NotBasicBlonde Podcast - @nbbpodcast

Olyasha Novozhylova is the founder and creator of Not Basic Blonde, a fashion, and lifestyle blog dedicated to inspiring young women to create an extraordinary style.

Graduated from Georgia State University with a BBA in Managerial Sciences, Olyasha successfully built a career in IT/Project Management, before she became a full time blogger.

A model, blogger, entrepreneur, author, and celebrity podcast host of NotBasicBlonde Podcast. 

As the founder and host of NotBasicBlonde Podcast, where no topic is off limits, Olyasha provides millennials an ultimate guide on entrepreneurship, dating, marketing, self-development, astrology, spirituality, fashion, coaching, beauty, health & wellness.

Author of the children’s book 

Cutie the Unicorn – It’s ok to be different, Olyasha teaches our younger generation how to express their individuality.

The Russian model led an impressive 15-year career in fashion and runway in Atlanta and overseas, as well as enjoying several acting roles.

Now a leading influencer, Olyasha shares her beauty, wellness, and fashion tips with an audience of over half a million. 

As seen in YahooFinance, Jezebel magazine, Thrive, Medium, and Fashion Week Online magazines.

Olyasha has also partnered with brands such as Cartier, Revolve, PrettyLittleThing, PGA, Steve Madden, Too Faced, Vital Proteins, Tarte, DryBar, Drunk Elephant, etc. 

When she’s not documenting her travels through the world, Olyasha is busy masterfully educating women how to create iconic looks with a mix of affordable and designer pieces, as well as offering makeup, skincare, and fitness tips to encourage her followers to live their best and most beautiful lives!

Olyasha Novozhylova - NotBasicBlonde @notbasicblonde_

NotBasicBlonde Podcast - @nbbpodcast

Olyasha Novozhylova is the founder and creator of Not Basic Blonde, a fashion, and lifestyle blog dedicated to inspiring young women to create an extraordinary style.

Graduated from Georgia State University with a BBA in Managerial Sciences, Olyasha successfully built a career in IT/Project Management, before she became a full time blogger.

A model, blogger, entrepreneur, author, and celebrity podcast host of NotBasicBlonde Podcast. 

As the founder and host of NotBasicBlonde Podcast, where no topic is off limits, Olyasha provides millennials an ultimate guide on entrepreneurship, dating, marketing, self-development, astrology, spirituality, fashion, coaching, beauty, health & wellness.

Author of the children’s book 

Cutie the Unicorn – It’s ok to be different, Olyasha teaches our younger generation how to express their individuality.

The Russian model led an impressive 15-year career in fashion and runway in Atlanta and overseas, as well as enjoying several acting roles.

Now a leading influencer, Olyasha shares her beauty, wellness, and fashion tips with an audience of over half a million. 

As seen in YahooFinance, Jezebel magazine, Thrive, Medium, and Fashion Week Online magazines.

Olyasha has also partnered with brands such as Cartier, Revolve, PrettyLittleThing, PGA, Steve Madden, Too Faced, Vital Proteins, Tarte, DryBar, Drunk Elephant, etc. 

When she’s not documenting her travels through the world, Olyasha is busy masterfully educating women how to create iconic looks with a mix of affordable and designer pieces, as well as offering makeup, skincare, and fitness tips to encourage her followers to live their best and most beautiful lives!