In the previous article you got a chance to read a little on Teri Clemons, a former Playboy Bunny and author! In this article you will get to read an interview I did with her, which is the precursor to an in-person interview I will having in a few weeks!! Take a look!
Li’el: How did you come to be a Playboy Bunny?
Teri Clemons: There was an advertisement for Playboy Bunny in 1980. I saw it, and went there. There were about 15,000 women. I called my mother and told her that I wanted to come home, but she told me to stick with it. I went into the interview and didn’t think I had got it. They made me walk around the table, and I spoke to them for a long time. Then the lady told me that I was free to go. Three days later I got a letter saying I was selected. I was one of the first African-American women on the Casino tour.
Liel: Why did you decide to write a book telling your life story?
Clemons: Because I want people to see what I’ve been through for 30 years. I have been a drug addict. At 15 I started smoking marijuana. Then I starting snorting cocaine, and after that, smoking cocaine. Then God broke me. But everyone who knows me, knows that I was a well-kept woman. In the shelter I…[ended up staying]…at [ at one time], I had one boot. They stole my other boot. God put me in a place where I was broken. I had been going to London, the Bahamas every weekend. I just want to share my story. Before I was ashamed. I was just broken. But God was trying to get my attention…
Li’el: How do you feel now that your story is in print?
Clemons: I am filled with joy. I am filled with joy because people come up to me and say, now I know there is hope. 🙂
Li’el: How did you record your story?
Clemons: I taped my story. I talked into a tape recorder, which was connected to the computer. [Which transcribed the story.]
Li’el: How do you relate to music, what kind of music do you like to listen to?
Clemons: I always find music that relates to me. One of my favorite songs is Never Would Have Made it by Marvin Sapp. Another is a song called Secret Sanctuary.
Li’el: What is your most memorable meeting with a famous person or celebrity?
Clemons: My most memorable meeting with a celebrity or famous person was dining with President Jimmy Carter in 1979. I also dined with Lyndon B. Johnson’s daughter at the time, on $1500 plates which was big back then. Not many people get a chance to dine with the president. I have a photo with him!
Li’el: What message would you give to young girls trying to pursue their dreams?
Clemons: Young girls in the world, I believe in getting close to Jesus. Serving Jesus, He will show you his work, and I am not telling you this to say just do this to get a blessing. You got to work! When it comes to your mother and father, can’t nobody do you like Jesus!
What a wonderful interview! Teri Clemons is a shining example of what God can do! If there is anyone out there reading this, and it impacted you in a special way for whatever reason, comment and share with others what you thought, or how you can relate to her struggle if not with an addiction, then with knowing that NOBODY can do you like Jesus!