Politics and Business
Bonnie-Jill Laflin: First and only NBA female scout for the Los Angeles Lakers.
Question: So you’re the first and only female scout for the NBA-Los Angeles Lakers. What’s your most difficult challenge?
Answer: Well when I was scouting the biggest challenge I faced as a scout was convincing people that a woman really could do the job – you’d be surprised how many people thought I was there to scout cheerleaders (!) A woman in a man’s world is always under much more scrutiny, having to prove yourself. And travel – seemed like I was always on the road to or from somewhere! Now my career is sportscaster.
Question: What motivated you to take on this challenge?
Answer: I was working as a CBS sportscaster covering the Lakers, and I would get into long, in-depth conversations with their owner, Dr. Jerry Buss. One day, Dr. Buss said they were thinking of trying a female scout, and the rest is history!
Question: Does the fact you are the only female drive you to work harder because you need to show you can do the job better or just as good?
Answer: I’d like to believe I would work just as hard even if I didn’t need to – because I love the work enough! I love to prove people wrong.
Question: Is this your dream job?
Answer: Definitely a step in the right direction – I hope to own my own professional sports franchise someday..that is my dream. Dream big!
Question: So you also model as well for some major publications. Is this something you do for balance or just another passion?
Answer: I’ve been modeling since I was a child, my first job was for Baby Gap. Modeling has given me so many chances to see places and do things I might not have gotten a chance to do otherwise – I even lived in Japan and Spain. I’ve had many international and national campaigns plus many major magazines..I have been blessed to have a great modeling career. Plus I’ve always looked at my public persona as an opportunity to bring the public’s attention to the causes that really matter to me – my charities, support for the troops and animal welfare.
Question: Do you eat nutritiously? How often do you exercise or go to the gym?
Answer: Well, I am a vegetarian, so that makes me healthier. But I do have a major sweet tooth. I’m very into my workouts from spin, pilates, boxing, yoga and weight training. I try to workout 5 days a week.
Question: I assume models are not perfect so when you have a cheat day what exactly would that be?
Answer: Pizza, Doritos, chocolate chip cookies or cupcakes..and my favorite Sour Patch Kids
Ok so now for the fun stuff!
Question: What do you sing in the shower?
Answer: Well I’m a country girl..so you can hear me singing a lot of country music
Question: Favorite Rap artist?
Answer: I don’t listen to much rap but I would have to say Jay-Z! I modeled for Rocawear years ago.
Question: Who’s your Hollywood male crush?
Answer: Matthew McConaughey but old school wise, I love Clint Eastwood
Question: Hottest female model/actress?
Answer: Model would have to be Cindy Crawford and actress Angelina Jolie, she is not only gorgeous but does so much for charities. I really admire her.