Reality show fans are likely familiar with Mica Hughes, the quirky catwalk diva who strutted into our living rooms last winter on Bravo’s hit television series, Blood, Sweat and Heels. (The new season debuts Sunday, March 29 at 9pm ET on Bravo.) The show was both lauded and ridiculed for its portrayal of ambitious women of color living in New York City, as the ladies’ days were replete with comparable levels of networking and cattiness. One thing is certain: the show is engaging.
Each cast member—original stars returning include Daisy Llewellyn, Melyssa Ford, Geneva Thomas, Demetria Lucas D’Oyley and Hughes—has a distinct professional niche she works diligently to chisel. Hughes, a Harlem resident who owns a modeling agency and recently launched a new venture Mica Pop Runway (micapoprunway.com), had a first season riddled with controversy. Her tight hold on boyfriend Terry caused much speculation. Her affinity for wine was highlighted, and questioned. And her comments about cast member Geneva Thomas’s looks sparked a School Daze-style, light vs. dark skin debate. Still, she’s back for another round.
EBONY.com asked the ever-so-candid reality star to dish on season two. Consider yourself served.
EBONY: We know entrepreneurship is big for you. What’s been percolating on the business front since last season?
Mica Hughes: I’ve launched Mica Pop Runway, a pop-up runway that can happen at an event or restaurant. It can be in any situation where you wouldn’t expect it. It’s a fashion show, much like what you see during Fashion Week, but with more new/established designers. There’s also an entertainment factor to it.
EBONY: How did you come up with the idea?
MH: I still model and I always loved doing runway the most. I think runway has gotten watered down. It used to be fun to get on the runway and have a certain attitude. Especially depending on what you wore, you could just become someone else and be a little bit more dramatic. It was amazing to watch these girls show these clothes in such an elegant, sophisticated and talented way. It wasn’t just walk to the end and walk back. So I wanted to bring a little fun back to the runway, that’s how I came up with the idea. I wanted to add a bit of old school with the new.
EBONY: How can folks be in one or have one?
MH: You can book themes. Guests won’t know we’re coming. We can also incorporate the hosts or guests into the show. We also do it for kids. Parents are always trying to decide what to do for their little ones’ birthdays. Well, with us you can have a pop runway, and the birthday girl/boy can participate. Their friends can also participate. I have a lot of parents who approach me about wanting to get their kids into modeling, so I thought this would also be a fun way to get them involved.
EBONY: It seems like you’ve put a lot of sweat equity into your business. What else will we see you working hard on this season?
MH: You’ll see me get into stand-up comedy. Everybody knows I like to laugh. I’ve also done a lot of acting as well, film, television and off-Broadway shows, but I left it alone to run my businesses. Now I’m just trying to get back into it. I would love to have my own comedy sketch show, like The Tracey Ullman Show or The Carol Burnett Show, just with all these different characters. I think any good comedian has to go through the ranks of standup, which is terrifying and not so easy.
EBONY: Of course, everyone wants to know what’s up with you and your co-stars. Demetria Lucas D’Oyley and Geneva Thomas were particularly vocal about your drinking.
MH: This season Demetria and I have a sit-down and we come to a happy place, and the same with Geneva. We actually do end up on good terms. We’re not besties, but we’re good.
EBONY: What do think was the source of the problem?
MH: I think the major issue was, they never got to know me. We didn’t spend a lot of time together, so all of the animosity they felt towards me I never understood, because we really didn’t have a sit-down conversation. So the first time Demetria and I really talked, we found out we had a lot of things in common. Like we both went to University of Maryland, College Park. We both studied communications. It was just them making quick judgment calls.
EBONY: During the first season, you were often referred to as having a drinking problem. What were your thoughts on that portrayal?
MH: I wasn’t happy about it. I drank no more than anyone else on the show. And for certain names to be thrown around was really crazy because Geneva carried a flask—but then she’s pointing fingers at me for drinking. But again, you’re talking 50 minutes of filming put together from five months of filming. I was going through a lot last season. My father passed away, and I assumed I had a different relationship with the girls. That was a lot to handle.
EBONY: So you’ve mended fences with your on-screen nemesis. What about your love life?
MH: Terry and I are no longer together, but we didn’t break up on bad terms. It was a situation where I couldn’t see it long term. And whoever I date now I want to be the father of my children and my husband. There are certain things that are important to me. We were together for two years, and he lived with me. The issues we had, it wasn’t like I said, “I don’t like that and I’m out.” We tried. But we are not enemies. And I’m not at a place where I don’t trust men. We used to communicate a little bit more, but it was a little too much for him to have that type of friendship. But I’ve moved on emotionally. I had to make decision, because at this time of my life, it’s for the rest of my life.
EBONY: What was the issue?
MH: Trust. A lot of people think when it comes to trust in a relationship, it has to do with infidelity. It wasn’t that. It was small things that add up. Small lies become big lies. That’s a fundamental issue and cause to re-evaluate the situation and see if this is the right fit.
EBONY: Many folks will say you has a good man, and you’re a woman of a certain age, why not stick around? What made you decide to end it?
MH: I’ve been engaged three times and I broke all of them off because I wasn’t happy. I have a lot of friends who just want to be married to be married. It’s like a milestone—especially in your 30s and 40s, it’s almost like desperation. The right one is the person who wants me, basically. And I don’t want to be that girl. I don’t want to be married for the sake of saying, “I’m married now, I can take that off the list.” I want to be happy. I want to come home and be happy with the person I spend the rest of my life with and get pregnant with. I’m not in a rush. And plus, I trust in God. That’s the glue that keeps together in all of my decisions.
EBONY: You filmed season two after viewing how you were depicted the first season. What did you differently the second time around?
MH: I’m cautious about new girls coming into the group. I’m usually the girl that when I meet you, you get an A and then you work your way to an F. I’m not the girl who meets you and assumes the worst. Right now, you start with a C. I’m not going to make quick judgment calls. I’m going to take my time to get to know all the girls better. I’m loyal to my friendships.
EBONY: Speaking of new girls, what the deal with the additional cast member Arzo Anwar and Chantelle Fraser?
MH: I vibed with them. Arzo and I do have a little bit of tension, which you’ll see. But if you’re nice with me, you get that back. Chantelle and I are cool. There hasn’t been any beef or weird feelings. But it started out with me and Geneva like that, then things got ugly.
Season two of Blood, Sweat and Heels premieres Sunday, March 29 at 9pm ET on Bravo.