October2010 ASK BELY H. My father works for the city, he does city maintenance. He was recently fired from his job three weeks ago because he has two D.U.I’s on his driving record and does not want to attend his A.A. classes. My father is a handyman and skilled in general construction. He can build you anything. But drinking has affected his focus especially at home. My mom tells him to stop drinking but he admits he is simply addicted to alcohol. He bought a 2008 Silverado when it first came out and the car hasn’t even reached 30,000 miles but the truck is damaged all around from him hitting things when he drives home drunk. What can I do to make him stop drinking?

Aldair Maldonado

-Whittier, Ca

Its disappointing when a loved one begins to harm oneself and those around him. His addiction is definitely something that has become a burden upon your mother and yourself. An intervention is definitely needed. He has already taken the first step in admitting he has an addiction. He has acknowledged the problem which is difficult to do. Next, would be to ask him if he wants help for his problem. Addictions of any sort are a sickness that must be cured. However, if he does not want help, then you can’t push it on them. The want for help must come from him. If he doesn’t ask and denies help, then it could possibly mean he isn’t ready to give up his drinking. Until he sees the meaning and well being that healing himself will do, he wont have a reason to motivate him to move forward to better himself. If he actually decides to get help, then seeking for a place that could help him would be the next step. Be prepared to pull together as a family and support him because it wont be an easy thing. Such classes as Alcholics Anonymous offer support for family members as well. If all else fails, have a heart to heart with your father. Tell him how you feel. Make him see the importance of quitting his habit. Bottom line is that you cant make him stop drinking. He is the only one who can make that decision. You can find further information or assistance on this site:

Ok, I need advice, Bely. There is this guy I like but he’s the real macho type. He plays hard to get just like me and being how I am, I won’t be the one to tell him how I feel-he will have to open up to me first. He’ll text me here and there but I get the feeling he likes someone who will pursue him-I am not that type. I’m getting mixed signals and I’m starting to think maybe he doesn’t like me? But then again, he will flirt with me so I’m like wtf? I barely talk to him but I really like him. I doubt he is confused like I am. He should be able to tell whether I am interested or not, right? What should I do, Bely!!



It ain’t easy, girls, it ain’t easy. So this is what is going to have to happen: one of you must budge. Texts are far less impersonal than an on-the-phone or even face-to-face conversation. If you don’t have enough courage to clarify what is the deal between both of you, then text him and ask him. Or for crying out loud, just ask him upfront. The worst that can happen is that he says he’s not into you. The thing with these types of guys is that 1. they want to have their cake and eat it too, meaning they don’t want to be committed to one girl. And 2. having a girl pursue him is only an ego booster to him. What he doesn’t know is that you wont tolerate mind games. It also sounds like you are a very firm individual, aka you are stubborn. If you wont be the bigger person to solve this love mystery, then you’re not in the right to complain. Yes, we as women like to be chased, but once in a while the tables get turned. If you really like him, then go get your man, girl. Cut to the chase and find out where you stand. The sooner you figure it out, the less time you will be wasting your time, if you are wasting it at all. He might just be shy. Any how, tell him like Fergie: “meet me half way.”

All right, my ex boyfriend and I broke up in January. Initially we broke up because of the distance; I go to school on the west coast and he was leaving for college for the east coast. We ended on pretty good terms and we would still talk to each other almost every 2 weeks. Most of the time he would text me first, telling me that he missed me etc.. Well we continued to talk until we got back here for summer. Everything was normal once again, he was so loving towards me. All of a sudden, he started acting strange. For example, he would never ask me to hang out with him anymore; pretty much trying to avoid me. To make a long story short, we met up for our last time before we went back to our universities. Again, he was so caring and loving towards me, either way we ended on GOOD terms. A few weeks ago i found out he de-friended me on Facebook and my Twitter. I don’t understand why, if we ended on good terms and since he was the one to be the first to call an end to our relationship. Bely, maybe you can help me understand why he would want to de-friend me? Doesn’t he still want to be my friend? Help me out please!


-Tampa, FL

If he has removed you from his social networking sites, it is because he doesn’t want you to know about what he is up to. He is probably trying to avoid the “drama” which consists of opening the door to your questions. Questions about what he writes or pictures you see. Asking about “who is she?” Or “what did you mean by that?” Lets keep it real, we all get nosey like that when it comes to our ex’s. It is possible that he doesn’t want to hurt your feelings by being himself as he moves on with his life without you. If you ended on good terms, then I doubt he doesn’t want to be your friend. I think he may feel its better for him to keep you a distance and out of his business so he doesn’t hurt your feelings by being the new him: the single him. Don’t take it so personal, chica, Im sure you are a great girl and I’m not saying he isn’t a great guy, all I’m saying is that someone’s loss is another’s treasure. On the contrary, maybe he “de-friended” you because seeing you or hearing about you would hurt him. Maybe it was hard enough to break-up with you and didn’t want to be reminded of you aside from letting you go. Give things time to settle, to close open wounds. Whether you ended on good terms or not, both of you need closure.

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Name: Melissa Anne Emy

Age: 23

Birth Place: Vancouver,BC

Occupation: Bartender/Model

Nationality: Cuban/Canadian/British

Favorite Place: Florida Beaches

Height: 5’5

Weight: 112

Measurements: 34/24/32

Favorite Sports Team: LA Lakers

Favorite Movie/Actor: Transformers/Will Ferrell

First Job: Office Assistant

What trait do you like most about yourself? I’m always up for an adventure and Im super friendly

What traits do you dislike most about yourself? I can be shy at times.

What is your best physical feature? My lips and my eyes are what I get most compliments on

How do you keep in such great shape? I do the grouse grind, swim, go hiking , I love outdoor workouts and crunches/situps


Who are some of your role models? I have different role models for each aspect in my life; I look up to anyone who is driven, motivated and successful. They influence me to keep working hard and never give up. I could not list of names; I just look up to people who know who they are and have a good head on their shoulders.

How do you seduce a guy? For my boyfriend I will start off with a massage, a little strip tease, a bubble bath together or lacy black see through lingerie.

If you were an animal, what would you be? A tiger because their strong, fierce plus their bold and courageous.

Some models say they feel sexy and even turned on when posing for the camera. Do you feel that way when posing? I definitely feel sexy when posing; it’s all about seducing the camera and creating that sexy aura so it shows in the picture.

What’s the worst pick-up line ever used on you? Are you from Tennessee cause you’re the only ten I see. Any pick up line is pretty useless, makes the guy sound like a player and you know he’s not only used that line on you. Humor is what works best with girls, so crack a joke instead.

What advice would you give to anyone trying to approach you? Be witty, charming and tell a joke. I love a guy who can crack me up.

Who do you think has the best and worst body in the industry today? The best body in show business is Daisy Fuentes, I love her Pilates DVDs and she keeps herself fit and healthy. I would say Jayde Nicole (Canadian Playmate) as well; she eats really well and follows a really healthy lifestyle which shows. I don’t think I’ll answer who has the worst body.

What is your biggest fear? To not be successful in life, and have regrets

Have you ever cheated on your partner? No, but I have been cheated on. I could never do that to anyone, I’d break up with them first. I would feel too guilty and I know what it feels like.

What’s the craziest thing you have ever done on a first date? He was staying on his yacht. This was in Newport Beach (Cali) and we snuck into the yacht’s facilities hottub after hours (3am) we jumped over the fence and went skinny dipping and made out like crazy.

Do you have any special skills or hobbies? I’m good at character impersonations and I also sing. I have been singing since I was seven.

What are some of the things that relax you? Going to the beach and listening to the waves, watching the stars, going camping, bubbles baths, hot tubs, and deep massages

What can be found under your clothes? A thong or a gstring

What is your relationship status? Single, but looking for that special someone

Do you approach men that you like or do you let them come to you? I won’t approach a guy; I am to shy when it comes to that.

What do you do for a living? Bartender and I do promotional work. I was going to school (Early childhood care) but I’m taking a long break right now

What do you like to sleep in if anything? I don’t like to sleep in anything, if you snuck into my bedroom you would find me wearing nada.

Tell us, who are some of the models you look up to as a guide? Adriana Lima, Daisy Fuentes, any Victoria’s Secret model. I love them all

What was your first shoot like? How did the pictures turn out? Nerve-wracking, I was so shy before, I loved the results though

Besides Nine5Four, Have you been approached by any other magazines or agencies? Yes, I have a couple shoots coming up with some mens magazines

During a shoot, what is running through your head? Be seductive

What type of model would you want to be labeled as in the industry? Glamour/Commercial/Latin

What types of modeling jobs would you consider doing and what jobs are off the list completely? The only type of modeling I won’t do is anything adult. I also will not do any nude shoots.

If anyone is interested in using you for their product, how can they find you? Melissa Cubanita on facebook or on myspace

Besides modeling, what other things do you like to do? Sing dance and in my spare time play video games, amusement parks, and travel

What types of music genre’s do you like? R&B/ Hip hop/ emo alternative/ country/indie/ I like all types of music

Where is your favorite place to go? Florida, I love the weather and the beaches, Cali would be second

Are you a Dinner and a movie or picnic in the park type of girl? Picnic in the park type of girl, I am a huge outdoors girl.

What do you think attracts the opposite sex to you? My sense of humor, and that I’m friendly and approachable.

If you had a billion dollars, what would you do with it? I would travel and give a lot to the less fortunate, I would donate to every charity that’s important to me, and go to Cuba and give a lot of it to my family over there.

What’s the most unusual place you’ve ever hooked up? How’d it go? Outside on a rock with a blanket, and the view of the ocean (Oregon coast), it was a secret spot between me and my ex, it was amazing, it always felt like someone was going to catch us, but that was the thrill of it, also outside the beach on a hammock

What do you feel most comfortable wearing? Jeans and a tshirt type of girl, but im comfortable most when I’m naked

What’s the most common misconception about you? That I am not down to earth, and people judge me before they get to know me.

What is your interpretation of sexy? Someone who’s confident.

With the pitfalls that can sometimes plague this industry, what measures have you put into place to make sure you stay on your path? I have turned down things before because of this industry; it can be so crude and can make you sell your soul. I just stay true to myself; I have good morals and don’t let anyone bring me down. I know models that will do anything to get into a big magazine or get their name out there.

How will you know when you have reached the pinnacle of your success as a model? When I am in Maxim and on billboards

As you continue to make your mark on the industry, reader’s want to know...what’s the next step for you? I want to start working on my demos so I can reach my goal of having my own album.


This 20 year old college student with the looks of a high fashion model is not only beautiful but intelligent and focused. She takes her education very seriously and has her career path planned out. And you would be surprised that modeling isn’t necessarily at the top of that list. But, she is more than open to any opportunities that come her way because she respects and enjoys the hard work that is put into being a professional model. Let’s get to know more about this Cover Girl Next Door.

The Facts:

Name: Sara Lesley Berke
Nickname: Party Barbie
Age: 20
Birth Place: Miami, Florida
Occupation: Student @ FSU
Nationality: Caucasian?? I’m a mix of a bunch of stuff.
Favorite Place: NYC—the lights, the people, the things to do—I love it.
Favorite Food: I’ll eat anything!! I like ethnic food but there’s this one side dish my parents make— kasha with bowtie noodles and gravy. It’s a Jewish dish. It’s one of the only things that makes me go back for thirds!
Favorite Music: Honestly, anything can get my attention. I don’t discriminate when it comes to music. I’ve always listened to rap, hip-hop, and R&B, but I also love all kinds of Spanish music. House is good, too.

One-on-One With Sara

Welcome Sara and thank you for giving us your time. I understand that you are a college student. What college do you attend?
Sara - I attend Florida State University (Go Seminoles!!). There’s something about the college atmosphere there that made me fall in love right away.

What is your major?
Sara - Biology with minors in Chemistry and Spanish. I plan on being a doctor in south Florida.

I know that you are extremely focused when it comes to your education (and I respect that), but tell me the story behind the nickname ‘Party Barbie’.
Sara - Haha. Well I love to party and a lot of friends call me Barbie so I put them together and that was it! With all the school work I do the only way to stay sane is to have fun, and I definitely get both accomplished!

It’s hard to believe that an attractive young woman like yourself hasn’t done much modeling in your past. Can you tell me about some of the opportunities that have come your way.
Sara - Well I recently did a photo shoot for a calendar called (The Unofficial) Girls of FSU. They wanted to take real FloridaState girls and have them represent their school, so when I was presented with the opportunity I was really excited. It was a lot of fun! I can’t wait until it comes out.

Is modeling a viable career opportunity in your future?
Sara - I don’t really know. I’m just going to ride the wave and see where it takes me.

What was the most difficult thing you experienced during a photo shoot?
Sara - They had one of those reflectors directing the sun right into my eyes and I was trying to stay pretty and not scrunch my face up. My eyes were watering like crazy. I pulled through it but it was rough!

What was the best experience you ever had?
Sara - I love looking at the photos when they’re done. I have a new outlook and respect for photography now.

If you could go anywhere in the world to do a photo shoot, where would that place be and why.
Sara - Brazil, but not a beach scene. I would do a forest scene with black panthers and snakes and lions with flowers everywhere. I would like to be exotic for a change.

What designer name brands can be found in your closet right now?
Sara - I don’t get too picky when it comes to brands of clothes. If it looks good, I’ll wear it.

What is your idea of a fun weekend?
Sara - A fun weekend for me would be going to the club with all my friends at night and hitting up the beach during the day. And no school work. Simple.

I understand that you enjoy cooking. What are your specialty dishes?
Sara - Yea I love cooking. It’s so rewarding when everyone’s like ‘Wow you really made that?!’ Usually my mom gives me a recipe and I’ll add a little extra spice here and there until it turns out just right. I don’t think I have any trademark dishes but I have to say I made some pretty badass quesadillas the other day!

What other special skills or hobbies do you posses?
Sara - Ok I’m going to sound like the biggest dork ever but one of my special skills will have to be…math. Lol. I love it! It’s like solving a bunch of crazy hard puzzles. And when you get it you’re like ‘YESS!!’. Besides school I love going to the gym and dancing. I’m not skilled in any dance yet, but I’m going to take salsa lessons in the fall. Salsa music is so beautiful and inspiring.

Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
Sara - In med school, preferably at the University of Miami. You’ll probably find me on SouthBeach with 10 books by my side. You gotta do what you gotta do!!

What is your biggest fear?
Sara - I would say my biggest fear is something happening to family. If anything tragic happened I don’t know what I would do. We’re a tight family and I love them all so much.

I am also told that you are a boxing fan. Give me a couple names of your favorite fighters.
Sara - I think Floyd Mayweather is awesome. So is Winky Wright. They are just smart fighters and I respect that. I also like Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko. They have doctorates AND they are boxers! Now that’s talent.

What do you LOVE most about yourself and why?
Sara - Aww this is such a beautiful question! I love that I have passion for my future. A lot of people pick careers that they aren’t really into. Just for the pay check, you know? I knew I wanted to be a doctor since I was in kindergarten. The challenge is so enticing to me. I can’t imagine being anything else.

Who are your role models?
Sara - Definitely my parents. They taught me to work hard and never give up on my dreams. They support me 100% and I’m very grateful for that.

Where does your interest in different languages come from and how many do you speak?
Sara - In high school I had a boyfriend who spoke Spanish and a lot of friends who did as well. I took two years and fell in love with it. It’s another example of how I love challenges. Now I’m starting to understand Portuguese because of a current boyfriend. Wow I guess boyfriends have a lot of influence on me!

Which do you prefer, Myspace or Facebook and why?
Sara - Facebook. All the people I meet at college have it so it’s nice to be able to find them and keep in touch.

Give me your Top 5 artist you enjoy jamming to.
Sara - Let’s see…Robin Thicke, Toby Luv, Julieta Venegas, Bob Marley, and Tupac. Outside of the club I like relaxing music. Besides Tupac, but he has to be in the list.

What words of wisdom would you give young people that may look up to you?
Sara - I would say that you can be anything you want as long as you put your mind to it. Too many kids think only about socializing and they don’t realize that life has so much more to offer.

How can interested modeling agencies contact you for possible gigs?
Sara - The best way is my e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or my myspace page, .

Finally, here’s your chance to give a shout out! Who would you like to send a shout out to?
Sara - My family, my boyfriend Juka, and all my wonderful friends (you know who you are!).
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