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Loftiss says “25 Things You Don’t Know About Me!’

This article is always my favorite in US Weekly and thought I would tell me some unknown things about me. This is rather hard because I am such an open book but here we gooooooooo……

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#1. I truly am a positive person to the core. I do have my off moments but in general I wake up and go to sleep happy.

#2. I DESPISE COFFEE.I know I know. But truly the smell, the taste, the coffee breath is horrid! I don’t understand the allure and it baffles people when I say I am not a coffee fan.

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#3. If I could be any animal I would be a cheetah or a leopard. Both of their markings are exquisite.

#4. I met my husband in 2003 in New York. We were introduced by a friend and it took us til December 2008 to date. For years I was known as “Rockette Emily” and he was “Alabama Jay” or “Wallstreet.”

#5. I feel country music is a direct line to my soul.

#6. I did pageants for two years in college. I received a flyer in the mail and convinced mom to let me compete. I went to Miss Georgia twice and won 2nd Runner-Up,  Swimsuit Winner 2x, Miss America Community Service Award & People’s Choice Talent. I would have loved to compete at Miss America but when it was time to graduate I wanted to focus on my dance career and move to New York.

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(ps I designed this dress. Ohh what I had to do to make those boobs happen!)

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#7. I have a degree from the University of Alabama in Choreography and Performance and a minor in Theater. Roll Tide!

#8. Being a Rockette was a dream come true. My first year mom hired 2 greyhound buses to carry people from my hometown of Thomasville, GA to come visit me in Nashville. 8 hours on a bus!!!!! I have the best mama and local support in the world.

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#9. My worst audition was for the workout infomercial Insanity by Shawn T. I had a full day of auditions + a callback for Lucille Roberts National commercial. I had to go back the next day and my body was so sore from all the exercise I could barely walk. I made it til the last 5 mins of the audition and then was tapped on my shoulder to be released. I walked out of the room and threw up my protein shake. (still can’t watch that infomercial).

#10. My grandparents lived in a tiny town called Maxeys, GA. One building was the volunteer fire department, police department and post office. My sister and I had an old golf cart (that constantly ran out of gas), a bunch of wild cats and a garden to play in. It was magical.

#11. My mother has always said I have gotten my ‘counseling’ gene from her. She said I always know how to speak to people and make them feel comfortable and safe.

#12. Dance is my first love. I can NOT hear music and not move to it. My favorite is dancing at inappropriate places like the grocery store. (my kids will love it!)

#13. I always wanted to name my daughter Lady. My friend’s grandmother was named Lady and I always thought it was the coolest thing. Mom convinced me that Lady would be a hard name to sell to my future husband so I decided to name my child (my cat) that. Kitty’s full name is Lady June Dion Loftiss Carlington.

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#14. I have never met an energy drink I didn’t like.

#15. Another audition story. I ripped a hole in my leotard pulling up my fishnets and didn’t have an extra one with me. I grabbed a sharpie and colored in my skin on my tush so you wouldn’t see the hole. I danced for 8 more hours and was offered the part in the Fosse National Tour a few weeks later (I turned it down to do Cats and get my Equity card).

#16. If Jay and I could have a little summer home anywhere it would be in Aruba. It was our first vacation, where we said I love you and got engaged in front of our parents. We are planning our next vaca there very soon.

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(I found this rock in Aruba. This rock and framed picture are in my guest room).

#17. I am a people person through and through. I could spend time with friends at every moment of the day and never be annoyed. I’m basically like a puppy…always excited to play.

#18. I lived in the South for 23 years and New York for 10. I don’t know what I miss more.

#19. My favorite meal is my mom’s fried pork chops, mushy butter beans, sweet tea and a biscuit!

#20. I danced on The Late Show with David Letterman twice( he is extremely tall) and turned down the Madonna/Britney Spears “Me Against the Music” video. (Should have done it).

#21. The first time I interviewed backstage at New York Fashion Week I didn’t get paid. I actually found it on Craigslist. Invaluable learning experience.

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#22. MTV’s MADE was probably the hardest job I’ve ever done. I woke up everyday at 4:15 am and was living alone in Independence, MI for 5 weeks during the winter. There is a reason the kids have a breakdown. THEY AER EXHAUSTED!

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#23. I have some of the greatest friends in the universe. I am still very tight with my high school and college friends and lord knows dance friends are for life after going through all the rejection! My NYC friends are incredible and I hang out with mostly my east coast friends that have moved to the west coast.

#24. I have been planning my style book in my head for years. I can’t wait til the time is right to officially publish this baby!

#25. The happiest I’ve ever been in my life was on my wedding day and my honeymoon. I hope we can visit the Amalfi Coast again…I think I left a little of my heart there.

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 Last thing! I feel like I have lived a 1000x lives but am truly excited to see what else is in store for me. I’m so grateful for this life and all the time I have on this earth. Thankful for all of you and thrilled for new adventures. Ohhhh this was so fun!  I hope you enjoyed this and look for my blog next week saying what’s in my makeup bag. Ohhhhh laaaa laaaaaaaaa. Have a great rest of the week! xoxo, Loftiss

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