Bae All Day: Janeisha John

Janeisha John - @janeisha_missvi

The multitalented and beautiful television host, model,  and actress. Janiesha is best known for winning Miss US Virgin Islands and currently hosts a variety of shows, including Afterbuzz TV.

When you were a child what did you want to be when you grew up?

“When I was a child, about 6 or 7 years old, believe it or not, I told my dad that I wanted to be the first Black Female President of the United States of America lol. Growing up, I always took on leadership roles in school. I was President of my elementary school and my high school graduating class, president of the band, dance squad captain. So politics and being a lawyer made sense growing up but I quickly realized my dislike for politics and I also always had a love for entertainment that I couldn’t ignore (I got that from my parents). So here I am now.

You were Miss Virgin Islands Universe a few years ago and you continue to be extremely passionate about the islands. What makes you so passionate about VI? 

“The US Virgin Islands is and will always be my HOME. There’s something special about my home and my upbringing that has defined me in a way that I have no choice but to be passionate about my islands. It’s a unique and beautiful place, so diverse and rich in culture. Where everyone knows everyone, the food is amazing, beaches are gorgeous, and there’s a strong sense of family and community. It’s my place of solace. My islands made me who I am and it will forever hold a huge place in my heart and hopefully in my future family’s hearts.”

What’s one thing you’d tell someone about the island if they had NO prior knowledge?  

“I think I gave away a lot about my islands answering the last question but I’d definitely tell them that on my island of St. Croix, you can find the easternmost point of the United States called Point Udall. Every New Year this is the first place on all US soil to see the sunrise. I’d also throw in that you don’t need a passport to visit the USVI, so come down to see the first sunrise and then stick around to experience our Carnival, which happens to take place around the same time.”

You are an incredible host for Afterbuzz TV, what’s one of your favorite memories while working there? Any favorite guests?! 

“Thank you! Afterbuzz TV is such a great outlet for hosts like myself. So many memories but most of my favorites include the Starz POWER cast and writers that come on our show like Joseph Sikora, Lucy Walters, Rotimi, Gary Lennon, JR Ramirez, and Courtney Kemp. It’s such a great show and they share the same passion for it as our panel does so it’s always a great time!”

Single or taken? What’s your #1 turn off? What’s your number one turn on? 

“I’m single, but I’m focusing on my career right now (so no sliding in my DMs!). My #1 turn off would have to be dishonesty/liars/cheaters anything that falls under that umbrella. Number one turn on a confident ambitious gentleman with a great smile!” 

If you were stranded on an island, what’s three things you’d have to have with you?

“Shoot… if I’m on an island, I’m already good. Throw in some good food/Cruzan Rum, my family, and a bikini and I’m the happiest person alive.”

What’s one thing you’d tell younger girls trying to break into the entertainment business? 

“I’d tell them it’s important to stay true to their values and never compromise their beliefs. It’s so easy in this industry to lose sight of what’s important to you and get caught up in the lifestyle. Also, I want them to know that it’s not easy to break into this industry, you have to have thick skin, but it’s very possible. You just have to be willing to work hard and keep pushing despite the many obstacles that will come your way.

What’s next for Janeisha? What are some of your future plans or things you want to accomplish next?

“Honestly, I just want to continue to grow in this industry with hosting and film/television. To continue to make my home and family proud. I’m a firm believer in giving back and teaching others, so it’s still in the planning stages but I do want to start a foundation back home to help others who want to break into this industry but lack the resources/knowledge.  I know how difficult it was and still is for me so I definitely plan to help bridge that gap for more of my Caribbean people.”

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