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It’s Jillian Hall‘s turn to debut her Summer Skin photoshoot, and I have to say that may hopes were dashed. I was hoping for – after the lackluster start to Summer Skin – that Jillian would deliver. This was definitely not the case. Jillian looks like she’s going for the Donatella Versace look – pin straight blonde hair, orange skin, heavy makeup, and droopy lips. It kind of upsets me, because Jillian was quite beautiful in her early WWE days, before she felt the need to pump her lips with half the world’s supply of saline. I don’t mean to bash her, because I truly like her, but Jillian looks downright confused in half of these photos. What’s going on? I think I’m as confused as she is..
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To read Jillian’s interview, view the video of her shoot, find out “how to date” her, and see where she bought her bikinis, follow the cut.
• How to Date a Diva – Jillian Hall
• “A Hit Diva”
by Katie A. Raymond
As Jillian Hallâ€™s self-sung entrance theme â€œSliced Breadâ€ plays in arenas throughout the world, the sultry songstress watches two of her childhood dreams â€” singing and wrestling â€” intertwine into one reality.
Before age 8, Hall knew that wrestling was the right path for her. Her uncle, a devoted fan of the craft, encouraged Jillian and made sure sports-entertainment was part of her life. It was from this encouragement Jillian discovered Miss Elizabeth.
â€œI wanted to be just like her and dress like her,â€ Hall recalled of the woman who inspired her. â€œI just thought she was the coolest person ever.â€
Jillian grew up in a small town in Kentucky. Her days, when not spent watching sports-entertainment in her uncleâ€™s basement, were spent four-wheeling and swimming with her cousins. The community was close-knit, and the houses were less than a mile from each other.
In high school, the blonde bombshell was an active cheerleader. As a team, the squad won regional, state and national championships, an accomplishment and memory Jillian will never forget.
Jillian gave college a try, but decided to leave after one semester in order to focus on her childhood dreams. Fortunate enough to have conveniently grown up in Kentucky, Jillian joined nearby Ohio Valley Wrestling in 2003. By 2004, she had a WWE contract and in the summer of 2005, Jillian debuted on SmackDown.
Her penchant for singing began at early age too, as she recorded her first album at 13. The CD featured mostly covers of Whitney Houston songs, which her mother â€œloved.â€ Looking to make even more of a splash in the music business, Jillian formed a band â€” the Icicle Popsicles â€” with her cousin, Misty, performing for family and friends.
Jillian debuted her WWE singing career at No Way Out 2007, belting out one of her originals. But the idea of singing for our fans had been brewing in the singerâ€™s head for a long time.
â€œThe crowd at No Way Out was huge. I had never sung in front of so many people! But I felt like I was in front of my family or my friends,â€ said Jillian. â€œItâ€™s just natural to me. I love the reaction of the fans realizing how great my singing is, thatâ€™s what you look for.â€
Now, she is strongly committed to her singing career, and wants to be a mainstay in the industry. But you wonâ€™t find her taking in concerts for other artists.
â€œI like my own singing better. With a voice like mine, why would I go and see anyone else?â€
And her lyrics are one-of-a-kind as well.
â€œWhere do you think â€˜Sliced Breadâ€™ came from?â€ the tone-deaf Diva said, rolling her eyes at the question. â€œHeck yeah, I write my own songs. That is my favorite song ever, by anyone.â€
The songstress wants to be multi-dimensional as well. Instead of just one genre, Jillian sees herself stepping into the world of hip-hop, channeling rappers like Lilâ€™ Kim. â€œIâ€™m a really good singer already, so I know I could pull that off pretty well,â€ she added with a smirk.
The Divaâ€™s first major album was released in December 2007 exclusively on iTunes to celebrate the holiday season. A Jingle with Jillian featured the songs â€œIâ€™ll be Home for Christmas,â€ â€œRockinâ€™ Around the Christmas Tree,â€ â€œJingle Bell Rock,â€ â€œThe Christmas Songâ€ and â€œHave Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.â€ The album reached No. 20 in the UK Holidays Top 100 shortly after its release before climbing onto the Top 50 albums on iTunes.
â€œIt was inevitable that my first album would be a huge success,â€ she said as she fixed her hair for the next photo shoot. â€œAnd itâ€™s inevitable that the follow-up will be a hit, too.â€
• Where to buy Jillian’s bikinis:
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So, what did you think? Gather your opinion of the whole feature – not just the photos. Where you moved to song over Jillian’s musical aspirations, or was this whole thing sorta tone deaf?