Kristinia DeBarge is not only J-14's intern, she's the new face of Wet Seal! The "Goodbye" singer has been busy doing meet and greets at Wet Seal stores across the country and has already started recording her second album! J-14 chatted with Kristinia and got the scoop on her Wet Seal campaign, Justin Bieber, and Britney Spears!
J-14: Can you tell us about the Wet Seal campaign?
Kristinia DeBarge: It's so bizarre because this time last year, I was working at Forever 21 and a Cuban restaurant! I remember going into Wet Seal and seeing a huge poster of Jordin Sparks and thinking, 'That is so cool. I hope that's me one day.' A year later, I'm the new face of a Wet Seal campaign! It's surreal to me.
J-14: Do you have a favorite outfit from the campaign photo shoots?
Kristinia: My first outfit was this checkered shirt, ripped-up jeans with cowboy boots, a warm off-white sweater vest, and a cute little winter hat. When I'm not working, I'm at home dressed like a regular 19-year-old college girl. I'll be wearing an Abercrombie and Fitch skirt, a button-up shirt, and boots or leggings, a cute tank top, and a jean jacket. When I'm working, I like to be more creative and push the limit with my style.
J-14: Do you want to have your own clothing line?
Kristinia: That's something I'm definitely working towards. I'm so fortunate that I'm even coming out with clothes with Wet Seal! I had a lot of creative control and freedom. I made sure that all the clothes I'm wearing are very true to me and also stuff that girls can wear and feel comfortable in.
J-14: What's your favorite track off your debut album, Exposed?
Kristinia: My favorite track off the whole album changes everyday. Some days it's "Died in Your Eyes," some days it's "Speak Up." It depends on my mood, what I'm going through that day, and what I feel like listening to. I love all my songs. I'm so happy and content with this album, which is important since it's my first album. It's so personal to me, and I want to make sure that everybody understands that these are life experiences that I have gone through.
J-14: How did your family react to the success of "Goodbye" and the album coming out?
Kristinia: They are the most excited family in the world. My family has always been supportive, and their belief and drive made me even more confident and driven in myself. I'm one of those people who loves to work, but I definitely love being with my family. I don't want to ever forget who I am and get caught up in all of that.
J-14: What was it like to interview Justin Bieber as our J-14 intern?
Kristinia:The other day I looked on YouTube and I'm like, 'Wow, it has so many views already!' That's really cool and a great thing for us. I'm really happy for Justin. It's so cute seeing the little girls going crazy over him and screaming. He's really young and a lot of this he's just getting used to - it's awesome for him. Every time I see him he's so full of joy and excited -- I've never seen a kid so happy! He deserves everything that's coming his way.
J-14: Did Britney Spears give you any advice when you opened for her on her Circus tour?
Kristinia: She definitely made sure she introduced herself to me and she said hello. She said, "My babies love your song," and gave me a hug. I know that sometimes you never even meet [the headliner performer] -- you go, perform, and that's it. I was thankful that I even got to meet her. She's really nice!
Check out Kristinia's upcoming meet and greets after the jump:
Photo: Courtesy of Island
Monday, December 7
42B West 14th St., NYC
Saturday, December 12
Galleria at Sunset
1300 West Sunset Rd., Henderson, NV