Chatting with Gloria Govan

Gloria GovanDo you think you know all about the wives of pro athletes and their flossy lifestyles? Gloria Govan may challenge a few of your assumptions. 

Gloria and her sister star in the popular reality series Basketball Wives LA, on VH1. The mother of twin boys also coaches basketball at a local high school, and is the spokesperson for Headbanger Accessories. Gloria is also vice-president of her fiancé Matt Barnes’ charitable foundation. Athletes vs Cancer helps athletes motivate people to get regular cancer screenings.
 
Here what this “basketball wife” and modern woman told DolceDolce about being on a reality TV show and her personal style:
 
DD: What is the best thing about being on Basketball Wives, and what has been the most stressful? 
GG: There are two things I would consider being the best about being on BBWLA. The first thing is being home in California, and the second best thing, I think, answers the "most stressful" question too! That is getting a chance to actually film with girls I really know and like, which has served as both a gift and a curse. Lol. On a good note, I feel like all the women have so many more things in common with each other and the conversations aren’t forced. We all have kids. I can relate to them on different levels more so than I could with the girls from Miami. On the other hand, that same factor of knowing the girls so well is exactly what makes it stressful too, because you can relate and understand their situations and a lot of the time you find yourself being the therapist, or constantly the shoulder to lean on. You get everyone else’s drama dumped on you. Don’t get me wrong, this is the territory you accept when you are someone’s friend. But when you have a lot going on in your own life, it’s hard to the "middle man" for someone else’s drama.
 
DD: Who on the cast was the most supportive, and who was the hardest to deal with? And why? 
GG: For me, the easiest person to film with is my sister. We get along so well, and it is so easy to talk to her. She has been through a lot and understands everything I throw at her without judgment. She gives a lot of positive criticism and is always honest and supportive. As of now, the hardest person to get along with is Malaysia. Besides the fight with my sister, I feel like she thinks she is too good to hang out with us. And as she has shared with the women she is used to being the center of attention. And when things don’t go her way she shuts off. That just doesn’t work for me. Lol.
 
DD: How would you describe your own style?
GG: I would describe my style as laid back. I love costume jewelry and accessories. I feel like you could wear the simplest thing and dress anything up for any occasion with a few statement pieces. That’s why I and few girls have started an accessories line called Headbanger — very stylish unique earrings to help you stand our in any crowd.
 
DD: What are your three fashion must-haves?
GG: My three must-haves are: my Joe Skinny jeans, a cute pair of Havanas, for your running errand day, or my leopard close toe wedges, and lastly any pair of Headbanger earrings — lol — you can wear a white beater or sexy dress. 
 
DD: What is the secret to your fitness routine?
GG: Aw man, since we’ve moved to LA, I have become very serious about getting back into shape. And trust me when I say it hasn’t been easy. Lol. I think the secret to my fitness routine is not getting on a scale, but evaluating my progress solely on the way I feel in my clothes. For me, I have to keep my schedule and routine consistent. Working out at a specific time every day. My trainer keeps my workouts different every time so that my body never knows what’s coming. 
 
DD: What is the biggest misconception about Basketball Wives or pro sports wives?
GG: I would say the biggest misconception about Basketball Wives is that we are or were all groupies and gold-diggers. I feel like people think we get up in the morning and get dressed to set out on a mission to go find a Basketball Player. A lot of wives are high school sweethearts, met on a blind date, in college, or simply through mutual friends. 

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