Admire Andrea, Life After Kat Stacks: An Exclusive Video Interview
Photo by Kate Maier
Incarceration for being in the country illegally brought the party to a halt in 2010. And being deemed a drain on American society isn't really a boost to one's ego. So locked away, Stacks had time to sober up and go to therapy. She began to reflect on her past, and pretty soon, she was putting her life story as an underage victim of the sex trade down on paper.
A short time later, World Star CEO and Stacks puppeteer Q scored Kat a book deal. And thanks to some bighearted activists and the help of her family and lawyers, Herrera was able to convince the judge that the negative effects of her victimization outweighed her immoral public image. The 24-year-old was happily released in January.
But the turmoil didn't end there. Putting the Stacks shtick behind her, Herrera embraced Andrea and resolved to tell her story in the hopes of helping young girls such as herself, but World Star and the book publishers had money on their minds. For months, Herrera fought for her book to be an honest portrayal instead of gimmicky garbage, and in the end, she left World Star altogether. For the first time since 14, Herrera is more or less in charge of herself.
Her book, Admire Andrea: Surviving Savagery to Saving Lives, hits shelves Tuesday, October 15, and it focuses on Herrera's true and often-difficult personal history.
Still, some of the Stacks vibe hangs around. Yeah, she's posing nude with a ski mask on for her new Twitter profile picture, and yeah, she does still host hip-hop club nights for cash, but she's opening up and taking herself seriously. She's her own bottom bitch these days, and that's actually not a bad deal.
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