My agent, Lynn Johnston, put me together with Janea Padilha. Lynn told me that Janea was her waxer, and that she thought I'd like her. She was wrong--- I adored Janea the minute I met her. (You pronounce it like 'Johnny,' with a French sounding "juh".)
I went to her incredible, breezy, sexy midtown Manhattan salon, The J Sisters. I met two of her sisters and her daughter and the gaggle of Brazilians that work there. Everyone was relaxed and friendly.
Janea talks quicker than I do, all the while trying to think of how to say that word in English. After every sentence she looks you in the eye and says, "Unnerstand?" And boy, did I. She told me how her clients would come to her with this problem or that one, and without blinking she would give them her killer advice. She told one client she should leave her husband; another that she should stay with hers; a third that she should have sex with her boyfriend even if she wasn't in the mood. In all the cases, the women turned out happier.
Janea is so much fun, she could make Cruella De Ville happy. She's full of important information; after you know her, you start thinking of her as a cross between Dear Abby and a Jedi master. She taught me how to put on eyeliner and how to tame stray hairs. She showed me which clothes look best on my body. And then she explained how I could make my vagina tighter (and this was only our first meeting!).
Janea is the most confident woman I have ever been around, and that made me love her even more. When she told me that on bad days she pretends that the whole world is blind, I knew I had found a soul mate.
Working with her on Brazilian Sexy: Secrets to Living a Gorgeous and Confident Life was a joy from beginning to end. Hope you love it.
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