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Hip Hop Princess Monay- Drops in for some Girl Talk

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Born and raised in Tacoma, Washington, Shanavea Brown – aka Monay - had an eye for the spotlight from an early age. She began modeling at the age of six and soon after was dancing and competing in dance competitions. A quiet girl off-stage, Shanavea realized her love of performing and embraced the confidence it gave her to come out of her shell and gain respect from other school girls. In fact, Shanavea’s stage transformation created an alter-ego, "Monay" – a more outspoken and brash version of herself. This alter ego later helped Shanavea through her difficult high school years, fighting peer pressure. In addition to being on stage, Shanavea found strength in writing – rap lyrics, in particular – and embraced music as a savior from her life as a teenager.