Sandra “Pepa” Denton: Hot, Cool, And Vicious

pepa2Hot, Cool, & Vicious is the 1986 debut album by American rap group Salt-n-Pepa. Released by Next Plateau Records on December 8, 1986, it was one of the first albums to be released by an all-female rap group. It featured the iconic song “Push It” which is still being played on the radio, in the clubs and even in commercials.  One third of the group, Sandra “Pepa” Denton shares how her life actually is hot, cool and vicious too.

On Being Cool
“We had fashion errors that became hits,” explains Denton. “We were bold with our colors and tights and being very sexy and the asymmetrical hairstyle. That was an accident that happened — my hair got shaved off on one side. I got a bad perm and had to shave it off on one side. And that became a big hit to this day, with a lot of people — Rihanna, Cassie, etc.. People always say that’s the Salt-N-Pepa look.” Now, that was cool and still cool today.

On Being Hot:

Now, at age 50, Pepa still gets men half her age trying to talk to her. But she’s much wiser with how and who she dates.

“I listen carefully,” explains Pep. “When you keep ignoring these little signs. .. signs are important. They’ll bite you down the line, if you’re like ‘Hey, I’m having a fun date and I just kind of played it off.’ That introduction is very important. Listen to the conversation, and if you see any flags go up. If I’m on a date now, anything that makes me go ‘hmm, I’m not sure,’ I’m going to question it and say ‘Well, what do you mean by that?’ I’m not just going to laugh it off.”

No matter which red carpet you see her on, Pepa is looking incredible nowadays.  She lost the extra pounds she gained after the height of her fame and her skin is flawless. She describes how she keeps it all looking hot. “I’m on a diet now, but I love vanilla ice cream, hot fudge with the nuts on top. That’s my downfall. I’m trying to create a…