Mimi Faust was considered by many to be one of the closest things to a role model out of all of the ladies on VH1’s hit reality show Love and Hip Hop Atlanta (LHHATL). She was portrayed as a struggling single mother who drew sympathy from viewers when she tearfully told philandering Stevie J (the father of her only child) that “you have hurt me to my core.” That was before she sold a video sex tape, filmed with on and off again boyfriend Nikko Smith, to Vivid Entertainment for $100K.
Faust’s rival for Stevie J’s affections, who is now his wife, Joseline Hernandez was among the first of Faust’s LHHATL cast mates to respond to the tape. Every season Faust would deride Hernandez for her promiscuous behavior. Hernandez, an admitted former stripper turned singer, couldn’t hide her glee at the latest turn of events. She took to Twitter making all kinds of comments about the much older Faust’s tape, even calling it “granny porn”.
Now Faust is drawing attention, but not the kind she wanted. She is getting recognition from people who could further her career, but may now have no interest in doing so. Radio and talk show host Steve Harvey aired his thoughts on the situation and he was not on Faust’s side. Harvey is the author of relationship books Act Like a Lady, Think Like A Man (which was later adapted into a hit movie) and Straight Talk, No Chaser.
Harvey opened up on The Steve Harvey Morning Show this week about the sex tape situation. He let Faust have it for being a mother and doing something that will be a part of the legacy she will leave her daughter. He says that money, while important, is not worth your image, reputation, and brand. He says God gave women a precious jewel that should be cherished and not splayed about for the entire world to see. You can listen to Harvey’s frank and sincere open letter to Faust here.