La La Vazquez: Miss Understood

La La Vazquez is no NBA trophy wife. Sure, she's engaged to NBA star Carmelo Anthony. But in the April 2010 issue of Latina magazine, Vazquez, 30, makes it clear that she's been calling her own shots for a long time.

1. La La Vazquez: Slide 1 Cover

La La Vazquez perfectly fits the description of an independent woman, even if she shares her bed with her multimillionaire baller fiancé Carmelo Anthony. "I don't think people understand how hard I've worked to achieve the things I have," she tells Latina. She knows you have questions—and she's ready to answer them.

2. La La Vazquez: Slide 2

"Even with all that I've accomplished on my own," says Alani "La La" Vazquez in the April 2010 issue of Latina magazine, "I know the story out there about me: '[Carmelo] ain't gonna marry her. She got that ring but now he's making her wait. He don't really love her...' For once...I'd like to tell the story as it is. Not as it's told." 

3. La La Vazquez: Slide 3

"I would get off the air at 6, take a shower, and go straight to school," recalls La La of her early radio days as a 16-year-old on-air personality during the overnight shift in Atlanta. When Ludacris got his own show, La La had to hold her own as his sidekick. "They didn't want me there," she told Latina. "We joke about it now. But I had to fight to hang on to my spot."  

4. La La Vazquez: Slide 4

"I wasn't making her wait," Denver Nuggets star Carmelo Anthony tells Latina magazine of La La, his fiancée. "If anything, I was waiting for her to slow down. She was doing her own thing, handling her business and we were happy. When it was time to take it to the next step we did. Period."

Read more of this story, "La La Vazquez: Miss Understood," in the April 2010 issue of Latina magazine.

Below, see behind the scenes of La La's Latina photo shoot.

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