From the moment veteran actress Stacey Dash announced she was leaving her hit role on VH1’s new series Single Ladies rumors swirled about who would replace her.
Well, show producer Queen Latifah has finally made her decision, and it’s none of the chicks whose names were thrown out there.
Filling the shoes Stacey Dash left vacant will be another biracial actress and Oil of Olay model Denise Vasi.
Vasi is a Brooklyn native of Puerto Rican, Dominican and Greek decent, who played the role of ‘Randi Hubbard’ on “All My Children” for 3 years before it went off the air. Critics say her acting skills have never been above par. But then again, neither have the acting skills of anyone else on that show, they say.
Denise Vasi, 28, is not doing Stacey’s exact role of “Val,” but she’s playing a woman named “Raquel” who has a very similar story.
According to reports, Vasi will play the new role of Raquel, a close friend of Keisha (LisaRaye McCoy) who is a savvy business woman from a prominent Southern family on a quest to discover passion.
“Denise is the perfect addition to the Single Ladies cast,” Queen Latifah said. “She is bringing a fun, new element to the show.”
Single Ladies, VH1′s first hourlong scripted series, is a romantic comedy series about Keisha, Raquel and April (Charity Shea) – best friends with different philosophies on love, sex and relationships, proving not all women have the same desires. And because she is so young, sources say, it is unlikely she will compete with the diva antics of co-star LisaRaye McCoy, as Stacey Dash did – so maybe she’ll fit right in.
“Single Ladies” begins production on Season 2 in Atlanta in January for a premiere in early summer.