Real World Brooklyn's Devyn Simon shows Tampa roots in audition video
I'm embarrassed to admit that I am so out of the loop on recent incarnations of MTV's Real World, that it took an e-mail from a friend of mine -- Kansas City Star TV critic Aaron Barnhart -- to alert me that Real World: Brooklyn's sexed-up diva Devyn Simone is a theater and music studies major at the University of South Florida in Tampa. Check her bio here.
New episodes of the show, taped last fall in Brooklyn's trendy Red Hook neighborhood, have been airing since January and feature the show's first transgender participant, the first cycle in years where participants didn't have a group assignment and the first cycle to be filmed in high definition.
MTV's unscripted Real World franchise is in its 21st cycle -- which may explain why general interest TV critics like myself have lost touch with the program.
I remember pulling out the stops nine years ago to report on another Tampa-area girl who was making waves as a sexy, volatile cast member on Real World: New Orleans, then-Valrico resident Melissa Howard (right). Check my long-ago feature on her here.
In this clip below, from what appears to be her audition video, Simone shows off Channelside and some other areas around Tampa.
She also appears to be showing off some other, um, assets around Tampa -- be careful watching this video at work, friends.
Apologies, Real World fans, for missing this Sunshine Stater kicking it on national TV, but I'll try to catch up soon.