When she heard she'd made the Lust List, Whitney thought it must be a mistake - making her that anthropological rarity: the super-cute girl who has no idea how adorable she is. Having grown up in Smyrna, the pixie-ish Whitney now lives in Kirkwood with her boyfriend, but still works in East Cobb and feels a duty to represent for the 'burbs among snobby intowners. Apart from hair, her life-long obsession is The Wizard of Oz, whose characters appear in a full-sleeve tattoo on her left arm. "Life is like a yellow brick road," she says, "and everybody's looking for their Emerald City."
Relationship status: Has a boyfriend
What's your standard drink?
Whiskey and a splash of Coke, short.
What band were you obsessed with when you were 14?
Evanescence. She was so badass to me!
What's your guiltiest pleasure?
Glass of wine, not talking to anybody, phone off!
What's your least favorite household chore?
Doing the dishes. I live with a guy, so it gets kind of gross. He forgets to wash 'em out.
On which reality TV show should you be cast?
"What Not to Wear." I want to do the hair. Yeah!
What's the last thing that made you cry?
Do arguments count? I'm sorry to my boyfriend.
What's the last good book you read?
I'm reading John Dies at the End by David Wong and it's pretty awesome. It's kind of like Ghostbusters, but more sarcastic and drug-induced.
What do you wish someone would hurry up and invent?
Flying cars. Traffic sucks! Figure that out.
What's the lamest pick-up line anyone's used on you?
I was in a Chick-fil-A drive thru. Dude asked me if I was from Tennessee, and I knew something was weird, and I was like, "No." And he was like, "'Cause you're the only 10 I see." And I was like, "That's awesome! Now gimme my chicken nuggets."
Where do you take out-of-town visitors?
Sorry, Atlanta. I take them to Cool Beans Coffee Roasters in Marietta because they're just really badass kids.
What's the first album you bought with your own money?
The *NSYNC album. Go, Justin Timberlake!
What's the best way for a customer to hit on you?
Talk to me like I'm an intelligent human being. Because I'm tattooed and I have piercings, I get a lot of guys that assume that I'm into dominatrix stuff. They always ask, "What else do you have pierced?" or whatever and that gets creepy. So, just don't be creepy!
Who would play you in the movie of your life?
Christina Ricci! She's really badass. Can she be my me?
If you were a groupie, who would be the object of your obsession?
Totally Jack White. I'm obsessed. It's something about the back-from-the-dead look. He picks a fight with his music and when he plays his shows, they're not rehearsed — he just gets out and does it. He's very intelligent. And he's weird. I like the weird. The weird adds character. You can't just be a generic pretty boy. I don't like pretty boys.
What's the one thing you most hope to accomplish in 2011?
I want to get my portfolio together, I want to get on "Hairbrained" — it's like a Facebook for hairstylists.
What's your least favorite thing about Atlanta?
People get snobby. They get too caught up in what they're doing and what they think is cool. Marietta kids are just as cool as Atlanta kids. There's a lot of stuff happening in lots of different places and you need to branch out and see it.
Is there a drawback to being attractive?
Once, when I was a bartender at Three Bears Café in Marietta, this guy asked me if I smoked and he slipped a cigarette box across the bar and seemed like a perfectly normal human being. As he left, he asked if he could have a hug and I was like, "Yeah, sure dude!" I gave him a hug, he pinched my ass and I was like, "Whoa." That's when I kind of noticed things were going south and then the guy gave me pubic hair in a little plastic baggie. Creepy old men in Marietta.
What's the weirdest thing in your house?
I have a 100-year-old doctor's bag. My granddad was a vet, so we have a whole bunch of medical equipment, and we framed it. I'm looking for a bone saw. If I could frame a bone saw, it would be complete.
Name one thing you've stolen.
Does music count? I sneak onto people's Internet. You know, I believe in karma so much that even since I was young, I felt guilty for taking a crayon home from school.
Who's the most important person in your life?
My father. He's a big inspiration. He hasn't always been around for a lot of the times, but he's a musician, so I have to forgive him for that. But he's always been there for me if I ever need anything. He's always been very honest, very accepting of me and everything that I do.
What's your sexy-time soundtrack?
Team Sleep — the Deftones' Chino Moreno did it as a side project and recorded it in a basement. It's pretty sexy.
Have you ever been dumped? If so, what was the reason?
Yes. He gave the generic excuse that he wasn't good enough for me and that he wasn't ready for a relationship. A year and a half later, he sends me a Facebook message and basically apologizes for everything that he did. Actually, we're friends now, so it worked out.
What's your pettiest relationship deal-breaker?
I can't put up with drugs.
What would you order for your last meal?
Something with goat cheese. I'm obsessed with goat cheese. I probably just want a plate of vegetables and a sweet potato. And some chocolate.
Name a well-regarded band you don't like.
Hed PE. I don't get it. In my group of friends, everyone's like, "Yeah!" And I'm like, "No!"
With whom would you like to play Truth or Dare?
Can I say Jack White again?
What would be the title of your autobiography?
Follow the Yellow Brick Road.
What's your life's ambition/grandest dream?
To make money doing whatever makes me happy, whether it be music or doing hair. I don't wanna have to retire because I'm sick of what I do. I want to do what I do forever because I just enjoy it.
What celebrity would you like to be stuck in an elevator with?
Anthony Hopkins. He doesn't get enough recognition. He's just awesome.
What's your preferred footwear?
What's the most romantic place in Atlanta?
The [Jackson Street] bridge over Freedom Parkway. It's just so awesome to sit and be able to look at the city skyline.
At what bar/restaurant would you like to have an open tab?
Leon's [Full Service]. I love the Prohibition-era cocktail type drinks.
What personal attribute are you a sucker for?
Good hair. That sounds so bad 'cause I'm a hairstylist, but I really like hair.
Where would you go on your sweepstakes vacation?
Describe your relationship to exercise?
I love it. I really do. I love running. It releases stress. It's like meditation.
Where does most of your disposable income go?
I buy CDs a lot. And alcohol — sorry Mom!
If you had to spend $1 million in one afternoon, what would you do?
I'd rent a plane or a helicopter — and a pilot, of course; I can't fly them — and I'd go to Portland and California and I'd just go all around and do some shopping everywhere. And coffee shops, and I would go and get awesome drinks in places.
Have you ever stolen a friend's girlfriend/boyfriend?
Not a boyfriend, but maybe someone that somebody liked, but I can't help it 'cause I called 'em first.
What's your character flaw you'd most like to fix?
I am extremely self-conscious. When the note was placed on my station about the Lust List, I went to the girl at the front desk and was like, "Dude, this is totally not for me. You meant to put this on someone else's desk." I know it's completely unattractive, but I'm very self-conscious.
What silly thing are you most vain about?
I hate my knees! They're so boxy and weird-looking. It's probably because I'm short. I look like somebody's pushed me down.
Why do you think someone nominated you for the Lust List?
I'm very flattered to whoever did it. Maybe it's just a client and I gave them an awesome haircut. I'm kind of scared it's a close friend but I figure they would say that if they did. I don't wanna know.