Kamie Crawford always has a lot on her plate — from hosting MTV's long running documentary series Catfish: The TV Show alongside Nev Schulman to inking a deal to host Are You the One? and Paramount+ and MTV's Ex on the Beach to working on her successful podcast, "Relationsh*t with Kamie Crawford" — and though she's booked and busy, she wouldn't have it any other way.
"Connecting with people is my favorite part — hands down. I love listening to people’s stories and finding out how we even connected in the way of reality television. I’ve always been an empath and genuinely curious about people, especially those that I haven’t met. Everyone has a story, a reason why, a drive, and a purpose and I love uncovering what that is. Catfish fulfills that but it is a tough show to shoot because we film year-round, and we are always on call. I’m a rising Virgo and love my schedules and routines, so that part can be challenging!" the 31-year-old exclusively tells Morning Honey.
Additionally, the brunette beauty is breaking barriers in the entertainment world, as she became the first female host for Ex on the Beach and Are You the One?.
"It feels incredible to be able to join a longstanding show not once, not twice but three times and put my flavor and perspective on them. I’m so honored and beyond grateful to work with a network that trusts in me to carry three shows and connect with the guests and casts on each one as well as an audience," she shares.
Ever since Crawford was 19 years old, she dreamt of being a TV host.
"Before that, I thought I wanted to be a dermatologist, but I learned the power of being able to pivot and that it’s OK to change your mind. It turned out great for me!" she says.
Not only is the MTV star crossing off bucket list items, but she's also open about body positivity, as she feels "a responsibility to remind people that trends will come and go but we are in these bodies for life."
"I always want to encourage people to practice self-love and acceptance and not make short-term decisions that can have long-term consequences on their bodies and mental health," she explains.
A few years ago, she noticed a "big shift," especially when she started modeling because she was seeing curvier models brought into the fold of fashion.
"Today, I see a lot of bad old habits creeping back in within the fashion and digital worlds — it feels like we are reverting in many ways. But I am staying the course and hope to continue to be a reminder to people that beauty comes in ALL forms and you can’t trust every supplement or 'what I eat in a day' that you see online," she notes.
After being bullied in school, the podcast host decided to go easier on herself.
"I wanted to dictate how I felt about myself and that’s when I started telling myself more positive things. We talk to ourselves more than anyone else in this world and those internal monologues are so important, so you might as well tell yourself something kind. It doesn’t have to be physical but reminding yourself that you are a good person who deserves good things goes a long way. Therapy is also an amazing way to unpack unhealed wounds and build up your confidence just by talking through difficult situations," she says.
"I hope that I’m showing people, especially women of color, that we are capable of all things — incredible things. I want to show people that their point of view is just as valid and necessary as anyone else’s. And also, to never settle for anything in life — a career, a significant other, or even a poorly made matcha. Speak up for yourself, even when it’s hard," she adds.
Though the star has broken into so many mediums, she reveals she's been asked about getting into acting — something that feels "SO scary" to her.
"I’ve tried acting in the past and it’s such a vulnerable job — I’m much more comfortable with just being myself but never say never! I’m focusing my sights on producing my content and growing my brand portfolio," she says, adding that getting compliments about her podcast feed her soul.
"My podcast is my space to overshare, and I think that’s why I love it so much. I’ve only worried about not sharing enough, like when I was going through a really hard breakup a few years ago and I was still recording episodes without having mentioned it or acknowledging it. That was hard because I felt like I was being inauthentic but as soon as I shared it, I felt like my listeners were there for me and helped me through it. Then when I started dating again and met someone special, they were SO supportive and excited for me! They are my besties and I think the show has taught me that we can find community in sharing our experiences. We are all going through it, but we don’t have to do it alone!" she adds.
Crawford is still figuring out to balance everything at once, but she's looking forward to what the new year will bring.
"2023 was a very transformative year for me — I learned a lot of hard lessons. 2024 is going to be like a rebirth and I’m so excited about it. I feel charged up and ready to enter this next phase of life with new knowledge and fresh ideas ... you’ll have to wait and see!" she teases.