Monday, February 11, 2008

Duchess of Hazzard? 

Posted by James at 12:47 PM ET

By Hearne Christopher Jr.
Kansas City Star
Kansas City Brigade cheerleader Erin Bassi has produced four issues going on five of her new zine, BIAO.
Erin, KC Brigade Girl
“It’s an acronym for ‘Beautiful Inside And Out,’ ” Bassi says. “It’s a fashion magazine, so it looks kind of like a feel-good Cosmo, Kansas City style. We focus on little niches that Kansas City has, like we did a story on Neil Smith’s restaurant, Amor de Brazil, and businesses that are special to Kansas City and what’s going on and different places to go.”

Neil Smith, by the way, is part owner of the Brigade and BIAO is the “official magazine” of the team, Bassi says.

Bassi hails from Hazard, Ky., thought by some to be the inspiration for the “Dukes of Hazzard” television series in the 1980s, set in the fictional Hazzard County, Ga.

There’s more to Bassi than being editor in chief of BIAO.

“Last year I was chosen by the fans to be on the Arena Football League dream team,” she says. “It’s one cheerleader from each team that goes to the Arena Bowl, the Super Bowl of the AFL.”

And count Bassi as a big-time barbecue buff.

“It’s funny because I used to day-trade stocks, and my family used to kid me that my ticker symbol should be BBQ.”

The mag is distributed free at Brigade games, doctors’ offices and in outdoor boxes on the Plaza, Brookside and downtown KC.

Bassi’s end game? “Gosh, I guess just to inspire people and make a difference … (and) help people to shop at these great places. You know, it’s about inner beauty and outer beauty.”

On the web at BIAOMagazine.com.

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