"A tough girl with a heart of gold" is how friends and family describe Arissa. Blessed with brains and beauty, this half-black, half-Italian firecracker will literally give you her last dollar if you need it; but she'll also gladly give a kick in the ass if you need that, as well. Raised in the projects by a single mother who worked two jobs in order to make ends meet, Arissa learned early on how to be self-sufficient and get along wherever she goes. This ability to adapt to various environments is partly rooted in her aspirations of transcending the projects and taking on the world. She is determined to be a success and to experience life to its fullest. But this self-determination never blinds her to the well-being of people around her. She is deeply compassionate and has been known to put the needs of others before her own.
-courtesy of MTV