As a rapper and mastermind behind Apple Bottom jeans, Nelly is well versed on beautiful women. When asked by VLAD TV in a recent interview about urban models and the lack of recognition they receive in the mainstream media, he had a few interesting things to say.
“At the end of the day, it is still is modeling,” he said. “It’s a different type of modeling, but it’s still modeling because if you break down the definition of modeling…it’s [still] a form of modeling but it’s not a high-end form.” Adding, “When Hugh [Hefner] first started Playboy, some people kind of frowned upon it. Then Playboy became a part of America.”
You can watch more of the colorful interview, below:
But the question remains, who are these urban models and why don’t they receive equal recognition? We found five who actually have the ability (or have already) gone mainstream. Check them out below!
Cassie started off as a model before venturing into music. The multiracial beauty has modeled for Forever21, Sean John and ASOS brands.
The easily recognizable Amber Rose has done much more than date known rappers. The 5’8″ Philadelphia-native has posed for several magazines, has a campaign with Smirnoff Vodka and was signed to Ford Modeling Agency.
You may have noticed this beauty as the main girl in Kendrick Lamar’s “Poetic Justic” video, but Brittany Sky has much bigger dreams. She recently launched her own website FromBToYou.com to give you more information on her happenings.
Alexis Jordan is a Roc Nation artist but has also posed for Roc-A-Wear clothing line. She’s a stunner and has great vocals, so sky’s the limit for her.
Tae Heckard has been in the industry for a while, making appearances in “The Game” and “ATL.” While she’s not reached supermodel status, she definitely has a recognizable and gorgeous face.
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