Do Urban Models Lack Recognition? 5 Models Who Could Change The Game

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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 PFCassie started off as a model before venturing into music. The multiracial beauty has modeled for Forever21, Sean John and ASOS brands.
Amber-Rose#4The 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.
brittany skyYou 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 JordanAlexis 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 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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    Yall like 7yrs Late with this discussion…. Maybe it starts from the Art form they are represented in and the light they are shown…. Face it the lyrics of some of the songs that some of the most beautiful women of color have graced the screen for are not flattering at all half the time they are not even respectful. Who will take you serious when the man in the video dont respect you and calling you out your name. Sometimes the songs that the women choose to be a part of takes away from their beauty and cheapens it , The artist cheapen the women….
    Face it African Americans have a problem with their own beauty and way to many ” worship” others to the point that their own standard of beauty has been compromised It is not even identifiable anymore…. It echoes loudly in the images with the women that are choose as trophies… It is a PR problem and unfortunately the women pictured are probably not going to be the 1s to solve it. They all go with the grain at least by the photos used. When you say Urban what does that mean… A lot of non black models went on to success catapulting themselves from the black male video bravado but the black female models are the ones that do not get recognition and get dragged through the mud… A lot of black males with a lil power give their women the paper bag test. Its not even acknowledged. Whats so different about the 5 women you pictured? Sorry what Game are they changing and how? Looks the same too me. If Amber was 4 shades darker would she get the same hype ? Can you honestly say yes? The few exotics chicks pictured exoticness is played down so whats the point. A biracial black women modeling and considered beautiful in America.. Groundbreaking!