Talk About A Come Up: 12 Models Who Turned Rap Video Appearances Into Acting Careers And More

December 11, 2012 ‐ By Cecily Michelle

It’s rare that you tune into a music video and not see a beautiful girl smiling at the camera or half-naked woman running around a pool, especially in the hip-hop world. It’s more than just the norm, it’s expected. There are thousands, maybe millions of girls who’ve had a taste of what it’s like to showcase their beauty in a video, but not all have used the opportunity to build solid careers of their own in media outside of four-minute music videos. Here’s a look at a few of the exceptions, women who not only look cute in videos, but used them to to propel their careers as actresses.

Melyssa Ford

Nicknamed “Jessica Rabbit,” Melyssa Ford’s booming body was hard to miss in any video she was in. She tantalized hip-hop heads all throughout the late ‘90s and early 2000s, sprinkling her potion in videos like Jadakiss’ “Knock Yourself Out,” Usher’s “Yeah,” Jay-Z’s “Big Pimpin” and 112’s “Anywhere”—just to name a few. The knockout vixen eventually made her way to acting and hosting gigs, guest starring and appearing in films and shows such as Love For Sale, Three Can Play That Game, Soul Food, Entourage and The Game. She’s also hosted a couple shows on BET (BET Style and How I’m Livin’) and even had a radio gig on Sirius Satelite Radio’s “Hot Jamz.” Without a doubt, Ford is a veteran in the game and one of the most successful and prominent video models to ever do it.

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  • CC

    Very well put. I don’t see anything wrong with it as long as they conducted themselves as models and not heaux.

  • Madame Noire forgot to mention that Ms Angel Conwell has crossed over to much more substantial parts than Soul Plane and Baby Boy. She currently plays attorney Leslie Michaelson on daytime’s #1 soap The Young and the Restless.

  • Ugh

    Esther Baxter is physical perfection…but for the horrible tattoos.

  • LNS

    How could you forget the godmother of video to acting vixens, Lisa Raye?

  • curlyk

    Tae is my GIRL! I would like to see more from her in the future

  • Where is Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton? Technically they did videos and blew up…

  • BAPS

    How can yall forget about Lisa Raye? smh

  • BAP

    it’s a difference b/t a video model and a video h*e,jeeez ! superhead=video h*e…tae heckard=video model!!!

  • BAP

    KD is sooo beautiful,girl crush!

  • Meyaka

    I’m not clicking through all of that, but congrats to them.

  • Tiffaney Graham

    I do not know if I would call many of them actresses, but kudos to them for trying to convert it to something else. If anyone else is interested in different ways to obtain other streams of income contact me, Mega-Women.

  • ieshapatterson

    so if i can’t find any other way to make a name for myself,then i should become a video hoe??

    • Kay

      Bet they still make more money than you tho

      • ieshapatterson

        Well then I’ll become a video hoe too and make the same amout.rolls eyes.your just proving my point.

        • Kay

          What point is that? I was merely stating a fact.

          • ieshapatterson

            these women are making it big by by being video hoes.they didn’t become famous,for any other reason BUT THAT.i was just stating that now,you don’t have to work to make a name for yourself.shaking your butt in a video,will do it for you.your comment helped prove that.

            • Kay

              they found something that was profitable and capitalized on it.. Can’t be mad at them

              • ieshapatterson

                but that’s my point.talent isn’t needed anymore.anything goes now aday.

    • Kaori

      You should become whatever you want.

  • ieshapatterson

    so if i can’t find any other way to make a name for myself,then i should become a video hoe??

  • Trisha_B

    Yall really need to do a slide show, b/c clicking on all the pages is really annoying!
    But Tae is my girl crush! I love that girl lol

  • Kaori

    I used to follow Lashontae on Instagram and Twitter, but unfollowed her after several months because her tweets annoyed me.

  • Tonya

    I’m sorry but Lauren London can’t act her way out of a paper bag.

    • Beejcee

      She is one who could also use diction classes. I could not understand why she could not pronounce Columbus Short’s characters name in This Christmas. She forever called him “Clyde” when his name was Claude.

    • Cleo

      Lol I thought I was the only one who felt this way, cute girl but far overrated concerning her acting skills. Being pretty will get you far smh