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.
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.