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Nelly has long been a fan of urban modeling. He’s the rapper behind the famous credit card swipe down a video model’s derrière and hosts a annual competition with his clothing brand, Apple Bottoms, for the nicest, err, apple. In an interview with VLAD TV, he was asked what he thought about the stigma of urban modeling. He responded:

“At the end of the day, it’s still modeling. It’s a different type of modeling [...] but its not a high-end form of modeling. When Hugh [Hefner] first started Playboy, some people frowned upon it. But then Playboy became a part of America. Everybody went to Playboy mansion parties: politicians, members of clergy, movie stars. It didn’t mean that everybody thought it was right. It’s kind of like alcohol. Everybody didn’t appreciate alcohol when it first came out. Then, it became the American way.”

His logic might seem flawed to most, but he does raise an interesting point about the stigma of urban modeling versus that of Playboy, GQ, Maxim and other businesses that feature women in suggestive poses and revealing clothes. Are those establishments accepted more because they’ve been around longer? Is it a race or class issue that gives urban modeling its stigma?

What are your thoughts, Clutchettes?

  • http://gravatar.com/keimia Kam

    “Urban Modeling”? Lol I was thinking of Karl Kani and FUBU. Well I’ve know learned another use for the “White people do it too” excuse.

    “It’s kind of like alcohol. Everybody didn’t appreciate alcohol when it first came out. Then, it became the American way.” Who is everybody? Even Jesus drank wine.

  • Anthony

    Chanela17, I don’t know what you have seen and experienced. Maybe you have been subject to terrible abuse, or someone who has been close to you has been abused or violated. If that is the case, I am sorry, and I wish you justice and peace of mind.

    What I can say is that as a man, I know that the great majority of men do not want to see children exploited or violated. We don’t want to see adults violated either. Enjoying sexy images within reason is normal, just like enjoying food is normal, but gluttony or anorexia is unhealthy.

  • http://gravatar.com/tellmesumtingood TajMarie

    Well stated !!

  • http://www.lillian-mae.com Lillian Mae

    RE: What the heck is he talking about with alcohol??? Alcohol has been around since before Ancient Egypt, he’s acting like alcohol in America was something new.

    That’s exactly what I thought LOL! SMH…I hope he later realized his error.

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