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?