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?

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  • At the end of the day, it’s marketing and they have an audience. Until the audience says otherwise, this is capitalism at its most ridonkulous.

  • talaktochoba

    no, Maxim, Playboy and the like are accepted as mainstream because they are white-owned/controlled publications unabashedly attempting to appeal first and foremost to white males, who still predominantly control the economic purse strings of this country–at least, for the now…

    and history bears out that white males have always held a pathology toward even their own women, viewing them as nothing more than cave keeping and breeding tools that simply got in the way when not serving their “purposes”;

    so now, one must ask–knowing that since Emancipation black males have adopted this pathology toward our own women as part of a sick twist romanticising the slave master legacy–what purpose does it serve swiping a white man-owned bank’s credit card down the cheeks of one of our women for a camera to record in posterity?

    answer…the white man’s purpose, who owns the camera company, the video making company and the entertainment empire, that’s who;

    how does it feel to be his whore, Nelly?

    can you make enough money to wash out the stench?

  • 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.