Melyssa Ford (1976- ) was the highest paid video vixen from about 2000 to 2004. With a body better than Marilyn Monroe she appeared in music videos such as Jay-Z’s “Big Pimpin’”, Sisqo’s “Thong Song Remix” and Mystikal’s “Shake It Fast”. She has appeared in many swimsuit calendars and on the cover of men’s magazines like King, Smooth, Black Men and XXL Eye Candy. She is a sometime television show host on BET.
She has such an amazing body that some call her “Jessica Rabbit”. Her measurements are 34D-22-36 (86-56-91 cm). But she hates it! She used to cry herself to sleep because she did not look like the thin women on television. She cannot even lie flat on her back!
But she modelled in part to help change ideas about beauty: “What I do sends a message to full-figured black women that we are a part of the beauty standard, even though we’re not rail thin and white.”
She is a mix of Barbados, Russia and Norway. Her mother is white, her father, black. She is proud of being mixed.
The videos made her famous mainly among black men in America. She is little known in Canada, where she is from, and even black women in America say, “Who is Melyssa Ford?”
Now that she is studying acting and trying to break into Hollywood, her video girl past is something she has to live down. It keeps her from getting serious parts in television and film.
She grew up in Toronto, Canada. While at York University she worked at a bar. There she met Little X, a music video director. He put her in some music videos. That in turn got her in magazines. She left Canada and moved to New York. All she brought were two suitcases and $25 (three crowns). The rest is history. Now she drives a Mercedes Benz S500.
Despite her example, she tells women to stay in school. The music video industry is not what it used to be: “Now it’s about body parts and how well you can shake them. It’s not about the female. It’s not about appreciating the female.”
The Game informs us about Ford:
She a video vixen, but behind closed doors
She do whatever it take to get to the Grammy Awards
Ford says some video girls are loose like that, but most (like her) have enough self-respect.
For two years Ford wrote the sex advice column in Smooth magazine. She spoke her mind but did not perform any research. Every month about 50 men would ask to marry her.
Her music videos:
- Rascalz: Northern Touch (1998 )
- 112: Anywhere (1998 )
- Choclair: Let’s Ride (1999)
- Jay-Z: Big Pimpin’ (2000)
- Ghostface Killah: Cherchez LaGhost (2000)
- Mystikal: Shake It Fast (2000)
- Sisqo: Thong Song Remix (2000)
- Jadakiss: Knock Yourself Out (2001)
- Alicia Keys: You Don’t Know My Name (2003)
- Usher: Yeah! (2004)
- R. Kelly: Happy People (2004)