November 7, 1976 |
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
|Other names||Jessica Rabbit|
|Height||5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)|
|Eye color||Light Brown|
Melyssa Savannah Ford (born November 7, 1976) is a Canadian hip hop model and actress.  She attended York University and studied in the field of forensic psychology.  Ford's father is Afro-Barbadian and her mother is Russian and Norwegian. She is often referred to as Jessica Rabbit, after the character from the animated film Who Framed Roger Rabbit whose sinuous figure Ford's is said to resemble.  
In the late 1990s, music video director Little X discovered Ford while she was working as a bartender at a Toronto nightclub and helped launch her modeling career. She has appeared in music videos, men's magazines, television programs and films. Ford was an on-air personality for Sirius Satellite Radio's Hot Jamz channel. She sells a line of calendars and DVD.
In a 2008 CNN interview, Ford said that when making music videos she often asked herself whether she was "perpetuating a negative stereotype" about black women. When she was asked whether music videos, overall, are "demeaning to women", Ford replied, "Yes, I definitely have to say that".
As of 2014[update], Ford participates in the Bravo Network television series Blood, Sweat & Heels, documenting her social life against the background of her struggles of becoming a realtor in New York.
Selected music videos
- "Anywhere" (112 featuring Lil' Zane)
- "Northern Touch" (Rascalz featuring Checkmate, Kardinal Offishall, Thrust and Choclair)
- "Bout Your Love" (Glenn Lewis)
- "Big Pimpin'" (Jay-Z featuring UGK)
- "Thong Song Remix" (Sisqó)
- "Cherchez LaGhost" (Ghostface Killah featuring U-God)
- "Shake Ya Ass" (Mystikal)
- "Knock Yourself Out" (Jadakiss)
Selected magazine appearances
Selected television appearances
- 2000: Soul Food (Showtime)
- 2003: Playmakers (ESPN)
- 2004: How I'm Livin' (BET) [Ford was a host of How I'm Livin']
- 2004–2006: BET Style (BET) [Ford was a host of BET Style]
- 2007: Entourage (HBO)
- 2007: The Game (The CW)
- 2008: Byte Me: 20 Hottest Women of the Web (E!)
- 2008: The Black Poker Stars Invitational (BET)
- 2014: Blood, Sweat & Heels (Bravo)
- 2014: "The Millionaire Matchmaker" (Bravo)
- 2000: Turn It Up
- 2003: Kung Faux
- 2004: Psyche
- 2007: God's Prayer
- 2008: Three Can Play That Game
- 2008: Days of Wrath
- 2008: Love for Sale
- 2009: Good Hair
- 2011: Video Girl
- 2012: Think like a Man
- 2014: Think Like a Man Too
Video game appearance
- 2007: Def Jam Icon
- Century, Douglas (May 2, 2004). "How to Succeed in Videos Without Really Dancing". The New York Times. Retrieved February 4, 2009.
- Ford, Melyssa (2005). "Calendar Girl". In Byrd, Ayana D.; Solomon, Akiba. Naked: Black Women Bare All about Their Skin, Hair, Hips, Lips, and Other Parts. New York: Perigee. p. 221. ISBN 0-399-53163-7.
- Internet Movie Database
- "Black in America: Video Vixens Too Revealing?". CNN. July 24, 2008. Retrieved April 27, 2015.
- Ogunnaike, Lola (August 31, 2004). "New Magazines for Black Men Proudly Redefine the Pinup". The New York Times. Retrieved April 27, 2015.
- "Melyssa Ford". Vibe. September 2008. Retrieved April 25, 2015.
- "Hot Jamz". Sirius Satellite Radio. Archived from the original on October 14, 2008. Retrieved January 25, 2009.
Hot Jamz is about to get a lot hotter: Melyssa Ford has joined our squad!
- Ford. "Calendar Girl". Naked. pp. 219–220.
- Settembre, Jeanette (December 31, 2013). "'Blood, Sweat and Heels' Follows Six Black New York City Women on the Rise". New York Daily News. Retrieved January 22, 2014.