Melyssa Ford

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Melyssa Ford
MelyssaFordMar05.jpg
Born (1976-11-07) November 7, 1976 (age 37)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Other names Jessica Rabbit
Modeling information
Height 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)[1]
Hair color Brown
Eye color Light Brown
Measurements 34D-20-38[2]

Melyssa Savannah Ford (born November 7, 1976) is a Canadian model and actress.[3] She attended York University and studied in the field of forensic psychology.[4] 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 voluptuous figure Ford's is said to resemble.[1][5]:3

Entertainment career[edit]

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 music video career.[6] She has appeared in music videos, men's magazines, television programs and films.[1] Ford was an on-air personality for Sirius Satellite Radio's Hot Jamz channel.[7] She sells a line of calendars and DVD.[8]

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."[4] As of 2014, Ford is starring in the Bravo Network television series Blood, Sweat & Heels.[9]

Selected music videos[edit]

1997
1998
1999
2000
2001
2003
2004

Selected magazine appearances[edit]

  • King
  • Maxim
  • Smooth [Ford was the author of an advice column for Smooth]
  • XXL and XXL Eye Candy

Selected television appearances[edit]

Selected filmography[edit]

Video game appearance[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Century, Douglas (May 2, 2004). "How to Succeed in Videos Without Really Dancing". The New York Times. Retrieved February 4, 2009. 
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ Internet Movie Database
  4. ^ a b "Black in America: Video Vixens Too Revealing?". CNN. July 24, 2008. Retrieved January 25, 2009. 
  5. ^ Ogunnaike, Lola (August 31, 2004). "New Magazines for Black Men Proudly Redefine the Pinup". The New York Times. Retrieved December 22, 2008. 
  6. ^ "Melyssa Ford". Vibe. September 2008. Retrieved January 25, 2009. [dead link]
  7. ^ "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!" 
  8. ^ Ford. "Calendar Girl". Naked. pp. 219–220. 
  9. ^ 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. 

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