Melyssa Ford

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Melyssa Ford
Ford in March 2005
Born (1976-11-07) November 7, 1976 (age 42)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Other namesJessica Rabbit
Modeling information
Height5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)[1]
Hair colorBrown
Eye colorLight brown

Melyssa Savannah Ford (born November 7, 1976) is a Canadian hip hop model and actress.[2] She attended York University and studied in the field of forensic psychology.[3] Ford's father is Afro-Barbadian and her mother is Russian and Norwegian. She is often referred to as Jessica Rabbit, an animated character whose sensuous figure Ford's is said to resemble.[1][4]

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 modeling career.[5] 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.[6] She sells a line of calendars and DVD.[7]

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".[3]

As of 2014, 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.[8]

Selected music videos[edit]


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]


  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. ^ Internet Movie Database
  3. ^ a b "Black in America: Video Vixens Too Revealing?". CNN. July 24, 2008. Retrieved April 27, 2015.
  4. ^ Ogunnaike, Lola (August 31, 2004). "New Magazines for Black Men Proudly Redefine the Pinup". The New York Times. Retrieved April 27, 2015.
  5. ^ "Melyssa Ford". Vibe. September 2008. Archived from the original on December 4, 2008. Retrieved April 25, 2015.
  6. ^ "Hot Jamz". Sirius Satellite Radio. Archived from the original on September 9, 2012. Retrieved January 25, 2009. Hot Jamz is about to get a lot hotter: Melyssa Ford has joined our squad!
  7. ^ Ford. "Calendar Girl". Naked. pp. 219–220.
  8. ^ 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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