“This book came out and it defined an entire group,” Melyssa explained to “The Breakfast Club” DJs. According to one of the first well-known video models—a term she prefers to “vixen”—her own story is “very, very, very different” from Karrine who has admittedly been involved with several rappers.
Melyssa said she was surprised when Karrine’s best-selling book, Confessions of a Video Vixen, came out because she didn’t know Karrine and the two still haven’t met.
“I’m sure that personally, she’s a lovely girl. I don’t know her personally, but here’s the truth of the matter: When I was on video sets, no one knew who this girl was. I thought she was an urban myth,” she said. “I didn’t think she really existed because I didn’t know anybody who’d ever seen her before. Her name just like floated around like this big mystery.”
Melyssa has since retired from the video model game where she was sometimes earning $5,000 a day. Now, she has a career in real estate and is co-starring on the new Bravo series, “Blood, Sweat & Heels.”
It’s not the first time Melyssa has had the chance to star in a reality show, but she was waiting on just the right one to come along.
“I just always felt like the right opportunity had not come across my path. I always felt like if I was going to do a reality show, it was going to be a show…. just like this one, a show about single, successful women whose career is not based on having been funded by some man for a hobby… We’re self starters,” she said.
Though she said she and her co-stars keep it classy for the most part, Melyssa said there will be a few tense moments this season, and she plays the peacemaker.
“There [are] some scenes that I will be watching alongside with you with my jaw in my lap,” she said. “I’m kinda like the mediator. When friction happens between cast members, I try to mend fences. That’s kind of how I am in my real life. I try to create harmonious situations.”
Watch Melyssa talk about her relationship with Flo’Rida and more below.
The Baddest: All The Music Videos You Didn't Know Melyssa Ford Was In
1. Melyssa Ford
Former video vixen Melyssa Ford was one of the baddest models to ever cross the camera! From '97 to '04 Ford starred in 12 music videos, solidifying her 34D-20-38 measurements in the fantasies of the male race. Ford retired her crown but has returned to the spotlight through the Bravo show "Blood, Sweat & Heels." We're feeling all nostalgic and dug through the Youtube crates to pay homage to all her appearances.
2. Usher - Yeah (2004)
Random Melyssa Ford Fact: Music video director, Director X discovered her while she was working as a bartender at a Toronto.
3. R. Kelly - Happy People (2004)
Random Melyssa Ford Fact: She was the highest paid video model but says the industry has changed. “When I was coming up, the budgets were inflated and you’re not going be seeing that anymore.”
4. Alicia Keys - You Don't Know My Name (2003)
Random Melyssa Ford Fact: Ford's father is Afro-Barbadian and her mother is Russian and Norwegian.
5. Jadakiss- "Knock Yourself Out" (2001)
Random Melyssa Ford Fact: She also goes by the name Jessica Rabbit.
6. Ghostface Killah - Cherchez LaGhost ft. U-God (2000)
Random Melyssa Ford Fact: She has a problem with popular video vixen Karrine Steffans, who she says gave video models a bad name. According to an interview Ford did on Power 105.1, Karrine was the "queen of no" on a video set.
7. Sisqo- Thong Song (Remix) (2000)
Random Melyssa Ford Fact: She dated rapper Flo Rida
8. Mystikal- "Shake It Fast" (2000)
Random Melyssa Ford Fact: She hates being called a "video hoe."
9. Big Pimpin' ft. UGK - "Big Pimpin" (2000)
Random Melyssa Ford Fact: She was the victim of social media identity theft: “It was someone who created a Facebook page, speaking to people under the premise that I was her, having phone sex under my identity. It got so bad that the secret service was involved," she said in an interview with The Grio.
10. 112 feat. Lil' Zane - Anywhere (1999)
Random Melyssa Ford Fact: She agrees that music videos are "demeaning to women."
11. Choclair - "Lets Ride" (1999)
Random Melyssa Ford Fact: She has 40K followers on Instagram @themelyssaford
12. Rascalz - Northern Touch (1998)
Random Melyssa Ford Fact: She attended York University and studied in the field of forensic psychology.
13. Glenn Lewis - The Thing To Do (1997)
Random Melyssa Ford Fact: She is trying her hand at selling Real Estate on Bravo's "Blood, Sweat & Heels" show. Catch her on "Blood, Sweat & Heels" every Sunday night on Bravo at 9/8c!