Chynna Rogers is poised even when she’s candid. It’s a rare trait - especially in a 19-year-old - and one that can be almost overwhelming when coupled with beauty. And she is beautiful. You don’t get to be Hip Hop’s “It” girl without looks. Of course, you don’t get to be any kind of “It” girl without more than that.
As the only woman on the roster of A$AP Rocky’s clan of fashionable rappers, the A$AP Mob, Chynna has some huge expectations set for her. But the Philadelphia-native is already well on her way to a historic 2015. We caught up with Rogers just as she was leaving a recent photoshoot for DKNY.
Which do you like better: modeling or rapping?
Rapping for sure. Growing up listening to the greats like Big Pun —my all-time favorite— Notorious B.I.G. and even Tupac, I found huge inspiration in wanting to get into the music game. Modeling is something I started doing because I knew had the body for it. Basically, somebody approached me and asked me if I wanted to do it and who could say no to that? Since I’ve started working with bigger brands I appreciate modeling more and see it as an art form. But I know that I have more to offer musically and beyond.
Talk to about what it feels like to be the first lady of A$AP Mob.
[Laughs] It doesn’t feel like anything because it just happened naturally. Nobody puts me on a pedestal but everyone respects me. The fans gave me the name, “first lady” but really everything happened organically. [But the position] actually feels good.
I’m a part of them and they’re like family. The guys are like my brothers and they teach me things. I learn from them and it’s great to have a support system like that in such a male-dominated industry. Because of our relationship, I know they’re not trying to fuck me and they look out for me in that regard. There aren’t any ulterior motives things are just really good right now.
What have you been working on lately?
I’ve been working on some modeling gigs, mainly with DKNY. A lot of shooting photos for in-store posters and things like that. Also been focused on my music too and coming up with some new things for the fans.
What do you think about female rappers like Nicki Minaj?
Nicki’s fire. I wouldn’t make music like her but I think that what she’s doing for the game is great. I just think that if Nicki wants to do pop shit that’s fine, that’s fire, that’s wassup. If she’s doing it for bread —money— and for a specific fan base. I can’t really fuck with it like that, but, at the same time, can’t lie and say ‘Anaconda’ didn’t grow on me.
There is no denying that it’s sexy.
It never occurs to me when I’m writing to go into a sexual direction. I like to keep that private because if I’m not having sex with you, then it’s not anyone’s business. But again, that’s me.
How do you think a girl can go from arm candy to a feature attraction?
You can go from arm candy to a feature attraction if you already have that quality in you. Some people truly want to only model as a career and it’s not a problem and I’m not knocking them. They’re looked at as only arm candy, because that’s their passion. With me, I was never like that. I knew i had more to offer, especially musically. If you have more inside of you than just the physical, and you want to do more, you should put that out there.
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