Ms. Monroe

Ms. Monroe

Client: Artist

Skills: Model, Hip Hop artist

“Work like you don’t need the money. Love like you’ve never been hurt. Dance like nobody’s watching.” Legendary Negro league baseball pitcher Satchel Paige has been credited with these encouraging words for us all to savor the greatest promises that life has to offer. And rapidly rising rap starlet Miss Monroe has lived every word.

 

Ms. Monroe

“Work like you don't need the money. Love like you've never been hurt. Dance like nobody's watching.” Legendary Negro league baseball pitcher Satchel Paige has been credited with these encouraging words for us all to savor the greatest promises that life has to offer. And rapidly rising rap starlet Miss Monroe has lived every word. Since releasing a YouTube video featuring the 21-year-old blonde bombshell dancing in the Queens, New York club where she bartends, Miss Monroe has become an instant Internet sensation with more than 10 million views.

Promoters have been calling to book her for appearances. People have been asking questions. And her popularity continues to rise. Now with everybody’s attention, she is about to set it off with an upcoming single and mixtape due this summer. “It was life changing. I was bartending to make a better life for myself to survive and it turned into something more,” Monroe contends. “All these other opportunities came my way because I was not your typical bartender. I was entertaining.” Monroe’s dancing to Brooklyn rapper 2 Milly’s dance craze “Milly Rock” was videoed on a smartphone one night and uploaded to YouTube. It took off like a rocket! “Everybody started associating me with 2 Milly. They’re starting to book me with him,” she divulges. “They were asking ‘are you working with them? Are you on tour with them? Are you doing music with them?’ I’m not.” Before long, Monroe realized that her popularity could stand on its own. So she decided to pursue a career in music.

“I felt like I was capable of doing more than what I’m doing,” she admits. “I felt like I was selling myself short. I’m a cool, dope chick. I’m capable of so much more.” Born Amanda Cabo to a Puerto Rican mother and Cuban father in the Soundview neighborhood of the Bronx, young Monroe lived right across the street from the predominately African-American and Latino James Monroe Houses projects. With her light skin, blonde hair and light eyes, she stuck out like a sore thumb and was teasingly called “White Girl.” “No one knew me as Amanda. I was White Girl,” she remembers. “It was pretty cool but it also got rough at times, being the minority and being in a rough area and looking a little different from everybody else. It’s kind of hard to be accepted, but I’m like a chameleon. I adapt to any environment. It didn’t mean anything to me.”

When she was 14, however, her family as she had known it had broken up when her parents split up. Her mother moved to Manhattan so the teen could take advantage of more opportunities. Two years later, she and her mom relocated again to Harlem before Monroe went back to her true home—the Bronx. “It’s cool coming from the Bronx. It wasn’t glamorous but it wasn’t awful either,” she says. “It’s a lot of poverty out there. When you’re in the Bronx, it’s rough coming up, trying to make a way for yourself and trying to figure out what you want to do. You see the drug addicts on the corners. You see people suffering.” It was her upbringing in such humble beginnings that molded Monroe to make do with what she had. When she was 11, her mother put her in a beauty pageant for the Puerto Rican Day Parade. She wasn’t registered until the last minute and hadn’t had anything prepared for the talent portion of the contest. Monroe had taken dance classes when she was smaller.

So she threw on the music and danced like she was in the mirror all alone. She floored the crowd! “That was a turning point in my life,” she admits. “I went with what worked for me.” From that moment on, she knew her future would be in the field of entertainment. But wasn’t until her 21st birthday that it dawned on her that she may had been sleeping on a hidden talent. “I had an epiphany for some reason,” she explains. Now known as the Marilyn Monroe of Hip Hop, she brings a fresh, new energy to rap music. “You’re going to want to hear my music. You’re going to want to play it again and again and again, and you’re going to want to hear my voice,” she contends. “You’re going to want to find out who is this girl. My voice is so distinct. People are going to say wow is that a strong voice for a little lady.”

 

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