The sexy side of hip-hop

Eye Candy

The 10 pennies that played T.I.’s leading beauty in his “Why You Wanna” video is a woman not to be misconstrued. Akira is the L.A. angel’s name (fittingly defined in Japanese as “shining light”), and she’s as clear on what she wants out of life as she is on what she doesn’t want. Having been gorgeous for pretty much all of her 21 years on earth, modeling offers are nothing new to the half-Black, half-Irish creamsicle. Even while assisting video director Diane Martel with casting, Akira ignored chances to jump in front of the lens. “It was always for something ...

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