Photography by Amy Postle
Miami’s own Kimbella has no interest in being an independent woman; codependence is more her preference. This past August, the 26-year-old mulatto used Twitter to bag Juelz Santana. Since that successful courtship, her luscious frame (34DD-26-41) has decorated videos for Pitbull (“Hotel Room Service”), Lil Jon (“Give It All U Got”) and, of course, her boo (the Chris Brown–assisted “Back to the Crib” and “Home Run,” featuring Lil Wayne). So let’s see, a gangsta rapper with a thick blonde by his side—looks like Kimbella’s the female half of the 2010 Ice-T and Coco.
When did you begin modeling?
Right after I had my son, in 2002. At first I was background dancing—reggaeton and hip-hop—for DJ Sama. My first modeling gig was [posing on] Sama’s album cover. But then this agent was like, “You have to model. There’s way more money to be made.”
How was it growing up with European skin and African curves?
It was confusing for some people. When I was in third grade, this little boy said, “You need to decide what you’re gonna be, Black or White.” By the age of 11 it began. The guys were just, like, “Wow.”
So you’re really Juelz Santana’s wifey?
Yes! He’s a beautiful person. He really shows respect and cares for me a lot. You can’t find that with a lot of rappers. We’re both in the industry, so we have this mutual understanding where we support each other.
Has he ever told you to “get in the car—don’t touch nothing, just sit in the car”?
Nah. He knew better. Through one of our [texts], before we even started dating, I told him, “You need to be ready for this if this is what you want, because I’ma let you know now, I want a relationship.” Mind you, I never met this guy! [Laughs] I told him, “Look, dude, I don’t know you, but I’m looking for marriage.” —Bonsu Thompson