Keyshia Dior, The Music Video Muse [Eye Candy of the Year]

“I know what I want,” Keyshia Dior, XXL’s 2010 ECOTY, says when explaining why she adds input on all of her shoots. “Whatever photo shoot I do, I always incorporate myself… ’Cause you’re shooting me, you picked me for a reason, so let me be me.” Who’s going to argue, since the 25-year-old 305 native has been “doing me” all year, after her breakout role as Timbaland’s caramel-dipped, Mohawked muse in his “Say Something” video, featuring Drake. Since XXL’s May 2010 Eye Candy’s rap clip debut in December 2009, the cutie with Jamaican roots—whose 36C-27-42 frame would make any man yell bombaclot—has been capitalizing off the chance opportunity. Ms. Dior has locked down a few more video roles (Young Jeezy’s “Lose My Mind,” Gucci Mane’s “911 Emergency” and Young Money’s “BedRock”) for her budding résumé, launched keyshiadior.com (her own website) and a cosmetic line called Secret Kisses by Keyshia Dior, and is set to open a high-end boutique on South Beach in 2011. Yep, shawty’s goin’ in.

Earlier today, during our shoot, you mentioned that you don’t want to do too many videos, for fear of being tagged as a video vixen. Why is that?

I don’t like that name, because it has so much meaning behind it. Once you do a video with a rapper, you’re automatically sleeping with them. I don’t want that behind me, because, at the end of the day, I’m a brand as a whole.

Is it safe to say that you’re one and done in terms of your video-modeling career?

Right now, if someone were to request me for a huge video—when I say huge, I mean Jay-Z or Kanye West—where I can play a similar role I played in the “Say Something,” as an actress-slash-lead-model, I definitely would do it.

What are your thoughts on earning such a distinguished honor as XXL Eye Candy of the Year?

I feel I was [selected] because there was not a model to do what I’ve done, ever.
What I mean by that is, I have fans cutting their hair like me. I set trends, and I have girls wanting to be like me, wanting to do what I’ve done—and especially in such a short time.

You sound pretty cocky.

Confident, not cocky. —Sean Malcolm

Photography courtesy of Sarah McColgan

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  • Dead President

    we already been thru this. bangin.? yes. eye candy of d year.? no. and only 4 so-so pics.?? come on now.. . i think some1 high up at xxl bangin her 4 all this shit 2 hapn 4reeel.

  • Gavin

    I agree, she isn’t as hot as you industry guys make her seem. She is SO SO in the face, and her pics are just ALRIGHT.. XXL I really expected more from you all. I am tired of seeing Tammy Torres horse face, Rosa Acosta’s bald acne prone ass, and even Fake booty Angel Lola. But you all could have done better than “GUCCI MANE’S” side piece.

  • Quantrell Bingham

    Not to be a hater

    Airhead model of the month (SMDH)

    What a f@@@@@@ airhead bragging about cutting your hair to young girls

    Brag about your education I RESPECT WOMEN WITH college degrees i mean shes bragging about a mohawk haircut come on lets be for real

    Brag about having a JD from Columbia U. or a Med DEGREE from Cornell U. or a Law DEGREE from Harvard or something

    • MAC

      WHY R U ALL TALKING SHIT… HOME GIRL IS WELL EDUCATED & BLESS… WHO GIVES A SHIT WHO SHE FUCKING..@LST ITS GETTING SOME WHRE… BETTA DAN SLEEPING WITH SOME BROKE ASS MF DAT CNT DO SHIT BUT DIGG OUT HER HOLE…(DAT MEANS PUSSY)… STOPPPP HATING! :)))))

  • @24kLILCOE

    My music been featured on THE GAME, CSI MIAMI, BOSTON LEGAL, ONE TREE HILL & HAWTHORNE… LIL COE! check 4 me in 2011…

  • Jrika

    No XXL. Check me… Im what they’re looking for… lol

  • tego centeno

    she’s cute but damn the magazine makes her be the shit in the game which she not cum on let get some better fine urban ladies in the magazine…

  • kamela jackson

    i love love love the haircut. im 31 yrs old and i can appreciate her cut.Shes hot and i wanna b like her when i grow up. Fuck the haters. thats real

  • http://www.tagged.com/Bambam80'sbaby BAMM_BAMM

    MS. DIOR U FUCKIN THE GAME, I JA’DORE U.

  • Mike

    witterdot com slashGiannaDeNinno
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