Jayleen Martinez Is the Prototype
Jayleen Martinez is much more than a video model. The Los Angeles-bred beauty’s a budding singer presently working with legendary producer No I.D. And, if she has her way, will be igniting the silver screen in the near future. But, in the meantime, she can be found in a myriad of videos in multiple genres, including J. Cole’s “Nobody’s Perfect,” Justin Bieber’s “Boyfriend,” Musiq Soulchild’s “Anything” and more recently, Kid Ink’s “Time of Your Life.”
In the visual directed by Alex Nazari, Jayleen plays every man’s dream girlfriend, a bad chick who isn’t too prissy to have fun as one of the boys. To hell with 34-26-40 measurements. For XXL’s money, Jayleen’s toned body and pretty face, are the prototype. XXL caught up with the self-proclaimed former tomboy to discuss the type of relationship she’s looking for, doing hood rat stuff with friends and her music aspirations. —Carl Chery (@cchery)
XXLMag.com: So you were recently in a Justin Bieber video?
Jayleen Martinez: Yes, I got to feel up on him and everything. [Laughs]
I don’t know if you want to make that public.
I will make that public.
What was that experience like?
It was so fun ‘cause he just turned 18 like a week before the video shoot. I think I was the oldest one there. All the other girls were like 19, or 18, but I have this young look I guess. So they picked me. I was just like, "Oh, I kinda like Justin now." He’s cute. I’ll become a cougar for him.
You have a pretty universal look. Bieber is pop. Kid Ink is hip-hop. Musiq Soulchild is R&B.
That one actually, I wasn’t supposed to be the lead on that one. And, I just came on set and I actually stole the lead girl’s part… for Musiq Soulchild. I was supposed to be a background girl and I got there and they were like, “No, you’re playing the lead. We’re switching you.”
Did you catch any heat from the former lead?
No, she was cool with it. I hope they paid her the same.
Musiq always seems to get girls in his videos that he wouldn’t be able to pull in real life.
Really? Oh, that’s mean. Well, thank you.
The average video models are usually sexual fantasies for men, but you come off as more of a wifey type.
That makes me feel good. I feel cool.
It’s hard to escape that stigma.
That’s something I always wanted to make sure I never got portrayed as because I also do music and I also do acting. So, if I did a video, no nudity. And if you have me wearing some kind of bikini, you have to pay me more. Yea, and I have that young look so they never really try to do that to me.
So, you’re the wifey type. Are you wifed up?
No. I’m looking.
Oh, so you’re not going to give me the, "I’m just focused on my career" answer?
No. I want a boo. I want a toy friend. Not a boyfriend, a toy friend. Someone you can just have fun with, play around with.
What are the rules for a toy friend?
The rules for a toy friend? You know, you guys have to have the same availability and that’s it. We should be able to hang out with each other, have fun.
So what happens if you find out the toy friend has another toy?
I wouldn’t say anything. It’d just be done, I guess. I don’t know, it depends on how I feel about him.
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