The "stand there and look pretty" approach to fame might be
satisfying for many young women in the entertainment industry,
but for others, living life as eye-candy alone just isn't
enough. Such is the case for rising-star, Ms. Gloria "Glo"
New York born and Florida raised, the 27 year old Velez is best
known for straight-up killin' video sets of Hip-Hop heavyweights
through a lethal combination of sultry moves and raw sex appeal.
Her appearances include major roles in DMX' "What These B*tches
Want," Ja Rule's "Holla Holla" and as the notorious cowgirl
draped-up in white in Jay Z's "Big Pimpin'" -- performances that
earned her top honors as BET's "Video Vixen" and XXL's "Eye
Candy" of the year awards...but her drive didn't stop there.
To best appreciate
the fire that fuels the breathtaking and talented Velez, one
must respect the spark and flicker which started it all.
Modeling for the prestigious Elite agency at only 15,
Gloria's talent, ambition and everyday hustle quickly landed
her roles as a dancer with artists N-Sync and Sisqo. Touring
during weekends and school breaks, it didn't take long for
her to discover the music within herself and set her sights
on breaking into the rap game.
With a presence on
the mic that combines her East Coast grit and Sunshine-State
glamour, Glo delivers a lyrical flow destined to rival the
most seasoned of female emcees all while snapping more necks
than a chiropractor. Her dark, yet melodic vocals have
brought comparisons to Nelly, Twister and the late Tupac
Shakur. Though her early days as an artist were met with the
obstacles of stereotyping, self-funded studio time and
contractual tribulations, Glo persevered in an industry that
has broken the strongest of wills. Now, equipped with an
independent mix-tape and US tour, her looks, charm and
business savvy situate her in a position destined for even
Tough on wax and
easy on the eyes, it is Gloria's positive demeanor and
down-to-earth nature that rounds out this proud Latina as
the "complete package" or industry triple-threat. Her mass
appeal and addictive personality have allowed her to step
from spreads in publications such as Lowrider Magazine and
Playboy, and into the spotlight as co-host of MTV 2's "Video
Honeys," multiple appearances on Comedy Central's "Chappelle's
Show," and a DVD deal that is in the works.
Glo's resume of accomplishments is already impressive, but
this passionate, alluring young woman will be the first to
tell you that her career has merely begun. Of course only
time will tell what the future holds for Ms. Velez, but one
thing is for sure if she sets her mind on something, you can
bet she's going to get it... and not just by relying on her