Tokyo Vanity: The Industry Only Promotes Female Rappers That Look Like Nicki Minaj, Lil Kim & Dej Loaf (VIDEO)


(AllHipHop News) History has shown it is difficult for any female artist to make it in the male-dominated Hip Hop industry, and it seems even harder for a full-figured performer to break through in a major way. Tokyo Vanity – the creator of the viral hit “That’s My Best Friend” – talked about gender discrimination in the music business with DJ Smallz Eyes.

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“When I saw how shallow the industry is to women – they want you to look a certain way,” expressed Tokyo. “They just feel like if you don’t look like Nicki [Minaj], [Lil] Kim, Dej [Loaf]  – if you don’t look like them, then you’re just not appealing. And b*tch that’s not true, because I always got chose.”

The New Orleans native revealed she was once discouraged by the music industry’s heavy attention on appearance. But Tokyo says God inspired her to keep chasing her dream of becoming a rapper. The social media star now encourages her followers to accept themselves for the skin they are in.

“I just want everybody to know that you’re beautiful. No matter what you look like, you can be whoever you want to be. Despite what people say,” added Tokyo. “What’s beautiful to that n*gga might be hideous to the next. Don’t limit yourself to what other people think about you.”

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Watch Tokyo Vanity’s interview below.