Cassie Covers VIBE Vixen’s October Digital Cover

Bad Boy’s leading lady, Cassie, has been plastered on mall storefronts and tucked beneath Diddy’s arm for years. But her own musical masterpiece has always remained in her crosshairs. With a determination as fierce as ever, her future never looked this good

There’s never been a better time to be bad than now. While Michael Jackson’s leather-jacketed, graffiti-sprayed interpretation of the term in the late ’80s spawned a decade of makeshift Halloween ensembles, the essence of being a rebel with a cause has never been more contagious till the age of the Rihannas and Walter Whites.

When MJ played the delinquent in “Bad,” Casandra Ventura was only a year old, nestled in a nurturing household and tight-knit family. The model/ singer, who would go on to be known as Cassie, was raised in the suburbs of New London, Connecticut, by a Filipino father (a firefighter) and an African-American/Mexican mother (a law firm associate), who have remained together for more than three decades. A product of a private school education, Cassie admits she wasn’t a Mean Girl. “I always wished I was cool and could’ve been a troublemaker,” she says via phone, “but I was actually a pretty decent kid.”

Decent is a relative term given the picture-perfect, ebony-haired chanteuse began striking poses for the likes of clothing store Delia’s (think pre-teen Forever 21) and Seventeen magazine at the age of 12. It wasn’t until a photo shoot four years later that she had a taste of being a member of the Bad Girls Club.

“I did Cosmo Girl and they do a beauty issue every year and I was [shooting] for skin. It was a little bit risqué for 16,” she recalls. “I had my little boy shorts on and I was covered up, kneeling down. That came out and people saw it, even my parents were shocked to finally see what I had grown into. That was kind of a pivotal moment.”