Jasmine V rakes in millions of views on YouTube not just off the strength of her mixed Filipina-Mexican beauty, but her singing prowess. Recognized as Justin Bieber’s leading lady in his 2010 breakout video “Baby,” the brunette belter has chalked up an adult’s worth of life experiences by the age of 20. The R&B/pop singer, hailing from San Jose, Calif. has churned out melodic earworms like “Hello”, “Invincible” and now, her Kendrick Lamar-assisted single “That’s Me Right There.”
After sampling fame as a 7-year-old beauty queen at a local mall, Jasmine relocated to Los Angeles, booking modeling and commercial acting gigs before rocking the mic full-time. She was soon signed to Damon Dash at 12 following an impromptu street rendition of Frankie J’s “How To Deal.” After a few lukewarm releases and brief industry hiatus, Jasmine found herself coping with an abusive relationship, eventually turning her fame into a platform for domestic violence victims in the teary-eyed video for “Didn’t Mean It.” Now, she’s stomping back onto the scene in fresh Timbs with a her That’s Me Right There EP (out today). As VIBE’s BIG Cosign artist for November, Jasmine reminisces on her industry beginnings, coping with Justin Bieber stans, her new project and possibly collaborating with former manager, boxing champ Manny Pacquiao. —Adelle Platon (@adelleplaton)
Check out her full interview on VIBE.