The Inner-City Girls of Wal-Mart
Huang's book - on sale Oct. 15, 2010
Wal-Mart & Inner City Multiracial Models??
Connections are often surprising and usually interesting -- once you know the whole story.
OK, here's the deal. Black Men was launched in 1998 and billed as the first urban men's lifestyle magazine. It included a suave, upscale fantasy of life in the inner city, hip-hop music reviews, mens fashion spreads and layouts of bikini-clad women. Black Men introduced a new sort of "girl-next-door" -- an exotic multiracial model with all the glamor of the Hollywood of the past.
Now hold that thought and let's consider the hip-hop music and fashion market.
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Wal-Mart and the Hip-Hop Culture
The timing for Black Men could not have been better -- and the decision to avoid nudity could not have been wiser.
The previously urban-only market for hip-hop clothes and music was rapidly moving out into small town America to white males. What better location to find that market than America's largest retailer, Wal-Mart. Everybody goes to Wal-Mart, especially in small towns. With no nudity, this magazine and the others it inspired (King, Smooth, XXL, F.E.D.S.,and Show) all could be found on the shelves of Wal-Mart.
But would this new target market accept the bigger booties that appealed to African-American men?
"Buffie the Body"
Buffie answered the question.
And the answer was a resounding "YES!"
The 5'7" coffee-brown beauty (34-27-45) from Athens, GA was an instant success and set the bar for urban glamor girls. Yes, "Buffie the Body" is included in the more than sixty models in Huang's book.
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Huang's coffee table book features over 240 pages of images with NO NUDITY.