In hopes of cajoling Dave East into a modeling career, Tyra Banks shot her proverbial shot last week on Instagram after coming across a picture of the Harlem star online. After his performance for Def Jam Upfronts Tuesday night (May 9), East told Billboard that he's heavily considering taking a leap into the world of modeling.
"I'm about to model, man! Why not?" East said at New York City's Kola House. "I ain't gon' be butt naked at no bus stops or nothing like that. Anything I'm gonna do is gonna be me. It might be something out of the norm of what you think I'mma do, but I'm gonna always twist it and do that s--t my way. I'm never gonna sell my soul or violate myself for no amount of dollars or fame. It'll always be, 'I'm definitely gonna look into that.' You got Tyra Banks -- that's America's Next Top Model and the number one model ever -- saying you should model."
Last weekend, Banks stirred the pot when she posted a picture of East showcasing his Colgate smile on camera. “So @daveeast, why you out here making music but not modeling? #MaleModel," she captioned her post. Flabbergasted by Banks's message, East coolly responded with a quip of his own. “Just Tryna Be Like Lil Penny @myfabolouslife," he wrote under a picture of Banks gripping onto a Penny Hardaway doll. According to East, Banks's stamp of approval was more than enough for him to consider taking a chance on modeling.