Toppa Top 10: The Baddest Jamaican Gyals of All-Time

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August 21, 2013

8. Carlene Smith (a/k/a Dancehall Queen Carlene)

Who doesnโ€™t remember Jamaicaโ€™s first official Dancehall Queen? With her risquรฉ outfits, colorful wigs and gold tooth, Carlene Smith created quite a stir when she appeared on the scene in 1992. Her girl-next-door looks, toned body and agility made her every Jamaican manโ€™s fantasy, and won her fans around the world, too. She certainly got people talking, spawning the rise of female dance-offs in the dancehall space and helping bring global attention to dancehall fashion. Carlene is best known for creating the Butterfly dance, her turn in Chaka Demus & Pliersโ€™ “Murder She Wrote” video (That white wig and gold outfit was pure fire!) and starring alongside long-time love Beenie Man in several of his music videos. Plus, when you become the face of a line of condoms, (especially one called Slam!) you just know youโ€™re oozing sex appeal. Little wonder her influence is still felt in dancehall culture and fashion today.