Casandra Elizabeth Ventura, known mononymously as Cassie, is an American singer, actress, model and dancer. Born in New London, Connecticut, she began her career as a result of meeting record producer Ryan Leslie, who signed her to his NextSelection Lifestyle Group. They later convinced Sean “Diddy” Combs to partner Bad Boy Records with Leslie’s imprint for the release of her debut album.
Her self-titled debut album Cassie was released in August 2006, preceded by the single “Me & U” which became a major worldwide hit. She began work on her sophomore studio album in following years, having released various standalone singles since then. In April 2013, Cassie released her debut mixtape RockaByeBaby to positive reception.
Apart from music, Cassie is signed to modeling agency One Management and has featured in several magazines and ad campaigns. Cassie also ventured into acting in 2008, making her film debut in ‘Step Up 2: The Streets’.
Cassie is known for being a style icon due to her “edgy style” and “feminine” and “sophisticated” fashion. She popularized the trend among women of half-shaving their head, after shocking fans and partially shaving her hair in 2009.