Casandra Ventura (born August 26, 1986), known mononymously as Cassie, is an American recording artist, actress, model and dancer. Born in New London, Connecticut, she began her career as a result of meeting record producer Ryan Leslie, who later signed her NextSelection Lifestyle Group. She convinced Sean “Diddy” Combs to partner his Bad Boy Records with Leslie’s NextSelection imprint for the release of her debut album.
Cassie’s self titled debut album was released in late 2006, proceeded by the single “Me & U”, which became a major hit. She began work on her second studio album in 2007 having released different single tracks since then. On April 11, 2013, Cassie released her debut mixtape ‘RockaByeBaby’.
Apart from music, Cassie is signed to modeling agency One Management and has featured in several magazines and campaigns. Cassie has also ventured into acting, she made her film debut in Step Up 2: The Streets (2008).
Cassie is known for being a style icon due to her “edgy style” and “feminine” and “sophisticated” fashion. She is known for setting the trend among women of shaving their hair, after Cassie partially shaved hers in 2009.