Who is Whitney Alford?
Whitney Alford was born on 12 May 1986, in Compton, California, USA, and is an esthetician as well as a make-up artist, but probably best known for being the fiancé of rapper Kendrick Lamar. The two have known each other since they were young, and her fiancé is now an award-winning artist, having won numerous Grammys throughout his career.
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The Riches of Whitney Alford
How rich is Whitney Alford? As of mid-2019, sources inform us of a net worth that is over $1 million, earned through success in her various endeavors. Her fiancé Kendrick Lamar also has an estimated net worth valued at over $18 million which has contributed to the rise of her wealth. As she continues her endeavors, it is expected that her riches will also continue to increase.
Early Life and Education
According to Whitney, her mother was bi-racial though she was primarily of African-American descent, but with no details as to what her other roots of ancestry are. She grew up exposed to a lot of the hip hop culture, which was predominant in Compton during her time. Her hometown is known for producing names such as Ice Cube and Dr Dre, who would later become high profile artists impacting the music industry.
Her hometown is also notorious for a high volume of violence and crime – gang violence and poverty has been rampant through most of the location’s history. She attended Centennial High School, and during her time there she met and befriended Kendrick Lamar. His father was involved with local gangs while some of his relatives also had tie-ins, something that he did not want to associate with. The two developed a strong friendship over the years, and this eventually led them to start dating.
Fiancé – Kendrick Lamar
Kendrick Lamar is one of the most successful hip hop artists of his generation, also considered to be one of the most skillful. He began his career using the stage name K-Dot, and released an independent mixtape which gained him the attention of the label Top Dawg Entertainment (TDE). This led him to release his first retail project in 2010 called “Overly Dedicated”, which started to gain him recognition. However, it wasn’t until he released his first album called “Section 80” that he began gaining public attention, especially online where his fans started to congregate. The success of the album led him to collaborate with high profile names such as Busta Rhymes and Snoop Dogg.
In 2012 he released his second album called “Good Kid, M.A.A.D City, which gained a lot of critical acclaim and got to second spot on the US Billboard 200 on its debut. It was eventually certified platinum, and contained several hit songs such as “Poetic Justice”. His third album “To Pimp a Butterfly” started to incorporate numerous genres such as spoken word and jazz, and his latest album “Damn” got to the top of the US Billboard Hot 100. He has won the Pulitzer Prize for Music, and Grammy Awards for his work.
— Kendrick Lamar (@kendricklamar) July 29, 2018
Relationship and Engagement
Alford has been a supportive presence beside Lamar throughout his career, from the beginning when he had not yet found fame. He thinks of her as his best friend and someone he can share his fears with, stating his dislike of the way society has labelled partners in modern times. In 2015, speculation began that the two were engaged after she was spotted with an expensive ring, a speculation that Lamar later confirmed over the radio as an engagement.
Rumors also started spreading that she was pregnant, but it was never confirmed. There have been criticisms regarding their engagement, as some dark skin activists dislike Lamar’s choice of a fiancé because she is a biracial woman. The criticisms did not gain any traction, however, as Alford has always been primarily identified as black due to her three quarters African American heritage. Lamar also didn’t put any notice to the criticisms, which in turn helped the flame of controversy die down.
Current Endeavors and Beliefs
While a lot about Whitney’s life has remained under the radar, overshadowed by her fiancé’s high profile career, she currently works as a make-up artist. She is also a licensed esthetician which is also another term for a beautician. She prefers to keep her privacy, and one of the ways she does that is by not having any presence on major social media websites. Despite that, the two have often been seen together at events, and during times when her partner receives accolades.
She is a known to be a Christian, as Kendrick has been outspoken about his beliefs. He mentioned that he converted to Christianity following the death of his friend, and credits his faith for helping him move away from a life of crime in Compton, and as the main reason for his success. He believes that his music is divinely inspired and his recent projects have been known to incorporate topics regarding religion, faith, and struggle. These releases that have incorporated more of his beliefs have gained him a lot more praise compared to his earlier releases. He continues to release music, and is working on future music projects.