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Only a city like Miami could spawn a woman like Jenny Scordamaglia. The five-foot-four 25-year-old has chestnut eyes, velvet-smooth skin, Beyoncé's curves, Joan Rivers' histrionics, and Miley Cyrus' sensibilities. But she's outdone them in one very important way: She's perfected the nip slip.
On a mid-August night last year, the cameras of a new online entertainment channel called Miami TV descended upon South Beach Bike Week.
Enter Scordamaglia: The station's face, she is squeezed into a miniskirt that shows half her ass and a button-up plaid shirt that hangs open, revealing that she wears no bra. The camera follows closely as she approaches a burly man in a white cut-off shirt. Together, they admire his bike, while others admire something else.
In the middle of Scordamaglia's brief interview — bam! — nip slip. Minutes later, there it is again. Unfazed, she finishes the interview, and the man in the cut-off top gushes, "Thank you! Thank all of you!"
The YouTube video soon laps up 700,000 page views.
Though it's not unusual for this sort of thing to happen occasionally to those in the public eye — hello, Janet Jackson — it happens every night to Scordamaglia. The nip slip is the defining element of her camera presence. In appearance after appearance, she moves through gaggles of gawking bystanders, microphone in hand, nipples flashing like lighthouses in the night.
The brazen behavior has apparently paid off. In a city of beautiful, tanned women, she's gotten noticed. Dozens of her YouTube videos, for which viewers must verify their age before watching, have attracted hundreds of thousands of clicks, and she's collected nearly 45,000 followers on Twitter. Miami TV, she says, lures viewers from locales as far-flung as Brazil, Russia, and parts of Africa.
"I mean," she says, "it's just a body. It's just anatomy. These are just nipples."
That's true. But it's also more calculated than that. Scordamaglia says she discusses "life, energy, positivity" on Miami TV — which trumpets the slogan "A different concept!" — and "no one wants to talk to a priest. So the idea when we started the station was to bring some sensuality." Miami TV's website affirms as much: "We break many of society's taboos to attract viewers."
Still, Scordamaglia claims, the nip slips aren't intentional. They just "happen," she says, adding she has declined to wear double-sided tape because "I get all sweaty when I'm out there, and it would never stay on anyway."