Jasmine Guy plays Whitley Marion Gilbert-Wayne on A Different World. Born March 10, 1964 in Boston, Massachusetts, Guy is best known for her role as Whitley Gilbert on the NBC series A Different World. She has won six NAACP Image Awards for her character as the snobby, rich girl with a southern accent. She was a member of the prestigious Alvin Ailey American Dance Company in her late teens and trained as a classical dancer. Guy is now a singer, choreographer and author.