Confessions of a Video Vixen by Karrine SteffansPart tell-all, part cautionary tale, this emotionally charged memoir from a former video vixen nicknamed Superhead goes beyond the glamour of celebrity to reveal the inner workings of the hip-hop dancer industry—from the physical and emotional abuse thats rampant in the industry, and which marked her own life—to the excessive use of drugs, sex and bling.
Once the sought-after video girl, this sexy siren has helped multi-platinum artists, such as Jay-Z, R. Kelly and LL Cool J, sell millions of albums with her sensual dancing. In a word, Karrine was H-O-T. So hot that she made as much as $2500 a day in videos and was selected by well-known film director F. Gary Gray to co-star in his film, A Man Apart, starring Vin Diesel. But the film and music video sets, swanky Hollywood and New York restaurants and trysts with the celebrities featured in the pages of People and In Touch magazines only touches the surface of Karrine Steffans life.
Her journey is filled with physical abuse, rape, drug and alcohol abuse, homelessness and single motherhood—all by the age of 26. By sharing her story, Steffans hopes to shed light on an otherwise romanticised industry and help young women avoid the same pitfalls she encountered. If theyre already in danger, she hopes to inspire them to find a way to dig themselves out of what she knows first-hand
to be a cycle of hopelessness and despair.
Be a Video Vixen!
As I was going about my days activities, I pondered if the Cameroonian public knows; 1 Who video vixens are 2 Why they are used in videos 3 That being a video vixen is a profession 4 That vixens are actually hired to perform in videos 5 And finally, if they know there are vixen agencies in the country that employ these ladies.
The Evolution of Hip-Hop's Video Vixen
Last month, Vibe opined that we as a society were witnessing the death of the Video Vixen. No more. Girls dancing in videos no longer held our interest without something else. We needed more than that, needed to be closer to the lives of these ladies who titillated us. This all makes it hard for women like Buffie the Body, whose name says it all. They were models of course not in the traditional sense, but models nonetheless , not celebutants or reality stars. Many used their Video Vixen status to gain a career in media, but as Vixens, their bodies and dancing were the art however lowbrow , not their backstory.
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Confessions of a Video Vixen is a memoir written by Karrine Steffans which details the first 25 years of her life. Part tell-all covering her sexual liaisons with music industry personalities and professional athletes, and part cautionary tale about the dangers of the otherwise romanticized hip-hop music industry, it caused considerable controversy in some circles. Confessions of a Video Vixen recounts Steffans' life from her troubled girlhood living in poverty in St. Thomas , through abuse, drugs, rape and living as a teenage runaway who turns to stripping and hip hop modeling to support herself and, later, her young son. Originally published in by Amistad , an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, the book was immediately a New York Times bestseller. The paperback edition includes bonus material, and also made the NYT bestseller list.
Post-Lemonade, we are optimistic about the future of diversity and representation in music videos. But we cannot forget the struggles that women of colour faced, and still do, in the music industry. This has no doubt had an effect on the images we see today. These directors were men, creating videos with a purely male gaze. Sadly Missy Elliott was an exception.
A video vixen also referred to as a hip hop honey or video girl  is a female model who appears in hip-hop -oriented music videos. The video vixen image has become a staple and a nuanced form of sex work within popular music, especially within the genre of hip-hop. The work of video vixens and their portrayal in music videos have drawn criticism. Critics suggest that music-video models are typically placed in subordinate and submissive roles while male artists are shown in positions of power. In , Nelly 's video for his song " Tip Drill " came under particular criticism for its depiction and sexual objectification of women.