Video models, eye candy, or video vixens… Call them what you will, but these are the ladies who demanded your attention in your favorite music videos for ages. It's hard to pinpoint which hip hop video started the video vixen craze, but 2 Live Crew is more than happy to take all of the credit. It may have all started with their models in the video for "Me So H*rny", which was released in 1989.
Many things have advanced with the decades, and hip-hop's music videos were not left behind. The models changed appearances and styles right along with the music. What once started with skin-tight dresses and skirts, has now moved on to jaw dropping outfits that are barely there at all. Fast-forward to the 21st century and hip-hop has become a hit with most cultures, but the music has also been heavily criticized. The main reasons for criticism have been the misogynistic lyrics along with the video vixens who star in the music videos.
However, this has not stopped the vixen's rise in popularity. At one point its recurring model was almost just as famous as the music video itself. Now however, it's gotten so there are too many to count. Many vixens claim that video modeling has given them confidence and a sense of empowerment. Most have also moved on to acting, writing books, or managing their own brands.
A song may jump in your mind without notice and make you feel crazy, but what might actually drive you there is the image of beauty. You may not know her name, but her image stuck with you. Now is your chance to reminisce and get to know some of the hottest and memorable video vixens ever. Here are 15 hottest video vixens from your favorite music videos.
15 LisaRaye McCoy
For LisaRaye McCoy you might have to think back a few years. She actually got her start in a video with Tupac in 1996. However, she is still considered one of the hottest cougars around. LisaRaye was first featured in 2Pac's video for "Toss It Up", which coincidently turned out to be his last.
McCoy has been featured in a string of your favorite music videos ever since, but she wasn't your average video model. LisaRaye was mostly featured in the posing or acting role right next to the artist. She was absolutely stunning in the hip-hop videos for "Unpredictable" with Jamie Fox, "Incomplete" (Sisqó) and "Last Chance" with Ginuwine.
14 Esther Baxter
You might recall Ester Baxter from Petey Pablo's video for "Freek-A-Leek", which is where she got both her nickname (Miss Freek-A-Leek) and her video vixen fame. She followed up with several other videos including the ones for Nelly's "Shake Ya Tailfeather", Ludacris' "Number One Spot", Will Smith's "Switch", and Kanye West's "New Workout Plan".
13 Melyssa Ford
Melyssa "Jessica Rabbit" Ford was the object of obsession for many hip-hop music videos, starting with the video for "The Thing I Do" by Glenn Lewis back in 1997. She was discovered as a bartender by music video director Little X. It’s okay if you don't remember her from that video because it most definitely wasn't her last. Her biggest break came in 2000 as the hottest vixen with Jay Z in "Big Pimpin'".
After "Big Pimpin'" Melyssa followed up with features in videos for the "Thong Song" the Remix (Sisqó), "Shake Ya A**" (Mystikal), "You Don't Know My Name" (Alicia Keys), "Happy People" with R. Kelly and "Yeah" with Usher, Lil Jon and Ludacris. She had quite the resume and it doesn’t stop there.
12 Karrine Steffans
Karrine “Superhead” Steffans is the video vixen that changed the game forever. She appeared in over 20 different music videos, starting with her debut in Jay Z's video for "Hey Papi", which was released in 1999. Steffans has also worked with Mystikal, R. Kelly and L.L. Cool J. However, she is best known for being the vixen to tell all in her infamous tell-all book, Confessions of a Video Vixen.
The book stayed on the New York Times Best Seller list for weeks in both hardcover and paperback. Steffans has authored several other books since, including the series The Vixen Diaries and How To Make Love to a Martian (about Lil Wayne). She had another lover which she referenced often in her first book as Papi, who she ended up outing later as Method Man.
11 Bernice Burgos
Bernice Burgos is fairly new to the video vixen scene. She is a model/video vixen in her thirties, who has been featured in videos as far back as J Cole's "Work Out". She followed up with the video for Rick Ross' "Diced Pineapples". One of her more recent appearances was in DJ Khaled's video for "Do You Mind", along with Nicki Minaj.
10 Draya Michele
You may recognize Draya Michele from her stint on the VH1 reality show, Basketball Wives, but she got her start as a hip-hop model. As a matter of fact, she has been in several videos including her star studded vixen role in Waka Flocka Flame's video for "Round of Applause". She has also starred in the videos for Walkin' on the Moon (The Dream ft. Kanye), as well as Nicki Minaj's video for "Little Freak".
9 Alisha Berry
Alisha Berry is your next hottest video vixen. She has only been in one video so far, but her potential is through the roof. The one video that she has been featured in is by Flavour, who is a Nigerian hip-hop artist. The song is called "Obianuju" and the song sounds nice, yet it has been said that it was Berry that flocked the majority of the attention.
8 Rosa Acosta
Rosa Acosta is the hot hip-hop honey featured in Trey Song's video for "Na-Na", but before we go any further let me just say this… Rosa is best known for being the most flexible video vixen in the industry.
She started off as a ballerina and ditched the tutu. Kanye invited her to feature in Drake's video "Best I Ever Had". She was also in the video for Far East Movement's song ft. Snoop Dog, called "If I Was You (OMG)!" Now lets get back to Drake, his video for "Best I Ever Had", and flexible Rosa… Is any other video vixen that flex?
7 Ki Toy Johnson
Ki Toy Johnson hasn’t been in a ton of videos like most of the vixens on the list, but she did make one the hottest songs even more memorable! We'll get to that in a minute. Ki Toy is both foxy and smart. She graduated high school early, studied accounting in college, and graduated from Bauder College with a major of Fashion Merchandising and Design.
6 Buffie “The Body” Carruth
Buffie Carruth was discovered by accident. She had apparently hired a photographer for a swimsuit shoot, but the photos were only meant as a surprise for her boyfriend. The photographer posted the images online without her knowledge, although he did send her the links to the sites afterwards. Buffie blew up and was eventually contacted by Tony Yayo and appeared in his video for "So Seductive", which featured 50 Cent. The video led to offers from several magazines and she was also featured in Juelz Santana's video for "Oh Yes".
5 Miracle Watts
Miracle Watts first gained her fame from Instagram where she has over a million followers. She is best known for her appearance in Slim Thug's video for "Beat It Up", but she also gets a lot of attention by keeping her name in the headlines. Miracle has been linked to Drake, who gave her a shout out in "2 On/Thotful" by OB OBrien, although now she has been linked to R&B singer August Aslina.
4 Teyana Taylor
Teyana Taylor was first listed as the choreographer on Beyoncé's hit single, "Ring The Alarm". Then she was in Jay Z's video for "Blue Magic", but the most buzz created by the bombshell was from Kanye West's "Fade". Taylor isn't your average video vixen, although she is most definitely one of the hottest. She is also an artist herself, and I'm not talking about the art of a video vixen. She has two albums of her own, both VII and The Cassette Tape 1994 were recorded on Kanye's label, GOOD. As if that wasn't enough already, it doesn't stop there.
3 Charm Killings
Jessica “Charm” Killings is another fairly new face on the video vixen scene. Her real name is actually Jessica Killings, but in the industry she goes by Charm. She is a unique mix of nationalities. Charm has only been modeling since 2010, but has already stacked up an awesome resume of magazine covers and videos. One of her most noted video appearances was in Tyga's "Dancin' 4 Dollas".
2 Alisha Jenay
Alisha Jenay is a hip hop model/video vixen who is also working on her college degree in physical therapy. She rose to fame following her role in Kirko Bangs' video for "Drank in my Cup". She was also featured in the video for "Swananana" by Baby Bash ft. Slim Thug. She has been a model since 2012 and has been featured in multiple magazines including Lowrider, Dime Piece, Black Men and was the 2011 cover girl for Fannatic Magazine.
Did you ever wonder who the video vixen is from Kendrick Lamar's video for "Backstreet Freestyle"? Well, worry not because here she is! However, she is not the real Sherane, which if you didn't know is Kendrick's high school sweetheart who he describes in his debut album Good Kid m.A.A.d. City. Tokyo is actually a str*pper, World Star Honey, and magazine model, but Lamar pretty much conveyed that the duplicate played by Tokyo is really close to the real Sherane.
The video went viral and so Tokyo has already built her fame. She has even been sought out by various news outlets, just to find out where she works. She has already been selected as XXL's 'Eye Candy of the Year'. I wouldn't be surprised if she shows up in more videos soon. That is if she hasn't already, but before you know it she will be the next author, actress, businesswoman, or reality star.
Sources: Vlad TV, The Muse, The Wrap, Hip Hop Wired, BET News
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