5 Early 2000s Video Girls Who Stole The Show
Remember when Lil Kim did it first? Turns out she’s not the only one: ten years after her ’90s reign, a new wave of bad ass women stepped on the scene—this time, in the form of total video bombshells. And though their position as back-up dancers definitely doesn’t place them at quite the same step of the hip hop hierarchy as Lil Kim, the nostalgia renders the same: these women slayed, are still slaying (for the most part), and will always be videos icons in their own right.
Peep the full roundup below, and remember: nobody does it better than these video vixens. All hail the true queens.
Before Blac Chyna was the future (and now ex-future) Mrs.Kardashian, she had bigger fish to fry: namely, the rap industry. And slay she did—after a few break-through appearances in videos like “Rich $ex” (Future), “Come on a Cone” (Nicki Minaj), and “Rack City” (Tyga), Chyna launched her own makeup brand and established herself as a permanent fixture of pop culture at large.
Blink-182’s 1999 album Enema of the State owes much of its fame to its now infamous cover girl: Janine Lindemulder. A porn star turned semi-legitimate actress (and video vixen, for the band’s “What’s My Age Again”), Lindemulder’s career took a fatal turn when she was first arrested for assaulting her then-husband, Jesse James, and later for tax fraud (a crime that landed her in federal prison). It’s safe to say this video girl’s career has long been over…that being said, her Enema of the State fame will never be forgotten (and neither will those blue gloves).
Karrine made her debut into the land of video vixens at the ripe old age of 21, with Jay-Z’s hit “Hey Papi”. After working in the hip hop industry for a number of years, her career took a more serious turn: an appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show (which focused on discussing the objectification of women) and the release of her first book, Confessions of a Video Vixen. Since then, Steffans has founded her own publishing company, authored multiple New York Times best selling books, and still speaks to issues of sexual exploitation of women and how to combat misogyny in pop culture today.
Melyssa Ford had a lighting speed rise to video vixen fame, and her humble beginnings only make for a better story: discovered bartending at a spot in Toronto, she launched her modeling career soon after, and starred in dozens of early 2000s rap videos for the likes of Jay-Z, R.Kelly, and Ludacris (to name a few). Find her now on reruns of reality TV’s latest short-lived drama, Blood, Sweat, & Heels, (it only ran for two seasons) which documents her career as a realtor in NYC.
Crowned “Miss Freek-A-Leek” due to her feature in Petey Pablo’s 2004 video of the same name, Esther Baxter made a name for herself on hip hop charts everywhere for her appearance in other vids, as well (think “Number One Spot” by Ludacris, “Switch” by Will Smith, and “Shake Ya Tailfeather” by Nelly). If you’re hoping for a reemergence on this side of the 2010s decade, you’re out of luck: Baxter reportedly bowed out of the industry in order to attend college in 2007.
Featured image via MCA Records
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