Notable Videos: Jay Z ft. Kool G Rap, Steffans has appeared in videos from rap superstars such as R. She also had a relationship with Bill Maher, of all people. Rocky himself defended Anna.
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Rap music videos have warped my perception of the world. After years of watching clips like "Big Pimpin'" and "Tip Drill," my thoughts have become infested with half-naked girls who tug around gargantuan asses. It's so bad, it's hard for me to even see a normal lady without imagining what she'd look like doused in the golden showers of a Cristal bottle or picturing myself swiping my Chase ATM card through her cavernous butt crack. Given my rap-addled condition, you can see why I took an interest in Brian Finke's ongoing photo project, Hip-Hop Honeys featured in the gallery above. With the project, Brian has been documenting the women who populate rap videos, enabling us all to have another perspective on the girls who gyrate what their mama gave them for rappers.
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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. In , former hip hop music-video model Karrine Steffans authored the book Confessions of a Video Vixen , in which she depicts the degradation of women in the world of hip hop. The book's publisher describes it as "part tell-all, part cautionary tale". Female rappers have most substantially felt this pressure, where sex appeal is now the currency by which women in the music business are both valued and devalued.
What do you call the women in hip-hop videos? Are they revered, over-sexualized, demeaned, or empowered? Are they stars or set pieces? Who are the women you see in videos? The series will soon be released as a book of photos and interviews. Flo started appearing in videos when she was 22, and as she tells it, she never set out to be a video girl, but ended up as a hip-hop model.