I’d like to take you on a journey back to the late 1990s/early 2000s. This was a glorious time for hip hop. Lame tracks with weak hooks were few and far between, artists were still able to make money selling CDs, and when a song was really hot, there’d be a music video to honour its greatness. And with this steady stream of videos came the sultry, sexy, and down right f***ing hot video vixen.
The vixen (not to be confused with the common video hoe) was a boss. She was often a nobody, but quickly became a household name. Men wanted her and women wanted to be her. Oh – and she had an unbelievable body and an awesome ass to accompany it. Today, thanks to attention-hungry, image obsessed entertainers like Nicki Minaj and Iggy Azalea, the vixen is an almost extinct breed (tear). I’d like to take a minute to honour the top 10 video honeys so that we never forget what once was. Lest we forget.
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10) Amber Rose
Although she hasn’t appeared in many music videos, Amber Rose has a look that’s not easily forgotten. Her short hair, devilish smile and thick frame make her a camera (and rapper) magnet. Before she got involved with Kanye West or broke Wiz Khalifa’s heart, Rose worked in music videos for Ludacris, Young Jeezy and Fabolous.
9) Meagan Good
Meagan Good began acting at the age of four and has been in numerous commercials, television shows and music videos. She’s the good girl that bad boys desire, but she’s not afraid to be a bad bitch, either (remember her role in Anchorman 2?). She’s worked with artists like 50 Cent (“21 Questions”), K-Ci & JoJo (“This Very Moment”) and was even in Will Smith’s “Nod Ya Head” video. I’m not a fan of Meagan’s acting, but I really enjoyed watching her turn from a groupie into an alien in Smith’s video.
8) Ki Toy Johnson
Oh lawd! You may not remember who Ki Toy Johnson is when you hear her name, but you’d best remember dat ass. When she appeared in OutKast’s “The Way You Move” video, hearts raced, jaws dropped, men died. One disabled man even claimed he learned to walk again after seeing Johnson in that video.
7) Rosa Acosta
Ballerina turned video vixen, Rosa Acosta gained notoriety after moving from the Dominican Republic to the U.S. While I’m stunned that she could perform classical ballet with that voluminous butt, most were shocked by how flexible Acosta was, Kayne West included. West invited her to be a lead model in Drake’s “Best I Ever Had” video. She’s also starred in Snoop’s “If I Was You (OMG),” and showed us all how damn fit she is in “Na Na” by Trey Songz.
6) Buffie the Body
Buffie Carruth, aka Buffie the Body, is a sight for sore eyes. Her measurements are 34-27-45, but she didn’t always have such enormous assets. According to Carruth, she was fairly thin as a teen and bulked up using GNC supplement shakes. Her most memorable appearance was made in 50 cent and Tony Yayo’s “So Seductive” video, but she also worked in “Oh Yes” by Juelz Santana.
5) Esther Baxter
When Petey Pablo was listing all those names at the end of “Freek-A-Leek”, he forgot to give a shout out to Esther Baxter, the main vixen in his video. Baxter, who has an hourglass physique and a pair of 34 DDDs (dayum), was the one in the baby blue two piece signing the hook (♪how you like it daddy♪).After earning the name “Miss Freek-A-Leek”, Baxter was asked to do videos for Ludacris, Nelly, and even appeared in one of my favourites; Kanye’s “The New Workout Plan.”
4. Gloria Velez
As one of hip hop’s older vixens, Gloria Velez is well-known and very accomplished. The blonde bombshell appeared in DMX’s “What These Bitches Want”, Ja Rule’s “Holla Holla”, and is the infamous girl dressed in a white fur coat and cowboy hat in the “Big Pimpin” video. Honestly, anyone who worked in that video is a vixen.
3) Lauren London
This caramel cutie has acted in many television shows and movies, but she looks her finest in “Miss Independent” by Ne-Yo and “Drop It Likes It’s Hot” by Pharrell and Snoop Dog. London isn’t the curviest vixen, but she has a smile (and dimples) that make men weak in the knees. And yes, she’s one of the women who had a baby with Lil’ Wayne.
2) Vida Guerra
This Cuban mami has a culo to die for, and she knows it too. Vida Guerra has worked as a model, a television host and is one of the hottest video vixens ever. She was first recognized after FHM (For Him Magazine) published armature photos that she sent them in 2002. Readers went crazy for Guerra and her extraordinary derriere, so the magazine called her back for a professional shoot. Guerra soon became a hot commodity in hip hop and was invited to star in multiple videos including “Shake Ya Tailfeather”, “The New Workout Plan”, and Big Pun’s “New York to New Orleans”. ¡Dios mío!
1) Melyssa Ford
We saved the number one spot for a local video vixen from Toronto, a woman who is so sexy she was given the nickname Jessica Rabbit (the animated red head featured in Who Framed Roger Rabbit). Yes, I am talking about Melyssa Ford. Music video director Little X discovered Ford while she was working as a bartender at a Toronto nightclub in the late 90s. The rest is history. Ford has appeared in multiple videos including “Big Pimpin”, “Shake Ya Ass” and “Yeah”. She’s also done videos for Canadian artists like Kardinal Offishall and Choclair. You can still see the 38-year-old on TV today, but she’s moved from music videos on BET to a reality show on Bravo. We salute you Miss Ford.