Karrine Steffans wiki, Karrine Steffans Bio
Karrine Steffans wiki: She is an American author, most notably of the Vixen series of books. She has worked as an actress and as a video vixen, having appeared in more than 20 music videos, many by multiplatinum-selling rap artists. In 2007 and 2008, Steffans visited a number of college campuses to speak about her involvement in the hip-hop industry and its expectations of women
Steffans was born in Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, and moved to Florida when she was 10 years old. She has written about her troubled childhood: she grew up in poverty, suffered emotional and physical abuse at the hands of an alcoholic mother and indifferent father, and was raped when she was 13. She ran away at 16 and began working as an exotic dancer. She lived on the streets for a month. She lived in New York and Arizona and then moved to Los Angeles in 1999. She currently resides near Hollywood. When she was 17, Steffans moved in with rapper Nathaniel Wilson, better known as Kool G Rap, with whom she had a son. Their relationship was “tumultuous”, and Steffans says she left for Los Angeles to protect her son after physical abuse landed her in the hospital.
Steffans’ relationship with Kool G introduced her to the growing Hip hop music industry. After moving to Los Angeles, friends she had made in the industry through acquaintances of Kool G began showing her the ropes. She made her video model debut at the age of 21, appearing in Jay-Z’s “Hey Papi” video in 1999. Steffans has also worked in videos with R. Kelly, LL Cool J, and Mystikal. In April 2006, Steffans appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show in a segment titled “Smart Women on ‘Stupid Girls’ – Guests discuss the objectification of women”. Steffans discussed how she had suffered sexual abuse as a child, and how she allowed herself to be sexually exploited in order to obtain work in music videos.
In 2004, after her appearance in A Man Apart, Steffans modeled for Smooth magazine’s ‘Hollywood Swimsuit’ issue and appeared on its cover the following year in conjunction with the release of her first book. In 2007, Karrine Steffans appeared in an exclusive photo-layout and on the cover of King magazine.
Actress and rap career
In 2003, Steffans appeared in the action movie A Man Apart, starring Vin Diesel. In 2007, Datwon Thomas the Kingpin and DJ Rhude released a mixtape called Freaky Flows, with a spoken word introduction and epilogue by Karrine Steffans, made available for free through King magazine.
Karrine Steffans’ first three books, Confessions of a Video Vixen (2005), The Vixen Diaries (2007), and The Vixen Manual: How to Find, Seduce & Keep the Man You Want (2009), have all made The New York Times Best Seller list. She dedicated her first book to her son, and she donates part of the proceeds from the book to the Boys and Girls Club of America. According to Essence Magazine editor Michaela Angela Davis, Steffans is reaching people “who may have dismissed earlier protests against rap’s misogyny”. Steffans has spoken to young women at colleges about the lesser-known dangers of the entertainment industry.