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Confessions of a Video Vixen [Hardcover]

Karrine Steffans , Karen Hunter
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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21 July 2005

Part tell-all, part cautionary tale, this emotionally charged memoir from a former video vixen nicknamed 'Superhead' goes beyond the glamour of celebrity to reveal the inner workings of the hip-hop dancer industry—from the physical and emotional abuse that's rampant in the industry, and which marked her own life—to the excessive use of drugs, sex and bling.

Once the sought-after video girl, this sexy siren has helped multi-platinum artists, such as Jay-Z, R. Kelly and LL Cool J, sell millions of albums with her sensual dancing. In a word, Karrine was H-O-T. So hot that she made as much as $2500 a day in videos and was selected by well-known film director F. Gary Gray to co-star in his film, A Man Apart, starring Vin Diesel. But the film and music video sets, swanky Hollywood and New York restaurants and trysts with the celebrities featured in the pages of People and In Touch magazines only touches the surface of Karrine Steffans' life.

Her journey is filled with physical abuse, rape, drug and alcohol abuse, homelessness and single motherhood—all by the age of 26. By sharing her story, Steffans hopes to shed light on an otherwise romanticised industry and help young women avoid the same pitfalls she encountered. If they're already in danger, she hopes to inspire them to find a way to dig themselves out of what she knows first-hand
to be a cycle of hopelessness and despair.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Product details

  • Hardcover: 236 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (21 July 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060842423
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060842420
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 15.5 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 816,775 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“An easy, entertaining read... a cautionary tale that contains a timeless message to a new generation of women.” (--South Florida Sun Sentinel) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Karrine Steffans is a former hip hop music video feature star who made the transition into film as an actress co-starring opposite action star Vin Diesel and veteran actor Lorenz Tate in the hit film, A Man Apart. She lives in southern California with her son. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Shamelesness wins again 10 Mar 2006
If ever there was a book that epitomised the contrasting contradiction that is America, it is this one. This is not a feel good book with a Hollywood style happy ending. It is more an ode to self delusion, self hatred, self pity and a testimony to the futility of the worship of Mammon. It is a stuttering rollercoaster ride into the bowels of a hell adorned with the false image of celebrity.
Prior to reading this ‘book’ my initial sympathies lay firmly with the author. I was aware of the family hardship that she suffered at the hands of her promiscuous and emotionally flawed mother and the stifling, paranoid, and violent behaviour of her husband, Kool G Rap. Upon reading the first few chapters it became clear that the author was still in denial as to who and what she had deliberately become whilst seeking to blame everyone for her self inflicted predicament.
This so called book is nothing more than National Enquirer type drivel in hardback. The writing style is Barbara Cartland as a drugged out hoe meets hip hop royalty in a club, then back to the hotel. In an era of utter shamelessness the author proves once again that lack of talent is not a barrier to so called celebrity.
The one person that I have the utmost sympathy for in this book is her son, Naiim. For the author to dedicate this mishmash of a book to her son is a cruelty beyond her comprehension. This is the final confirmation that she really has lost contact with reality.
This book should be read though. It is a stark warning of the intoxicating nature of pop culture and strips bear the illusion that this genre has any respect for women. It is a warning that there are two Americas and that you should choose carefully which one you wish to participate in.
This book has been packaged as that of a triumphant, strong black woman overcoming the odds and emerging victorious at the end. With respect, I beg to differ.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Forgot it was an autobiography 28 Jan 2006
I read this book in one day, this may signify that I loved every inch of it, but that was not the case. I continued reading because I could not grasp on the truth of the matter. Every moment in time, I would quickly take a glimpse of her picture on the front and in the middle of the book and realise that I am actually reading about her "Life, Sex, Abuse" (aspects of life that could take up a whole novel not a few vague lines) or proposed "Life" As a matter of fact, I am in reality supposed to be reading an 'Autobiography'The account of her life was pitiful and so forth, but her escapades with these "Hip-Hop, Hollywood, Sport personalities" did not make absolute sense to me as an outsider, but to her it obviously did. She somehow got over the fact that she dumped her son in front of her ex's house and ran off to LA (aware that this EX nearly killed her). She was given money and without realisation used it on material stuff, aware that she had no prospect, and this was before she started popping pills with Ja Rule's crew. I find her style of expressing herself very strange, she writes in defence of her actions and may in a few lines lean on God to reach her sanity. As I am aware the book was to heal her, and allow us to relate--she should check her priorities. As I read I morally attacked while she defensively safeguarded her actions. (that's never happen to me when reading a autobiography, normally the writer and I are on the same page, isn't that the point of such a thing as a memoir, maybe it's just me) Another baffling aspect of the book was her "Love Sphere" as I call it, for goodness sake, she loved every man she was intimate with, come on Steffans you know life is not like that. She should have just admitted that she was mentally unstable and a bit on the wrong side (this is before the drugs). Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars curious 6 Feb 2013
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I was curious about the number of stars mentioned in the synopsis so bought it cheap and read it. Its very quick to read. She comes across as someone who got into a really immoral world and eventually got out. Its car crash reading really, but there is a " be wise, dont do this" message in there which I doubt will reach the young ladies who need to hear it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
I had heard all about this book on the radio and television but had no real desire to read it but after a friend lent it to my husband and he read it in one sitting I decided to see what all the hype was about and I was hooked after the first page. Don't get me wrong this was not necessarily what I would call a good book, in fact it was difficult for me to decide how many stars to give it because it was more like reading a gossip magazine than a book and therefore hard to judge on the usual 5 star rating system. However, I settled on three stars because though it was horribly written and I felt a little bit dumber for having read was a page turner, girl. Every time I wanted to put it down Kerrine Steffans aka Superhead talked of something more scandalous than the last scandalous thing she did and it kept you wanting to read more! Sure had she not be talking about people we know of this book would have been a bore but that is the thing about tell alls, they are not to be confused with any type of literature.
While `CONFESSIONS OF A VIDEO VIXEN' did hold my interest for a day, I didn't really walk away knowing a whole lot more about the music industry or Hollywood or its inhabitants. Nor did I feel as though this book should serve as a warning to young girls headed down the same path that Kerrine went down, as she suggests was her purpose for writing it in the introduction. Kerrine's story did very little to deter like minded young girls from this life style other than to warn them of the hazards of drug use. She tended to glamorize everything else by telling of how easily everything came to her (supposedly) and what great people all of these men who treated her like dirt actually were.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
brilliant many thanks
Published 1 month ago by darren macaulay
1.0 out of 5 stars What a load of crap!
At the beginning I felt sorry for this author as she had a hard childhood. I don't really want to go into details about the book as it's not really worth my time, but basically the... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Pancakes
5.0 out of 5 stars Confessions of a video vixen
I really enjoyed reading this book I found it very interesting in fact I couldn't put it down once I started reading it.
Great read
Published 5 months ago by Beatrice
3.0 out of 5 stars great read
Very interesting read. Would recommend this to young women coming up in the world, hopefully they will be inspired... I certainly was
Published 9 months ago by Koko
3.0 out of 5 stars A look back on her life in the industry
this was ok. you didn't really find out any scandal that hasn't already been out in the media. read it once dont ever need to read it again
Published 16 months ago by Sonisha
1.0 out of 5 stars NOT A GOOD READ!
Did not enjoy this book, I wish I had listened to the reviews. Without giving too much away, I found the storyline very typical, the author basically turned herself into a hip hop... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Althea
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
A very interesting book. It drew me in as i was intrigued to know more about her life. Would definately recommend it to others.
Published 19 months ago by Mishcah McHargh
4.0 out of 5 stars ignore the negative reviews
I received this book late last evening and I read it through the night and finished it in the early hours of the morning- it was that interesting,thought-provoking and real. Read more
Published on 25 Aug 2012 by Vanessa
5.0 out of 5 stars Individual opinion/ High priced prostitute
I have always wanted to the read this book I decided that I would give it a go and I also read the reviews. Read more
Published on 20 July 2012 by Leah Knight
5.0 out of 5 stars exciting and exhilarating
Interesting incite of the hip hop industry behavior. This was an eye opener. I found it great to go behind the scenes.
Published on 6 May 2012 by ladyj
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