Video models, eye candy, or video vixens… Call them what you will, but these are the ladies who demanded your attention in your favorite music videos for ages. It's hard to pinpoint which hip hop video started the video vixen craze, but 2 Live Crew is more than happy to take all of the credit. Many things have advanced with the decades, and hip-hop's music videos were not left behind. The models changed appearances and styles right along with the music. What once started with skin-tight dresses and skirts, has now moved on to jaw dropping outfits that are barely there at all. Fast-forward to the 21st century and hip-hop has become a hit with most cultures, but the music has also been heavily criticized. The main reasons for criticism have been the misogynistic lyrics along with the video vixens who star in the music videos. However, this has not stopped the vixen's rise in popularity. At one point its recurring model was almost just as famous as the music video itself. Now however, it's gotten so there are too many to count.
A comprehensive examination of the roles video vixens have played throughout every era of hip-hop.
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To many, the culprit is Instagram — overnight, it seemed like social media changed the methods of scouting, discovery, and selling sex appeal. Others pinpoint a complete shift in the way the music industry operates as the main culprit. But the reality is, over time, the game has evolved, devolved, and transformed, much like the music industry itself. It was a form of marketing; directors and artists knew that eye candy would reel in viewers, and thus boost awareness of the song they were pushing. In the s, hip-hop was fresh. The genre was only a couple of years old and many assumed that it was a passing, Black and brown-led fade, like disco.
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.