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. Ultimately, she stopped appearing in the videos to pursue a B. A in exercise science she just graduated this May and is working to become a fitness trainer and motivational speaker after she gets her M. A in psychology. We spoke with her about her years in the scene and why she found the work so empowering and transformative.
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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. Brian's work is an elegant look at a genre of film that is simultaneously beautiful and grotesque, liberating and misogynistic, and artistic and exploitative. The renowned photographer, who's had his work featured in publications like the New Yorker and GQ and published four stellar photo books, got pretty weirded out by my request.
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.