You know her. Your early memories of her were probably as a teenager in the ’80s or ’90s, watching an early morning music video show on MTV while your parents slept. She was lithe, with big hair. Barely dressed. Legs forever. She was the music video vixen. What started with Tawney Kitaen and took us all the way to Emily Ratajkowski is an obsession with some of pop culture’s most recognizable women. August is VH1 <3’s Video Vixens month, and today we’re looking back at the ones dancing ladies who first stole our hearts.
Some of them are models, some of them were girlfriends or wives, some were dancers and some were probably just in the right place at the right time. And even moreso than the videos and the songs they appeared in, these women have become truly iconic. When you think of “Wicked Game” do you think of Chris Isaak or Helena Christiansen? Can you even hum the tune? Or are you just conjuring images of Helena’s dusky bedroom eyes in your imagination. We thought so.
Girls wanted to be them and boys wanted to be on them, or in the case of Rihanna, who employed her very own video vixen in Laticia Casta, sometimes girls want to be on them too. While we don’t see the video vixen as often as we did in her MTV (and VH1) heyday, she still pops up from time to time -and you can pick her out in an instant. She’s the girl in the video you can’t take your eyes off, and the thing you remember long after the video is over. We’ve picked out 20 of the most iconic video vixens of all time for your viewing pleasure.
Check out the video above to see the guys of VH1 cast their votes for the sexiest video hottie of all time. Be sure to offer your picks in the comments section below!