VH1 Vintage: What Does It Take To Become a Hip Hop Video Vixen?

As part of I <3 Video Vixens Month here at VH1, we’re celebrating the fabulous women who made music videos so much hotter over the years, and changed our lives for the better.

We’ve seen the outfits and the dance moves, but let’s take it back to the start: How does one actually get a gig in a major music video? The 2005 documentary VH1 News Presents: Hip Hop Video Vixens: Sexploitation on the Set explores the process of hip hop video vixen casting. So if you want to learn a thing or two from some veterans, take a trip back to a time when beautiful women lined up to earn a spot in a video from 50 Cent, Mobb Deep, and M.O.P. It’s all fun and games until the casting director yells “Hit it!” right?

If you want to see some more vixens in action, check out the 25 most iconic models from music videos, below.

  • Melyssa Ford Shake Yo Ass Mystikal Pharrell

  • Bria Myles Tyler The Creator Tamale

  • Tyson Beckford Unbreak My Heart Toni Braxton

  • Ola Ray Thriller Michael Jackson

  • Caroline Munro Adam Ant Goody Two Shoes

  • Emily Ratajkowski Blurred Lines

  • Laetitia Casta Te Amo Rihanna

  • Kate Moss I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself

  • Alesha Dixon She Wants To Move Nerd

  • Anna Kournikova Escape

  • Marisol Maldonado Smooth Rob Thomas

  • Freedom 90 Cindy Crawford and Christy Turlington and Linda Evangelista and Naomi Campbell

  • Heather Graham American Woman

  • Stephanie Seymour November Rain

  • Aerosmith Crazy Alicia Silverstone Liv Tyler

  • Helena Christiansen Chris Isaak Wicked Game

  • Stacy’s Mom Rachel Hunter Fountains Of Wayne

  • Susie Hatton Poison Fallen Angel

  • Lisa Dean Ratt Round and Round

  • Jeana Keough Kymberly Herrin Daniele Arnaud ZZ Top Legs

  • Sharise Neil Girls Girls Girls Motley Crue

  • Lillian Muller Hot For Teacher Van Halen

  • Paulina Porizkova Cars Drive

  • Bobbie Brown Cherry Pie Warrant

  • Tawney Kitaen Here I Go Again Whitesnake