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|Net Worth||$8.5 Million|
|Date Of Birth||August 24, 1978|
|Fact||Promoting her third NYT best seller, The Vixen Manual I. Speaking on the college circuit. Finishing The Vixen Manual II. [August 2009]|
- 1 Who is Karrine Steffans?
- 2 Early Life: Turbulence and Tragedy
- 3 Becoming a Famous Model and Vixen
- 4 Karrine as an Author: The Vixen Series
- 5 Past Relationships: Busta Rhymes, LL Cool J, Bobby Brown and Others
- 6 Is Karrine Steffans Married Now? Does She Have Any Children?
- 7 What is Karrine Steffans’ Net Worth?
- 8 Body Measurements: How Tall is Karrine Steffans?
- 9 General Info
- 10 Family
- 11 Accomplishments
- 12 Social profile links
- 13 Facts
- 14 Pictures
- 15 Movies
Who is Karrine Steffans?
Born under the earth sign of Virgo on 24 August 1978, in Saint Thomas, US Virgin Islands, Karrine Steffans is a 40-year-old American author, model, video vixen, entrepreneur and occasional rapper. From humble beginnings on a group of islands in the Caribbean to superstardom as a video vixen in music videos for multi-platinum selling rappers, she has seen it all. Her memoir, “Confessions of a Video Vixen”, shocked the world upon release in 2005, as Karrine recalled numerous instances of abuse during her time in the hip-hop music industry. Tales of misogyny, exploitation and scandals propelled her to superstar, and she quickly became an important spokesperson for the rights of women working in show business.
Early Life: Turbulence and Tragedy
Karrine was born into an American family, in the biggest district on the US Virgin Islands, an unincorporated territory of the United States of America. The family barely had enough money to make ends meet, so they decided to move to Florida, in search of a better life. Unfortunately, things didn’t change much, as they still lived in relative poverty. She also lived in a difficult situation at home, as she suffered continued abuse at the hands of her alcoholic mother and her father who was barely present. At the age of 13 she was raped, which additionally traumatized her and affected her way of thinking. Three years later, in 1994, Karrine finally succeeded in running away from home, but before she was able to find a job, she had to live on the street. A few weeks into her homelessness, an opportunity to be an exotic dancer was presented to her, and this foray into the world of strip clubs allowed her to meet some powerful people.
Move to New York and Los Angeles
Desperate to make a decent amount of money, Karrine decided to move to New York City, in pursuit of more lucrative work opportunities. At a party, she met a young rapper by the name of Nathaniel Wilson, or as many liked to call him – Kool G Rap. The two immediately hit it off and Karrine moved in with Wilson at the tender age of 17. Even though the two seemed to be getting along nicely, their relationship quickly imploded as Karrine sustained constant abuse from Wilson, which prompted her to take their two-year-old son with her and move to Los Angeles, California to be protected against ‘horrible mental and physical abuse’. Despite going through another traumatic period, Steffans was determined to find her place in show business and build a comfortable life for her and her son. In Los Angeles, she rekindled contacts with prominent people from the music industry she had previously met, and began working on her career.
Becoming a Famous Model and Vixen
Karrine managed to overcome the odds, and initially succeeded in appearing in the music video for Jay-Z’s hit new song, “Hey Papi”. This performance propelled her to stardom, as fans and talent agencies around the country noticed her voluptuous build and expressed curves, and she subsequently appeared in music videos by LL Cool J, Mystikal and the new king of R&B, R. Kelly. In 2004, Steffans was the cover girl of the “Hollywood Swimsuit” issue by Smooth Magazine. Even though she became a celebrity, the entire experience with modeling was traumatic for Karrine. In 2006, she was a guest in “The Oprah Winfrey Show”, in which she opened up about misogyny and sexual abuse in the hip hop industry. ‘I was abused as a child and before I knew it, I allowed myself to be exploited all in order to find work in the music industry’, said Steffans during her appearance in the show. Even though she had bad experiences, giving up on modeling wasn’t an option. In 2007, she appeared on the cover of King magazine, a prominent publication directed mainly at African-Americans.
Karrine Steffans’ Acting and Music Careers
Using her newly-found fame, Carrie managed to land some pretty serious roles on the silver screen. In 2003, she appeared alongside Vin Diesel in the critically acclaimed action move, “A Man Apart”. On “Freaky Flows”, a rap mixtape by DJ Rhude and Kingpen, she narrated the introduction, and also appeared in the outro.
Karrine as an Author: The Vixen Series
Even though modeling, acting and music have turned out pretty successfully for Karrine, her bread and butter is writing – all three books from the Vixen series have spent significant time on The New York Times (NYT) Best Seller list. When she published her first book, “Confessions of a Video Vixen” in 2005, she dedicated it to her son and decided to donate a set percentage of the proceeds to the Boys and Girls Club of America. One critic stated that ‘Karrine opened doors that many famous people in hip-hop would have rather left shut.’ All in all, Confessions spent a total of twenty weeks on the NYT’s Best Seller list in hardcover, with an additional return in paperback a year later. Her second and third books, “The Vixen Diaries” from 2007 and “The Vixen Manual: How to Find, Seduce & Keep the Man You Want” from 2009 entered the list at numbers six and seven, respectively. The series as a whole shed light on the darker side of the entertainment industry, and the fate of young women who choose to enter it.
In 2008, Karrine decided she wanted to do her part in helping young writers make a name for themselves. Before launching her first publishing house “Steffans Publishing”, she wrote a monthly column in King magazine. Through the imprint’s official website, you can send in your work and get a chance to make use of Karrine’s numerous connections in the publishing industry. Prominent individuals have praised her efforts to promote young writers, and give them a chance to make a name for themselves.
In 2012, Karrine was the editor of “Drink Fuck Sleep (Volume 1)”, which is an anthology of short essays by people who have had regretable sexual experiences under the influence of alcohol. This book was also a best-seller, but the real shocker was delivered by Karrine only a year later. She scandalously published “How to Make Love to a Martian”, in Kindle form. The book depicts her ‘complicated history’ with famous rapper Lil Wayne. Her vivid descriptions and honest confessions sparked a lot of debate about the responsibilities women have to men and themselves, when it comes to their sexuality. ‘I realized recently that I’m surrounded by young women who have never had a sexual revolution. So I became almost this figure, this Joan of Arc [for them]’, said Karrine about the issue.
Past Relationships: Busta Rhymes, LL Cool J, Bobby Brown and Others
Due to her prominence in the world of hip-hop, Karrine had the opportunity to date a number of prominent stars from that niche. One of her most talked-about relationships was with singer Bobby Brown, whom she called ‘A hallucinatory drug addict she used to have to slap crazy.’ She also dated Usher, P Diddy, Juelz Santana, Young Buck and, interestingly, Jay-Z, about whom she said ‘You can’t stand looking at him when he’s on top.’
Is Karrine Steffans Married Now? Does She Have Any Children?
She has two children; her first son, Naim Wilson, was born in 1998, and his father is Kool G Rap. Karrine Steffans is currently unmarried, but has been married three times. Despite having a lot of flings during the early 2000s, she only married for the first time in 2009, to actor Darius McCary, but they didn’t last long and separated in 2011, after which she demanded more and more money for child support, which lead to Darius requesting a court-ordered reduction. Immediately afterwards, she married a man named Damian, with whom she had another child. In 2016, she was briefly married to actor Columbus Short, whom she accused of being a violent alcoholic who liked to ‘smack her around’, and the couple separated only months after their wedding day. In 2019, Karrine revealed that he was such a bad husband that she had to get two abortions to avoid being a mother to his children.
What is Karrine Steffans’ Net Worth?
According to several authoritative sources, Karrine Steffans has a net worth of approximately $3.5 million, as of mid-2019, accumulated by appearing in over 20 music videos, publishing several bestselling books, and offering publishing services. Given the fact that she is still only 40 years-old and that her empire is expanding, we can surely expect her net worth to continue to rise.
Body Measurements: How Tall is Karrine Steffans?
Karrine has brown eyes and dark brown hair, is 5ft 5ins (165cms) tall, weighs approximately 123lbs (56kgs), and her vital statistics are 37-27-36, which isn’t surprising when you recall that she was one of the most sought-after video vixens in the golden era of hip-hop culture.
|Full Name||Karrine Steffans|
|Net Worth||$8.5 Million|
|Date Of Birth||August 24, 1978|
|Profession||Author, Actor, Model|
|Education||Horizon High School|
|TV Shows||truTV Presents: World's Dumbest...|
|1||Gave birth to her 1st child at age 19, a son named Naim Wilson on January 19, 1998. Child's father is her now ex-boyfriend, Kool G. Rap.|
|2||Was in a relationship with Kool G. Rap from 1994 to 1999. They have a son together.|
|3||Gave birth her 2nd child at age 33 in 2012. Child's father is her now ex-2nd husband named Damian.|
|4||Promoting her third NYT best seller, The Vixen Manual I. Speaking on the college circuit. Finishing The Vixen Manual II. [August 2009]|
|5||Touring US promoting her book, "Confessions of a Video Queen". [July 2005]|
|6||Father is African-American, and her mother is of Puerto Rican, Jamaican, & Dutch heritage.|
|A Man Apart||2003||Candice Hicks (as Karin 'Yizette' Stephens)|
|VH1 News Presents: Hip Hop Videos - Sexploitation on the Set||2005||TV Movie consulting producer|
|Inside Edition||2014||TV Series documentary||Herself|
|Life After||2010||TV Series||Herself|
|The Brian McKnight Show||2009||TV Series||Herself|
|Kiss and Tail: The Hollywood Jumpoff||2009||Video documentary||Herself|
|World's Dumbest||2008-2009||TV Series||Herself|
|15 Most Shocking Political Sex Scandals||2008||TV Movie documentary||Herself|
|Baisden After Dark||2007||TV Series||Herself|
|Hip Hop vs. America: A BET Town Hall||2007||TV Movie||Herself|
|What Perez Sez||2007||TV Series||Herself|
|Chelsea Lately||2007||TV Series||Herself - Guest|
|50 Most Shocking Celebrity Scandals||2007||TV Movie||Herself|
|E! True Hollywood Story||2006||TV Series documentary||Herself|
|The Tyra Banks Show||2005-2006||TV Series||Herself|
|VH1 News Presents: Hip Hop Videos - Sexploitation on the Set||2005||TV Movie||Herself|
Source: IMDb, Wikipedia