The money train doesn’t stop at the doors of entertainment moguls and personalities alone. Writers, like Karrine Steffans, get their own percentage of the pile too. One only needs to look at the stories of successful writers like Stephen King and J.K. Rowling to understand this sentiment.
Steffans started out as a video vixen. During her time she appeared on more than 20 music videos. A good number of them were for rappers in the top one percent of the rap game. Following her days as a vixen, she has gone around the country visiting colleges and sensitizing students about the pitfalls and trappings of the otherwise romanticised world of hip-hop music.
Karrine Steffans is most known for her published works, most notably the Confessions of a Video Vixen and the other books in the Vixen series. If anything, you can believe what she writes about because she has lived it.
Karrine Steffans’s Bio and Career
Steffan came into the world on August 24, 1978, in the U.S. Virgin Islands. When she was 10 years of age, she and her family relocated to Florida. Karrin’s life growing up is more or less a series of tragedies. Her mother was an alcoholic and her father was indifferent. She endured physical and emotional abuse, and this was compounded when she was raped at the age of 13.
When she was 16, she ran away from home and lived on the streets for about a month. To fend for herself at the time, young Karrine had to start working as an exotic dancer. After shuffling around New York and Arizona, she would eventually move to Los Angeles in 1999. At 17 years old, she started dating and moved in with a rapper known as Nathaniel Wilson, better known by his stage handle “Kool G Rap”. Her relationship with the emcee was a very bumpy ride for the dancer. This led to her leaving Los Angeles after she had to go to the hospital as a result of the rapper physically abusing her.
Karrine Steffans’s time with Kool G Rap had introduced her to some heavyweights in the industry. She began to learn the ropes of the vixen business and soon she made her debut on Jay-Z’s 1999 music video for the song Hey Papi. She went on to star in a slew of videos for big names like R.Kelly, Mystikal, and LL Cool J.
In 2004, Karrine made her movie debut when she appeared in A Man Apart alongside Vin Diesel. Her pictures also graced the cover of Smooth Magazine’s “Hollywood swimsuit” issue in the same year.
In April 2006, Steffans was a guest on an episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show, in a segment that talked about the objectification of women. Here, the former dancer related her sexual abuse experience as a child and how this led to her allowing herself to be exploited by the industry in order to be able to cater for herself.
The next year she was on the cover of King magazine sporting a raunchy attire and holding a horse whip. She also did a spoken word intro and epilogue for the mixtape Freaky Flows, by DJ Rhude and Dawton Thomas.
On her writing career, Steffans has written more than six titles. Her first work came in 2005 as the first in a four-part book series. She released the next two in 2007 and 2009 respectively. They were titled The Vixen Diaries (2007), and The Vixen Manual: How to Find, Seduce & Keep the Man You Want (2009). These three books all made it into top ten positions on The New York Times Best Seller’s List. Her writing was praised by Essence Magazine and got her interview sessions which many journalists including Bill O’Reilly and Dony Deutsch.
The ex-dancer who has guest-written occasionally for KING Magazine launched her own publishing imprint in 2008. In 2010, she penned a contract with Fox Television Studios to make her 2007 book into a movie. The deal also required Steffan to write a scripted television series for production.
From 2012 to 2015 she released four more books. SatisFaction: Erotic Fantasies for the Advanced & Adventurous Couple (201), Drink Fuck Sleep (2012), How To Mke Love to a Martian (2013), and Vindicated: Confessions of a Video Vixen, Ten Years Later (2015).
Husband, Son, and other facts about her
1. Karrine had a son with Kool G Rap
The author cum model has had nothing short of a roller coaster life. Her marriage to Nathaniel Wilson was a terrible experience for her. However, she did bear a son with the old school rapper. She revealed years later that her child was the main reason she had to leave him and escape from Los Angeles. She did not want her son harmed or growing up in that toxic environment.
2. Karrine was married to Columbus Short for a brief moment.
The couple got married in January 2016, and Steffans was full of admiration for her new hubby. However, it didn’t take long for things to spiral out of control. The marriage ended in the same year with Kerran accusing him of substance abuse, drinking and abusing her.
3. Steffan’s Vixen Series books showed her true vixen side
Karrine’s best seller book in 2005 was as successful as it was hard-hitting and revealing. The book is a tell-all tale of the former vixen’s “sexcapades” during her time in the industry. In the book, she revealed her steaming hot sexual and romantic encounters with many superstars in the music industry and some outside of it too. The book contains sexual exposes on names like Ja Rule, Jay-Z, Dr. Dre, Vin Diesel, Shaq O’Neal, Bill Maher, and much much more.
Karrine Steffans’s net worth
Karrine has collaborated on different issues with enough heavyweights to ensure a sizeable net worth. Also, her deal with Fox Television Studios, her video vixen bankroll, magazine exclusives, and her extensive publishing success puts her net worth at $3.5 million.