The term supermodel refers to a highly-paid fashion model who usually has a worldwide reputation and often a background in haute couture and commercial modeling.
Video Vixen aka "Hip hop" models are female models who appear in mainstream hip-hop oriented music videos, men's magazines, calendars, award shows, and live performances. Hip hop models are also known as hip hop honeys, dimes (or dymes or dime pieces), video vixens and eye candy.-©wikipedia
With the definitions being clear let's talk about the longevity of the career choices
Karrine Steffans vs Liya Kebede
The first music video ‘Hey Papi’ by Jay Z’s featuring Steffans was released in June 2000.The 22 year old Steffans was first introduced by music video director Hype Williams. She was more famous because of her sexual favors for work and her physical relations with quite a few artists. Steffans also appeared in ‘A Man Apart’ music video directed by motion picture director F. Gary Gray which was released by New Line Cinema in 2003. Karrine Steffans announced retirement from Video career when she started writing her autobiography. 10 years later????
Kebede's big break came when Tom Ford asked her for an exclusive contract for his Gucci Fall/Winter 2000 fashion show. Kebede's popularity in the fashion industry sky-rocketed when she appeared on the cover the May 2002 edition of Paris Vogue which dedicated the entire issue to her.Kebede has been seen on the covers of Italian, Japanese, American, French and Spanish Vogue, V, Flair, i-D and Time's Style & Design. Kebede has been featured in ad campaigns including those for Gap, Yves Saint-Laurent, Victoria's Secret, Emanuel Ungaro, Tommy Hilfiger, Revlon, Dolce & Gabbana, Escada and Louis Vuitton. In 2003, Kebede was named the newest face of Estée Lauder cosmetics, the first Ethiopian to serve as their representative in the company's 57-year history. Her contract was rumored to be for $3 million dollars
These two ladies careers started at the same time. But the obvious career choice is still thriving. I wish women especially the women in atlanta would stop taking pride with the title of the "video vixen" why would you take pride in something that has no longevity????