The early days of music videos featured big hair, big guitars and the trademark music video chick. And while you may not know the names of these former video vixens, you definitely know the faces.
Claim To Fame: Van Halen’s “Hot for Teacher” (1984)
Back in 1984, Van Halen’s “Hot For Teacher” was the video that spawned the ire of Tipper Gore ‘s Parent’s Music Resource Center due to its suggestive lyrics and images of a table-dancing school teacher. 1976 Playboy Playmate Lillian Muller played the bikinied chemistry teacher in the video (before that she starred in Rod Stewart’s “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy” video). And while her music video days are over, the nearly-60 year old Muller is still as fit and healthy as ever. In a 2008 interview with Figure Athlete, Muller said her secrets for looking and feeling young include a vegan diet of organic, plant based foods, regular detoxes, exercise and spirituality. This hot teacher is still teaching us important lessons after all these years!
Claim to Fame: Whitesnake’s “Here I Go Again” (1987)
Before she starred in future hubby David Coverdale’s Whitesnake videos , actress/model Tawny Kitaen appeared on the cover of Ratt’s 1984 breakthrough album, Out of the Cellar and the band’s “Back for More” video (she was dating Ratt guitarist Robbin Crosby at the time). But Kitaen’s most memorable 80’s metal stint was on Whitesnake’s “Here I Go Again” video, where she famously rolled around all over Coverdale’s Jaguar. Kitaen’s career took a more mainstream turn when she co-hosted on the family-friendly “America’s Funniest Home Videos” in the early 1990’s, but by 2009 her resume included a stint on “Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew “, a spousal domestic battery charge, a felony drug possession charge and a DUI. Today Kitaen has cleaned up her act and focuses on raising her two daughters with ex-husband Chuck Finley and volunteer work at women’s shelter, Kathy’s House.
Claim to fame: Warrant’s “Cherry Pie” (1990)
Not only did the former Miss Teen Louisiana star in Great White’s “Once Bitten Twice Shy” video, she was immortalized in glam metal band Warrant’s over the top “Cherry Pie” video. She met future husband Jani Lane on the “Cherry Pie” shoot, but the marriage fizzled. Brown was later linked with Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee and Sugar Ray’s Mark McGrath. A former “Star Search” spokes model winner, Brown landed minor acting roles throughout the 1990’s in shows like “Married With Children” and “Mike Hammer, Private Eye”. In 2009 she hosted VH1’s “Do It For the Band” documentary and according to her Twitter she’s working on an autobiography about her rock and roll star dating days.
Claim to Fame: Aerosmith’s “Cryin'”, “Amazing”, “Crazy” (1993, 1994)
Before nabbing the starring role in the hit movie Clueless, actress Alicia Silverstone was known as “The Aerosmith Chick” for her trio of music videos. From the rebellious teen girl in “Cryin'” to the scheming wild child in “Crazy”, Silverstone became the face of Aerosmith videos in the early 1990’s, teaming up with band front man Steven Tyler’s daughter, Liv, for the final video. What followed was a steady movie career, including roles in the films in Batman & Robin, Hideaway andBeauty Shop. While she still acts, these days Silverstone is best known for being an animal rights activist and strict vegan. In 2009 she published the book “The Kind Diet: A Simple Guide to Feeling Great, Losing Weight, and Saving the Planet”.
Claim to Fame: Usher’s “Yeah” (2004) and a slew of hip hop videos from 1998-2004
This hip hop video vixen appeared in everything from R. Kelly’s “Happy People” to Jay Z’s “Big Pimpin”, but she quit the music vid biz after she realized that some of the videos she appeared in were demeaning to black women. In 2008 Ford told CNN , “A common question I found myself asking every time I would take on a project, am I perpetuating a negative stereotype?” Today, Ford sometimes finds it difficult to escape her hip hop video past, ranting to Vibe that Essence Magazine still snubs her because of it. Buts she’s landed some successful hosting gigs in recent years and has taken on roles on shows like HBO’s Entourage and the movie GoodHair. Ford also volunteers in her spare time, spending Thanksgiving day last year at a homeless shelter in Atlanta.
Jeana Tomasina Keough, Kymberly Herrin, Daniele Arnaud (ZZ Top Girls)
Claim to Fame: ZZ Top’s “Legs” (1984)
No video vixen list would be complete without the 3 ZZ Top “Eliminator” Girls, who starred in the classic video “Legs” as fairy godmothers, transforming a plain jane salesgirl into a leggy knockout. The ZZ Top Girls also starred in the videos “Sharp Dressed Man” and “Gimme All Your Loving” until they disappeared into obscurity. Well sort of. At least one of them has been spotted in recent years– ZZ Top Girl Jeana Keough recently starred in Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of Orange County” until she exited the show to go back to her first-and decidedly un-vixen like love: selling real estate.