1. The rules
To understand what made Karrine Steffans subversive, you have to understand what the accepted rules were for Video Vixens. The overarching one was “don’t fraternize with the artists.” It was self-imposed. Steffans says the majority of girls on video shoots were “reserved” and “there strictly to do their jobs.” Steffans was not; she was there to get noticed. One time, she popped off her top and sunbathed with exposed breasts to get director Dave Myers’ attention. It worked. She says whatever the other girls wouldn’t do, she would. Whatever they wouldn’t wear, she’d wear. You have to remember the shoots themselves weren’t the endgame for her. She was making $1,500 a day at first, and though her rate nearly double after she appeared in the “Danger” video, it was still small compared to her lifestyle. She wanted to break down the boundaries between her and the artists to find more people willing to financially support her lifestyle. Steffans was more socialite than Video Vixen, and in the end that paid off for her monetarily. Maybe she was part of a new paradigm.