( ENSPIRE Feature ) Cultural Acceptance and Change for Womales in the Music Industry

ENSPIRED Contributor: Rosa Jason

Long prior to YouTube or IGTV, music videos were considered somewhat of a phenomenon. They premiered favor big-budobtain films quite than the link in your bio. In the early on 2000s pockets were deeper, budgets were missing and accessibility to the industry’s the majority of elite models was boundless. Every music video required it’s leading lady, the eye-candy to reel in viewers and rise awareness of the song that was being puburned and also thus the “Video Vixen” was born.

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If you were in tune through hip hop during that era, then names favor Melyssa Ford, Tammy Tores, Erica Mena and Brooke Bailey (to name a few) became a household name. By showcasing their beauty and also scantily clad bodies in videos from the likes of Jay Z, Mystikal, Nelly, and 50 Cent, these woguys acclaimed star-condition, and also at times, more so than their male counterparts. It became more than BET and MTV; they were featured in magazines, TV reflects and streetwear projects proving that sex indeed does market.


Historically in pop culture, women have actually often been objectified as sex signs in music videos and also no one appeared to bat an eye, also in the most unsavory positions (RIP BET Uncut). But as soon as you’re young, beautiful and making an upwards of $8,000 for a two-day shoot, it’s straightforward to look the various other means.

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Video: Mystikal “Shake It Fast”

Quick forward to 2020, in the elevation of the #MeToo movement, the music industry is singing a various tune to what is culturally acceptable when representing women, specifically in hip hop. Models took their earnings to build brands and also create generational wealth via their company. More womales have the courage (and also the platform) to stop on what content is thought about to empower females or degrade them. 

Buggzy & 2CaNn “Fire Hose”

But there’s still work to execute, the Video Vixen has actually basically been reput by the “Instagram Model” and there’s an army of them. Emerging artists in hip hop continue to follow the trfinish, for instance, Black Diamond Mafia’s latest video “Fire Hose” by Buggzy Hoffa and 2CaNn feature women in chains, surrounded by cash and also dancing in barely-tbelow shorts and also bikini tops. While the imeras might have some motivated (or others empowered) it circles back the bigger conversation of the depiction of womales in hip hop.