Mar 10, 2009

Candy Girls - First Ladies of Hip-Hop?

Video Girls.

Where do you even begin when it comes to the beautiful, scantily clad women that grace the videos of today's hottest stars. We've seen the likes of Karrine Steffans (Superhead anyone?), Melyssa Ford (tried to turn her video chick status into hosting a show on BET... where is she now?) and Buffy the Body (really the epitome of chicks with a fat ass getting a pass in life) but really have any of these women been able to flip their short lived video honey status into a lucrative career?

Someone that has taken the motto "if you can't beat them, join them" to a new level of what I like to call "If you can't join them, run them" is Danielle Crawley. As the owner of Bella Talent Agency based in Los Angeles (I wasn't able to find a website), Danielle is the manager of 4 chicks (she claims she has more girls but these are the ones that have been with her the longest) who are being marketed by E! Entertainment as the cream of the crop of "elite" and "glamorous" hip-hop "it girls".

While I do respect Danielle's hustle (as a black, female entrepreneur she was able to get a show on E!) it can't be overlooked that she got the show at the expense of these women who are portrayed as nothing more than hip-hop eye candy... and listening to her call these women "atmosphere" makes me want to laugh.

In a preview for the show which premiered on Sunday night after Keeping up with the Kardashians, Danielle can be heard saying to a client:

(click here for a preview of the show)

"If you want them within 30 minutes i want the best airplane you've got..."

Umm, this reminds me of something Heidi Fleiss would say. I didn't knock her hustle either but she wasn't trying to fake the funk on a tv show. She knew what she was doing and there was no shame in her game. I mean, prostitution is the oldest profession in the world. I do, however, have an issue with people trying to put up a front and over glamorize an industry that is anything but that for the many women that it chews up and spits out every year.

Are video girls really models? Actresses? I feel like it's using the word loosely... couldn't we all be considered actors if we play a role on a daily basis? How many people "pretend" or "act" when they're at work? Lol...

To sum up this show, Danielle has armed herself with her stylist best friend with the famous baby daddy (April "token white girl" Roomet has a son with Tyson Beckford), a personal asst (Kysha), and 4 chicks (Olivia - the innocent newbie that struggles with being mixed, Terricka - the slightly bitchy, even more ghetto single mother, Blanca - the Latina drunk that's new to the game and LA, and Brooke - the agency's top money maker and spoiled diva).

(L-R) Blanca, Brooke, Olivia, and Terricka

Will this show be entertaining? Yes. It comes on after Keeping up with the Kardashians (which I am a fan of) and will probably pull a following and get some decent numbers. Should it be taken seriously? Of course not. I'm sure people will watch this and take it to heart but I'd take this show with a grain of salt. It's a gimmick. Like the career span of a video chick is short lived I doubt this show will be around for long.

In the words of E! Network,

".....Candy Girls follows Danielle, who has built her company 'Bella' into one of the premiere talent agencies for the music industry’s casting needs. Every woman who wants to break into this industry knows Danielle is the best in the business and holds the key to the biggest jobs. For Danielle, between negotiating deals, entertaining famous clients, stomping out fires and doing reconnaissance on her girls, her hectic, non-stop lifestyle has her on the go 24/7. This year she will be sending her talent to events like the Grammy Awards, the Super Bowl, Magic Convention, NBA All Star Weekend, album release events and music video shoots for all the major labels. Through it all, Danielle must manage the lives and attitudes of her stunningly-beautiful divas –– working overtime to keep them out of trouble and make sure they are successful on the job. The series tracks Danielle’s efforts to manage some of the most sought-after women in the industry as they navigate a harsh and highly-competitive landscape. Her talent has formed a tight crew – they are all friends first, but at the end of the day it’s about getting paid and these women must balance their friendships when competing for the same opportunities. Adding to the pressure is that these women know full well that they have limited time to make a big splash in this industry before times take its toll on their looks and bodies."


Anonymous said...

I had DVR'd the show and watched it this morning and got sucked in already. I hop it will continue to be good but never in a million years would I have expected a reality show about video vixens!

South Loop Social Light said...

I just hope that they'll do something to break stereotypes instead of cosigning them. Terricka is the biggest question mark for me now. Maybe I just like the underdog, but the way she's already bullying and picking on Olivia is not tight. If you're a grown woman AND a mother then get your shit together and be mature. I sometimes feel like people that have struggled their entire lives aren't able to let go of that "struggle" mentality.

ANGELINA said...

I don't know what to think about this show. I'm a little biased because I knew Olivia back in college (she and my old roommate were bffs turned enemies lol) and it's strange to see how fake she is on tv...this girl is not innocent and she definitely knows how to stand up for herself! I'm not really feeling the token white girl April and her accent...she's trying too hard. But I have to admit, I'll probably watch the show again next week.

PS- Have you seen Rupaul's Drag Race?

South Loop Social Light said...

Rupaul has a show? I haven't even heard of it! You'll have to give me the info so I can watch.

All of the girls are typecast on the show and it's sad but hey, they're trying to have their 15 mins of fame and if I get in a few laughs at their expense who cares. lol...

AsiaA said...

I DO NOT like Terricka!

It's like, HELLO! You're a video girl. Not Giselle Bundchen or Naomi Campbell!

THIS is how you talk to your agent? and on the set? In front of other people who are taking note???

Let's say that the agent was wrong. You still need to maintain professionalism. The stylists and crew saw her act like a hot mess. And you don't know WHO knows WHO. That kind of behavior follows you everywhere.

and she has this entitlement thing that because she got knocked up and had a kid that she should ALWAYS get a gig!

It seems like she would chill out her behavior because she has a CHILD depending on her. I guess not.

ANd the agent kissing a*ses because they were the first girls that we with the agency??? okay. there is a thing called even exchange. you pimp them out for work they otherwise wouldn't get. they get paid. you get your cut. repeat.

you don't owe them anything but their cut.

and Terricka is NOT the hottest girl. so why is she held as if she's the best you'll ever find???

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