Black Music Month: Models in Music Videos

Watching BET late one night last week, we were blown away by Michael Jackson's "In The Closet" video, starring a scantily-clad Naomi Campbell. Remember how steamy and gorgeously shot (thanks to genius photographer Herb Ritts) that video was? We were instantly flooded with memories of other fabulous videos starring supermodels. In honor of Black Music Month, let's take a look back at the history of catwalk queens in superstar videos.
ESSENCE.COM Jun, 29, 2011

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At the tender age of 16, supermodel Kara Young appeared in Prince’s “Kiss” video — but she shared the love interest role with a dance body double!

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In ‘88, Black/Cherokee/Cuban model Tatiana Thumbtzen starred as Michael Jackson’s slinky love interest in his “The Way You Make Me Feel” video.

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Before he was an Oscar-nominated actor, Djimon Hounsou was a top male model, appearing deliciously shirtless in Janet Jackson’s “Love Will Never Do (Without You)” video. Yum.

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In 1992, Tyra Banks played herself — a gorgeous catwalk queen — in George Michael’s “Too Funky” video. A year earlier, she also appeared in Michael Jackson’s “Black or White!”

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Naomi steamed up the small screen as Michael Jackson’s statuesque lover in his Herb Ritts-directed video for “In The Closet.” Thirteen years later, she had a cameo in Jay Z’s "Change Clothes video.

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Iman played an Egyptian queen — and Eddie Murphy’s wife — in Michael Jackson’s “Remember the Time” video. In ’85, she also romanced Jermaine Jackson in his sultry video for “Do What You Do!”

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Top Nineties models Beverly Peele and Cynthia Bailey (of Real Housewives of Atlanta fame!) made guest appearances in Heavy D.’s supermodel-studded “Nuttin But Love” video.

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Brazilian supermodel Teresa Lourenco steamed up the sheets with Lenny Kravitz in his beyond sexy, Paul Hunter-directed video for “Again.”

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Top model Shakara Ledard played the object of Justin Timberlake’s affections in his very first solo video, “Like I Love You.”

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Stunning model Eva Marcille guest-starred as Jamie Foxx’s girlfriend in his 2008 “DJ Play a Love Song” video. Their chemistry felt so real!

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French uber-model Laetitia Casta played Rihanna’s lesbian lover in her controversial “Te Amo” video. So steamy!

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Victoria’s Secret supermodel Selita Ebanks starred as a bird-like, alien creature in Kanye West’s ambitious short film, “Runaway.”