Buffie the Body is the most iconic video vixen in the music video industry. Before IG models, was the former video vixen, Buffie the Body.
During the early 2000s, an iconic former video vixen quickly became famous for her curvaceous body. If you didn’t know who she was in 2004, you either;
- A: You clearly didn’t listen to popular hip-hop
- B: Watch any music videos
- C: Read any hip-hop/ “urban” magazines
- D: Lived under a rock
Now that Women’s Appreciation month is here, it’s time for a cultural lesson (or reminder). Who is Buffie the Body? What happened to her? Why and how did she become a household name in rap and hip-hop?
In 2004, Buffie Carruth, otherwise known as “Buffie the Body,” popped up on the scene in the Tony Yayo and 50 Cent’s song “So Seductive.”
Not only did she become hip-hop’s “IT” girl, but she also became the body type that men lusted after and women wanted to have.
Buffie the Body in Her Early Days
Growing up, Buffie the Body struggled with keeping on weight.
Apparently, the yet-to-be video vixen was a size 3 in jeans and weighing only 119 pounds. In that same interview, Buffie shares how she would frequent nutritionists and start drinking supplement shakes to gain weight.
“…. I went to see a doctor and he recommended an appetite stimulant,” she says in the interview. I went from 119lbs to 173lbs which is my current weight. It took years to get my body to the point where I was satisfied. But eventually, I was able to create a body that I thought I could never have.”
Additionally, Buffie went through a lot growing up in the late ’90s.
According to the former video vixen’s book, Buffie always knew how to hustle; causing her to always had her hand in her bag. From illegitimately gaining her cash flow, to working in grocery stores, Buffie began to consider working in the strip clubs. After moving to multiple strip clubs, she soon realized strip clubs weren’t her scene.
Nonetheless, Buffie the Body‘s journey of course didn’t end there.
The Rise and Fall of the Iconic Video Vixen, Buffie the Body
While in Baltimore, Maryland, Carruth met a photographer at a club. Intending to gift some ‘fire’ photos to her boyfriend, she hires this photographer. However, without her knowledge or consent, the photographer shared the pics online. Afterward, in February 2004, the pictures were posted on a Yahoo group.
Within weeks, Buffie was soon catapulted into the hip-hop music industry; taking it on like wildfire.
It wasn’t too long after that she began securing her bag by racking up video spots, magazine spreads, product endorsements, and hosting gigs. Within a period of four-months, Buffie appeared in the music video for Tony Yayo and 50 Cent‘s So Seductive.
After literally being the girl of Yayo’s dreams, she went on to star in Juelz Santana’s “Oh Yes.”
Without slowing down, Buffie went on to be featured in magazine layouts for King, XXL, and Black Men Magazine. Additionally, the iconic video vixen flexed her acting skills with her role, Big Booty Judy, in the flick ATL. It didn’t take too long for Buffie the Body to become a household name.
However in 2007, at the height of her popularity, she decided to switch careers.
Why Buffie the Body Left the Video Vixen Industry
Apparently, Carruth knew her time in the industry would be short-lived.
After completely removing herself from the profession, she shared a video on her YouTube channel. In that video, Buffie Carruth touches on the toxic realities of the video vixen industry; and exactly why she left the “urban” modeling game behind.
“[There are] only a few things you can do to stay relevant,” she explains. “[You] either try to get on a reality show and make a complete mockery of yourself. You only become that it girl when you act a plumb fool; and I didn’t want to do that.”
Back in the day, according to Carruth, video vixens could get paid crazy money to do a shoot. Now, the former video vixen says many models are doing music videos for free. Carruth stresses that for African American women, they can only go so far in the hip hop modeling industry.
“I did absolutely everything in that industry that I could possibly do without lowering myself or selling myself out or whatever. I knew once I had done everything it was time to move on. It was nothing left to do in that industry. It’s a not runway type of modeling industry, we are not high profiled runway models; they called us urban models but we weren’t really modeling any clothing or anything.”
You can check out her full explanation down below. For more stories about rap and hip-hop’s first ladies and influential women, stay tuned!