Karrine ‘Superhead’ Steffans aka Yizette Santiago aka Karin Stephens (August 24, 1978) is a former music video performer turned New York Times best selling author twice over upon scribing both Confessions of a Video Vixen in 2005 and The Vixen Diaries in 2007. Her 2005 autobiography spanned the first twenty-five years of her life, beginning with her tumultuous and abusive upbringing, a violent rape at thirteen and her years as an exotic dancer beginning at just sixteen years old. The memoir goes on to vividly describe her abusive marriage at the age of seventeen, her subsequent divorce and single motherhood by the age of twenty-one when she then moved to Los Angeles in December 1999.
Discovered by music video director Hype Williams, Steffans first appeared in Jay Z’s Hey Papi music video in June 2000 and went on to star in a dozen other music videos until retiring from the field just one and a half years later. In the interim, Steffans was re-discovered in October 2000 by motion picture director F. Gary Gray who cast her opposite Larenz Tate and Vin Diesel in A Man Apart, released by New Line Cinema in 2003.
Upon publishing Confessions of a Video Vixen with HarperCollins Publishers, Steffans departed on a national tour and has been sought out and interviewed by most every noted journalist in the world including Bill O’Reilly, Geraldo Rivera, Donnie Deutsch and in April 2006 was a guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show. Entering the New York Times best selling list at number seven and peaking at number five, Confessions stayed on the list for well over twenty weeks in hardcover and spent several more weeks on the list a year and a half later in paperback.
The Vixen Diaries, published by Grand Central Publishing/Hachette Book Group USA (formerly Warner Books), shared a similar fate, entering the New York Times best seller’s list at number six in the politically charged fall of 2007, even ahead of Bill Clinton’s latest book. Diaries read much differently than Confessions as it told the story of a woman on the mend, working her way through a less than savory past and into a brighter, more hopeful future.
Steffans has been featured in countless magazines internationally including British Elle, Marie Claire Australia, FHM Australia, Singapore and Spain, just to name a few. A more extensive list of her accomplishments may be found on her website, www.karrine.com.
Currently, Steffans is working on her next book,The Vixen Manual, a book about love, sex and relationships through the eyes of a woman who has lived a thousand lives in her short thirty years. Steffans has also been named Senior contributor of Monsta Magazine, the latest venture of Dave Mays and Ray “Benzino” Scott, publishers of The Source and most recently Hip-Hop Weekly. Steffans pens and licenses a monthly sex and relationship column for the magazine called Vixen Say What? as well as contributes cover story articles. Steffans has also been named Senior Business Contributor to The Hip-Hop Business Journal, a sister magazine of Today’s Black Woman and Black Men’s Magazine slated to be introduced onto newsstands May 2008. Steffans pens and licenses a monthly informational business column named The Vixen Business Report for the magazine as well as contributes cover story articles.
Steffans sits as President of Steffans Publishing, a literary, audio, video and advertisement publishing firm. Beginning with her own works, Steffans has all the makings of a multi-media publishing house.
Although penned in her memoir, Steffans was not legally married to Kool G Rap. In her writings, she professes that Kool G Rap called her his wife on their second day of becoming acquainted at his Phoenix, Arizona home. She had previously introduced herself to him as Yizette Santiago, age 21, when, in fact, she was 17 years of age. On Hot 97 radio station, she admitted to never having wed Kool G Rap legally under any government or assumed name and that she was his wife in name and in duty only. Steffans has also, been linked to many of music, sports and Hollywood’s elite, most notably, political satirist Bill Maher to whom she was once engaged and rapper Lil’ Wayne with whom she was rumored to also have been engaged to. She is currently dating Darius McCrary of ABC’s Family Matters fame and who most recently lent his voice to the character of Jazz in director Michael Bay’s Transformers released in 2007. The two are rumored to be secretly wed. At times the two deny the rumors though they wear matching rings on their left hand ring fingers.