15 Sexiest MTV VJ of All-Time!
Even though MTV has gone from “I Want MTV” to……well the Jersey Shore, one thing that has always been consistent throughout the years has been the sexy unique MTV VJ. Some of the sexiest women in entertainment got their start on MTVas a Video Jockey (VJ) things. Kaboom! Magazine would like to showcase the history of MTV video jockey by counting down the 15 sexiest MTV VJ’s of all-time. Let’s through the years starting from the beginning with girl next door VJ’s like Martha Quinn to the one of a kind superstar VJ’s like Vanessa Minnillo. Here is our list of the sexiest VJ’s in the history of MTV…..Enjoy and let the debating begin.
Before she was a top-notch Hollywood actress, Karen Duffy was “Duff” an MTV VJ. “Duff” was the short jet-black haired bombshell that took over for Cindy Crawford on “House of Style” and also did special interviewers for MTV. Her role on MTV lead to big time roles in movies like “Dumb and Dumber”, “Malcolm X”, “Reality Bites”, “Who’s The Man”, and “Last Action Hero”. Duffy was on top on the world until 1995 when she was diagnosed with the relatively rare disease sarcoidosis. In her case, this affected her brain, leaving her partially paralyzed. She has so far battled the disease and wrote an autobiography entitled “Model Patient: My Life As an Incurable Wise-Ass”. After the diagnosis she continued to model for Revlon and host television shows.
What former Miss USA winner went on to host MTV number one show of all-time “Total Request Live”?.......................No it is not Vanessa Williams. Susie Castillo won Miss Teen USA in 1998 and went on to win Miss USA in 2003, Castillo was the first Dominican women to ever win the title in 2003. In 2005, Susie became a regular MTV VJ on the show “TRL” (Total Request Live) replacing the top MTV VJ at time Vanessa Minnillo. Castillo brought grace, energy, a Latin flavor to the show and the official eye candy for MTV in the process. Shortly after beginning on “TRL”, Castillo help launch MTV new Latin channel “MTV Tr3s”; Susie also began acting in television shows like Tyler Perry’s “House of Payne”. In 2007, Castillo became a spokesperson for the facial product line “Neutrogena”. Susie continues to act and model full time and in her spare time, Castillo does volunteer work for HAWC (Help for Abused Women and Children) and the Lawrence Girls Club and for the Latinas Against Sexual Assault.
The reason why most people chanted the words “I Want My MTV!” back in the early 80’s wasn’t because they wanted to more videos from Duran Duran or The Police…….it was because they wanted to see more of Martha Quinn. Quinn was a part of the original MTV VJ’s group that started out with the music channel back in 1981. Quinn was never the sexiest woman on TV , but her girl next door looks and knowledge for music made her very relatable to viewers in the 80’s. Rolling Stone magazine later named Quinn “MTV Best VJ Ever” and She was also featured in a series of commercials for “Neutrogena” in the mid 1990’s. In 2007, Quinn lent her name, face and voice to “The '80s Game with Martha Quinn”, a PC trivia game. The game featured multiple-choice questions about '80s culture in categories including music, politics, television, sports, movies and celebrities.
Dorky Glasses, Crazy Red Hair, and the mouth of a sailor; Kennedy had to be the craziest MTV VJ that the music channel ever had. Kennedy began working at MTV as a VJ in 1992, she best known as the host of the late night rock show “Alternative Nation”. Kennedy is one of the most memorable VJ’s of all-time; She was the first one name VJ’s, She always wore the most unique pair of glasses, and she had the weirdest fashion on TV……Kennedy actually made crazy sexy. In 1999, Montgomery completed her book, “Hey Ladies! Tales and Tips for Curious Girls”. The book talks about a multitude of Kennedy’s personal experiences. Kennedy is currently a radio host in Los Angeles.
Hilarie Burton was known as the Kelly Kapowski of MTV. Burton joined the MTV family in 2000 as a guest commentator for the show “TRL”. Producers decided to offer Burton a permanent job as MTV VJ that same year. Burton only VJ’d at MTV for only a year, then she landed a small role on “Dawson’s Creek” which lead to her most famous role as Peyton Sawyer on the CW hit show “One Tree Hill”. Hilarie left “One Tree Hill” in 2009 and is now scheduled to join the cast of USA hit show “White Collar” in season 3.
10. Downtown Julie Brown
Back in the late 80’s early 90’s MTV had what was considered the American Bandstand and Soul Train of its time entitled “Club MTV”. The show had some of the hottest acts of it time stopping by and performing from Marky Mark and MC Hammer to Paula Abdul and Salt-n-Pepa; but the real reason we tune in every week was because of the beautiful black woman with the British accent. Brown always had big hair, sexy fashion (We still wonder how those hats stayed on her big hair), and a catch phrase that always made you repeat it every time she said it ……”Wubba, Wubba, Wubba”. Downtown Juile Brown left MTV in the early 90’s and moved on to ESPN as a Interviewer for the NFL. Brown later moved on to be one of the first hosts on E! Entertainment. In 1998, Brown appeared nude in Playboy magazine.
9. SuChin Pak
The shy girl that you always flirted with in high school because you need help with your math homework grew up to become one the smartest and sexiest women ever on MTV. SuChin Pak joined the MTV News Team as a correspondent in 2001. Pak was the first Asian VJ on MTV, She has covered the MTV Movie Awards, the Sundance Film Festival, and the MTV Video Music Awards. She also co-hosted, with Kurt Loder, the MTV's pre-Grammy show. As a correspondent for "MTV Daily News", she has interviewed Mariah Carey,*NSYNC, Diddy, George Lucas, Jane's Addiction, Mary J. Blige, Billy Idol, Vinnie Potestivo and Fred Durst. Pak hosted her own MTV documentary about multicultural young people called My Life (Translated). She currently narrates MTV Cribs as well.
8. Serena Altschul
As the face of MTV News during the late '90s, Serena Altschul brought sex appeal to some of the most terrible news ever heard on MTV. In 1995, Serena landed a job at MTV and in 1996 she started working for MTV News. She also hosted shows such as MTV News: UNfiltered, Breaking it Down and hosted and produced True Life. Even though Serena always looked like she just got out of bed and never wore make-up, she seemed like the perfect VJ at a time when Nirvana, Pearl Jam, R.E.M., and Green Day ruled music. It may have seemed like every time she came on MTV your favorite artist was pronounced dead, but when you looked at her for some reason it was kind of a turn on to hear about it. Serena Altschul continues to work at MTV as a producer and occasionally does MTV News.
7. Ananda Lewis
Ananda was already well known in the black community for her stunt on BET’s “Teen Summit”, but in 1999 Ananda Lewis ended up leaving BET and moving over to MTV. Lewis's style as recognized at BET is responsible for bringing celebrity interviewing to a new level on a pair of regularly aired MTV shows: Total Request Live, a daily Top 10 video-countdown show, and The Hot Zone, which offered both music videos and Lewis's interviews of musicians and others. On one notable installment of The Hot Zone, she berated the rapper Q-Tip about the number of scantily clad dancers in one of his videos. MTV also called upon Lewis to host other, topical programs, including two MTV forums on violence in schools, which aired after the Columbine High School massacre and several memorial tributes for the singer Aaliyah, who perished in a plane crash in 2001.Ananda Lewis brought sex appeal with her unique blend of African and Native American descent, she also brought hip hop fans to a channel that was dominated by rock and pop music.
6. Molly Sims
Molly Sims was discovered in 2000, when she became the new host of MTV “House of Style”. MTV could only contain Molly sexiness for only a year as she left the network in 2000 and went to grace the pages of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. In the 2006 issue of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue she appeared in a photo wearing a bikini designed by Susan Rosen worth $30 million that was made of diamonds. Sims appeared as Delinda Deline, for all five seasons of the series Las Vegas. She has appeared in several comedy films, such as The Benchwarmers, Yes Man, The Pink Panther 2 and Fired Up.
5. LaLa Vasquez
LaLa Vasquez joined MTV in 2002 as the co-host of MTV's Direct Effect and Total Request Live. She has also hosted the reunion specials for all seasons of VH1's Flavor of Love, both seasons of I Love New York, the first season of Real Chance of Love, the first season of Flavor of Love Girls: Charm School and For the Love of Ray J. In addition, she often introduced stories on MTV's High School Stories. LaLa appeared as a dean on VH1's Charm School with Ricki Lake. Vazquez became engaged to basketball star Carmelo Anthony on Christmas Day 2004. The couple married in New York before 320 guests, including Justin Timberlake, Kim Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian, Lamar Odom, Ciara, Trina, Chris Paul,Amar'e Stoudemire, Serena Williams, Kenyon Martin, Hakim Warrick, Jim Boeheim, Ludacris, Kelly Rowland, Spike Lee, and LeBron James. The ceremony was filmed by VH1 and aired as part of a reality series on the couple, titled La La's Full Court Wedding.
Vanessa Minnillo is the Derek Jeter of MTV VJ’s! Vanessa was never the most talented VJ, but she is the most recognizable and most successful VJ of the “TRL” generation. The former Miss Teen USA came on MTV at the perfect time in 2003, because she filled some big shoes with the departure of icon Carson Daly. Artists, bands, and athletes couldn’t help themselves when they were around Minnillo, throwing down some of the greatest mack lines of all-time. Minnillo was also a bit of a playa while working for MTV; in her time at the network Vanessa was linked to Topher Grace, Derek Jeter, had a fling with Lindsey Lohan, and her now husband Nick Lachey. Minnillo left MTV in 2007 only to become even hotter as she as Maxim magazine named her No. 15 in the annual hot 100 issue that same year. Minnillo has turned her MTV fame into a great acting career; in 2008, Vanessa played Ashlee in an episode of How I Met Your Mother and also starred in the film “Diaster Movie” with Carmen Electra and Kim Kardashian. Vanessa recently did a cameo appearances on hit shows CSI:NY, Hawaii 5-0, and NBC’s 30 Rock.
3. Jenny McCarthy
She looked great naked and can make you laugh like no women could ever make you laugh before. McCarthy was everywhere during the 90’s as she was already well-known as a Playboy playmate before arriving to MTV. Playboy was great, but what really put Jenny McCarthy over the top was her role as host of the hit MTV dating show "Singled Out". "Singled Out" was never the same after McCarthy left the show moving on to bigger things like her own successful comedy show on MTV entitled “The Jenny McCarthy Show”. McCarthy left MTV in 1997 and had a short lived show on NBC entitled “Jenny”, after the show was cancelled she continued to make cameos on TV and feature films. McCarthy has put crazy MTV past behind her and has written books about parenting, and has become a social activist for autism.
2. Daisy Fuentes
Before Vanessa Minnillo, LaLa Vasquez, and Susie Castillo….There was Daisy Fuentes. Fuentes was the most popular VJ during the '90s and was considered by many the sexiest woman on television during that era. Daisy Fuentes broke barriers as MTV's first Latina VJ, she began in 1988 as a host of "MTV Internacional", a one-hour Spanish-language music show aired in Latin America and the USA. Fuentes moved on to host various MTV programming headlined by MTV “House of Style” and MTV “Spring Break”(Seeing her in a Bikini was like seeing god in heaven.). Daisy moved from MTV in 1998 to have a very successful modeling and television career. Revlon signed Fuentes to contract making her the first Latin spokesperson in the history of the company at that time. Daisy Fuentes has appeared on many magazine covers and has starred in nationally televised ads for Revlon, Pantene, American Express, M&Ms and others. She was the first Mind, Body, Spirit Superstar, which was created to generate awareness of top women's health causes and work to promote change. In 2005, Fuentes appeared on the three page cover of People en Español's "50 most beautiful" women. Daisy will launch her sixth fragrance since 2006 set for February 2011 through Kohl’s Stores.
1. Cindy Crawford
Cindy Crawford is arguably the greatest supermodel of all-time, but she without a doubt is the sexiest MTV VJ of all-time. In the 80’s Cindy Crawford was one of the hottest models on the planet as grace the pages of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and Vogue. In 1989, Crawford went from supermodel to fashion and pop culture icon when she went to MTV to be the first host of MTV “House of Style”. While hosting the hit show Crawford would be featured in classic Pepsi ads and music videos highlighted by George Michaels video “Freedom”. Crawford left MTV in 1995, after leaving the network she continued to be feature on TV and movies as well as modeling. In 1998, Crawford posed nude for Playboy magazine for the second and in 2000 she retired from modeling. Cindy Crawford was named #3 on VH1's 40 Hottest Hotties of the 90s and she was ranked number 5 on Playboy's list of the 100 Sexiest Stars of the 20th century. In her forties, she claimed #26 in the 2006 Hot 100 issue of Maxim magazine.