• Karrine Steffans is a 43-year-old American author, actress, TV personality and former model.
• She is best known for her book series “Vixen” and appearing in Jay-Z’s music video “Hey Papi”.
• She has one son from her relationship with American rapper Kool G Rap, and was married once to American actor, rapper and producer Darius Creston McCrary.
• Karrine changed her name to Elisabeth Ovesen in 2022 and has launched her own podcast.
• She is 5ft 5ins (1.65m) tall, has an estimated net worth of over $4 million.

Who is Karrine Steffans?

Karrine was born in Saint Thomas, Virgin Islands USA, on 24 August 1978 – her zodiac sign is Virgo, and she holds American nationality. She’s an author, actress, TV personality and former model, while she’s probably known best for her book series “Vixen”.

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Early life and education

Karrine was raised in Saint Thomas by her indifferent father and an alcoholic mother; she hasn’t revealed many other details about her parents, as she still respects their privacy. Because Karrine hasn’t spoken of having any siblings, most of her fans believe her to be an only child.

Karrine moved with her family to Florida when she was 10 years old, and she’s written about those years in one of her books, revealing that her parents physically and emotionally abused her, and that she was raped when she was 13. She enrolled at a local high school in 1992, but ran away from home two years later, and began working as an exotic dancer, at one point spending a month living in the streets.

The following years saw her live in both New York State and Arizona, until she settled in Los Angeles, California in 1999; it remains unknown whether or not Karrine completed her high school education.

Career as a model

Karrine was introduced to the hip hop music industry when she was 17, and it was when she was 21 that she began working as a video model, appearing in various music videos.

She attracted a lot of attention in 2000, when cast to appear in Jay-Z’s music video “Hey Papi”, and went on to appear in videos of Mystikal, LL Cool J and R. Kelly; years later, Karrine revealed that she allowed herself to be sexually exploited, so that she could succeed in the video modelling industry.

In 2004, she was featured on the cover page of the magazine “Smooth”, and in 2007 on the cover of the magazine “King”.

Career as an author

Karrine’s first book, “Confessions of a Video Vixen”, was published in 2005, and made it onto the New York Times Best Seller list; her second book “The Vixen Diaries” followed in 2007, and her third “The Vixen Manual: How to Find, Seduce & Keep the Man You Want” in 2009, both also best-sellers. Karrine’s first book was dedicated to her son, and part of the profits went to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America; since it was published, Karrine’s been speaking to girls at various colleges around the US, mostly about the dangers of the entertainment industry.

She was then also interviewed by many renowned journalists, such as Donny Deutsch, Geraldo Rivera and Bill O’Reilly.

In 2008, Karrine launched her own company Steffans Publishing.

Her fourth book “Satisfaction: Erotic Fantasies for the Advanced & Adventurous Couple” was published in 2011, and was followed by her fifth “Drink, Fuck, Sleep (Volume 1)” in 2012; Karrine’s since published two more books: “How To Make Love to a Martian” in 2013, and “Vindicated: Confessions of a Video Vixen, Ten Years Later” in 2015.

Acting credits

Karrine has two acting credits. She appeared in the 2000 adult video “Super Head”, and in 2003 portrayed Candice Hicks in the hit action crime movie “A Man Apart”, directed by F. Gary Gray, and which starred Vin Diesel, Timothy Olyphant and Larenz Tate. It follows Diablo who’s become the head of a drug cartel now that the former head’s been imprisoned; the movie was nominated for a Teen Choice Award for Movie Actor – Drama/Action Adventure (Vin Diesel).

Other credits

Karrine produced the 2005 episode “Hip Hop Videos: Sexploitation on the Set” of the documentary series “VH1 News Presents”.

She could’ve been seen featured in various documentaries, such as the 2006 series “E! True Hollywood Story”, the 2007 movie “Hip Hop vs. America: A BET Town Hall”, and the 2008 movie “15 Most Shocking Political Sex Scandals”.

Karrine’s made a guest appearance in a number of talk-shows, including “The Tyra Banks Show”, “Chelsea Lately” and “What Perez Sez”.

Love life and husband

According to various sources, Karrine’s either dated or slept with more than 80 men, while she’s also married once. She was 17 when she started dating American rapper Nathaniel Wilson, known better by his stage name Kool G Rap, and they began living together not long afterwards. She gave birth to their son sometime in the following four years, but in 1999 Karrine left Nathaniel and moved to Los Angeles, afraid for her and her son’s safety, as Kool G Rap was physically abusive.

She exchanged vows with American actor, rapper and producer Darius Creston McCrary in 2009, but the two divorced in 2011.

Some of the men whom Karrine’s apparently dated since include famous American rapper Lil’ Wayne, another American rapper Soulja Boy, and the American musician Yung Berg.

As of August 2022, Karrine seems to be single, has been married once and has a son from a former relationship with Nathaniel Wilson aka Kool G Rap.

Hobbies and other interests

Karrine’s somewhat active on Instagram, and is today followed by close to 15,000 people, but has uploaded only five pictures onto the network.

She’s passionate about travelling, and has been all around the US for both work and pleasure; she’s also vacationed in a couple of European countries and Australian cities, while her dream travel destination’s Venice, Italy.

Karrine’s physically quite active, and has a couple of training sessions at the gym every week, thus her slim figure; she’s also following a strict diet, and avoids eating sweets and fast food.

She enjoys watching movies late at night – her favorite actor and actress are Vin Diesel and Angelina Jolie, while a couple of her favorite films include the franchise “Fast and Furious”, “Wanted” and “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider – The Cradle of Life”.

New name

In 2022 Karrine changed her name to Elisabeth Ovesen, and has launched her own podcast “Asking For a Friend”. It’s been suggested that her real name has, in fact, always been Elisabeth Ovesen, although this hasn’t been confirmed by Karrine.

Age, height and net worth

Karrine’s age is 43. She has long black hair and brown eyes, her height is 5ft 5ins (1.65m) and she weighs around 120lbs (55kgs).

As of August 2022, her net worth’s been estimated at over $4 million.

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