From Madonna to JWOWW, MTV has always been something of a halfway home for hotties. Some of the sexiest women in entertainment got their start on MTV before moving on to bigger (though not always better) things. Here are 10 VJs, video vixens, game show hosts and more who sprung forth from the MTV babe factory.
For a brief period during the mid ’90s, McCarthy was everywhere–posing for “Playboy,” hosting “Singled Out” and even starring on her own sketch comedy show opposite future TV luminaries like Will Forte and Melissa McCarthy. “Singled Out” put McCarthy on the map and led to her short-lived NBC sitcom “Jenny.” (On the spectrum of ’90s “Must See TV” shows, it was better than “Boston Common” but no “Hope & Gloria.”) While she’s more known for her dating life and social causes these days, McCarthy will always be remembered for making the world safe for babes with a penchant for raunchy jokes. (You can thank/blame her for Olivia Munn.)
While Silverstone first turned heads in the campy thriller “The Crush,” it was her role in the Aerosmith video “Cryin’” that really put her on the map. After being spurned by her jerky boyfriend (played by Stephen Dorff, of course), Alicia gets her belly button pierced, drop-kicks Sawyer from “Lost” (seriously, watch it), and goes bungee jumping off a freeway overpass. Oh, the ’90s. Silverstone’s work in Aerosmith videos (one of which finds her pole dancing with Liv Tyler) eventually got her noticed by “Clueless” director Amy Heckerling. While she’s pretty much vanished from showbiz since, we’ll always remember the days when Alicia Silverstone made out with Jason London in virtual reality for the “Amazing” video.
Sure, Cindy Crawford was one of the biggest supermodels of the ’80s, but her gig hosting MTV’s “House of Style” (1989-1995) boosted Crawford’s profile and led to Pepsi commercials and ill-fated action movies opposite lesser Baldwins. By the way, isn’t it time for a Cindy Crawford comeback?
It’s hard to think about “MTV Spring Break” or “Rock ‘N’ Jock” (MTV showed sports once, kids) without also picturing Daisy Fuentes in a bikini. Fuentes was the most popular VJ during the ’90s, hosting scores of MTV programs before moving on to spokesmodel gigs and a short-lived talk show. (They were basically handing those out in the ’90s.) Daisy still hovers in that Mario Lopez host/spokesperson level of fame today, though her hair is far less frizzy than it was in 1994.
For men of a certain age (translation: old), the original MTV VJs will always be the greatest. With her girl-next-door-who-would-probably-lend-you-her-Replacements-album look, Quinn was the first crush for those with of us with fond memories of downing Tab and watching Asia videos. These days Quinn (who is still pretty cute) is reliving the days of tube socks and Mark Goodman’s Juan Epstein fro over on Sirius Radio’s “’80s on 8.”
While many attractive women have come out of the “TRL”-Tron 5000, few have risen to level of fame of model, actress and future Mrs. Nick Lachey Vanessa Minnillo. In recent years, Minnillo has turned up in a funny guest spot on “30 Rock” and let Lindsay Lohan hold a knife to her throat in some racy photos for reasons we can’t quite remember.
Before her role as Peyton Sawyer on the seemingly endless “One Tree Hill,” Burton was the peppy, cute host of “TRL” opposite fellow VJs Damien and La La. Burton is one of the few celebrities who has parlayed a VJ gig into a respectable post-MTV career. (Sorry, Jesse Camp.)
With a name like Tawny Kitaen, you basically have two career options: porn or hair metal videos. Luckily for prepubescent boys during the ’80s, Kitaen took the latter route, appearing in tons of Whitesnake videos opposite then boyfriend David Coverdale. Sadly, the years have not been kind to Kitaen, who was back on VH1 recently on “Celebrity Rehab.”
As Ken Ober’s sexy sidekick on “Remote Control,” Wuher appeared in segments like “Sing Along with Kari” and traded quips with Colin Quinn and a young Adam Sandler. Thanks to MTV, Wuhrer would go on to the Jerry O’Connell dimension-hopping series “Sliders” and about a million B-movies where she takes off her top and makes out with Eric Roberts.
As the face of MTV News during the late ’90s, Altschul made us care about what the *NSYNC member with the weird dreads was up to. Actual news networks like CNN and CBS also took notice, and soon rescued Altschul from reporting on Eminem’s domestic disputes. These days you can find her on CBS Sunday Morning (and on Facebook) generally being awesome.