Ruth Colaw, a child of the 40s, was born to creative and intelligent parents who also were alcoholics. Upon their divorce when Ruth was nine, she left a less than innocent childhood only to enter a world not innocent at all. Taken from her mother at age ten, she moved through six foster homes in many different towns and would attend a total of fourteen schools before her school days were done, remarkably graduating with honors. At nineteen, she was faced with pregnancy out of wedlock and would be forced to relinquish her baby, only adding fuel to her beaten down sense of self-worth. She married at twenty-one, but her husband went overseas for a year, then was almost killed in a car crash after his return. The birth of her second daughter brought immense joy, but Ruth was then faced with raising her alone after her own divorce. This is the point at which the long road to recovery was begun, her daughter pulling her along at times. They grew up together, at the same time, often switching roles, and it is to her daughter that Ruth has dedicated this story.
Once the sought-after video girl, this sexy siren has helped multi-platinum artists, such as Jay-Z, R. Kelly and LL Cool J, sell millions of albums with her sensual dancing. In a word, Karrine was H-O-T. So hot that she made as much as $2500 a day in videos and was selected by well-known film director F. Gary Gray to co-star in his film, A Man Apart, starring Vin Diesel. But the film and music video sets, swanky Hollywood and New York restaurants and trysts with the celebrities featured in the pages of People and In Touch magazines only touches the surface of Karrine Steffans' life.
Her journey is filled with physical abuse, rape, drug and alcohol abuse, homelessness and single motherhood—all by the age of 26. By sharing her story, Steffans hopes to shed light on an otherwise romanticised industry and help young women avoid the same pitfalls she encountered. If they're already in danger, she hopes to inspire them to find a way to dig themselves out of what she knows first-hand
to be a cycle of hopelessness and despair.