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    Kymberly Herrin

    An exert from a series of interviews called 'The Girl In The Video' much more at https://www.noblemania.com/2013/07/t...rt-2-of-3.html


    The Girl in the Video: “Legs” (1984), part 2 of 3

    The video: “Legs” by ZZ Top.

    The girl-now-woman: Kymberly Herrin.







    The first time I saw a ZZ Top video, I was in a club and “Sharp Dressed Man” came on. I recognized one of the models, a centerfold friend of mine, Jeana Tomasino. She was one of the three hot ZZ Top girls. I remember thinking, “Wow, I would love to do one of these MTV videos. This band is so good. The girls are super hot.” The director [Tim Newman] was the first to use three girls in videos. Everyone started using three girls after (“Addicted to Love”). [MTN: Actually five girls!]

    I was in L.A. partying with some friends. I was up late. I had a cold. I checked my [answering] machine in Santa Barbara and there was the casting call. Be there today and I had one hour. I flipped out. I found the building. I was wearing a T-shirt, jeans, and tennis shoes. I had nothing [else] in my car to wear, and my friends were on their way to work, so I had nothing in the way of cool clothing to wear within 30 minutes. My voice, from the cold, made me sound like Kim Carnes. Deep and masculine, but good.

    I looked in the window into the waiting room and there must have been somewhere around 15-20 beautiful girls. Miniskirts, high heels, perfect hair, nails, and makeup. I came so close to leaving, getting on the 101 freeway, and hightailing it home. I walked into the room and the girls [looked] me up and down, [as if] thinking, “Oh, she’s no competition.”

    They called my name and I met the boys in the band. I apologized for my appearance. Then I asked if anyone had mineral water—or better, a beer. They must have been thirsty, also. Out came the beer and we started talking about everything—motorcycles, chili cook-offs, Santa Barbara…and we had mutual friends in S.B. They were super nice guys. We hit it off.

    I went home and told my friends there was no way I was going to get the job. I looked like crap; I [hadn’t even used] a hairbrush. Next day a call came from my agent: I got a callback. I couldn’t believe it. This time I was dressed to kill, the works…





    They had me dance with their choreographer. I had to have attitude in my dance style and be able to follow and learn new dance moves quickly. The next day I got the call. Yahoo, I got it!

    We had a blast shooting the video. Apparently something happened [with] the blond girl on the set of “Sharp Dressed Man” [the second in the video trilogy that began with “Gimme All Your Lovin’” and ended with “Legs”]. Daničle and Jeana didn’t like her. She was pushed out. Daničle and Jeana didn’t get along [either]. I was the third girl and I was new so I didn’t think I would even be seen in the video. They were always pushing me to the back. They said my red top stood out on screen.

    We were paid really well. We all got over $2,000 for the shoot, which is so much for a video dancer. Most people won’t believe it. I would have done it for free!



    I can’t believe how much work I got from being in the “Legs” video. It made me famous. I became [a] ZZ Top girl instead of “Miss March.” That was fine with me. People recognized me more from “Legs” because [my scene in] Ghostbusters was so fast. I also got recognized from Playboy. I made Playmate of the Year. I liked it when I would meet somebody and he wouldn’t know anything of what I’d done before, especially the Playboy centerfold.

    I did two ZZ Top videos. I never saw the second one—“Sleeping Bag.”

    I was in the Kiss [long form] video Exposed [1987]—about twelve videos. Paul Stanley became a friend and came up to Santa Barbara with some friends. We went out to dinner and came back to my place above the city and got in the Jacuzzi.


    I was also one of the girls in the “California Girls” video—the Van Halen guy with the long blond hair. [MTN: We think it may actually be a different David Lee Roth video.] No comment on that shoot.

    David Lee Roth… This guy lined us up wearing the smallest bathing suits we had and high heels on the top of a high-rise building in L.A. I decided to [go with] the Sheena/Tarzan look. I was very tan at the time and my girlfriend made me a chamois swimsuit and I wore African accessories. [Roth] made us all step forward, one at a time; he eyed us up and down and said “no,” “no way,” “uh-uh,” “back up,” “you can go,” or “yes, step over there.” He was just sooooo rude in his way of casting. The way he [made] the choices made us feel cheap. We all had been on many casting calls, so we knew a jerk when we met [one]. One girl was in tears when she left. A lot of the girls talked about this after the shoot. It’s not as easy as you may think.

    They wanted a dozen girls out of the 40-50 who showed. I got picked. We worked all day. It was cold and windy and the pay wasn’t much. Couldn’t pay me to work with him [again].


    I can't see her in the California Girls video and the editor also thinks it might be a different one but CG does look windy and if not that one I'm not sure which other it could be? She does also seem to have quite a few things that she misremembers throughout the longer interview.
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    Interesting, but I almost get the feeling she was more or less a sex worker in between her video gigs...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nickdfresh View Post
    Interesting, but I almost get the feeling she was more or less a sex worker in between her video gigs...
    Wouldn't be a surprise...lot of porn girls got legit work doing video shoots for 80's LA hair bands/rock acts.

    That KISS longform vid she mentioned, KISS Exposed, had a lot of porn actresses wandering around in lingerie and bikinis, lounging around the pool. When I saw that video in the late 1980s, I figured that the house used for the shoot must be either Paul Stanley's or Gene Simmon's house in LA, and they must have owned the high-end sports cars in the driveway. I was probably 17 years old when that EXPOSED vid came out, so I figured KISS were all millionaires. The reality was that the house was rented for the video shoot, the cars in the driveway were leased and KISS were a year away from nearly going bankrupt due to a decade of falling record sales, spottily attended concerts, bad business investments, massive tax bills coming due and overspending.
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    $2k for 2 days work on the Legs video seems like pretty damn good money in those days but how many albums did she sell for them? Without those videos there is no fucking way Eliminator would have sold 11 million plus. You could argue very probably not even a tenth of that.

    Music videos are one of those weird things where (and I'm sure I'm maybe talking shit a little and there are exceptions) they cost less now or similar to what they did 30+ years ago. People used to routinely spend $100k+ on a music video back in the 80s for even a bog standard act.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nickdfresh View Post
    Interesting, but I almost get the feeling she was more or less a sex worker in between her video gigs...
    Oh yeah, she was just as much a "sex worker" as Diamond Dave was a big time gigolo... gimme a break...

    She was a model who had the looks and business associations to get work in the industry. It's called show biz... just because she had attributes that were marketable in using the perception of sex to sell to dumbasses like you, that doesn't mean she was out selling $50 BJ's on Hollywood Blvd.

    Based on her description... her experience working with Dave wasn't all that wonderful. In fact, he was a jerk and she didn't want anything to do with working with him. This might explain why the guy who sold the fun loving, adventurous dude perception surrounded by beautiful women lives alone in a huge mansion and you couldn't find evidence of virtually any relationship for the last 40 years with the exception of a short stint with that women in Japan. Seems our hero is quite the loser...
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    That was a real 'Monday morning' post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Terry View Post
    Wouldn't be a surprise...lot of porn girls got legit work doing video shoots for 80's LA hair bands/rock acts.

    That KISS longform vid she mentioned, KISS Exposed, had a lot of porn actresses wandering around in lingerie and bikinis, lounging around the pool. When I saw that video in the late 1980s, I figured that the house used for the shoot must be either Paul Stanley's or Gene Simmon's house in LA, and they must have owned the high-end sports cars in the driveway. I was probably 17 years old when that EXPOSED vid came out, so I figured KISS were all millionaires. The reality was that the house was rented for the video shoot, the cars in the driveway were leased and KISS were a year away from nearly going bankrupt due to a decade of falling record sales, spottily attended concerts, bad business investments, massive tax bills coming due and overspending.
    And Paul and Gene didn't even drink much or do drugs, so they say...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZahZoo View Post
    Oh yeah, she was just as much a "sex worker" as Diamond Dave was a big time gigolo... gimme a break...

    She was a model who had the looks and business associations to get work in the industry. It's called show biz... just because she had attributes that were marketable in using the perception of sex to sell to dumbasses like you, that doesn't mean she was out selling $50 BJ's on Hollywood Blvd.
    Who said anything about $50 BJ's on the Boulevard? My guess is more like $2000 a night as an escort and not always for sex, not a street walker. Did you ever hear the song "Killer Queen"? High end prostitutes can be quite sophisticated and not smoke crack. She was definitely a party girl and clubber..

    Based on her description... her experience working with Dave wasn't all that wonderful. In fact, he was a jerk and she didn't want anything to do with working with him. This might explain why the guy who sold the fun loving, adventurous dude perception surrounded by beautiful women lives alone in a huge mansion and you couldn't find evidence of virtually any relationship for the last 40 years with the exception of a short stint with that women in Japan. Seems our hero is quite the loser...
    Well yeah, Monk described Dave as a narcissistic sociopath when it came to women, relationships with them and other people in general...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seshmeister View Post
    That was a real 'Monday morning' post.
    After a half cup of coffee... that was a bit on the grumpy side of my attitude. I'm trending toward happy though...

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    Kymberly Herrin, a former Playboy Playmate who appeared in Ghostbusters, has died at the age of 65.

    On Tuesday, the Santa Barbara News-Press said in an obituary that Herrin died “peacefully” on 28 October 2022 in Santa Barbara, California, where she lived until her death.
    https://www.independent.co.uk/life-s...-b2226590.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZahZoo View Post
    Oh yeah, she was just as much a "sex worker" as Diamond Dave was a big time gigolo... gimme a break...

    She was a model who had the looks and business associations to get work in the industry. It's called show biz... just because she had attributes that were marketable in using the perception of sex to sell to dumbasses like you, that doesn't mean she was out selling $50 BJ's on Hollywood Blvd.

    Based on her description... her experience working with Dave wasn't all that wonderful. In fact, he was a jerk and she didn't want anything to do with working with him. This might explain why the guy who sold the fun loving, adventurous dude perception surrounded by beautiful women lives alone in a huge mansion and you couldn't find evidence of virtually any relationship for the last 40 years with the exception of a short stint with that women in Japan. Seems our hero is quite the loser...
    This post was golden. Stop drinking coffee. It ruins your work.
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    Way to jinx her - she died 2 days after you started this thread...

    Kymberly Herrin, ZZ Top 'Legs' Video Star, Dead at 65
    https://ultimateclassicrock.com/kymb...top-legs-dead/
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    Quote Originally Posted by silverfish View Post
    Way to jinx her - she died 2 days after you started this thread...

    Kymberly Herrin, ZZ Top 'Legs' Video Star, Dead at 65
    https://ultimateclassicrock.com/kymb...top-legs-dead/
    It is a bit weird, never give someone a second thought in 30 years and boom!

    I'm going to think a lot about Sammy Hagar today...

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