Venus Hottentot is the pseudonym of Abiola Abrams. Abiola was born in New York City of Guyanese parentage. She earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She defines herself as a self-empowerment expert. She is also a TV host, internet personality and personal coach. Her name means "joy" in Nigerian Yoruba, but her pseudonym plays tribute to Sara Baartman, the "Venus Hottentot" brought to Europe in the 19th century to take part as a slave in itinerant freak shows. Candida Royalle collaborated with Abiola in the shooting of Afrodite Superstar.