updated 05/03/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 05/03/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT
A former nursing-home recreational therapist, Duffy, 31, was discovered by a photographer in a Greenwich Village bar in 1989 and in short order graced ads for everything from jeans to peanut butter. Thanks to a sassy homemade audition tape, video fame followed quickly. As part of her régime de beauté, she consumes an any-thing-goes diet, gets $8 haircuts from a one-eyed barber near her Manhattan apartment and accessorizes with baseball caps. "Too much self-attention," Duff huffs, "is repugnant." High on her private hit parade are main squeeze Whitfield Crane of the garage band Ugly Kid Joe ("I'm over the moon about him") and pop stars with pulchritude. "I never compare myself with women in rock videos," Duffy says. "I love beautiful women." After all, if you've got the beat, why not join them?