For the music video the band decided to find a similar-looking girl to star, wearing a bee outfit, and the girl that was cast was Heather DeLoach. In the video she plays the glasses-wearing child who tap-dances in a bee outfit and later runs off to find her bee kin. She played the same character in the video for Weird Al Yankovic’s “Bedrock Anthem”.
Blind Melon vocalist Shannon Hoon described DeLoach in the months that followed as “signing autographs and hobnobbing with the heavy hitters. I heard she was hanging out with Madonna at the MTV Awards.”
It has been nearly 30 years since the video was released and DeLoach is all grown up these days. Now aged 37, she has her own Facebook page – Heather DeLoach, “The Bee Girl” – and still dresses up as a bee occasionally. Sometimes it’s for Halloween, and sometimes it’s for ABC TV.
“I’m not one to boast,” she told MTV a few years ago, “but my boyfriend, friends, sister and mother, whenever we’re in a conversation with a stranger, by the end they’ll bring it up and people will recognize me. People come up to me all the time with stories about how I changed their childhood and got them through a tough time of not being accepted.”
The song “Bee Girl” on the album Lost Dogs by Pearl Jam is a tribute to DeLoach.
DeLoach married financial advisor Matt Greiner in 2017 after the couple met online. The wedding included nods to the Blind Melon video with several bumblebee details. Today, DeLoach represents a fertility doctor in Orange County, California. She appeared as “Bee Girl” on the Fox musical game show “I Can See Your Voice” earlier this year.
She has also worked as an actress and has appeared in the medical drama, ER.
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