The Most Memorable Model Moments in Movie History

Models and actors playing models who are really, really, ridiculously good-looking on film.

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Celebrity (1998)

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Picked By: Stefan Marolachakis, senior editor, @stefanmymind

The Scene: Kenneth Branagh plays a neurotic writer who somehow finds himself hopping around town with a supermodel played by Charlize Theron. She brings him to a party for an artist friend of hers, where she gets more than a little bit distracted by her flirtations with other partygoers.

Back in the late '90s, If you were having a rough night and needed some echinacea, Anthony Mason was your man.

Why It's the Best: Because it features one of my favorite all-time movie moments in which Anthony Mason, one of the most beloved New York Knicks of all time, boasts to Charlize Theron's character that he carries echinacea on his person every day as they dance together— much to the chagrin of Branagh's writer.

Life-Size (2000)

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Picked By: Chanel Parks, assistant editor, @chanelinezp

The Scene: Just so you know, this is a movie where Tyra Banks plays a doll who is brought to life by Lindsay Lohan and a magical hairbrush. My favorite scene is where Tyra, as the IRL Eve doll, tries her hand at cooking and Casey (Lindsay Lohan) tries not to burn her entire house down. In the end, they are both covered with flour and on the brink of baking ruin.

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Look at how much fun they're having—covered in flour, no less!

Why It's the Best: OK, sure, the movie is about this real-life doll helping Casey deal with her mother's death (dark), but the cooking scene is really, really funny. First of all, you have Tyra Banks breaking out of her routine smizing character, and a cute, pre-Mean Girls Lindsay Lohan trying (and failing) to patch up every one of Banks's mistakes. If you're not convinced by this scene, just watch the film for the joyful chemistry between them.

Zoolander (2001)


Picked By: Catherine Fuentes, managing editor, @cat_fuentes

The Scene: Derek Zoolander, the "really, really ridiculously good-looking" three-time Male Model of the Year award winner is coaxed out of retirement and challenged to a walk-off by his young rival—and reigning Model of the Year champion—Hansel.

David Bowie is pretty much the only person who could accurately judge a male model walk-off.

Why It's the Best: Most on-screen and IRL catwalks don't seem too fun, but this one, set to Michael Jackson, contains enough break dancing, Blue Steel face-offs, and unfortunate turn-of-the-millennium outfits to make it funny 15 years later. And its A+ celebrity judge—David Bowie (RIP)—doesn't hurt.

Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead (1991)


Picked By: Chantal Strasburger, assistant editor, @chantagold

The Scene: When Sue Ellen's mother goes on vacation and the family's babysitter suddenly dies, the seventeen-year-old is forced to find a job to provide for her five siblings. Her industry of choice? Fashion design. After faking a resume and landing a position as an office assistant (with incredible shoulder pads and power suits to match), Sue Ellen has to prove her worth by hosting a fashion show—which she does in her own backyard, complete with a full-length catwalk and colorfully clad models.

The jewel-toned blazers, bright ochre tights, and… polka dot hat boxes? What's not to love!

Why It's the Best: You've got to hand it to Sue Ellen: putting together a full-fledged fashion show in your backyard as a teenager is impressive. But what truly steals the show are the models and their, shall we say, questionable early '90s fashions.

Funny Face (1957)


Picked By: Rebecca Deczynski, editorial assistant, @rebeccadecz

The Scene: Audrey Hepburn's Jo Stockton takes to the streets of Paris to model Hubert de Givenchy's stunning clothing, channelling Anna Karenina, a girl in love, a woman scorned, and more to bring emotional depth to her photos. This sequence is pure eye candy, as well as an iconic moment in film history.

Just modeling a Givenchy gown in the Louvre, as one does.

Why It's the Best: Long before the days of Instagram models, Funny Face showed how an ordinary girl could get "discovered." Plus, Jo Stockton is able to enjoy modeling without compromising her love of books and philosophy. Hooray for multi-faceted depictions of models!

Unzipped (1995)


Picked By: Caitlin Petreycik, senior fashion editor, @c_petreycik

The Scene: Unzipped follows fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi in the weeks leading up to his fall 1994 runway show, and at one point, he floats the idea of having the models change on the runway. It doesn't go over well.

A master class is eye rolling, right there.

Why It's the Best: You know that line in Zoolander about how models make the best assassins because they do as they're told? Well, Zoolander lied! When Isaac Mizrahi asks Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell to dress and undress in full view of the front row, Kate gives him the eyeroll to end all eyerolls, and Naomi's reaction is a beautiful, definitive, "no." That is how you end a conversation.

Blow-Up (1966)


Picked By: Christian Storm, photo editor, @cstorm44

The Scene: David Hemmings plays a hotshot fashion photographer running around "Swinging London," photographing beautiful women and attending wild parties—all of which he finds incredibly boring. In its most famous scene (which graces the movie's iconic poster), Hemmings is photographing a model in his studio. Their interaction is exactly what your grandmother thinks fashion photo shoots look like, with the model writhing around on the floor while the photographer gives direction and intermittently kisses her on her neck.

Being a fashion photographer is a hard job, clearly.

Why It's the Best: Is this scene exaggerated, even campy? You know the credits scene from Austin Powers where Powers keeps saying "Yeah, baby!" while photographing a groovy Mod chick? Blow-Up is where the inspiration for that scene came from. But anyone who's seen the original would have to admit that the dynamic between the photographer and the model is genuinely intense and sexy as well.

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