Created By: Basara-kun on November 17, 2016 Last Edited By: Basara-kun on February 17, 2017
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Fanservice Model

A Fashion Model that specializes in lingerie, swimsuits, body paint and sometimes nothing but nudity.

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Iori-chan... It feels so weird... seeing someone of my class do a photo profile in a magazine...

A Fashion Model wears clothes of every kind, since barely showing some skin to those ones that has nothing than a bikini or a lingerie. This kind of model specializes in the latter, being Best Known for the Fanservice. The Fanservice Model wears swimsuits, lingerie and also goes for the Fetish Fuel using Fanservice Costumes. Also can go into nudity, but not necessarily the Full-Frontal Assault, that means in the form of Body Paint and with nothing at all, being covered just with Godiva Hair and Hand or Object Underwear. Usually is known as an Always Female trope, but there're also men that are Fanservice Models, mostly with well-marked shapes for women (and some men) magazines.

In Japan to be specific, there's a name for this kind of models: the Gravure Idol, which is the girls (yes, this is an Always Female trope there) are specialized as Fanservice Models though not to the point of posing nude, being the Distaff Counterpart of AV Idols (AV stands for "Adult Video''). Many popular female idols in Japan launched their careers by starting out as Gravure Idols, as well some Seiyuu and Idol Singers that became or were Gravure Idols.

Something that should be made clear: the Fanservice Model just made provocative (or sometimes goes nude) photos but doesn't necessarily goes to cross the line of Sex or Porn. But as in eveything, there're some exceptions, in which models started into this and later converted into pornstars, as well pornstars that made Bleached Underpants sessions for some magazines during their porn careers of after retiring from them. Also some stars from various media (TV, movies, music, etc) made some casual sessions as Fanservice Models for some male (as well female) magazines.

Compare Ms. Fanservice (and Mr. too), Lingerie Scene, Walking Swimsuit Scene, Shirtless Scene and Public Exposure. Contrast Costume Porn and Contractual Purity. Overlaps with Idol Singer, since various of them also were gravure idols; and Cosplay, depending of the kind of costume wearing (or almost not wearing), especially for private photosessions instead crowded events. The Japanese Media Fictional Counterpart is the Ecchi genre.


Examples

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    Anime and Manga 

    Comic Book 
  • In an early X-Men arc the team has to go undercover in New York, and Jean Grey gets a job modelling swimsuits.
  • For a time, Starfire had a career as a fashion model (using the Earth name Kory Anders). Considerating that she displays the traits of Tamaran's highly sensuous culture (and even showing herself naked in A LOT of official DC stories), it's pretty obvious to say she fits this trope all over.
  • As Starfire, another DC Comics example is Jennifer Lynn-Hayden, daughter of Green Lantern Alan Scott, more known as Jade, who also was a model and a photographer. Like the Tamaran, she's an extroverted person who hasn't afraid to show her Impossible Hourglass Figure (as seen in most of her Jade costumes), so it's implied her model career also has a lot of fanservice photoshoots.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Various chapters in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit are dedicated to these kind of models and how they're victims covered by their unit. An example is a 2016 chapter in which a fashion photographer is accused of raping a model during a shoot, but his much more successful older designer brother tries to make the case go away.
  • Amy Pond from Doctor Who was a fanservice model for a time before starting her adventures with The Doctor. But different from most of the characters on the list, she didn't wear lingerie nor swimsuit, but Fanservice Costumes since she worked as a kissogram. By the time she saw the Doctor again after being a child, Amy was wearing a police officer costume.
  • In the season 4 of That '70s Show, Michael Kelso was called to be a male underwear model, who appeared in diverse magazines, being mocking by his friends and causing a new split with his then-girlfriend Jackie Burkhart, who always wanted to be a Fashion Model.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • Kanako Urai, most known as Kana and Asuka, apart of being a professional wrestler, she's also a gravure idol among other things.
  • Despise of the criticism she had in their time, gravure idol Yuzuki Aikawa became a wrestler in World Wonder Ring STARDOM, being the Inverted Trope.
  • Almost all (if not all) female wrestlers in WWE history, as well from other leagues like WCW, made some fanservice sessions. The most escalated example is Chyna, who after retiring from wrestling, she entered to XXX world as a pornstar. But she wasn't the only or first one: Tylene Buck (aka Major Gunns), Candice Michelle and Lizzy Borden also followed Chyna's way in the past, all of them also started with fanservice photosessions before their jump to Porn.

    Video Games 
  • Tina Armstrong from Dead or Alive series between the things she wanted to be apart of a wrestler, is to be a supermodel. In DOA2 she aspires to be one, for which she bleaches her hair blonde and dresses in skimpy outfits. She ends up having to fight her own father in the competition, and emerges victorious. She gets her wish and begins modeling on a television show.
  • In Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE, Maiko Shimazaki, the president of Fortuna Entertainment, used to be a Gravure Idol, and depending on the ending she can go back to it.
  • Sonicomi
    • Super Sonico, Nitro Plus's Mascot, between the many things she does, is also a gravure idol, possibly the main reason of her success between Japanese Media fans.
    • Extra addition for cosplayer and fanservice model Jessica Nigri, who also made Sonico's English dub for the game and anime appearances, as well being the official Nitro+'s Sonico cosplayer for USA.
    • One of Sonicomi characters, Lumie, was a former gravure model who left the business to become an Idol Singer as Sonico. She comes back as gravure idol in one route.
  • Miu Hinasaki, one of the characters of Fatal Frame V is a gravure model, and can be seen during the game when Miu makes suggesting poses everytime she's in front of the camera.
  • In Yakuza 5, Saki Suzuki, a gravure idol who is also an avid gamer, appears as a waitress at Izakaya Hanako in Kineicho.
  • In Pri Para, there's Chunky Chanko, who became a gravure idol in Season 2. This seems to be played more for laughs, as only Meganee is ever seen taking photo shoots of her.
  • The Idolmaster: One of the girls, Azusa, made an audition to be a gravure model in the anime adaptation. This trope is invoked since her seiyuu is actually one.
  • Fighting Angels is a relatively obscure, all-female 2005 Fighting Game released for the PS2. Basically a fighting game starred by gravure idols, or girls who wanted to be them. A game full of Fanservice but nothing more than that.
  • In No More Heroes, one of high-ranked assassins is Holly Summers, a former model with a prosthetic leg.

    Webcomics 
  • Sandra on the Rocks is a very Fanservice-laden webcomic that takes place in the fashion industry, with the characters mostly wearing these kind of outfits as part of their job. The protagonist, Sandra, is initially shy to wear them, but she eventually gets used to them.
  • Funny Animal Hunter from Furry Experience is a Mr. Fanservice model in Furry Valley U's figure drawing class. Poor introvert Catherine can barely look at his naked self while sketching his poses, and even her brash roommate Rhonda had to bail on one class because Hunter "was ... well ... hot."

    Real Life 
  • Cosplay
    • Some famous worldwide Cosplay stars overlaps their career as cosplayers serving as fanservice models, mostly for lingerie and swimsuit sessions for magazines as well for their own portfolios. Some of the most known cosplayers that are or were fanservice models are Francesca Dani, Jessica Nigri (who also makes voice acting and dubbing), Yaya Han, Marie-Claude Bourbornnais (who also makes full nudity sessions), Jannet "Incosplay" Vinogradova and Stella Chuu.
    • Also, as male counterparts, there're cosplayers like Leon Chiro and Elffi who also made fanservice photosessions as well.
    • A notable case in Japan is Miss Hannah Minx, an American YouTube personality that lived in Japan and teached Japanese as well showed things from this country, but that doesn't matter because male fans saw other "pair" of things. She was also known for being a strange case of Gravure Idol, having her own Cosplay session even recorded in video.
  • Gravure Idol
    • The Gravure Idol scene is full of names fans should know: Risa Yoshiki, Reon Kadena (who actually made nude sessions too), Leah Dizon, Ai Shinozaki, Yumi Kobayashi, Mikie Hara, Nana Ozaki, Aki Hoshino and Ayaka Komatsu. Just to name a few of them.
    • Sometimes, other famous women made times as Gravure Idols without leaving their actual careers. Ayumi Hamasaki is the prime example of this.
    • Also, there're some famous Seiyuus that made a parallel career as Gravure Idols. To catch some famous names in the industry, see this 2009 discussion here in TV Tropes.
  • A Rare Male Example of pornstars making Bleached Underpants photosessions is Shimiken, a male AV Idol considerated as "The King of Porn" in his native Japan. Apart of making XXX movies, he also make fashion photosessions and even was part of a live-action webseries (Dorama) of a Boy Band directed to female public.
  • Some famous beauty contests that are all about this trope are Miss Hawaiian Tropic and Miss Reef, both made in Summer and starring girls with nothing but bikini and a t-shirt.
  • Lads', Lads, or Laddie mags (magazines) (known exclusively as men's magazines in English-speaking North America) contain non-nude photography (or bare-breasted photography in the case of some British "lads' mags"), women accompanied by articles about the woman that is pictured (usually models or actresses); consumer stories about cars, tools, toys, music, TV and film, sports, foods, alcoholic beverages; or "guy tales" of sexual encounters. Some famous worldwide lads' mags are FMH, GQ and Maxim.
    • One of first percursors of this kind of magazines is The '90s' British magazine Loaded.
    • In their beginnings, Playboy was like this, with the time becoming Up to Eleven in mature content. Actually is considerated a porn version of lads' magazines.
  • Model Kelly Brook started acquiring a fan club when she was a relative un-known doing otherwise anonymous shoots for clothing and underwear - especially underwear - directed at more mature ladies. This interest from a Periphery Demographic which was definitely not the one the advertisers had in mind, which was highly unlikely to buy the product, was what propelled Kelly into the new arena of being not only a model but also an occassional actress and TV presenter.

Indexes: Fanservice, Costume Tropes, Nudity Tropes, Partial Nudity Tropes, Swimsuit Index, Rule of Sexy, Occupation Tropes

Redirections: Lingerie Model, Swimsuit Model, Bikini Model, Gravure Idol
Community Feedback Replies: 22
  • November 17, 2016
    StarSword
    Probably better be No Real Life Examples Please due to commonality and potential NSFW content.
  • November 17, 2016
    Basara-kun
    I was thinking about that, but I'll need more fiction works examples. Right now I stated that if well there're real examples, none of them cross the thin line of porn or something
  • November 18, 2016
    Snicka
    • Sandra On The Rocks is a very Fanservice-laden webcomic that takes place in the fashion industry, with the characters mostly wearing these kind of outfits as part of their job. The protagonist, Sandra, is initially shy to wear them, but she eventually gets used to them.
  • November 19, 2016
    Arivne
    • Examples section
  • November 21, 2016
    Basara-kun
    OK, added a couple more of examples, one of them from fiction. So yeah, bump
  • November 21, 2016
    Aubren
    Do models count if they're in it for "the art"? If they don’t give a lick about how tittilated the viewers are?

    What about models of different body forms? If a plus size woman only does bikini and skinpaint (and her fanbase is either straight women or nonexistant) then would she count?

    Or is the definition specifically for models who intend to sexually arouse the viewers without crossing into porn? (Like the Gravure example.)
  • November 22, 2016
    Basara-kun
    -Yes, I think they can count too. In cosplay ambient various female cosplayers made some ecchi sessions Just For Fun (and likes, of course) and don't receive money for doing it. So yeah, those examples can be added here

    -I never specify the type of body for the fanservice models (maybe excepting the male ones, which oftenly have muscles), so yeah that also can count on this

    -Particularily yes, but it's mostly about the kind of modeling (lingerie, swimsuit, bodypaint, etc) and not necessarily has to be nude or bordering porn, can be a more Bleached Underpants session but in lingerie, for example

    OK, adding a couple of examples in fiction I found, maybe I can gain a hat with them, maybe :P
  • November 28, 2016
    Snicka
    ^ Only if those hats are part of a fanservice outfit. ;)

    Joke aside, I think this trope does have a potential.

    Regarding plus size models, the Big Beautiful Woman trope exists for a reason.
  • December 1, 2016
    Basara-kun
    Bump, I'll need help with this :P
  • December 14, 2016
    Basara-kun
    I was thinking to put as main image this one: (Gravure Idol Ai Shinozaki) or maybe this one (DOA2 Tina Armstrong) to exemplify this potential trope, what do you say, guys??
  • December 14, 2016
    Snicka
    ^ The DOA one doesn't capture the trope very well, as it shows Tina being an Action Girl while wearing a bikini, rather than modelling. The other is a bit better, as she is posing on it as a fashion model, but it still feels a bit like Just A Face And A Caption to me. I think a good trope image would not only show the model, but her being photographed. Something like this, but with a fictional character on it?
  • December 15, 2016
    Basara-kun
    Hmmmm, could be something like this then, the image is from Is, not sure if the size could see something of what Ichitaka said, but I can make a note with it below the pic
  • December 15, 2016
    Basara-kun
    OK, done ;)
  • December 15, 2016
    rmctagg09
    • In Tokyo Mirage Sessions FE Maiko Shimazaki, the president of Fortuna Entertainment, used to be a gravure idol, and depending on the ending she can go back to it.
  • December 28, 2016
    oneuglybunny
    Webcomics
    • Funny Animal Hunter from Furry Experience is a Mr Fanservice model in Furry Valley U's figure drawing class. Poor introvert Catherine can barely look at his naked self while sketching his poses, and even her brash roommate Rhonda had to bail on one class because Hunter "was ... well ... hot."
  • January 12, 2017
    AgProv
    Model Kelly Brook started acquiring a fan club when she was a relative un-known doing otherwise anonymous shoots for clothing and underwear - especially underwear - directed at more mature ladies. This interest from a Periphery Demographic which was definitely not the one the advertisers had in mind, which was highly unlikely to buy the product, was what propelled Kelly into the new arena of being not only a model but also an occassional actress and TV presenter.

  • January 12, 2017
    StarSword
    Adjusted the page image and caption to pothole it to the manga.
  • January 22, 2017
    Basara-kun
    Bump, almost close to be a trope :D
  • January 25, 2017
    AgProv
    From the draft:
    • Lads', Lads, or Laddie mags (magazines) (known exclusively as men's magazines in English-speaking North America) contain non-nude photography (or bare-breasted photography in the case of some British "lads' mags"), women accompanied by articles about the woman that is pictured (usually models or actresses); consumer stories about cars, tools, toys, music, TV and film, sports, foods, alcoholic beverages; or "guy tales" of sexual encounters. Some famous worldwide lads' mags are FMH and Maxim.

    It could be added that while there is, as yet, no works page for FHM, GQ or Maxim, there is a Works page for the British mag that got the ball rolling back in [[ The Nineties 1994]]: the notorious Loaded It Needs More Love and links.
  • January 26, 2017
    Basara-kun
    Thanks for the reference, added to the list. I also think FHM, GQ and Maxim should have work pages too, but i'm not know much about them to make them by myself.
  • February 4, 2017
    Basara-kun
    Well, it seems this is ready to be launched. But I've the doubt about the redirections, what should I do to add them now?? (especially the Gravure Idol one)
  • February 17, 2017
    Basara-kun
    Wow, A LOT of gravure idol examples in TV Tropes using the search engine. Added all of them, now the examples list is already full. OK, launching this during this weekend, thaks to all for the help!!

    Also, if some moderator can make the Gravure Idol redirection when this is launched, it would be great =)
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