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If you think you'll look half as good in these clothes as Katy does, then she's done her job.

"In a way, I suppose, I'd achieved what I set out to do—to wear expensive clothes and be looked at and admired."
Young Love #50, "Norma The Queen of The Hot Dogs"
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This is when characters get paid to wear clothes, whether simple or fancy, to make the clothes look good. Their work most often is seen in Fashion Shows, Fashion Magazines, and Up Marketing ads where they often do glamorous Modeling Poses. If nothing else, it's an excuse to have some Costume Porn in the show.

In the earlier decades of Haute Couture, such models were called "mannequins", though that term is now used to refer to store dummies made to model clothes.

In fiction this is often portrayed as a glamorous and enviable profession, especially for women. In the mid 20th century, this was seen as one of the proper professions for ladies (at least until she became a housewife), since it was seen as a passive job, and it made a great excuse for shows to utilize the costuming department. Even today male models are rarely shown compared to women.

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For even more costume porn, these characters may become Fashionistas and own an Unlimited Wardrobe, in addition to all the clothes they model.

Yet works may also acknowledge the downside of the profession. Since models need to look good themselves to help make the clothes look good, this emphasizes an obsession on their appearance. This leads to the stereotype that models are stupid, vain, and shallow. Even worse, the need to keep up appearances can be a source of stress. I Just Want to Be Beautiful is justified in this profession, since the character's livelihood is at stake. Such characters may turn to alcohol and drug use.

If people can stay above those problems, they may become world famous, and dubbed a "Supermodel". In which case just doing their job often doubles as a Celebrity Endorsement.

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A School Idol is very likely to either be a Fashion Model or have it suggested that they become one. Characters are often shown in-story to be considered very good-looking by having scouts approach them in the street suggesting they should be a model or actor. Although not all of these scouts are trustworthy.

Some characters may try doing this just for fun, or because they they are undercover.

Some real life actors and actresses started out as professional models.

A Sister Trope to Fashion Designer (who makes the clothes models wear), Hood Ornament Hottie (whatever they wear, they are there to make the car look good) and Fanservice Model (who specializes in lingerie, swimsuits and even sexy costumes).

Compare Rule of Glamorous, Fashion-Shop Fashion Show, The Beautiful Elite, Model Couple, Virtual Paper Doll.

See also Undercover Model (an officer or agent working as a model, or other related event).

Not to be confused with Only a Model.


Examples

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    Anime & Manga 
  • In Bokura no Hentai Ryousuke's deceased sister was an up-and-coming teenage model. According to Ryou she was a huge tomboy for most of her childhood but took a Girliness Upgrade when she became a model.
  • In Cardcaptor Sakura Sakura's late mother Nadeshiko worked as a successful model, whose beauty inspires both her husband and her own daughter.
  • Misa in Death Note works as this, in addition to acting and singing.
  • Amanogawa Kirara of Go! Princess Pretty Cure originally refuses to become a Pretty Cure because it conflicts with her modeling career and her dream of becoming a runway star like her mother. Even after she decides to try to balance her job with the responsibilities of a superheroine, she sometimes has to make a choice between the two.
  • In the manga Hidoku Shinaide, it is revealed that Maya used to be an amateur model for a magazine, but he stopped when he started to get obsessed with Nemugasa.
  • In Koe no Katachi when Sahara meets Touya again post-elementary, she is shown to be quite lanky. In the final chapter she is shown being hired to be a model.
  • Quilt Queen by Natsuneko is about a successful fashion model and her less-than-successful designer friend (and lover).
  • In an episode of Sailor Moon Usagi enters a modeling contest (though she has to do some improvised clothes repair on her swimsuit after moths got to it), but it turns out the photographer holding the contest has been possessed by the Monster of the Week and she has to fight it.
  • In Tsukipro:
    • Rikka used to be primarily a model before joining SolidS and becoming a singer. He still does a lot of modeling. He is tall, half French, with shoulder-length pink hair, and is considered the Team Mom of his unit.
    • All of the characters model from time to time, as part of their Idol Singer work. The first anime features an episode where Hajime models for a womens' cosmetic line, wearing lipstick, and what turned out to be his costume from Rabbits Kingdom without the bunny ears. In the second anime, it is said that the campaign was so successful that they want to have a second one with SolidS' Rikka and Dai.
  • Ami Kawashima from Toradora! is a fashion model, who is considered in her school to be very tall and beautiful. We see her featured in magazines.
  • Wandering Son: Several major characters are models. Nitori's older sister, Maho, is a huge fangirl of the popular tween model Maiko and decides to take up modeling. She only gets in at first though due to her gimmick that she and her "crossdressing brother" look like twins, however later Nitori stops modeling while Maho becomes respected. It's after becoming a model that Maho and Nitori meet Suehiro Anna, who later becomes Nitori's girlfriend and Maho's best friend though at first Anna gets along poorly with them. Late into the manga Takatsuki gets recruited as a model due to her tall looks and eventually joins the same agency as Anna and the others. Being praised and seen as a beautiful, androgynous model along with other issues is what causes Takatsuki to reconsider if she's a trans boy or not.

    Comic Books 
  • In the Amalgam Universe book The Magnetic Men featuring Magneto has the Magnetic Men (an amalgam of the Brotherhood of Mutants and the Metal Men) given human identities and Antimony (Scarlet Witch/Platinum) becomes a model. Her name is Debbi Walker, a reference to the teen-humor books Date with Debbi and Patsy Walker (neither of whom were models).
  • Katy Keene is about a fashion model working in Hollywood. Often her job is just a backdrop to the wacky adventures she gets into.
  • When the Metal Men were provided with human identities in the tail end of their original book, Platinum becomes fashion model Tina Platt.
  • Millie the Model is about the eponymous model and her co-workers, and the various adventures they get involved in. Even when the tone of the comic shifted from comedy to romance, and then to comedy again, it was still about the fashion industry.
  • Model By Day is about a model who decides to become a masked crimefighter, who the media dubs "Lady X".
  • In Spider-Man Mary Jane worked as a fashion model for a while.
  • In an early X-Men arc the team has to go undercover in New York, and Jean Grey gets a job modelling swimsuits.
  • Both Starfire and Nightwing have worked as models.
  • Vixen is a well-known supermodel. Originally she wore a face-covering metal helm, but in later incarnations, one of the first things she does after becoming a superhero is make her identity public.
  • Flare originally had this as a day job.

    Film - Live Action 
  • In Boris and Natasha Natasha ends up becoming a model during their undercover operation. Boris getting upset at her fame is what leads them to discover their feelings for each other.
  • Gia is a tragedy about a Real Life model who died of AIDS after suffering from heroin addiction.
  • Zoolander is a comedy about male models who are turned into Manchurian Agents.
  • The Nicholas Winding Refn movie The Neon Demon is set in the world of fashion models, and the main character is a young, aspiring model. Because it's a Nicholas Winding Refn movie, murder and cannibalism are involved.

     Literature 
  • In Have His Carcase, one of the people Lord Peter Wimsey interviews in the course of his investigation is a model (though since this is in the 1930s, she's called a "mannequin") named Olga Kohn, after a photograph found on the body of a murder victim turns out to be of her.
  • Juliet Stollop/Jewels in Unseen Academicals goes from being an indifferent kitchen worker to a dazzling fashion model. The twist is she's modelling dwarf clothes, so she has to wear a false beard. Her friend Glenda initially disapproves, but then realises that while her down-to-earth nature is right for her, Juliet has a right to do something else.

    Live Action TV 
  • America's Next Top Model is a Reality Show where the contestants train and practice for this, and the prize is a modelling contract.
  • Angel: Cordelia is a would-be actress and gets a job as a bikini model in one episode. The photographer insults and berates her until she quits, after which she doesn't appear to try to be an actress any more. the only exception to that is the episode Birthday, where she takes up the offer to re-do the time she has spent with Angel Investigations to become a famous actress. Eventually she resumes her old life and becomes part demon to be able to endure her visions.
  • Castle: Kate was a former model before she joined the police force. This is revealed in the episode "Dressed to Kill", where she even cracks that police work is less corrupt than the high fashion business. Though she does her former boss, Matilda King, a favor and models a Fairytale Wedding Dress that Matilda designed.
  • Charles in Charge: At one point the older daughter Jamie goes to modeling school in hopes of becoming a famous model. Charles tries to convince her that it's a scam, but then it is pointed out to him that she is presenting herself with more composure and deportment, which is a positive, even if the school itself isn't what it makes itself out to be.
  • In Charlie's Angels one of the later members of the revolving cast was a fashion model turned private investigator.
  • In the Firefly episode "Shindig", the crew is walking through the shopping area in a town, and in some of the store windows are women standing in fancy dresses, moving from pose to pose.
  • In the second episode of Get a Life Chris enters a modeling school, and in the attempt to hit the big time he gets himself arrested at a fashion show.
  • Glee offers a Rare Male Example - Dumb Blonde Sam Evans, who declares it his life ambition to become a male model. He eventually moves to New York trying to make his dream a reality, but the vicious nature of the business breaks him and he moves back to small town Lima to become a football coach.
  • Izzie Stevens from Grey's Anatomy paid her way through med-school by modeling lingerie. This was the topic of many jokes at her expense in the first season, resulting in her Establishing Character Moment, where she tares down her colleagues, especially Karev, for their sexism and double standards.
  • Just Shoot Me!, being set in the offices of a fashion magazine, naturally has fashion models as extras and supporting characters. Most of them serve as Girl of the Week for Elliot or Dennis, although one minor arc had Dennis marry a model. One of the main characters, Nina Van Horn, is a former model now working as the magazine's head of fashion.
  • Shane Mc Cutcheon from The L Word subverts the trope entirely - she was more or less shoe horned into becoming a model and participating in a gender bending lingerie campaign. She hates the end result so much she ends up defacing her own billboard with the help of her Platonic Life Partner Alice.
  • Betty Draper of Mad Man used to be a fashion model before she had children. Many of the tropes more unpleasant aspects apply to her: she is extremely vain and sometimes seems quite vapid.
  • Models Inc is a spinoff of Beverly Hills, 90210 set in an LA modelling agency.
  • Moonlighting: Maddie Hayes is a former model. It doesn't have much plot relevance other than her owning the detective agency as a tax write-off but now using it seriously after he accountant embezzled her savings. Though for aesthetics it gave the costumers reason to have her wear many fancy dresses and fur coats.
  • In New Girl CeCe is a fashion model, mainly as a contrast for Hollywood Homely Jess. One episode has Jess take CeCe's place in a car show and bungle her way through posing in a revolving platform.
  • The TV movie and subsequent show Paper Dolls took place in the fashion industry, where the egos of many of the models provided a lot of the conflict.
  • Quantum Leap: In one episode Sam leaps into a fashion photographer and he has to rescue a model from overdosing on pills which her manager, a former fashion model herself, keeps feeding her in order to keep her working.
  • Deconstructed in Renegadepress.com's "Body And Soul"; Carmen, who had wanted to be a model, learns from another model that the agency expects the young models to have sex with managers and clients while overseas in Europe. Carmen confronts her agent and gives up her dream of a big modelling contract.
  • In Step by Step Karen Foster is an aspiring model.
    • In one episode she convinces her mother Carol to join her in a mother-daughter pageant (and finds that appealing to the lecherous judges is not worth doing to win the contest).
    • In another she's hired for a fashion shoot, but Carol comes along to keep Karen safe, since Karen is 15 (which Carol repeatedly reminds everyone there). Then an older model convinces Karen to at least finish school before trying to be a model, as she did otherwise and still regrets it.
  • In both major incarnations of Thunderbirds, Lady Penelope is a fashion-model. Thus she has a groovy 1960's fashion sense (right down to her pink Rolls-Royce), as well as give her reason to pop up anywhere in the world whenever the Tracy family needs her assistance in a mission. She just happened to be attending a show or gala nearby.
  • In a first season episode of Burn Notice Michael’s high school friend’s teenage daughter accepts an offer to do some modeling in Dubai. Except the guys who setup this gig for her are actually pimps and they intend to sell her to clients who “prefer first timers that put up a fight”. Michael spends the episode trying to rescue her before she can leave for Dubai.

    Music 
  • The Right Said Fred song "I'm Too Sexy" is about an egotistical male model.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • Gorgeous George is the trope codifier, at least as far as pro wrestling goes. He would wear anything, so long as it wasn't too suggestive, from (men's)athletic wear, (men's)formal wear, (men's)bathrobes to, (conservative women's)dresses and (women's)bathrobes.
  • Jeff Hardy is an unorthodox case, but when the man was TNA World Heavyweight Champion with Immortal he was a borderline Drag Queen. And even when he wears more "masculine" clothing it ranges from casual t shirts, and wife beaters, to just strange like t shirts over t shirts, to form fitting polyester, to crop tops with detached sleeves, to more rugged biker vests and protection suits, to stripper like v necks, to glow in the dark paint, to the occasional collared shirt and tie, which honestly looks more jarring on him after you've seen everything else. And even his otherwise formal attire often comes in bright clashing colors. Ladies love him.
  • Angel Orsini, when not using the Riptide, Wildfire or Prodigette gimmicks anyway. She shows off everything from workout gear and singlets to full piece suits and blazers. To a much lesser extent, her Arch-Enemy Jazz also wears and even wrestles in a surprisingly diverse amount of different fashions, being more limited in that Jazz usually wants her biceps visible.
  • Little Jeanne, ranging from mafioso style suits and fedoras, to zoot suits, to old school pro wrestling leotards, to track and field type warmups, to somewhat conservative two pieces, to pantyhose, fishnets, wildcat stripes and of course, jeans.
  • Daffney Unger, once she grew out of her crazy townee phase. Most of her clothing is self sewn and of a "Gothic" bent, but even with the occasional skull or eyeball she dresses in a wide variety of outfits, especially as a ring announcer and manager, from gowns, to corsets, to mini dresses to jumpsuits and in all sorts of hats, especially top hats that are tiny and tilted.
  • Jimmy Jacobs will wear anything of any size, shape or color, even if it's considered unmanly. Especially if it's considered unmanly. Sometimes its trunks and furry boots like Bruiser Brody. Sometimes it's a tutu. Sometimes he's a horny viking like John Nord. Sometimes he wears a business suit. And sometimes he wears a tiara. Sometimes he dresses as a heavy metal king, sometimes as an Emo Teen and sometimes as a beauty pageant queen. He'll come out with a towel or a scarf. Vests or crop tops. Sometimes he'll mix some of these up with each other.
  • The role of the Power Twins in California's Ultimate Pro Wrestling, in addition to dancing and cheering, was to dress in a wide variety of vibrant outfits while doing so. They dressed in just about everything except the expected skirt and pom poms.
  • Chest Flexor is well known for having all sorts of different fashion statements as entrance gear. How fashionable his clothing actually is depends on just where he is in the Heel–Face Revolving Door. One of his funnier, if more annoying tricks is to be preceded by a valet in something that looks moderately decent on a woman and then enter the arena in the same thing looking much less flattering on his less curvy body. The World Famous Flea Market had a fit when he wrestled as a sheep.
  • La Morena, of WWC, IWA Puerto Rico and The World Wrestling League, has a Play Boy Bunny gimmick. Since none of those promotions are big on nudity though, she mainly focuses on moderately conservative fanservice and more conservative but very experimental fashion designs when not wrestling. Some of her ring gear follows whatever popular fashion trends that can be translated into ring gear, with bunny designs on them of course.
  • Allysin Kay, the classiest of the classy lady groups Midwest Militia and Valkyrie, tends to lounge in all sorts of high fashion attires while recording her promos, showing off precious stone or pearl jewelry and comes to the ring with Peacock Girl headdresses and or wings, sometimes mixing things up with leather, Lycra singlets, long zippers, fencenets, catsuits, skirts over tights, skirts attached to tights, kick pads...and sports bras adorned with spikes(even Daffney protested when Kay wore the latter during matches).
  • Sofia Cortez veered towards this when during the times she was not wrestling in the revived FCW and the developmental version of NXT. She was reportedly considered not "feminine enough", despite wrestling in a small top and tight pants, so she tried being seen in more bustiers and bracelets and less in her usual warmups and headbands. (Maxine tried solving the same problem with more overt fan service, but it didn't work. Cortez's worked worse, but give her credit for trying)

    Theme Parks 
  • The "House of Vayne" models from Busch Gardens' Howl-O-Scream event, but they secretly are actually blood-thirsty vampires that lure in victims with their beauty.

    Toys 
  • The backstory for Barbie is that she's a model in her late teens (though now early adulthood). Several of the side characters are as well. In the movies where Barbie is herself (instead of a character with Barbie's appearance and voice) this is explicitly her job.

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    Western Animation 
  • In the Batman: The Animated Series episode "Mean Seasons" Calendar Girl was a model and actress who lost her jobs due to ageism (basically the only problem was that she was over 30), and it drove her to obsess over her looks to the point of madness.
  • In Beverly Hills Teens a few episodes involved some of the main characters trying to get into modelling. In Who Wears The Pants Bianca schemes so that she can get to model a designer's new creation of gold lamé jeans.
  • Daria:
    • A fashion company seeks teen models and the hold a contest at Lawndale. Most of the Fashion Club, including Quinn, are the finalists before a "Solider of Fortune" style magazine breaks it up with their own presentation (which Daria had set up, since the contest was a violation of school ethics).
    • In another episode the students take career tests, and Quinn's predicted career was a neck model, but she gave up that possibility when she got a horrible chest rash.
  • In one epside of Family Guy Lois revealed she always wanted to be a model, and finally decided to take it up. Though she ended up falling into drugs and alcoholism to handle the pressure.
  • Adrian Agreste in Miraculous Ladybug models for his father's fashion company when he's not fighting evil as the superhero Chat Noir. He's very popular because of it and had to spend one episode hiding from a group of his crazed fans after he made a commercial about a cologne (named after him, to boot.) It's made clear, however, that Adrien mainly models to make his distant father happy and is much happier going to a regular school and being a superhero than a teen supermodel.
  • In My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic Fluttershy is convinced to be a model for fashion guru Photo Finish. Fluttershy hates it but thinks it will make Rarity happy (though Rarity did that to hide her envy, since Photo wasn't impressed by Rarity's designs).
  • In Thundarr the Barbarian a model is brought from the past to the show's present (where she gains superpowers and defeats an Evil Overlord). She spends the episode in the evening dress she was modelling at a show.

    Real Life 

  • Malin Åkerman worked as a model since she was a child, and was even signed with Ford Models at one point.
  • Barbara Bach was a highly-sought after model in the 1960s who belonged to the Eileen Ford Agency and who graced the covers of fashion magazines such as Seventeen, Vogue and Elle.
  • Tyra Banks was a model before creating and hosting America's Next Top Model.
  • Catherine Bell worked as a model in Japan prior to her acting career.
  • Ashley Benson started her career as a child model.
  • Monica Bellucci was a fashion model wearing furs and other high fashion.
  • Esmé Bianco works as a glamour model in addition to her entertainment career.
  • Millie Brown
  • Naomi Campbell started out as a model, often appearing in shows by many of the top European designers of The '80s and The '90s.
  • Gina Carano works as a fitness model in addition to (and especially after her retirement from) her Mixed Martial Arts career.
  • Henry Cavill works as a print model in addition to his acting career.
  • Lois Chiles
  • Gwendoline Christie works as a model in addition to her acting career.
  • Lauren Cohan
  • Jennifer Connelly started as a child model, having appeared in several commercials and several covers of Seventeen magazine.
  • Cindy Crawford started out as a model, often modelling furs in the 80s and for Blackglama Mink in the 2000s.
  • Elisha Cuthbert worked as a foot model as a child.
  • Geena Davis was signed with Zoli Agency from 1979 to much of the early 80s.
  • Brooklyn Decker is a famous fitness model who appeared in several Sports Illustrated swimsuit issuesin the 2000s and has walked for The Gap, Intimissimi and Victoria's Secret.
  • Cara Delevingne began modelling at age ten where she appeared in an editorial shot of Vogue Italia. Since then she modelled for several known brands and has walked in Fashion Weeks set in Paris, New York, London, and Milan as well as Victoria's Secret fashion shows.
  • Lana Del Rey sidelines as a model and has walked for H&M, endorsed Jaguar F-Type, and has appeared in L'Officiel.
  • Cameron Diaz signed wit Elite Model Management when she was sixteen and appeared in advertisements for Calvin Klein and Levi's. She was also featured on the cover of the July 1990 issue of ''Seventeen magazine and shot a Coca-Cola commercial in Sydney.
  • Nyle DiMarco won the twenty-second season of America's Next Top Model, and then Dancing with the Stars shortly after, becoming the first deaf winner of both. He's also an actor, having appeared on Switched at Birth and Difficult People, and he regularly advocates for deaf awareness.
  • Jamie Dornan began as a model. He was signed with Select Model Management. He has modelled for Abercrombie & Fitch, Aquascutum, Hugo Boss, Armani, Dior Homme and Calvin Klein, Dolce & Gabanna, Zara, Banana Republic, and Levi's Jeans.
  • Terry Farrell worked with Elle Modelling Agency and immediately had an exclusive contract with Mademoiselle. She went on to appear on the covers of the American, Italian and German editions of Vogue.
  • Travis Fimmel worked with Chadwick Models agency and headed overseas where he was eventually signed on the spot with agency LA Models in 2002. He then became the first male in the world to secure a six-figure deal to model exclusively for Calvin Klein for a year. He then fronted CK's Crave men's fragrance campaign and modelled the brand's famous underwear.
  • Gal Gadot has led international campaigns as a model for Miss Sixty, Huawei smartphones, Captain Morgan rum, Gucci fragrances and Vine Vera skincare ranges, and Jaguar Cars. In 2015, she became the face of Gucci's Bamboo perfume brand. She has been featured as the covergirl on Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Bride Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, UMM, Cleo, Fashion, Lucire, FHM, Maxim, and has been the main model for fashion brand Castro in 2008–16.
  • Karen Gillan worked as a print and runway model prior to her acting career.
  • Eva Green
  • Kit Harington sidelines as a print model and has been the face of Jimmy Choo's clothing line, 'Nissan Infiniti, and Dolce & Gabbana.
  • Angie Harmon was a child model who had won a Seventeen contest as a teenager. In her twenties, she worked as a runway model for high-profile designers Donna Karan and Calvin Klein.
  • Colton Haynes began his career as a model at the age of fifteen in New York City, subsequently appearing in a photo shoot by Bruce Weber for Abercrombie & Fitch. Afterward, he began modeling in campaigns for Kira Plastinina, J. C. Penney, Ralph Lauren, Verizon and has also appeared in numerous magazine editorials such as Teen Vogue and Arena.
  • Christina Hendricks worked as a model prior to her acting career.
  • Natasha Henstridge started as a model at age fifteen and has appeared in the cover of Cosmopolitan and modelled for Olay and Old Spice.
  • Boyd Holbrook started his model career with Elite Models in 2001.
  • Willa Holland started out as a child model. She was signed with Ford Modeling Agency at age seven, and immediately booked a shoot for Burberry. She has modeled for Guess, Gap, Abercrombie & Fitch and Ralph Lauren.
  • Djimon Hounsou has modelled in Paris and was the face of Calvin Klein in 2007.
  • Kathy Ireland started out as a model, frequently appearing in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issues in The '80s.
  • Sylvia Hoeks was scouted by Elite Model Management at age 14 and traveled Europe as a model for several years.
  • Theo James
  • Nia Jax, real name Savelina Fanene, worked as a plus-size model prior to her Professional Wrestling career.
  • Dakota Johnson has modeled for MANGO and has appeared in the cover of Teen Vogue.
  • Grace Jones modelled for Yves Saint Laurent and Kenzo.
  • Milla Jovovich started modelling at 12.
  • Stacy Keibler worked as a fitness model prior after her retirement from Professional Wrestling career.
  • Karlie Kloss is well-known for her work with Victoria's Secret, being a Victoria's Secret Angel from 2011 to 2014.
  • Kelly Kelly, real name Barbara Blank, worked as a fitness model prior to her Professional Wrestling career.
  • Olga Kurylenko has appeared on the covers of Vogue, Elle, Madame Figaro and Marie Claire magazines. She also became the face of brands Bebe, Clarins, and Helena Rubinstein and has also modelled for Roberto Cavalli and Kenzo and appeared in the Victoria's Secret catalogue.
  • Ashton Kutcher was signed with Next modeling agency in New York, has appeared in commercials for Calvin Klein, and modelled in Paris and Milan.
  • Jessica Lange worked as a part-time model under Wilhelmina Modelling Agency prior to her acting career.
  • George Lazenby was a model when he got the role of James Bond in On Her Majesty's Secret Service.
  • Peyton R. List was a print model and has posed for Justice Magazine and the cover of American Girl.
  • Caity Lotz is a fitness model in addition to her dancing and acting career. She has posed for Men's Health and Esquire.
  • Dolph Lundgren had a short-lived modelling career for Zoli Agency in The '80s.
  • Elle Macpherson is a five time Sports Illustrated covergirl and has appeared in magazines such as Elle, Harper's Bazaar, Marie Claire, Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Tatler, GQ, Time, L'Officiel, Flare and New York. She has also walked for designers such as Louis Vuitton, Ralph Lauren, Azzedine Alaïa, Donna Karan, Christian Dior, Thierry Mugler, Nicole Miller, Michael Kors, Perry Ellis, Todd Oldham, Calvin Klein, John Galliano, and Valentino.
  • Gabriel Mann was a professional runway model prior to his acting career.
  • Eva Marie, real name Natalie Coyle (née Nelson), worked as a fitness model prior to her "Professional Wrestling career".
  • James Marsden was a Versace model prior to his acting career.
  • Maryse Mizanin (née Ouellet) worked as a glamour model prior to her Professional Wrestling career.
  • Leighton Meester began working as a child model with Wilhelmina, booking a Ralph Lauren campaign shot, worked commercials for Tamagotchi and Clearasil, and modeled for Limited Too.
  • Eva Mendes worked as a print model prior to her acting career.
  • Cameron Monaghan began his career as a child model.
  • Marilyn Monroe was a pinup model prior to her acting career.
  • Shemar Moore
  • Rachel Nichols: Worked on advertising campaigns for Abercrombie & Fitch, Guess, and L'Oréal.
  • Brigitte Nielsen worked as a glamour model for most of The '80s.
  • Connie Nielsen worked as a model in France and Italy prior to her acting career.
  • Robert Pattison began modelling at twelve years old. After years of retirement, he resumed his modelling work (in addition to his acting career) and became the face of Dior Homme fragrance since 2013, appearing in both the brand's fragrance and Menswear lines.
  • Summer Rae, real name Danielle Moinet, worked as a model prior to her Lingerie Football, then eventual Professional Wrestling career.
  • Norman Reedus worked as a model and has worked for GAP, H & M, Morgenthal Frederics, and Prada.
  • Alan Ritchson began his modeling career in the Abercrombie and Fitch catalogue; he also modeled underwear for the men's online underwear store internationaljock.com. He also signed to Los Angeles agency Vision Model Management and appeared on N2N Bodywear. He retired in 2009.
  • Rebecca Romijn graced several fashion magazines such as Elle, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, Allure, Glamour, GQ, Esquire, and Sports Illustrated and has walked for designers such as Giorgio Armani, Sonia Rykiel, and Anna Molinaril.
  • Isabella Rossellini has been in the cover of Vogue all across Europe several times and has walked for Dolce & Gabbana and Anna Molinari.
  • Connie Sellecca worked as a model prior to her acting career.
  • Amanda Seyfried has appeared in the printed ads for clothing companies including Limited Too, and was featured on three covers of the Sweet Valley High novel series.
  • Lili Simmons began her career as a Ford Model, modelling for Bebe Stores and Roxy and appearing in commercials and print ads for companies like J.C. Penney and Saturn.
  • Cobie Smulders worked in modeling prior to her acting career.
  • Ian Somerhalder was a child model prior to his acting career.
  • Talisa Soto began as a model in her teen years, gracing the covers of Vogue, Elle, Mademoiselle and Glamour.
  • Sharon Stone worked as a model (under Ford Modelling Agency) prior to her acting career.
  • Trish Stratus, real name Patricia Strategeas, worked as a fitness model prior to her Professional Wrestling career.
  • Alyssa Sutherland (Vikings) modelled for a number of high fashion brands, most prominently Vogue.
  • Channing Tatum has posed for Vogue magazine and has appeared in campaigns for Abercrombie & Fitch, Nautica, Dolce & Gabbana, American Eagle Outfitters, and Emporio Armani.
  • Uma Thurman began her career as a model at age fifteen. Her early modeling credits included Glamour and the December 1985 and May 1986 covers of British Vogue.
  • Analeigh Tipton was signed to I Model & Talent in Los Angeles and walked in Los Angeles Fashion Week Fall 2008 for designer, Kelly Nishimoto for her Fall 2008 collection, Imasu prior to her competing and placing third in the eleventh cycle of America's Next Top Model. Afterwards, she signed with Ford Models in Los Angeles and Abrams Artists Agency, in both the commercial and theatrical divisions. She has then appeared on Spain's Marie Claire, Seventeen magazine's December 2008-January 2009 edition, a several page spread in Maxim and Vogue. She was also featured in ads for Forever 21 and Guess. She also modeled Geren Ford's pre-fall 2010 collection, and has walked for Skingraft and David Alexander for the S/S 2010 season.
  • Nico Tortorella was an underwear model prior to his acting career.
  • Shantel VanSanten has been featured in Teen Vogue and Seventeen magazines.
  • Sofía Vergara started her career as a model.
  • Mark Wahlberg worked as a model for Calvin Klein and has appeared in Vanity Fair.
  • Tom Welling modeled for Louisa Modeling Agency until 2000, when he relocated to Los Angeles. There he modeled for Tommy Hilfiger, Abercrombie & Fitch, and Calvin Klein while pursuing an acting career. Years after landing his Star-Making Role in Smallville, he appeared in the May 2008 issue of Vogue, the so-called Superhero Issue.
  • Torrie Wilson worked as a fitness model prior to and after her Professional Wrestling career.
  • Kelly Brook started her career as a model when she was 16.

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