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"Just the way she walked was illegal in thirty-seven States."

When a woman walks with hips wriggling back and forth. She's more than likely to be wearing something tight and/or short enough that your eyes are drawn to her gorgeous legs and hindquarters. Commonly done while wearing high heels, although it's also possible to do this walk without them.

This is often used as part of a Head-Turning Beauty introduction or Walk This Way gag, usually having any onlookers Eating the Eye Candy or getting Distracted by the Sexy. You can be sure The Vamp will walk like this.

In a Fashion Show, this is one of the most common Modeling Poses used. When the Fashion Model reaches the end of the catwalk, she may strike a Contrapposto Pose or Head-and-Hip Pose, which can generate a similar effect in static form.

Compare Shaking the Rump, Showgirl Skirt (another blatant way to show off legs), and Streaking. Contrast Silly Walk and Power Walk.



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  • A Reebok advert for trainers is nothing but this. Apparently they have "micro instabilities" that help you tone your bum and hips. Some have had to watch it a couple of times before they understood what it was actually selling.
  • An old commercial for Pepsodent Toothpaste shows a teen girl, Suzy Q, attracting the attention of two teen boys as she walks down the street in this way (and with her hands on her hips, to boot), although it is less because of her walk than her big white smile (hence, the advertised product).

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    Fan Works 
  • Glorious Shotgun Princess: Miranda and Liara decide to teach Jane Shepard how to strut. They rope Tali into helping, because her swaying hips became infamous on the first Normandy. She insists that she is not doing it on purpose... and demonstrates by showing what her intentional sexy walk looks like. She promptly causes a car accident.
    Jane: [to Miranda] How is it my little sister analogue manages to do this better than you?
  • In The Night The House of Cards Was Built, Anko bets both herself and Kurenai in a High-Stakes Poker Game, and are promptly won by Naruto. Later on, when Kurenai leaves for the kitchen, she makes a point of "rolling her hips as she walks" to remind the other men who are playing of what they failed to get.
  • In The Night Unfurls, Shani slowly walks slowly towards Kyril with a little sway in the hips as she convinces him, a tired individual, to "relax". Kyril is unfazed by this.

    Films — Animation 
  • Frozen:
    • Frozen: Elsa struts towards her ice castle balcony at the climax of "Let It Go". This was partly meant to be symbolic of her finding self-confidence (why she also spreads her arms proudly), and partly because it looks good with her brand new, slinky Pimped-Out Dress.
    • Frozen II: While playing charades, Olaf imitates her walk to get "Elsa" across.
  • Sluefoot Sue in the "Pecos Bill" segment of Melody Time, emphasized by her large bustle.
  • My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Rainbow Rocks:
    • The Dazzlings from the movie are sirens who during the cafetaria scene augment their song with some generous hip swaying.
    • Rarity seriously shake her hips on leaving her boutique in the short "Life Is a Runway". And all of her impromptu models too, once on the runway. Of course, that's how fashion models are supposed to move.
  • Shrek: Fiona noticeably as she walks across the tree bridge as Shrek holds it down, showing she's taken a liking to him.
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit: Jessica Rabbit walks this way in general. It's best demonstrated during her stage performance in the Ink and Paint Club. The entire audience, even the hard-boiled Eddie Valiant, is mesmerized.

    Films — Live-Action 

  • In The Aeneid, Aeneas recognizes Venus in disguise "By her stride". Kind of awkward, seeing as she's his mother.
  • Discworld: Adora Belle Dearheart can walk "like a snake trying to sashay".

  • In My Sister, the Serial Killer, Korede has a crush on Tade, the doctor she works with. She tries to invoke this trope, hoping to impress him. Instead, he mistakes her “sexy” walk for a medical issue and asks her about it, to her embarrassment.
  • In Rally Round the Flag, Boys!, Comfort Goodpasture, to her father's distress, learns to walk like Marilyn Monroe even before she becomes interested in boys.
  • In the French police novels series San-Antonio, a sexy woman walking by is sometimes described as "trying to write some calculation with her ass, the like of 'I put down 8 and carry over 1'...".
  • In the Trigger Argee stories (part of the Federation of the Hub series), Argee apparently has one; one person even mentions that it's known among her friends as "the Argee lilt" (referring to the motion of her hips). This is plot-relevant when other characters are trying to find a convincing body double for her.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Angel: In "Ground State", Gwen makes her entrance into the restaurant to meet her client while doing a sexy walk to his table, while also wearing a red skintight Hell-Bent for Leather Bare Your Midriff outfit that makes every man in the room gape at her. Her client is actually less than pleased, as he wanted a discreet meeting.
  • Arrowverse: Black Siren does this a lot.
  • Caprica Six of Battlestar Galactica often walks this way around Gaius Baltar.
  • Castle: In "To Love and Die in L.A.", has a scene with Kate (Stana Katic) doing a Sexy Surfacing Shot from a pool and then sexy walking in Slow Motion in her swimsuit past the Villain of the Week to get his attention, though the undercover Castle also gets Distracted by the Sexy.
  • Dark Matter. The men on the ship are well aware of Two's Sexy Walk (that's only accentuated by her twin thigh holsters and Bare Your Midriff outfit). In the second episode she's walking away from One and without turning round tells him to "stop staring at my ass."
  • Discussed in Dinosaurs. Charlene asks her mother Fran if she should swing her tail or not when she walks. Fran says no, good girls don't do that. Then Grandma Ethel butts in, advising Charlene to "swing it a little bit" until she lands a husband, "then put it away."
  • Lady Cassandra from Doctor Who tends to move in this fashion after possessing the body of Rose Tyler. Billie Piper made sure to play the trope in order to show how Cassandra is much more willing to exploit her femininity than Rose. Effectively, despite being one of the most horrible, technically still human characters at first, Cassandra ends up becoming one of the most sultriest characters in the series and has the moves and curves to show it off.
  • Family Matters:
    • Played with. Carl is going to go undercover as a woman and has to learn how to walk like one, so enlists his wife for help. Then they make out. Then Steve walks in.
    • Played with in another episode; Steve Urkel is having some kind of Film Noir fantasy, with him as the Private Detective and all the other cast members filling various noir roles. Predictably, since it's Steve's fantasy, Laura is the Vamp. Every time she walks, a soundtrack of drums going boomp-bada-boomp-bada-boomp plays. At one point Steve snaps at her with "Would you sit down?! I can't think with those drums playing!"
  • Ginger on Gilligan's Island walks this way more often than not. Played for laughs on the episode where one of the male cast needed to dress up as Ginger (It Makes Sense in Context), and they had to see which one of them could do the best sexy walk.
  • In an episode of I Love Lucy, Lucy walks in an exaggerated version of this as part of an attempt to convince Ernest Ford she was a sinful city woman and he should go home. Ernest says "You have a hitch-up in your get-along."
  • Mad Men: Most women display it (even the housewives), but it's most in play when Joan is on the screen. Makes sense, given that she's Christina Hendricks.
  • In an episode of Matlock, Matlock's law partner Michelle bets she can use her sexuality to get some tickets from Matlock. She does a sexy walk, he notices, asks her to repeat it, and when she does, references the I Love Lucy episode and quotes Ernest.
  • Rimmer of Red Dwarf gains a (fortunately brief) sexy walk in "Balance of Power" when his hologrammatic form is merged with Kochanski's hips. And one breast. Six series later, Kochanski's sexy walk reappears — with Kryten.
  • Saturday Night Live:
    • Weekend Update covered a recent list of the sexiest women in comics, and Jessica Rabbit made the list. Jessica Biel walked in as Mrs. Rabbit, complete with drums.
    • The parody of Mad Men, featuring Jason Sudeikis and Kristen Wiig as 1960s-era A-Holes who meet the characters of Mad Men [some played by the actual actors; others impersonated by the cast members]) and had Casey Wilson as Christina Hendricks's character Joan. It was lampshaded when she said, "I'm leaving. Wanna watch?" and every character (except Bill Hader as Sal) were fixated on her.
  • Smallville: In "Nicodemus", Lana gets infected with the Nicodemus plant and becomes Not Herself. The next day, she arrives at school wearing a Stripperiffic black miniskirt and boots and struts sultrily through the school hallway, while every boy stares.
  • Star Trek:
  • Teen Wolf: Kira does this in "The Benefactor", walking flirtatiously down a set of stairs towards Liam - but it gets Playedfor Laughs when she loses her balance and falls right in front of him.
  • In Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Summer Glau carefully and intentionally gave Cameron a sexy walk. It should be noted that Cameron, being a Robot Girl, plays this up when she calculates that doing so will help her get what she wants.
  • In season 3 of Twin Peaks, the FBI take along the attractive Agent Tammy Preston when they go see the Coopelganger in prison. Afterwards her boss Gordon tells her to go wait in the diner so he can have a private talk with his colleague Albert in the parking lot. She does a very sultry walk, which doesn't go unnoticed.
    Albert: I'm feeling better now.
  • The X-Files. Played for Laughs in "First Person Shooter". Mulder is interrogating a stripper. When she leaves, Mulder leans sideways to check her out as she walks down the corridor. Scully, with an amused look on her face, leans sideways to block his view.
  • The Vampire Diaries: Katharine Pierce is practically the walking (ahem), talking embodiment of this trope.

  • Bob Seger's "Her Strut".
  • As indicated by the title of "Strut Miss Lizzie", a 1920s jazz tune written by
Turner Layton and Henry Creamer.
  • The entire point of the KISS song "Strutter".

    Video Games 
  • In contrast to the other female characters in ARMS, who either have a standard walk cycle, are in a mechanical suit or float, Twintelle walks with her hand on her hips with a very pronounced sway of varying speed, which highlights her already extremely prominent (and famous) rear.
  • Assassin's Creed:
    • Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad of Assassin's Creed is not only legendary In-Universe but also among the female followers of the series. His slowest walking speed comes with a nice view of those glorious hips and shoulders.
    • Assassin's Creed II retains a milder version of this with Ezio, the Kenways tone it down even further but it's still there and the women all have it post ACI. Altaïr will always have the most prominent Sexy Walk of them all, though. The courtesan NPCs have quite the sexy saunter as well
  • Pretty much all the on-screen women in Batman: Arkham City. Special mentions go to Catwoman, who is a Third-Person Seductress, and Talia al Ghul, whom the game has you follow at one point with her assets prominently framed.
  • Bayonetta. Bayonetta swings her hips a foot in either direction when she walks normally. Her stance is so exaggerated that even when standing still her feet are placed on the opposite sides of her center of mass.
  • Bendy and the Ink Machine: In Chapter 3, Henry meets the butter-faced "Alice," who wears black tights and a mini-dress and is obsessed with being beautiful. She forces him to go on a "date" with her, and after she causes the elevator crash at the end of the chapter, she can be seen walking toward it with her hips swaying from side-to-side.
  • Litchi Faye-Ling from BlazBlue as demonstrated here.
  • Vivi, the vampire lady from Brain Dead 13, is always moving this way.
  • In Champions Online, characters have the option of different animation sets to use for movement, including walk style. A set that includes a saucy hip-swaying walk is one of the options for female characters.
  • City of Heroes recently introduced the ability to "walk", giving each "body type" (male, female, and huge) it's own unique swagger. The female version is... almost back-breaking to watch, but DAMN it looks sexy.
  • Destiny has this for female characters in third person.
  • Carmen in The Path goes trudging through the forest dressed like she's off to the club, seducing any animals that may be watching, no doubt.
  • Vanessa in P.N.03, though it also applies to her entire combat arsenal of sexy acrobatics and striptease/pole dance style attacks.
  • In the Saints Row games where you can choose a woman in the Character Customization, her slowest walking speed does this.
  • Street Fighter V: Menat's walk animation is this trope combined with Walk Like an Egyptian as she struts around on her tiptoes, with a lot of emphasis placed on each step, causing her hips to sway a lot.
  • The female character models in Syphon Filter: The Omega Strain do this, most noticeably in a crouched stance.
  • Tales of Xillia has Presa walk with a more defined swing in her hips, compared to the other female characters, including Milla. Her Stripperiffic outfit helps in keeping the eyes low to notice this.
  • In Tormented Souls, the main character Caroline walks with a distinctly feminine gait.
  • World of Warcraft: Roll a female draenei, and you'll see why "/waggle" has become a meme. (Although, in that case, it's not a matter of high heels; it's a matter of being unguligrade.) Hell, half the females in World of Warcraft walk like this — Night Elf and Blood Elf women, and to a lesser extent orc and troll ones as well. Not to mention the warlock's summonable Succubus minion. Draenei just happen to be exception in that the female half of their entire race happen to stick their butts out. Always.

    Visual Novels 
  • Although this is not portrayed outright, Lauren from Double Homework is mentioned to shake her hips as she leads the protagonist to the bathroom of the nightclub where they are for a much-needed handjob.

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    Western Animation 
  • Francine Smith from American Dad! in the episodes "My Morning Straitjacket" and "Rubberneck" where she wear a skimpy outfit and catches the eye of many men.
  • Hello Nurse and Minerva Mink from Animaniacs does this a lot.
  • The scene in the Batman: The Animated Series episode "Pretty Poison" with Poison Ivy's hip-swaying walk out of the restaurant (in a dress inspired by Jessica Rabbit) catching the eyes of some men.
  • Circe in Justice League Unlimited episode "This Little Piggy" does this during her Villain Song "Lulu's Back In Town" montage.
  • The title character in the Columbia Cartoon The Miner's Daughter attempts one, but due to her rail-thin figure and clodhopper feet, it doesn't quite come off.
  • ReBoot:
    • Hexadecimal is rather famous for her slinky walk, with one particularly well-known shot of it being used in the opening credits for Seasons 1 and 2. In fact, at one point in the Playstation game, Hex attempts to seduce Bob by masquerading as Dot, but her walk ends up giving her away.
    • Mouse in "The Great Brain Robbery" episode when she walks past Megabyte. The virus himself is unable to resist staring at her swaying butt.
      Mouse: Let's get this show on the road, my meter's running.
      Megabyte: Indeed.
  • Rocky and Bullwinkle: Natasha walks almost as a crudely-animated parody of this.
  • Attempted by Sanjay's neighbor at the end of the Sanjay and Craig episode "Brett Venom, M.D.". Fetish Retardant Up to Eleven.
  • Steven Universe:
    • In "Love Letters", Jamie the mailman is present when Garnet comes home from patrolling the ocean for Malachite; his view has him see her doing this from straight-on.
    • Blue Diamond pulls this off in the third-to-last episode of the fifth season, Together Alone, making her grand entrance to the ballroom with her Hartman Hips swaying hard.

    Real Life 
  • This. Done by a contestant during the Miss Universe pageant of 2011, and is nicknamed "the Tsunami Walk". Won 3rd place, but Worth It.