I can’t imagine that being a model is all that exciting. There’s no doubt that you’re attractive and famous. And Leonardo DiCaprio may be your sex partner. The only catch is that you’ll have to put on 50 pounds, don outlandish costumes, and parade down catwalks like a savage beast in front of a bored audience of fashionistas. Then, at the age of 30, you’re done! However, I am a huge fan of beautiful women in movies. Moreover, in honor of Fashion Week, which begins today in London and then travels to Paris, I’ve compiled a list of ten of my favorite model movies;
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1. Blow-Up (1966)
Veruschka’s rigorous modeling session with David Hemmings in Michelangelo Antonioni’s Swinging ’60s London is unforgettable in the film, which is primarily about a fashion photographer in London at the time. It’s over-the-top, seductive, and a great time. Everything a fashion item should be should be included here.
2. Who Are You, Polly Maggoo? (1966)
William Klein’s dark satire depicts a Brooklyn-born model (Dorothy MacGowan) who sweeps Paris by storm in the eyes of the fashion world. Vogue editor Grayson Hall (of “Dark Shadows” renown) stars in this artistically bizarre, witheringly satirical drama. Criterion’s “The Delirious Fictions Of William Klein” DVD box set, which has been carefully restored, includes this previously unavailable film.
3. Mahogany (1975)
a complete trainwreck starring Diana Ross in the role of a young want tobe fashion designer trying to claw her way up the fashion ladder in Chicago’s slums The Kabuki-themed fashion show scene in this movie is one of the most entertaining in film history. A psychotic photographer (Anthony Perkins) compels Ross to model erratically in a car going 100 miles per hour at the climax of the film.
4. Eat Your Makeup (1968)
Maelcum Soul and her minion, David Lochery, kidnap women and compel them to model themselves to death in the woods in this early John Waters film.
5. Puzzle Of A Downfall Child (1970)
Faye Dunaway plays a model who has a nervous breakdown in Jerry Schatzberg’s film, and she does a fantastic job. It’s also the sort of film that would be impossible to produce now. So why isn’t this movie available on DVD?
6. Gia (1998)
Angelina Jolie’s portrayal of supermodel Gia Carangi, who had a meteoric ascent before slipping into drug addiction and a tragic early death, is devastating. Despite being a TV movie, this one has a lot going for it.
7. Zoolander (2001)
Derek (Ben Stiller) is a vacuous male super model who is indoctrinated to kill the prime minister of Malaysia in this slapstick comedy. Even though Stiller and Hansel’s “walk-off challenge” is a bit cheesy, it’s still hilarious.
8. Chasing Beauty (2013)
Filmmaker Brent Huff conducts interviews with top designers, models, photographers and even plastic surgeons to examine the modeling industry from all angles in this interesting documentary.
9. Blood & Black Lace (1964)
Mario Bava’s novel about a black-gloved assassin who murders fashion models in Rome has had a profound impact on the genre. Many other directors have copied Bava’s use of exaggerated colors and innovative lighting, yet it remains unmatched.
10. Funny Face (1957)
Director Stanley Donen enlists the help of fashion photographer Richard Avedon for the look of this beautiful musical about a young woman who works in a bookstore (Audrey Hepburn) who is changed into a model by a photographer (Fred Astaire). “Think Pink!” is one of Kay Thompson’s best outfits as the editor-in-chief of a fashion magazine. Perfection.