When Models Act


Earlier this week, news broke that Kate Upton is set to star alongside Leslie Mann, Cameron Diaz, and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jamie Lanister for all of you GoT fans, or just an incredibly attractive man for the rest of you) in a comedy called The Other Woman. It's a highly plausible story of how three women team up to exact vengeance on their shared/cheating boyfriend. Sure, Kate may have made the transformation from Sports Illustrated model to Vogue favorite, but can she take it one step further, like a rare few leggy ladies before her and become a bonafide star of the silver screen?

We all know the story of how Cameron became Mary and Charlize became a Monster, but there are countless other mannequins who found major success behind one camera and not the other, moving one. Consider the Nineties Supes: Naomi, Kate, Cindy, Christy, Claudia—a lot of Cs!—plus Tyra, Stephanie, Shalom, Heidi, etc. They dominated the runways, the magazines, and our hearts…or, at the very least, our minds, as we slipped on spandex and hit the gym. Nowadays, many of these women are seeing a career resurgence, whether through their original line of work or the increasingly common reality-TV hosting gig. But in the late '90s and early aughts, there was one other place you could find your favorite models: on the big screen. Some seem to have been in on the joke (e.g., Gisele in The Devil Wears Prada), while others, well, they might have been gunning for an Oscar. Either way, take a look back at our beloved Supes acting their hearts out. May the force of Naomi-in-Spike-Lee's-Girl-6 be with you, Kate Upton. (Though he was an actor playing a model, and so it doesn't technically count, here's a fun fact: True Blood's Alexander Skarsgård played Meekus in 2001's Zoolander.)

And as for Kate, you've done us proud, you've won the hearts of countless teenage boys; we know you can take Hollywood. Godspeed.

Up next: When Actresses Sing. No, just kidding. We wouldn’t do that to you.

[1-3] Tyra Banks in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, [4] Amber Valletta in Gamer, [5] Christie Brinkley in National Lampoon's Vacation, [6] Gisele Bündchen in The Devil Wears Prada, [7-8] Cindy Crawford in Fair Game, [9] Jerry Hall in Batman, [10] Claudia Schiffer in Black and White, [11] Naomi Campbell in Girl 6, [12] Naomi Campbell in Miami Rhapsody, [13] Shalom Harlow in Cherry, [14] Devon Aoki in Debs, [15] Devon Aoki in 2 Fast 2 Furious,[16] Stephanie Seymour in Pollock, [17-18] Elle MacPherson in Jane Eyre, [19] Famke Janssen in Taken 2, [20] Esther Canadas in The Thomas Crown Affair, [21-22] Heidi Klum in Ella Enchanted, [23-24] Alexander Skarsgård in Zoolander

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  • http://twitter.com/TheLesSocialite TheLesbianSocialite

    You left out the ultimate model movie - The Fifth Element

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  • http://www.vibrantbeautyblog.com/ Jennifer Monforton

    Don't have much to say about Kate Upton, but I'm loving the Fresh Prince Tyra feature. Great flashback!

  • http://www.commonromance.com/ Couteau

    Can ITG explain its infatuation with Kate Upton?

    • softy

      if kate upton is actually a "vogue favorite", then i really don't know what to say about vogue anymore.

      • http://www.commonromance.com/ Couteau

        Does anyone buy (American) Vogue these days? Serious question.

  • Ana

    Esther Cañadas is gorgeous? Wonder what shes been doing these days?

  • Jane S

    Carolyn Murphy was actually quite good in Liberty Heights in 1999. And wasn't Grace Kelly also a model turned actress turned Princess?

    • beeswaxnoneofyour

      Liberty Heights was an excellent movie.

  • Heather

    Love this! Elle MacPherson on Friends was also excellent!

  • beeswaxnoneofyour

    Let's not forget the multi-model 2-part episode of 3rd Rock From The Sun! (Irina Pantaeva, Cindy Crawford, Angie Everhart, Beverly Johnson)

  • mermaidsdream

    Amber Valetta was not bad in Hitch but what about Tyra starring with Lindsay Lohan in the Disney Channel movie Life Size??

  • Penelope

    Also Gemma Ward in The Black Balloon... I really wish she was still modelling she was one of my faves!

  • http://profiles.google.com/dontyouwishyouhadsomemore Sylvia Buchacher

    I love Travis Fimmel as Ragnar in the Series Vikings!!!


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