From Cindy to Charlotte: A History of Supermodels in Sexy Music Videos
Runway pros including Naomi Campbell and Chrissy Teigen have helped artists create epic videos
This week, Charlotte McKinney joined an elite group of supermodels who’ve secured their places in music video history when she appeared in DNCE’s steamy “Body Moves.” In the clip, McKinney gets frisky with lead singer Joe Jonas as she rocks a leather jacket, black bra and fan-blown tresses.
She’s the latest in a long line of runway beauties who have used their “being really good looking” skills to advance the art of the music video, basically since the dawn of the medium.
Below, we look back at some of the most memorable model music video moments:
1. Christie Brinkley in Billy Joel’s “Uptown Girl”
Brinkley famously starred in the 1983 video two years before tying the knot with Joel. The model proved “Uptown Girl” and her now ex-hubby still have a special place in her heart when she got down to the track at a 2014 concert.
2. Chanel Iman, Jourdan Dunn and Joan Smalls in Beyoncé’s “Yoncé”
It takes very special women to hold their own next to Queen Bey, but the fierce trio proved they were up to the task in the sultry 2013 clip.
3. Chrissy Teigen in John Legend’s “All of Me”
Legend and Teigen first met on the set of his video “Stereo,” but it was the ultra-romantic 2013 “All Of Me” that truly made the real-life couple’s music video partnership unforgettable. In July 2016, the pair returned to the Italian house where the video was shot with their daughter Luna, now 6 months.
4. Naomi Campbell in Michael Jackson’s “In the Closet”
Campbell’s 1992 collaboration with the King of Pop didn’t hold back on the provocative dance moves.
5. Cindy Crawford in Jon Bon Jovi’s “Please Come Home for Christmas”
Crawford locked lips with the rocker for his 1992 holiday release, which included no shortage of blush-inducing shots in front of the fireplace.
6. Ashley Graham in DNCE’s “Toothbrush”
Before there was Charlotte McKinney, there was Ashley Graham in between the sheets with Joe Jonas for May 2016’s “Toothbrush.” “We just got to make out and roll around on each other all day. It was a man’s dream come true,” Jonas told E! News about shooting the vid.
7. Lily Aldridge, Gigi Hadid, Karlie Kloss, Cara Delevingne, Martha Hunt and Cindy Crawford in Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood”
Model and non-model squad members alike joined forces for Swift’s 2015 mega video. And the supermodels were right by Tay Tay’s side when “Bad Blood” took home the MTV Video Music Award for video of the year.
8. Stephanie Seymour in Guns N’ Roses’ “November Rain”
Axl Rose’s then-girlfriend Seymour played his wife in the 1992 video. Although the video’s place in history has stood the test of time, their relationship, sadly, did not.
9. Gigi Hadid in Zayn’s “Pillowtalk “
Hadid appeared alongside her then-rumored boyfriend in his first solo video after leaving One Direction.
10. Selita Ebanks in Kanye West’s “Runaway”
Ebanks portrayed a half-woman, half-phoenix in the 2010 short film, which featured songs from the rapper’s album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and clocked in at more than 30 minutes. “She never diva’d out,” West told MTV News about the Victoria’s Secret model’s work on the film. “She just believed in my vision and delivered. She brought the film to a whole other level.”
11. Tyson Beckford in Toni Braxton’s “Un-break My Heart”
The brawny model brought the tears in 1996’s “Un-break My Heart.” After Beckford’s character is presumably killed in a motorcycle accident, his lover (Braxton) tearfully reminisces on their past together, which included games of Twister, shower make-out sessions and lots of staring.
12. Bella Hadid in The Weeknd’s “In the Night”
The Weeknd recruited his girlfriend for the danger-laden video, in which she plays a nightclub dancer.
13. Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Tatjana Patitz, Christy Turlington and Cindy Crawford in George Michael’s “Freedom! ’90”
The singer reached out to the five supermodels after being inspired by their Vogue cover, which was shot by photographer Peter Lindbergh. In the video, the flawless fashionistas lip-sync the hit song. “Twenty-five years later, this video — and not my magazine covers — is what people mention the most when they approach me on the street. It’s pretty incredible,” Evangelista told Harper’s Bazaar in 2015.