Modeling in Movies

Modeling has been the theme of numerous movies throughout the last few decades. It has been depicted in a wide range of genres, ranging from comedy to horror. There are several movies about modeling which are worth seeking out to watch.

Female Trouble

John Waters is a filmmaker revered for his shocking and transgressive work. Female Trouble stands out as one of his best movies. It is about a single mother who takes a modeling job for a wealthy couple. They begin filming her committing crimes around town. Eventually, she becomes addicted to this behavior, and her life spirals out of control. Female Trouble is hilariously over the top and zany.

Funny Face

In this musical, Fred Astaire plays Jo, the photographer of a prominent modeling agency in New York. He is always seeking a girl with the right look. He finds this in an intellectually minded bookshop worker played by fashion icon Audrey Hepburn. He eventually hires her to become the face of his company. Throughout the movie, a romance builds between them.

My Life to Live

In this 1960s French film, a young woman called Nana dreams of one day becoming an actress. She attempts to start off her career by posing as a model for an independent agency. However, her life takes a downward turn, and her dreams are broken. This movie is now seen as one of the most influential films ever made. It helped to make stars out of its director Jean-Luc Godard and actress Anna Karina.


Set in London during the “Swinging Sixties”, Blow-Up follows a professional photographer who starts to uncover a murder mystery. Throughout the film, there are several scenes where models pose for fashion shoots. Blow-Up is now seen as a fascinating snapshot of the British fashion industry during this period in history. The sexually explicit scenes caused a stir at the time and contributed to the end of the Production Code.


Models are the subject of ridicule in this 2001 comedy film. Ben Stiller plays Derek Zoolander, a successful but dimwitted male model. He finds himself unfortunately embroiled in a plot to assassinate a world leader. Throughout the movie, male models are portrayed as lacking in intelligence. Several big names from the fashion scene make cameos. Other stars include the famous singer David Bowie as a runway walk judge.

Jack Frost 2

A model and her photographer pick a Caribbean island as their setting for a fashion shoot. However, a mutated monster in the shape of a snowman is stalking the area and killing people wherever he finds them. Before the evil snowman attacks the model and photographer, there is an extended scene of them performing the shoot.