10 Supermodels Who Have Starred in Music Videos

Supermodels have been appearing in music videos for decades. Several uber models even got their start in music videos before they began booking fashion or commercial modeling work  When supermodels appear in music videos, it tends to make the video much more popular than it would without their star power. The added bonus of a model starring in music videos is that not only will the musician’s fans want to see it, but the model’s fans will as well.

Here are six supermodels who have appeared in major music videos:

Sean O'Pry in "Blank Space"

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Taylor Swift/Sean O'pry

When Sean O’Pry appeared in Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space” music video he quickly became the most talked about male model on the planet. O’Pry, at the time a 26-year-old from Kennesaw, Georgia, played Swift’s love-turned-hate interest, and fans ate it up. O’Pry has since starred in campaigns for Calvin Klein, Armani, DKNY, and Lacoste. He was also twice named the Most Successful Male Model by Forbes magazine, and he doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. Fun fact: he also appeared in Madonna’s music video for “Girls Gone Wild.” 

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Gemma Ward in "Daughters"

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Gemma Ward

John Mayer’s soulful hit “Daughters” required a star for its accompanying music video who was just as beautiful as the song, and that's why Gemma Ward was cast for the role. Ward was discovered when she was 14 years-old, and by 2004, she was the modeling world’s “It Girl” inspiring the “baby-doll” movement. In 2008, Ward took a break from modeling and didn’t return to the runway until 2014. In the meantime, she became a mother and had roles in huge films like Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, and The Great Gatsby.  

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Stephanie Seymour in "November Rain"

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In 1991, supermodel Stephanie Seymour appeared in Guns n’ Roses video for “November Rain,” with her then-boyfriend, Axl Rose. Seymour, now 49, got her start in the modeling world when she was just a teenager. Since then, she’s appeared on the cover of Vogue several times, along with many other notable fashion magazines. She has been the face of Almay, Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, Christian Dior, Valentino, and more.

Iman in "Remember the Time"

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When Michael Jackson needed to cast someone to portray the famous Thutmose sculpture of Nefertiti, supermodel Iman was an obvious choice because of her almost uncanny resemblance to the queen. The video came out in 1991 and was a big hit. Iman, now mostly retired from modeling, has appeared on the cover of Vogue and worked with many prominent designers like Calvin Klein, Helmut Lang, and Donna Karan. Today she primarily focuses on her cosmetics line and philanthropic efforts.

Christie Brinkley in "Uptown Girl"

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In 1983, supermodel Christie Brinkley starred in Billy Joel’s music video for his classic hit “Uptown Girl.” In the video, Joel portrays a mechanic wooing an “uptown girl” who happens to be Brinkley. Joel and Brinkley ended up marrying in 1984 and later divorced. Brinkley is still a successful model today, and her resume includes over 500 magazine covers including Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Rolling Stone, and Glamour. She can also add author, actress, photographer, designer, and activist for human and animal rights and the environment to her list of accomplishments. At age 63, Brinkley is one of the wealthiest models in the world.

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Christy Turlington in "Notorious"

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Christy Turlington was only 17 when her friend’s boyfriend who just happened to be Simon Le Bon, gave her her first big break in the modeling world with a role in Duran Duran’s music video for “Notorious.” She quickly launched into supermodel status and went on to become one of the most iconic faces in the world. She has amassed hundreds of magazine covers along with a long list of admirable humanitarian efforts and is married to actor, director, and writer Ed Burns.

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Linda, Cindy, Naomi, Christy and Tatjana in "Freedom"

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George Michael/Freedom Video

George Michael's mega-hit "Freedom' was the ultimate supermodel moment in the 1980's. In addition to burning up the runway for Gianni Versace, the "Freedom" video firmly established Linda Evangelista, Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, and Tatjana Patitz as the supers in the supermodels world. 

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