Ethics of Fashion

Films About Modelling

The fashion world is often seen as an exciting environment filled with beautiful people and exciting aesthetics. It should therefore come as no surprise that fashion modelling has captured the imagination of many filmmakers. Over the years, a number of movies have focused on the lives of people in this profession. Models have appeared in a wide range of different genres, including horror, comedy, drama, historical and musical films.


This is arguably the most famous example. In the movie Zoolander, a male model finds himself caught in the middle of a dangerous political scheme. Models are treated as dim-witted and vacuous. However, Zoolander can also be seen as a love letter to the fashion industry. There are numerous cameos from famous designers.

Funny Face

If people are looking for a fun musical about modelling, then they are likely to enjoy this 1957 film. Fred Astaire stars as a magazine photographer who is on the lookout for someone to be the face of a new campaign. He soon finds the perfect candidate in a bookshop worker played by Audrey Hepburn. The movie portrays modelling as an exceptionally glamorous job.

Eat Your Makeup

Director John Waters shocked audiences in the 1960s with his transgressive movies. Eat Your Makeup is an early short film that centres around a deranged woman who forces people to model for her until they die. While the plot sounds as though it is perfect for a horror movie, the darker scenes are played for laughs.

Songs About Modelling

A wide range of musical artists have written songs that are focused on the act of modelling. In some cases, the singers have experience in the industry themselves. Many of these songs have been discussed in articles by the Metro and other popular news publications. Therefore it could be argued that musicians use modelling as a theme because they know it will appeal to a large audience.

‘Girls on Film’ by Duran Duran

This new wave classic can be seen as a love letter to the fashion industry. The lyrics are focused on how female models are photographed. It became one of the band’s biggest hits.

‘Vogue’ by Madonna

There are few modelling themed songs more iconic than this Madonna track. It helped to inspire an entire generation of fashion-conscious people. The song contains a rap that lists some of the most famous faces from the golden age of Hollywood.

‘Superstar’ by RuPaul

The song ‘Superstar’ was written for models to strut to down the catwalk. It has been featured heavily in the popular TV show RuPaul’s Drag Race. The lyrics are about a young girl who achieves her dream of becoming a model.