Super Models in Music Videos – A Brief History

By Amanda Wicks

Sports Illustrated cover model Ashley Graham appears in DNCE’s new music video “Toothbrush,” which only adds to the list of music videos featuring super models.

Related: DNCE Gets Romantic in ‘Toothbrush’ Video

The two almost seem to go hand-in-hand. Billy Joel’s 1983 video for “Uptown Girl” featured model Christy Brinkley, who would go on to marry the musician in 1985. But models haven’t been limited to rock alone. Hip-hop, country, pop and other genres have called upon the leggy, beautiful women to take part in its music videos. Starting in 1990, here’s a rundown of the top appearances.

1990 – Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Tatjana Patitz, Linda Evangelista, and Christy Turlington in George Michael’s “Freedom ’90”

1991 – Helena Christensen in Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game”

1991 – Iman in Michael Jackson’s “Remember the Time”

1992 – Naomi Campbell in Michael Jackson’s “In the Closet”

1992 – Stephanie Seymour in Guns N’ Roses “November Rain”

1992 – Cindy Crawford in Bon Jovi’s “Please Come Home for Christmas”

1997 – Kate Moss and Sophie Dahl in Elton John’s “Something About the Way You Look Tonight”

1997 – Alex Wek in Busta Rhymes’ “Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See”

2003 – Kate Moss in White Stripes’ “I Just Don’t Know What to Do with Myself”

2003 – Naomi Campbell, Omahyra Mota, Eugenia Volodina, Jessica White, Liliana Domínguez in Jay Z’s “Change Clothes

2003 – Gemma Ward in John Mayer’s “Daughters”

2005 – Karen Elson in White Stripes’ “Blue Orchid”

2006 – Miranda Kerr, Selita Ebanks and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Pharrell’s “Number One”

2010 – Anne V in Maroon 5’s “Misery”

2010 – Selita Banks in Kanye West’s “Runaway”

2010 – Laetitia Casta in Rihanna’s “Te Amo”

2011 – Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Helena Christensen, Eva Herzigova and Yasmin Le Bon in Duran Duran’s “Girl Panic!”

2012 – Chanel Iman in Usher’s “Dive”

2013 – Emily Ratajkowski in Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines”

2013 – Kate Moss and Lily Cole in Paul McCartney’s “Queenie Eye”

2013 – Chanel Iman, Jourdan Dunn, and Joan Smalls in Beyoncé’s “Yoncé”

2014 – Kate Upton in Lady Antebellum’s “Bartender”

2015 – Gigi Hadid, Martha Hunt, Cara Delevigne, Lily Aldridge, Karlie Kloss and Cindy Crawford in Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood”

2016 – Gigi Hadid in Zayn Malik’s “Pillow Talk”

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