Even if you don’t follow fashion faithfully, you’ve likely heard of Calvin Klein. His simple and sleek designs have been a staple on the runway and in retail for years. Klein launched Calvin Klein, Inc. in 1968, and since then, the brand has been responsible for some of the nicest suits, most beautiful dresses, and polished watches and accessories in the fashion world.
Of course, Calvin Klein is also known for his underwear and intimate apparel. A number of celebrities have been asked to be Calvin Klein models at one point or another in their careers. It gives the public a chance to see another “side” of their favorite stars, and it reminds us just how much of a design genius Klein really is. Over the years, a few models have definitely caught our eye when it comes to Calvin Klein ads. Sure, some of these models are stars in their own right, and some are mainly known for their connection to the Calvin Klein brand. A few models got their start with Klein, and used their exposure to create lucrative careers. Whatever the case, there’s no denying that these models are pretty attractive. Here are 15 of the hottest people to pose for Calvin Klein.
14 Fernando Verdasco
This handsome tennis star from Spain was one of the international celebrities and athletes to pose in the X underwear campaign for Calvin Klein in 2010. Verdasco is an accomplished athlete, ranking number 7 in tennis, in 2009. He started playing the game when he was just four years old and by the time he was eight, he had a full-time role. As of 2009, Verdasco has been working with Andre Agassi, along with Agassi’s former coach and fitness trainer. Fernando’s accomplishments also include being part of the winning Spanish tennis team in 2001, and making the semi-finals of the 2009 Australian Open. Also, he looks great in a pair of Calvin Klein undies.
13 Hidetoshi Nakata
Hidetoshi Nakata is a Japanese soccer sensation, and was also a Calvin Klein X underwear model in 2010. He replaced Kazu Miura as the “golden boy” of soccer in Japan in the late 1990s. Nakata also got a lot of attention because of his orange hair and exceptional ball skills during the World Cup in 1998. Hidetoshi joined Perugia of Serie A in 1998 to become the second Japanese player to play soccer in an Italian league. He averaged 10 goals in 33 games, which motivated Roma to offer him a $23 million contract. After Nakata won a championship with Roma, he spent time with Bolton, Fiorentina and Parma. Even though he hasn’t been making as many goals lately, he’s still a favorite among soccer fans—for his athletic skills and his impressive Calvin Klein photos.
12 Kate Moss
British supermodel Kate Moss, has long been in the spotlight, but many people recognize her from Calvin Klein billboards, when she posed for the designer’s campaign in 2006. Moss has also been in the news for unfavorable reasons, including the fact that people have said she’s anorexic for years. She’s denied the rumors. She did get into some trouble for a cocaine incident a few years ago, but her expert PR team was able to make it go away pretty quickly. Kate Moss is also one of the models who doesn’t mind being nude for photoshoots, and has stated that “it’s just work.” Maybe that’s why Klein enjoys working with her.
11 Jamie Dornan
Jamie Dornan is perhaps best known for his role in Fifty Shades of Grey. He also posed for Calvin Klein in 2009, and got a few shots with Eva Mendes for the campaign, which made him even hotter. Dornan was born in Northern Ireland, and has also starred in The Fall and Marie Antoinette. Jamie (whose birth name is James) was also in a relationship with actress Keira Knightly for two years, from 2003 to 2005; the two started their relationship when they met on the set of an Asprey photo shoot. It’s no secret that he and Knightley have both moved on, but we wouldn’t be surprised if Keira had just a little remorse when she saw Jamie’s Calvin Klein pics.
10 Freddie Ljungberg
This hot Swedish football player has modeled for several Calvin Klein campaigns, including the Sunset Strip billboard. He was an underwear model for the designer from 2003 to 2007, but he’s also pretty accomplished when it comes to soccer. Ljungberg won the Swedish Cup in 1995 and became part of the Swedish League in 1997 with Halmstad. His career honors also include FA Cup wins in 2002, 2003 and 2005, with Arsenal and the US Open Cup in 2009. Ljungberg played for Sweden in the 2000 and 2004 European Championship tournaments, and participated in the World Cup tournaments in 2002 and 2006. In addition to looking great on billboards, Freddie also enjoys playing golf, ice hockey and handball.
9 Lara Stone
Lara Stone is a Dutch model who began her modeling career at the age of 15, in 1999, when she was asked to participate in the Elite Model Look competition. Although she did not win, it was enough for her to get noticed by Elite executives. In 2007, she has walked the runway for fashion icon Riccardo Tisci, and later that year, she became a Calvin Klein exclusive. From 2010 to 2012, Lara was ranked number 1 on models.com's Top 50 Models list. Her latest big campaign for Klein came earlier this year in a rather racy and controversial shoot alongside Justin Bieber.
8 Mark Wahlberg
Back when Marky Mark was the leader of the Funky Bunch, he gained even more fans when he stripped down to his undies for a 1992 Calvin Klein campaign. Obviously, Mark went on to become a respected actor in Hollywood, and made the scary transition from teen pop star. Wahlberg got a Best Supporting Actor nomination for his role in The Departed, and even got positive reviews from movie critics for his starring role in The Fighter. Mark Wahlberg also displayed his comedic chops when he starred in the movies Ted and Ted 2. He occasionally stars with his brothers on the reality show Wahlburgers, which is about his older brother’s restaurant.
7 Eva Mendes
Bombshell actress, designer and mom Eva Mendes, definitely stopped traffic in 2008 when she posed for a billboard advertising Calvin Klein’s Secret Obsession perfume. She’s also posed for Klein’s jeans and underwear. In addition to being seen in movies like Hitch and Training Day, Mendes works with Revlon as an international spokeswoman for the company. She’s even appeared in Revlon commercials, like actresses Halle Berry, Cindy Crawford and Julianne Moore. Eva Mendes also joins Revlon in the company’s fight to eradicate breast cancer. Mendes has stated that she wants to enhance her acting talent by working with contemporary directors like Spike Jonze and Pedro Almodovar, and has a clothing line with NY&Co. that is doing quite well.
6 Alexander Skarsgard
Alexander Skarsgard is well known for his role in True Blood, but there’s no denying that he’s pretty hot. In 2012, Skarsgard posed for the Calvin Klein Encounter fragrance campaign, which showed his handsome facial features. In addition to playing Eric Northman in True Blood, Alexander is also known for his hilarious role of Meekus in Zoolander and Brad Colbert in Generation Kill. Acting is in Skarsgard’s blood—he’s the son of Stellan Skarsgard, who is also an actor. Apparently, directors have taken notice of Skarsgard’s talent and chiseled physique, since he’ll star as Tarzan in the 2016 movie of the same name.
5 Christy Turlington
Christy Turlington will always be known as part of the modeling “trinity,” which also includes Linda Evangelista and Naomi Campbell. These three models gained lots of popularity in the 1980s and 1990s, and were seen on virtually every runway and in every printed ad. Turlington is still looking great, and she became the face of the Calvin Klein Eternity campaign once again in 2013, when she was 44. The first time Turlington was part of the Eternity campaign, it was 1989. In 2014, Christy Turlington was one of the Women of the Year for Glamour, and is also a spokesmodel for Maybelline.
4 Kellan Lutz
Actor and Twilight star Kellan Lutz, was one of the hot models who helped to launched the X underwear campaign for Calvin Klein in 2010. Lutz is also a model in addition to being a talented actor, which is likely why he felt so comfortable posing in next to nothing for the campaign. Aside from playing Emmett Cullen in the Twilight movie franchise from 2008 to 2012, Kellan has also played Poseidon in the 2011 movie, Immortals. Lutz is the voice of Tarzan in the 2013 animated movie, and played the title character in The Legend of Hercules, in 2014.
3 Zoe Saldana
Movie star and mother of twins, Zoe Saldana was the face of the Envy campaign for Calvin Klein in 2010. Saldana is also a dancer, and made her movie debut in the dance film Center Stage. Her first role was on Law & Order in 1999. Saldana also starred as one of Britney’s BFFs in the 2002 movie Crossroads. Of course, she also got a lot of attention the following year when she played Anamaria in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. Zoe’s roles in other popular movies such as Avatar, Star Trek and Colombiana have also made her one of the most sought-after actors in Hollywood. She also looks gorgeous in those Calvin Klein ads.
2 Rooney Mara
Rooney Mara was the face of Calvin Klein’s Downtown fragrance campaign in 2013. Mara is best known for her starring role in the movie The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Rooney made her movie debut in 2010 when she played a major role in the remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street. The movie didn’t do too well at the box office, but it did get Mara noticed, and she got a role in The Social Network as Erica, the student at Boston University who dumps Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook. After her role in The Social Network, she was cast by director David Fincher in the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo franchise.
1 Justin Bieber
Whether you’re a fan of Justin Bieber or not, you’ve got to admit that he looks great in his new Calvin Klein underwear pictures. Bieber partnered with Calvin Klein in 2015, and is currently the latest celebrity to pose in his undies to promote the famous designer’s intimate apparel. Obviously, Justin’s been working out, and looks pretty toned and chiseled. The promotional pictures show off his tattoos, as well. Perhaps the days of Justin Bieber’s boyish charm are coming to an end, and he wants the world to know that he’s a young man now. He’s also calmed down when it comes to engaging in erratic behavior, which may be why he’s gaining more fans. Aside from the Calvin Klein campaign, of course.