When it comes to celebrity fashion, there is a definite standard set for red carpet looks and A-list events. Correspondents on the red carpet are always asking, “Who are you wearing?” and there is a huge amount of attention on the fashion element of being a celebrity. Since there is a huge correlation between celebrities and the fashion industry, designers often send out their clothing to try and get celebrities to endorse their brand. On top of that, designers are known for getting celebrities to participate in their ad campaigns to further their product sales and get the general public to try and emulate their favorite celebs.
While there are definitely some designer brands that drape celebs in their couture designs and elegant styles, there are others that are far more accessible to the general public. One element in fashion that seems to keep coming back into style is the use of animal print patterns. From long-flowing gowns to casual attire, there always seems to be some animal-inspired designs seen on the world’s rich and famous. Some are from luxury brands worth thousands of dollars and others are less expensive but just as appealing. Not every celebrity knows how to wear animal print in a way that doesn’t come off as tacky since there is a fine line between looking bold and looking cheap. Check out our list of the 15 celebs that look sexy in animal print and see how some have been able to pull off the look with a sense of style.
15 Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lopez has always been known for her ultra-revealing ensembles, whether it was on the red carpet or just strolling around town. In fact, some of the dresses have become infamous, like the green Versace dress she wore to the 42nd Grammy Awards. While that gown became famous for the intricate design and revealing style, she’s been photographed in a number of other ensembles that were equally as stunning. Not everyone can pull off animal print in the way that J. Lo can and she doesn’t hesitate to partake in everything from a cheetah pattern to a zebra print. Always looking glamorous with a glowing complexion, Jennifer Lopez seems to be able to pull off anything with it looking super sexy and flattering to her figure.
14 Angelina Jolie
Back when Angelina Jolie was trying to make a name for herself and break out from under the shadow of her actor father, Jon Voight, she seemed to have a burgeoning career as a model. This photo was taken during those early years when she posed in a number of photos as a young model. While she doesn’t look like the sophisticated actress she has become, the photo proves that she was born with those genetic good looks that make her standout from all the other starlets in Hollywood. The animal print dress hugs her in all the right places and the sweetheart neckline is perfect for accentuating her neckline. The black and white composition is a perfect choice to make the print stand out and her complexion looks like the perfect backdrop to show off her legs and arms.
13 Kim Kardashian
Kim Kardashian has proved that she is a huge fan of animal print over the years and it seems like the cheetah print is her go-to when it comes to her favorite pattern. In fact, she dressed as a cheetah during one Halloween costume and, of course, it came with a long tail to accentuate her famous derriere. While some people criticize animal print for not being flattering to women of all sizes, Kim has proven time and time again that it isn’t just size zero women that can pull off a bold cheetah print. She has worn it in skin-tight mini dresses and even long flowing maxi dresses with a deep v-neck. Yet, she has even mixed it with other patterns to make it stand out even more. All of her animal print looks have been extremely sexy and who better to pull off this bold pattern than Kim Kardashian.
12 Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence is an actress that seemed to have come out of nowhere but she actually got her start on TV. After getting experience as an actress on The Bill Engvall Show, she was able to successfully transition onto the big screen and delve into characters with much more depth. She first garnered Oscar buzz during the 2010 film, Winter’s Bone, but actually took home the Academy Award for her performance in the 2012 film, Silver Linings Playbook. After a string of hit films, it seemed like every magazine in the world wanted to have Lawrence on their covers and in their pictorial spreads. This particular photo was for the February 2013 issue of Vanity Fair and showed off Lawrence’s super sexy curves in a pair of animal print pants. To play up her sexy kitten persona, she donned a ‘60s hairstyle and headband and posed alongside a vintage red car.
11 Rachel Bilson
Rachel Bilson started her acting career on television and became known for her role as Summer Roberts in the hit series, The O.C., but she was able to transition onto the big screen in 2006. While she had a bit of success in film, she ultimately returned to TV in the series, Hart of Dixie. Nowadays, Bilson’s acting career hasn’t quite been as successful as some of her fellow actors that came from The CW. Yet, that doesn’t mean she’s become a hidden figure. In fact, she’s actually become a favorite on the red carpet due to her incredible fashion sense. She’s been known to implement animal print in her red carpet looks. From casual dresses to film premieres to full-on animal print gowns, Bilson doesn’t seem to think there is a guideline to when animal print is appropriate.
10 Jennifer Hudson
Jennifer Hudson is one of the most prominent success stories that came from the reality singing series, American Idol, despite the fact that she didn’t win. She made a name for herself through her stellar singing ability and caught the eye of filmmakers looking to cast the role of Effie White in the film, Dreamgirls. Hudson landed the role and ultimately brought home the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in 2007 for her role. Yet, the biggest success story of Hudson’s career has been her incredible weight loss. Once she became a spokesperson for Weight Watchers, Hudson went from a size 16 to a size 6 and flaunted her new body by wearing a variety of different animal print ensembles. From performing on stage to walking the red carpet, Hudson had the perfect new figure to wear everything from zebra print to leopard spots.
9 Lauren Conrad
Lauren Conrad first made an appearance on television through the MTV reality series, Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County, but she became such a popular character that she went on to get her own spin-off series, The Hills. Audiences became obsessed with watching Conrad navigate a career in the fashion industry while trying to find love but the series came to an end in 2010 and she left the series in 2009. Conrad became a success in the fashion industry and married William Tell in 2014. Her own designs have a sizable following and people think of her as ultra trendy in her regular life. She is a huge fan of animal print and even posted a social media picture of an animal print pattern on her nails. This became a trend in and of itself and it seems like Conrad is still influencing the world, even though she’s no longer on reality TV.
8 Solange Knowles
As the sister of Beyoncé, Solange Knowles undoubtedly had to fight against being known simply as Beyoncé’s sister ever since she became a mega superstar in the music industry. While others would have been fine with letting their sibling take all the limelight, Solange set out to make a name for herself. Although she isn’t making music that is at the top of the charts like her sister, she has a sizable fanbase in the underground scene and is known for her trend-worthy style. She is a favorite for fashion magazine covers and pictorial spreads and often opts for animal print in her ensembles. From leopard spots to snake skin, Solange has never shied away from over-the-top designs that make a fashion statement outside of the norm.
7 Tyra Banks
Tyra Banks is thought of as one of the most beautiful and successful supermodels in the fashion industry and has made a name for herself as a television personality. From her talk show to her role on America’s Top Model, Banks has been able to branch out from the runway and has become a celebrity in her own right. Yet, she hasn’t forgotten her modeling roots and is still asked to pose for various magazines. While it seems like Banks can look good in just about anything, she has a definite added appeal in animal print. Her Sports Illustrated shoot for the coveted Swimsuit Issue proved that it doesn’t get sexier than Tyra Banks in a two-piece. The animal print only helped to accentuate her curves and drew more attention to her amazing physique.
6 Heidi Klum
Heidi Klum started her career as a successful model but her shining personality has helped her to become a beloved television personality. From various fashion shows to her role on America’s Got Talent, Klum is thought of as far more than just a beautiful model. While her personal life has come with a number of controversies and scandals, it hasn’t hurt her public persona one bit. People still love to see her quirky style and likable television interviews whenever possible and even at the age of 43-years-old, she can still pull off all the same fashion trends of women half her age. Proving that animal print isn’t only for young Hollywood starlets, Klum has worn a series of different patterns that have all looked equally sexy.
5 Kate Upton
Kate Upton is a beautiful model that seems to have found fame out of nowhere. Her viral videos that showed off her quirky personality and amazing physique only helped to build up her fame and she became an instant favorite for endorsement deals and magazine covers. While models often find it difficult to transition into acting, Upton’s ability to win over fans has helped her with job opportunities on the big screen. One of the biggest draws to Upton’s appeal is the fact that she isn’t the typical size zero of a swimsuit model. Instead, she’s celebrated for her curves and flaunts her physique with confidence. She’s appeared in animal print in a number of different brand advertisements with some of the best images coming from her Guess campaign.
4 Charlize Theron
Charlize Theron is a rare beauty in Hollywood since she’s known for her stellar good looks, as well as her acting ability. She proved that she isn’t dependent on her physical appearance for a role when she appeared as the real-life serial killer, Aileen Wuornos, in the 2003 film, Monster. Yet, that didn’t stop her from getting the role as “the fairest of them all” in the The Huntsman film franchise. While there are those that think of animal print as a bit tacky, Theron has opted to wear various animal print patterns a multitude of times. She has the ability to make it look sophisticated and super sexy. From zebra stripes to leopard spots, Theron has tried it all and is always praised for her fashion sense and trend-worthy looks on the red carpet.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Rihanna has a tendency to wear animal print, especially since she’s never been one to conform when it comes to fashion. While some of her ensembles may be a little too over-the-top for others, Rihanna has the unique ability to make even the most in-your-face outfit look glamorous. She’s made it onto a number of “Best Dressed” lists over the years and is a favorite celeb to look out for at award shows or the annual Met Gala. Known for taking chances with her fashion choices, Rihanna has caused heads to turn with a number of her animal print ensembles. From swimsuits to casual wear to flowing gowns, it’s obvious that she is a huge fan of animal prints in clothing.
Ever since Beyoncé was introduced to the world as a member of the girl group, Destiny’s Child, she was instantly thought of as the breakout star. There was something extra special about Beyoncé early on in her career and it was easy to see whenever she made an appearance. During the early years of her career, Beyoncé was often seen in clothing made by her mother, Tina. Nowadays, Beyoncé is seen wearing designer brands and couture clothing but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t partake in the fun animal prints she used to love from her early days. She’s known for mixing in a combination of sophisticated looks with a few bold animal patterns thrown into her regular routine. Whether she’s jet-setting around the world or attending an A-list event, Beyoncé always turns heads and maintains her fashion icon status.
1 Nicki Minaj
When Nicki Minaj first started out in the music industry, she had a much more over-the-top style than she does today. While she may not be embarrassed about her pink hair days or her blonde look, some of the other animal print designs were definitely on the side of tacky. During one Grammy appearance, Minaj wore a full animal print ensemble that included a dress over a pair of matching print leggings and had her hair piled up in what could only be described as a Bride of Frankenstein look. On another occasion, Minaj dyed a cheetah print into her blonde hair and paired it up with a matching corset top. While her early days with animal print didn’t quite work out, she was able to finally get it to work after toning down her style. Nowadays, she has found the perfect mix of bold and beautiful, even though she still mixes in some animal prints into her regular ensembles.
Sources: Oprah Show, Grammy, Daily Mail