Over the past few months we couldn’t help but notice there has been a whole lot of fresh ink on the runway and we’re not just talking about you, Jourdan Dunn. Models have always loved tats, and sure that’s nothing new, but now we’re uncovering models WITH tattoos and the hot supermodels who dare to ink.
From catwalk royalty such as Heidi Klum and Kate Moss, Adriana Lima and Gisele Bündchen to runway newbies such as the likes of Chanel Iman, Erin Wasson and Anja K, the fashion scene has been graced with a whole lot of ink. These women have each made a mark in the fashion world and now they’re leaving with a different kind of mark. Sure there was once a time when ink on a successful runway model was unheard of. Lucky for us the times have changed- fast forward a couple of years to our modern day and tattoos rule the runway.
Spring/Summer '16 Fashion Weeks saw models grace the catwalks in some highly coveted designer shows on runways from Milan to Paris and London to Melbourne. The likes of Dolce and Gabbana, Chanel and even Christian Dior opted for models with ink. Seeing this new trend, we decided to uncover some of the hottest models and their ink to ever grace the runway as we reveal 15 hot supermodels with ink.
15 Alessandra Ambrosio - Tramp Stamp
Next to make it into the Top 10 is none other than gorgeous Brazilian supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio. The Victoria's Secret star is always in her swimwear both in and out the office so it’s hard to miss her signature ink. That and the fact that it’s a glorified tramp stamp. The now famous design showcases a cat sitting on a crescent moon dangling a tiny star.
We’re not sure of what the exact meaning behind the unusual tattoo design is and whilst it has become one of the most talked about tattoos of all time, Alessandra isn’t uttering a word. Instead she chose to launch the Ale by Alessandra body art line. All the pieces from the collection are all hand drawn and come in three different sets with unique designs and colours. There’s even a dream catcher, crown-like headbands to place across the forehead, and plenty of necklaces and body chains to be desert-ready for your next trip to Coachella.
14 Kendall Jenner - Broken Heart
Next to make the ranking is none other than Kendall Jenner, sister of the Kardashian clan. The model and reality TV star has been making waves in the fashion world as she graces runway after runway and cover after cover fitting in perfectly with her newsworthy family. Her estimated net worth now stands around $10 million and is only set to get higher in 2017. She put her plans for world domination on hold after she decided to get inked.
Then again what's a Kardashian sister to do when she's bored? Get tatted up of course, duh! We welcome Kendall Jenner in at number eight as she almost broke the internet in true Kardashian style when news hit of the gorgeous model’s fresh ink. She shared her new addition on Instagram after her visit to West 4 Tattoo in New York. Younger sister Kylie opted for a simple, tiny white dot on her middle finger by tattoo artist Jon Boy.
13 Cara Delevingne - The Lion And The Finger
It may come as no surprise that British supermodel-turned-actress Cara Delevingne makes it into the list and walks away as one of the most highly sought after models whilst doing it. Last year saw the petite star become one of the highest paid models of all time as she raked in an astonishing $46 million. Sure she owes her fortune to her big name fashion campaigns, TV commercials, and walking the runway at international Fashion Weeks but we think it’s all thanks to her cheeky attitude and understated level of cool. Cara Delevingne’s crazy tats caused a viral frenzy on social media after she shared a sneak peek on Instagram. Then again who else could pull off having the word ‘bacon’ on the bottom of their foot or a lion’s face tattooed on their middle finger?
12 Rosie Huntington-Whiteley - Heart
The first supermodel to make it into the ranking in our top 15 hot supermodels with ink is none other than that English rose, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. The gorgeous model turned actress is probably best known for her time spent as a Victoria's Secret Angel. She then went on to top the Maxim’s annual Hot 100 list and became the face of Burberry- but something tells us it’s not her tiny frame or racy billboards that got the world’s attention...
When it comes to ink, our dear Miss Huntington-Whiteley opted for an outline of a heart tattooed on her right forearm just below her wrist. Then again the gorgeous blonde could have a skull or pirate on her wrist and still make it look dainty and classy – this model can do no wrong.
11 Miranda Kerr - Star
We all know supermodel Miranda Kerr as the brunette from Down Under who posted a selfie wearing nothing but a pair of Reeboks. Clearly it’s Reeboks or nothing for the gorgeous Aussie model. But Miranda wasn’t always a Reeboks spokesmodel as she once represented Australian department store chain David Jones and then went on to become the first ever Australian model to join the Victoria's Secret family.
Today the gorgeous supermodel still calls Australia home but is based in Malibu where she lives with her five-year-old son Flynn and billionaire fiancé Evan Spiegel. It’s safe to say when Miranda’s not on the runway or racing motorbikes you may just find her at her local tattoo studio. The mother of one dared to get some ink and now sports a small star tattoo on her wrist joining fellow model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in the top 15.
10 Lily Cole - Ut Apes Geometriam
Lily Cole first burst onto the fashion scene as the cheeky redheaded British supermodel boasting both beauty as well as brains. She got the world to sit up and take notice and now she lives life as a successful model and budding entrepreneur. These days the successful model has taken a bit of a Gothic turn, however, as she dared to get an unusual tattoo with the words 'Ut Apes Geometriam' across her foot which is Latin for 'as bees, geometry'. It is said to be an extract from a quote from Victor Hugo's dark 19th Century tale The Hunchback of Notre Dame. In full the Latin phrase reads "I possess philosophy by instinct, by nature, ut apes geometriam."
Even with the translation, it's hard to know just what Cole means by the foot phrase. Still not too sure what it means? Neither do we…
9 Anja K - Meow
Next on the list is the ever eccentric Russian-born and Melbourne-raised supermodel Anja Konstantinova. You may recognize her as Anja K or the ‘cat lady.’ The gorgeous international export has been rocking the headlines and sure knows how to grab the world’s attention.
Anja dared to get the word 'Meow' permanently inked on her lower lip honouring her love of cats. If that didn’t get her point across the model-of-the-moment then went a step further and went on to get the word ‘Cat’ tattooed onto the back of her neck. Another two cat-themed tattoos remain as Anja really does love cats. She has "Cat" in Russian on her arm as well as a drawing of a cat on her torso. Hot supermodel or cool cat lady? We’ll leave you to decide.
8 Jourdan Dunn - 8 Tattoos
British fashion model Jourdan Dunn has been appearing on runways since the summer of 2007. She first showed the world she can be the queen of the catwalk when she started posting selfies to Instagram and the world instantly fell in love with her. Perhaps it was her daring attack against Victoria's Secret that truly got the world to take notice. Jourdan famously pulled out of a Victoria's Secret show back in 2015 mere hours after Rihanna cancelled her scheduled performance at the event. In a daring attack, the English model posted a message on social media saying 'Feeling so much better about not doing BS... sorry I mean VS now that Rihanna isn't doing it also,' along with a laughing emoji.
Jourdan Dunn still continues to model today and has a total of eight tattoos by her favourite tattooist Cally-Jo, who is based in Manhattan. The model’s ink includes writing on the side of her hand, an initial on her hip, Roman Numerals on her side, a Hamsa design on her forearm, writing on her bicep and forearm, an Egyptian Goddess on her neck and Arabic writing on her shoulder.
7 Erin Wasson - Native American Designs
Just like her supermodel colleagues before her, Erin Wasson has dared to get ink and makes it into our top 10. It’s rumoured that the flamboyant supermodel has over 16 known tattoos ranging from a quirky lightning bolt on her upper arm, writing on her wrist, arm and bicep, to a Native American design on her forearm. Let’s not forget the triangle on her wrist or the dots on her ear or the delicate feather on her side.
They say that being a great model isn’t just about how you look. Your personality is key and you have to be able to convey an image of cool without even saying a word. Erin Wasson has that intangible element of cool and has been serving it up on the catwalks in spades.
6 Chanel Iman - Coat Hanger
These days the kind of women sporting ink range from your unruly teens to wannabe musos and trendsetters but there is another niche in the market which is owned solely by models. Take for example supermodel Chanel Iman who comes in at number six on our top 15 hot supermodels with ink. She decided that getting a clothes hanger permanently inked on the back of her neck was a great idea.
"You put clothes on a hanger, and you put clothes on a model. So it represents being a model," model Iman once revealed to Harper's Bazaar magazine after getting her first brush with ink. While we get the model wearing clothes reference we can’t say we wholeheartedly agree with the literal choice. At least she’s still hot. And she’s a supermodel. All is forgiven Chanel. All is forgiven.
5 Heidi Klum - Stars On Her Arm
We all know Heidi Klum for hosting Project Runway and being a coveted Victoria’s Secret Angel. She’s also been the host of Germany's Next Topmodel since 2006 for the past 11 seasons. But perhaps what we remember for her most is the day #HeidiTrumpsTrump was trending worldwide. Donald Trump famously said that Klum was “no longer a 10,” in a 2015 interview with The New York Times. Heidi produced an amusing video which she posted to Twitter, stopping Donald Trump in his tracks.
But would you believe us if we told you Heidi Klum had a tramp stamp? Well, luckily you don’t have to as the German supermodel played it safe and went with a declaration of love when it came to her choice in ink. The model and TV personality had ex-husband Seal’s name and their three children’s initials inked in stars on her right arm to celebrate their fourth wedding anniversary. Unfortunately for her luck, her marriage ended and now Heidi is looking into laser surgery to remove the constant reminder.
4 Kate Moss - The Anchor
It’s fair to say the next supermodel to make it onto the list is more than happy to embrace the needle. Legendary model Kate Moss may be one of Britain’s most successful supermodels but when it comes to her tattoos we can’t help but think they’re more of a hit than a miss.
So far we know for sure she has an anchor on her wrist, a quarter-inch heart on her left hand, a crown on her left shoulder and a sun and moon on opposite sides of her foot. Her crowning glory is her latest addition which features two tiny swallows on her lower back. The tattoo was designed by Lucian Freud who is said to have learnt the trade while he was in the Navy.
3 Gisele Bündchen - Star On The Wrist
According to renowned fashion photographer Christian Saint, tattooed models will reign supreme in the future and judging by this list of supermodels we can’t help but agree. Enter Gisele Bündchen, one of the world’s highest paid models. It has been revealed that she earned over $30.5 million over the last year working alongside designer brands such as Chanel and Pantene.
Gisele took the plunge and decided to get inked. She revealed that when she first moved to New York City there were no stars in the sky. So she decided to draw one on her wrist and kept it there for a month and then eventually had someone draw it in permanently. At just 36 years of age she has accomplished what most cannot accomplish in a whole lifetime and will be forever remembered as one of the greatest supermodels in the world - or possibly the supermodel with the worst tattoo. Gisele decided to get a star inked on her wrist in one of the most clichéd moves of all time.
2 Adriana Lima - Tribal Design On The Foot
Victoria’s Secret Angel Adriana Lima is next to make it onto our list and ranks at number two. She has become one of Forbes "Top Earning Models" and walked away with over $9 million last year. She is perhaps best known for gracing us with her presence along the Victoria's Secret runway and for heating things up on social media.
Adriana’s racy selfies leave little to nothing to the imagination and we’d like to keep it that way. She certainly knows how to work the camera and the thigh is the limit for the petite beauty. Oh, we meant sky- sorry!
The Victoria's Secret star sports a small tribal design tattooed along the inner part of her left ankle. Sometimes it can be risky to get a tattoo which could be seen on the runway or during a shoot but with its delicate design and Adriana’s cheeky smile something tells us she just may be able to get away with it…
1 Carolyn Murphy
Big, bold tattoos are old news but on a supermodel? Breaking the mould and coming in at number one is none other than the gorgeous Carolyn Murphy. She was brave enough to go under the needle and opt for a rather large design featuring Koi. Koi fish are a popular icon in Japanese culture as they represent a certain samurai-like stoicism. They’ve been known to symbolize courage and the ability to overcome life's obstacles and achieve one's goals.
The result is truly breath-taking though and she is undoubtedly one of fashion’s influential ink stars. If you’re anything like us and you’re not brave enough to go under the needle you can always live vicariously through Carolyn as she graces fashion spreads showcasing her signature art ink.