We look to them for style, hair, and beauty tips—so why not tattoos? With spectacularly long limbs and access to the best artists, models are walking inspiration boards for anyone considering new ink. You’ll find our favorites, above.
Models & Their Tattoos
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Wasson’s tattoo collection mirrors her style—arrows, feathers, and a lightning bolt. There’s also plenty of text, including the phrase ‘Imi Loa’, Hawaiian for “to seek.”
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The anchor might be Moss’ most famous tattoo, but it’s the birds on her lower back that should earn the most respect: artist Lucien Freud did them himself—with a scalpel.
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Freja Beha Erichsen
You might think that the delicate text on Erichsen’s arm and neck, reading ‘this too shall pass’ and ‘float’ contradicts the model’s edgy style, but there’s a gun on her upper left arm, so it all evens out.
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Cole’s scrawling tattoo reads ‘Ut Apes Gemoetriam’, the Latin half of this quote from Victor Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame: “I possess philosophy by instinct, by nature, ut apes geometriam.” (It means, ‘to the bees, geometry.’)
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Dunn has Isis, the Egyptian goddess of love, tattooed on her upper back and the phrase "You owe it to yourself, set the world on fire" along the inside of her right arm.
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The one thing many girls have in common with Bundchen? A simple star tattoo at the wrist.
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Pedaru’s tat, A=X+Y+Z, is Albert Einstein approved. His famous quote: “If A equals success, then the formula is A equals X plus Y plus Z with X being work, Y play, and Z keeping your mouth shut.”
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Werbowy has seven tattoos, including a wave on her foot and script on her neck, but it’s the anchors on each hand that commemorate her sailing across the Atlantic in 2008.
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Yes, that’s a rat on Rubik’s wrist. The model wanted to memorialize her late pet, Phoebe.
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On the one hand, it looks like McNeil let her more artistically inclined friends have at her limbs with a felt-tip pen. On the other, her collection of delicate words and fine lines looks beautiful.
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No one’s expressed their love of fashion more literally than Chanel Iman. The model had a hanger and her fashionable name permanently needled into the back of her neck.
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In May, Delevingne Instagrammed her first tattoo—a gentle-looking lion on her finger. Now, just five months later, she has six of them, including ‘Made in England’ on the bottom of her foot.