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Models & Their Tattoos

Thinking about getting inked? Here’s some model inspiration.
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  • Erin Wasson
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    Erin Wasson

    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.”

  • Kate Moss
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    Kate Moss

    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.

  • Freja Beha Erichsen
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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.

  • Lily Cole
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    Lily Cole

    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.’)

  • Jourdan Dunn
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    Jourdan Dunn

    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.

  • Gisele Bundchen
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    Gisele Bundchen

    The one thing many girls have in common with Bundchen? A simple star tattoo at the wrist.

  • Karmen Pedaru
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    Karmen Pedaru

    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.”

  • Daria Werbowy
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    Daria Werbowy

    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.

  • Anja Rubik
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    Anja Rubik

    Yes, that’s a rat on Rubik’s wrist. The model wanted to memorialize her late pet, Phoebe.

  • Catherine McNeil
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    Catherine McNeil

    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.

  • Chanel Iman
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    Chanel Iman

    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.

  • Cara Delevingne
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    Cara Delevingne

    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.

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.

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