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Zoolander 2 I'm sure you'll agree with me when I say that satirizing the fashion industry isn't an easy thing to do. Despite eccentric designers and less than model behavior providing plenty of comedic inspiration, in the same breath, parodying cultural taste makers has been a task few have wanted to take on.

To a certain extent films like 'The Devil Wears Prada' and 'Absolutely Fabulous' have embraced the world of fashion, but none have tackled it quite so directly as 'Zoolander', and more recently, 'Zoolander No. 2'. Both the original and its sequel thrived on the sensational behavior and excessive trends of the industry. Now, you may have thought that the world seen in Zoolander is purely a figment of Ben Stiller’s vivid imagination, born out of ridiculousness alone, but no, that is not the case.

Zoolander No. 2So to celebrate the release of 'Zoolander No 2', out on Blu-ray and DVD at the start of July, we're taking a peak behind the runway, and finding out exactly who inspired this ridiculously good looking character.

The iconic Mister Zoolander himself was born from the amalgamation of pieces of real life models that wandered their way round the social scenes of 90s New York. Some fashion aficionados may have already noticed a few nods to Kate Moss, and recognized Victoria Beckham’s famous pout, but more importantly than that, two of the male models nominated for model of the year in 1996, Johnny Zander and Mark Vanderloo, provided inspiration for the name, as well as some of the iconic poses.

Mark Vanderloo
Mark Vanderloo
Johnny Zander
Johnny Zander

Former Calvin Klein model Johnny Zander worked with Versace, Dolce & Gabbana, Jean Paul Gaultier, and Valentino, but nowadays can be found running his own cocktail club in Los Angeles where they serve up a ‘Blue Steel’ drink as tribute to the icon. On the other hand, Dutchman Mark Vanderloo’s modelling career is still going strong and his life is a little less Zoolander-ish.

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Zander and Vanderloo were at the height of their game in the 90s modelling scene, and heralded the emergence of the male supermodel to rival the likes of Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, and Claudia Schiffer.

Being really-really ridiculously good looking never goes out of fashion, and to prove this point, Instagram is now home to those who could inspire future fictional divas. If the brain behind Derek Zoolander, also known as the comedian, Drake Sather, had been exposed to the Gigi, Kendall and Karlie generation, could you imagine the repercussions? I mean, can you imagine what it would be like if tons and tons of people just stood around and took pictures of themselves all day! The world would go mad I tell you. Or better yet, something like the following video clip...

Zoolander No. 2 is available on Digital, DVD, and Blu-ray from the 4th of July.

WHO-LANDER IS ZOOLANDER? WHO-LANDER IS ZOOLANDER? Reviewed by David Lee Andrews on July 12, 2016 Rating: 5

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