Musical Muses

W’s favorite supermodels take a turn as video vixens.

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Musical Muses
Anja Rubik in November 2012's "Model Mania," photographed by Michael Thompson, styled by Edward Enninful.

Musical Muses

W’s favorite supermodels take a turn as video vixens.

George Michael’s classic 1990 Freedom famously featured an all-star line-up of supermodels—Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Tatjana Patitz, Christy Turlington, Cindy Crawford, and Mario Sorrenti—but it’s not the only music video with a cover girl cast. Here, five favorites.

Anja Rubik in Mister D’s “Chleb”
This quirky Polish video cast the leggy blonde as an ultra tanned princess who has the ability to fly. Who but W’s “Model Mania” star could pull off that much brow pencil and CGI simultaneously?

Chanel Iman, Joan Smalls, and Jourdan Dunn in Beyonce’s “Yonce”
Models licking each other, wearing grillz, and dancing enticingly? There’s a reason this track is one of the most memorable from Queen Bey’s self-titled visual album.

Beyonce ‘Yonce’ from Forever on Vimeo.

Cara Delevingne in Rita Ora’s “Facemelt”
W’s September 2013 cover star filmed this video during her short, but intense, “wifey-ship” with the British singer. The two have moved on, but the video remains.

Naomi Campbell in Jay Z’s “Change Clothes” featuring Pharrell
W’s First Lady of Fashion has starred in music videos of her own (see her first—and last—album Baby Woman for proof), but let’s just say it’s best when models stick to the runway.

Kate Moss in The White Stripes’s “I Just Don’t Know What to Do With Myself”
With a record 28 W magazine covers, it’s no surprise that Kate Moss has a spot on this list—in a video directed by W contributor Sofia Coppola, no less.

Honorable Mention: Karlie Kloss, Edita Vilkeviciute, Constance Jablonski and many, many more in Jay Z’s “Empire State of Mind”
Though not technically a music video, this model-filled version of Jay Z’s ode to New York by W contributor Justin Wu couldn’t go without mention. Try to count them all—we dare you.