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Saddle Up With Madonna and Selena Gomez for a Wild, Wild Trip Out West

Steven Klein

Americana has come a long way over the past century—particularly when you cast a nuanced look out west. Recently, we’ve started to recognize the extent to which black cowboys were erased from Western history, despite the fact that African Americans have long kept and ridden horses—and worn leather fringe and 10-gallon hats. Lately, it seems practically every current supermodel was once—or still is—a horse girl, including not only Kendall Jenner but also Gigi and Bella Hadid, who spent 10 years growing up on a horse ranch. (As recently as three years ago, Bella even planned to compete as an equestrian in the Olympics.) We’ve also stumbled upon a less obvious—but even more expansive—wild, wild west: social media, whose landscape is peppered with patches of rough terrain, as the Midwestern supermodel Karlie Kloss can attest. Just like her forebears, though, she’s been able to navigate tough times by hitching up her trusty cowboy boots, in the same way that Selena Gomez has, both literally and figuratively, been known to duck under the brim of her oversize hat. Saddle up with Gomez and Cowboy Karlie here to round up even more Western inspiration.

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Jennifer Aniston with Gerard Butler photographed by Steven Klein for W Magazine, April 2010.

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Selena Gomez, photographed by Steven Klein for W Magazine, March 2016.

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Photograph by Jamie Hawkesworth for W Magazine, April 2014.

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Photograph by Chris Colls for W Magazine, December 2016/January 2017.

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Karlie Kloss photographed by Theo Sion for W Magazine, May 2018.

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Madonna photographed by Steven Klein for W Magazine, June 2006.

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Liya Kebede photographed by David Sims for W Magazine, October 2007.

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Tom Cruise photographed by Mario Sorrenti for W Magazine, June 2012.

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Amanda Seyfried photographed by Craig McDean for W Magazine, April 2014.

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Photograph by David Sims for W Magazine, October 2007.

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Photograph by Emma Summerton for W Magazine, November 2014.

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Adriana Lima photographed by Inez and Vinoodh for W Magazine, March 2016.

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Photograph by Inez and Vinoodh for W Magazine, December 2008.

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Jean Campbell photographed by Venetia Scott for W Magazine, June/July 2016.

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Photograph by Craig McDean for W Magazine, March 2004.

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Photograph by Emma Summerton for W Magazine, December 2012.

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Soo Joo Park and Kouka Webb photographed by George Boo for W Magazine, March 2015.

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Uma Thurman photographed by Steven Klein for W Magazine, October 2009.

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Photograph by Santiago and Mauricio for W Magazine, June 2012.

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Cara Taylor photographed by Jeffrey Henrikson for W Magazine, August 2017.

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Photograph by Jason Kibbler for W Magazine, September 2015.

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Shayne Oliver photographed by Inez and Vinoodh for W Magazine, October 2015.

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Hailey Clauson photographed by Torbjørn Rødland for W Magazine, August 2018.