Models With Tattoos

Tattoos are now more popular than ever. Many celebrities have one or more tattoos, including actors, actresses, pop stars and sports stars. Even models are joining the trend. Many go for small discrete tattoos, but some are more daring, with large designs on prominent parts of the body. But many modeling agencies try to dissuade their stars from body markings. For catalog and magazine work the customer often demands tattoos to be made invisible (by body make up, or post-shoot on the computer), and in the world of high-fashion, tattoos are still seen as ugly and unsightly serving only to take away attention from the clothes.

So are tattoos on models hugely garish and totally inappropriate , or do they add to the model’s visual allure? ‘Beaut and cute’ or ‘Tramp stamp’? Let’s keep a running score.

Carolyn Murphy


Carolyn Murphy has a super large tattoo which wraps around the top of her right thigh all the way to the small of her back. It’s a Japanese Koi fish, a design similar to the pattern on her ex Brandon Boyd. Unsurprisingly, Carolyn often poses with just her left side towards the camera. She has another tattoo on a not-so-visible spot just below the bikini line (spot-it in the famous sex tape put on the internet, again thanks to her vindictive ex). For more Carolyn info and wallpapers see Carolyn Murphy

Verdict. Large, ugly tattoo. Running Score – Beaut and Cute 0, Tramp Stamp 1.

Ana Beatriz Barros


Anna Beatriz Barros has a large tattoo on the small of her back – the Kanji sign for love between angel’s wings. She also has a tattoo on the outside of her left ankle, a crescent moon half-circling a star. For more Ana info and wallpapers see Anna Beatriz Barros

What was Ana thinking? She’s not in a chapter of the Hell’s Angels. Score Beaut and Cute 0, Tramp Stamp 2.

Isabeli Fontana


Isabeli Fontana has her son’s name (Zion) tattooed on her back. Isabeli also has a tattoo of a thorn and rose wrapped around her left ankle, and of a Cancer star sign (circle enclosing a cross) on the inside of her right wrist. For more Isabeli info and wallpapers see Isabeli Fontana.

Verdict. Love the tattoo around the ankle (discreet and fetching), but hate the one between her shoulder blades (again too biker-like). Score Beaut and Cute 0, Tramp Stamp 3.

Gisele Bundchen


Gisele Bundchen has a small five pointed star on the inside of her left wrist. It’s rumored she got it when she came to New York City and couldn’t see that many stars compared to her homeland of Brasil… so she got the star tattoo to always have something to guide her. Gisele also has a small tattoo of a waxing moon with star on the inside of the back of her right foot below the ankle. For more Gisele info and wallpapers see Gisele Bundchen.

Verdict. Pretty and inconspicuous. Beaut and Cute 1, Tramp Stamp 3.

Allessandra Ambrosio


Alessandra Ambrosio has a small tattoo on the left side of her lower back. The design is difficult to discern. For more Alessandra info and wallpapers see Alessandra Ambrosio.

Verdict: Although small, it’s a blurred, indistinct and poor tattoo. Score Beaut and Cute 1, Tramp Stamp 4.

Petra Nemcova


Petra Nemcova has a beautiful cascade of stars on the inside of her right foot. For more Petra info and wallpapers see Petra Nemcova.

Verdict: Pretty and stylish. Score Beaut and Cute 2, Tramp Stamp 4.

Nicole Trunfio

It’s been necessary to travel nearly half-way around the globe to find some class, but finally it’s a canny Aussie that’s bringing something stylish to the party.

Nicole Trunfio has a cute and funny clothes hanger tatt on the nape of her neck, which I’m sure reflects some of her feelings about her profession. For more Nicole info and wallpapers see Nicole Trunfio.

Verdict: Interesting and pretty. Score Beaut and Cute 3, Tramp Stamp 4.

Final Score

Beaut and Cute 3, Tramp Stamp 4.

A narrow win for low pop culture. If you’re a body MUA (make-up-artist), rest easy, your job’s secure!

Know more about the red-carpet than the catwalk? Checkout my lens The Award for Actress with the Best Tattoo Goes to? See if you can guess the winner before looking!

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