15 Pics From The Most Challenging Photo Shoots Models Had To Endure

Many people think the life of a model is all glitz and glam, but that’s not true. Yes, they get to wear high fashion clothes for a photo shoot or on the runway, but that doesn’t mean they live a luxurious life. Sure, it might seem like every girl's dream when models travel to beautiful islands for a photo shoot, but sometimes, they have a photo shoot at a very unpleasant location where the natural elements of the environment can test them. Having a gorgeous figure and features can be beneficial when it comes to being a model, but it’s not always about that. Models have to be able to go to an extreme length to make it big in the modeling world. For example, Tyra Bank’s America’s Next Top Model is known to create bizarre challenges for the models to endure.

Victoria’s Secret models look perfect all the time with their fabulous hair and flawless makeup. They show off their stunning physique in tiny bikinis and sultry lingerie. While they look like they’re having fun and enjoying themselves in their photo shoots, there are times when they have to be a part of a photo shoot that is out of their comfort zone. Sometimes models risk frostbite when they have to go to extremely cold places for their photo shoot. But hey, it’s their job, so they just roll with it!

Here’s the list of 15 horrifying photo shoots have had to endure. Maybe this will change your perspective about becoming a model and the level of difficulty and skills that the job entails!

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15 A Model Dangles From The Edge Of A 1,000-Foot Skyscraper

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The 22-year-old Russian model Viktoria Odintsova made headlines when she posted photos and video of her daredevil photo shoot on her social media. The model dangles from the edge of a 1,000-foot skyscraper in Dubai by holding tightly onto the male assistant’s arm. She also stands and leans backward off the edge of the building with the support from his arm again. Basically, she pulled these extremely dangerous stunts without any safety equipment. It’s crazy! Some people were impressed with her, but many people criticized her for putting her life in danger. They commented that her stunt was reckless and that it sends the wrong message to her young audience. There have been incidents when these daredevil stunts have gone horribly wrong. Fortunately, the photo shoot did not turn into a tragedy.


14 Victoria's Secret Models In Swimsuits In The Coldest Continent

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While we’re all bundled up in sweaters to keep ourselves warm in this cold winter, Victoria’s Secret models Jasmine Tookes and Josephine Skriver flaunt their stunning physique wearing nothing but their swimsuits in the coldest continent Antarctica for a photo shoot. Jasmine is in her white one-piece and Josephine in her bright pink swimsuit. Apparently, it was negative three degrees there. They could've gotten frostbite! It must’ve been cold even in winter clothes, but the models still managed to put on a smile. In one of the photos, they’re on their knees on the snow laughing, and Jasmine’s waving her hands up in the air. It seems like they're also enjoying themselves walking barefoot in the snow. Overall, it was a change of scenery because the Angels are usually on the beach.

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13 A Tarantula Sits On Cara Delevingne's Right Eye


Every i-D magazine cover features with stars either closing or covering their right eye. Most of the stars simply wink or cover their eye with their hand, but some stars used an eye patch, flowers, and even pizza. The model turned actress, Cara Delevingne, took it to a whole other level when she allowed a tarantula to sit on her right eye for her i-D magazine cover back in 2012. Not every model would’ve been okay with posing with a potentially dangerous creature. The tarantula probably crawled all over her face a few times during the photo shoot, too. Cara wasn't recognized back then, and some people thought she was going to make it big because she’s willing to do what it takes for a perfect cover. She has become a big star.

12 Models Walk Down The Side Of A Building On ANTM


Tyra Bank's America’s Next Top Model have bizarre challenges. One of the challenges include models walking down a vertical catwalk on the side of a building, and we're not talking about a three-story building. It’s a difficult challenge because some models are terrified of heights and even cried about it. Some faced their fears and went for it because they really didn't want to be eliminated. The models wear a harness, and they’re supported by a rope, but it’s still terrifying — they’re facing the ground as they do a runway on the side of the building. Apparently, one of the models fell and screamed when she was dangling from the harness. Poor girl! It was also raining during the photo shoot, and on top of that, the ladies had to walk in heels.

11 A Model Pours Olive Oil On Herself In A Salad Bowl On ANTM


America’s Next Top Model takes the models to Greece for a photo shoot. A model poses in her undergarment (it actually looks like a swimsuit) in an enormous salad bowl on a sunny day. The Greek salad bowl has slices of cucumber, lettuce, feta cheese, and even croutons. They all appear to be real and not props. The model also pours olive oil on herself in the sultriest way possible as she lies on top of the salad suntanning. It looks like she’s drenched in olive oil because her skin looks very oily especially her legs — the way it looks when you put on a lot of sunscreen. She probably mashed some tomatoes onto her body, too. Basically, she’s taking a bath in a salad, and that can’t be pleasant for her or anyone.

10 Candice Swanepoel Swings Her Body Above Water


Victoria’s Secret Angel Candice Swanepoel wears black lingerie and over-the-knee boots for Vogue Brazil’s photo shoot. She didn’t do a sultry pose on the beach like she usually does for Victoria’s Secret. Instead, the blonde bombshell holds tightly onto a trapeze as she swings her body in different positions above water. It seems like she’s been in the pool a couple of times because her hair’s wet. The perfect shot takes time, so she probably had to go in the pool and come out to do it all over again. It’s pretty scary what she has to do for the photo shoot because she can lose balance on the trapeze and fall unexpectedly into the water. It’s hard because she probably has to hold onto the trapeze until the photographer tells her to let go.

9 Heidi Klum Lies In A Bed Of Scissors For Project Runway

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Heidi Klum is one of the most famous supermodels, and she’s known to go all out for photo shoots. No clothes? No problem. Here, she lies in a bed of silver scissors for her Project Runway Season 10 promo, and she looks sizzling as she shows off her toned physique in racy black lingerie. She also wears matching black ankle strap heels. Heidi tells People, “I got to the shoot and I thought they’d add the scissors in editing afterward,” she continues, “But nope, they wanted me to lie down right in the middle of the pile!” The picture on the left shows that the pile of scissors are indeed real. She probably didn’t feel comfortable with the scissor blades on her back. It’s incredible what models have to endure for a photo shoot sometimes.

8 Kendall Jenner Bleaches Her Eyebrows


Fashion models constantly have to change their appearance for the show, and that can be annoying when they don’t like the changes. They still have to do it though. Kendall Jenner doesn’t have a problem with the changes for the most part. One thing she hates is when designers want her to bleach her eyebrows. She’s done it for Marc Jacobs and Givenchy shows. On her website, she writes, “I’ve been asked to alter my appearance in so many ways, it's not even funny!” she continues, “I think the worst is when designers want to mess with my eyebrows, though.” She also adds, “It always freaks me out because every time they do it, I lose them. They literally fall OUT!” It’s probably because of the harsh chemicals used to bleach them.

7 Kate Upton Defies Gravity In The Air In Gold Swimsuit

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The Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Kate Upton floats in the air in a tiny two-piece gold bikini during a zero-gravity photo shoot for the magazine. She strikes different poses as she tumbles all over the place and the crew tries to capture all of them. She shows off her incredible curves as she twists and turns with a smile on her face. She also poses upside down while floating and that can be a scary thing to do. Overall, the photo shoot seems challenging because she needs to pose while making sure that she doesn’t hurt herself. She often uses her hand to push away from the walls, ground, and ceiling. The crew also has a difficult time trying to take photos of her because they’re floating in the air as well.


6 VS Model Josephine Skriver Gets Knocked Out By Wave

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Victoria’s Secret model Josephine Skriver wears a colorful bikini for Victoria’s Secret photo shoot on the Caribbean island. She rolls around the sand a few times for the camera, and once she's done, she goes in the water to rinse the sand off of her body with the help of her assistant. When she turned her back on the ocean, the strong wave knocked her and her assistant off their feet. Josephine looked terrified after the unexpected wave hit her. Anyway — you should never turn your back on the ocean because a strong wave can easily sweep you away. Never underestimate the power of a wave! Unfortunately, bikini models often have to deal with waves because they tend to pose in or near the water for a photo shoot. The water is also cold.

5 Emily Ratajkowski Covers Herself In Pasta

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Emily Ratajkowski’s known for her gorgeous shape, and she occasionally posts photos of her in tiny swimsuits on her social media. She’s one of the models who pose in the Love magazine’s annual advent calendar. She wears sizzling pink lingerie for the photo shoot, and she covers herself with pasta. She gives a seductive look at the camera as she puts spaghetti noodles and olive oil all over her. She also eats the noodles, and apparently, she pours red wine down her cleavage. Whether she enjoys rolling around in food or not, surely there are models who don’t want to because it gets really messy. They don’t want to smell like food or feel greasy. It also probably takes a lot of scrubbing to get rid of all the oil off!

4 Models Pose By The Dumpster On ANTM


The models from America’s Next Top Model are in eco-friendly couture made from recycled materials like garbage bags for their photo shoot by the dumpster. It's one of the strangest photo shoots the models have had to do on the show. The first picture shows a lot of seagulls flying over the area probably looking for food while the model pulls the dumpster by the chain. The other picture shows the model sitting on a dirty dumpster. Let’s be honest — nobody wants to be at a landfill because it’s gross and the place smells rotten. It goes to show that the modeling world is not always glitz and glam. Sometimes, the models travel to a beautiful vacation spot with the best sunset and sometimes, they have a photo shoot at a very unpleasant location.

3 Models Jump On The Trampoline On ANTM


Trampolines can be fun, but it can also be dangerous. You might sprain your ankle or more if you don’t land correctly. The models from America’s Next Top Model are in their athletic wear ready to pose while jumping on the trampoline in front of the NYC’s skyline for a photo shoot. They only get one chance to do it right. Unfortunately, most of them have failed. It’s hard to get a good photo from jumping on the trampoline because they’re only up in the air for like a split second. The result might’ve turned out better if they were given more chances, but that wasn’t the case here. Some of the models almost fell off the trampoline and landed on the ground after their jump. It's scary. They could’ve seriously hurt themselves.


2 Alessandra Ambrosio In Heels On The Rocks

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Victoria’s Secret model Alessandra Ambrosia is in the Mojave Desert in California for her photo shoot. Apparently, it’s one of the driest deserts in North America. In the picture, a man holds an umbrella over his head for shade, and the other men wear hats to avoid the strong sun. They all have sunglasses on, too, except the model. She wears a mesh top and skirt with thigh-high leather boots as she poses on the slanted rocks. It seems like she got there in heels — she could’ve skid off the rock if she lost balance. Overall, Alessandra might've been sweating from the heat, but she looks gorgeous. It’s crazy how sometimes models have to go to extremely hot or cold places for their photo shoot. It can be dangerous because of possible dehydration or frostbite.

1 Victoria's Secret Models In Lingerie On A Cold Paris Night


Victoria’s Secret models Alessandra Ambrosio, Karlie Kloss, Behati Prinsloo, Lily Aldridge, and Adriana Lima slips into sultry lingeries for the brand’s Christmas ad campaign on a cold Paris night. They show off their stunning physique in lacy bra and knickers in heels as they brave the chilly weather. It might not look like it’s cold in Paris because the models don’t show it, but in the first picture, the models’ hair blow against their face because of the wind and the staff are seen in the background wearing puffy jackets to keep themselves warm. The second picture gives a clearer view of the staff in jackets while Karlie Kloss in lingerie strikes a pose on the balcony looking fabulous. The Angels also have on a huge pair of white wings for the photo shoot.


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