10 New Zoolander-Style Poses, Including “Bewildered Giraffe” And “Slow Elevator,” Demonstrated By Actual SI Swimsuit Models

BuzzFeed tested the raw modeling ability of two Sports Illustrated swimsuit models — Hannah Davis and Sara Sampaio — by having them come up with fictional signature poses on the spot.

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Sara Sampaio (left) and Hannah Davis (right)

Sara Sampaio is a Portuguese woman who quit karate, developed an addiction to Papa John’s pizza, and is now one of the most sought-after models in the business after making her debut in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show this past year.

Hannah Davis is an American model from the Virgin Islands who used her stilt-walking skills (no seriously, she used to put on a costume, paint her face and walk on stilts at carnivals) to launch her into campaigns with Victoria’s Secret, American Eagle, Tommy Hilfiger and Levi’s. You might also recognize her as the DirecTV Genie.

This year they both posed in New Jersey beach towns for the 50th anniversary of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition, and this week they visited BuzzFeed to promote the issue. They both deftly deflected our leading questions about what it was like to get sent to New Jersey instead of, like, the Carribean or space. (Sampaio called Cape May “so cute” and Davis praised the “miles of beautiful beaches” where she was able to go surfing after work). Also:

What did you think about New Jersey before you went there?
Sara Sampaio: Snooki.
Hannah Davis: Snooki.

And then they were gracious enough to test out several new signature modeling “looks,” a la Blue Steel, that we had developed in the BuzzFeed Modeling Laboratory, which is next to the snack room.

3. Pose: “Fish out of water, but totally cool with it”

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5. Pose: “You just tripped while walking and now you have to act like you DIDN’T just do that”

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6. Pose: “El Niño”

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7. Pose: “The slowest elevator ride in the world”

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8. Pose: “Bewildered Giraffe”

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9. Pose: “Screaming Goat”

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(Yes, she actually screamed…like a goat. It was great.)

10. Pose: “I don’t know what to do with my hands”

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11. Pose: “Sochi Surprise”

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12. Pose: “Lasagna?”

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13. Conclusion?

Although we were quite impressed by Sara and Hannah’s improv skills, there can only be one true really, really, ridiculously good-looking facial expression in the world.

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