Derek Zoolander is a male model at the end of his career. Known across the world for his famous blue steel look. At the annual fashion awards, Derek attempts to accept an award that up-and-coming rookie model, Hansel, actually won. Zoolander goes through a fall from grace that leads him to be used by a clothing designer, Mugatu, as a less-than-intelligent subject to be brainwashed into assassinating the Malaysian Prime Minister, who is intent on eliminating child labor in Malaysia.


A king of fashion, Mugatu routinely brainwashes washed-up former models to carry out assassinations for him.


Ben Stiller

Stiller did a near perfect job for the role of model Derek Zoolander. He has also starred in other comedies Tropic Thunder, Along Came Polly, and Dodgeball .

Owen Wilson

Owen Wilson plays the young Hansel, an up and coming young model. Wilson has starred in comedies such as Hall Pass , and Drillbit Taylor. He has also been featured in more serious roles such in films like The Royal Tenenbaums , and Midnight In Paris.

Will Ferrell

Will Ferrell plays the fashion titan, Mugatu. Ferrell began his career on Saturday Night Live and has also been in legendary comedies such as Stepbrothers, Anchorman, and Semi-Pro.

Christine Taylor

Christine Taylor plays Matilda Jeffries, a reporter who becomes close to Derek Zoolander. Some of her previous works include Dodgeball, and The Wedding Singer.


Famous for his patented Blue Steel look, Derek Zoolander has had the male modeling industry held in a vicegrip ever since he burst onto the scene.

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Derek Zoolander

The pinnacle of fashion

Derek Zoolander is a world-famous male model. Three time winner of male model of the year, Derek Zoolander is beloved by all. He has many celebrity friends and lives in an apartment with his 3 other male model friends.

Zoolander's life takes a turn for the worst, however, with the emergence of a young, hot new model, Hansel. Hansel wins male model of the year, and Zoolander's life begins to unravel around him: His friends die in an incident with a gasoline fight, and Zoolander becomes the butt of countless "dumb male model" groups. He is offered a chance at redemption when fashion designer, Mugatu, offers for Derek to be the face of his new collection, Derelichte. Unbeknownst to Zoolander, Mugatu is simply using Derek as a tool to assassinate the Malaysian Prime Minister.


A corrupt giant

Mugatu is a fashion designer who is the pawn of many faceless, exploitative CEOs in the fashion industry. Mugatu is tasked with assassinating the Malaysian Prime Minister because he wants to eliminate child labor and raise the minimum wage, which would cost the CEOs untold amounts of money.

Mugatu's chosen method of assassination is to brainwash a male model and have him do all the dirty work. Mugatu finds the perfect target in the form of Derek Zoolander. Using the guise of a relaxing spa, Mugatu brainwashes Zoolander to kill the Prime Minister during the premier of his new fashion line Derelichte.


He's so hot right now

An up-and-coming new model, Hansel exudes a certain air similar to that of a surfer or skater. Never seen without his scooter, Hansel is young and fabulous. Hansel wins male model of the year, all while looking extremely calm and collected.

Hansel has secretly idolized Zoolander since he was a child, which led to his career in male modeling, and in turn his assumption of the title of "hottest male model". Hansel frequently spits out lines like this short monologue:

" I wasn't like every other kid, you know, who dreams about being an astronaut, I was always more interested in what bark was made out of on a tree. Richard Gere's a real hero of mine. Sting. Sting would be another person who's a hero. The music he's created over the years, I don't really listen to it, but the fact that he's making it, I respect that. I care desperately about what I do. Do I know what product I'm selling? No. Do I know what I'm doing today? No. But I'm here, and I'm gonna give it my best shot."

Matilda Jeffries

Investigative reporter

Matilda Jeffries is an investigative reporter who interviews Zoolander before the VH1 fashion awards. While originally disdainful of the fashion industry in general, Matilda eventually becomes enamored with Zoolander.

After receiving a tip from a secret informant, Matilda learns that Mugatu is going to use Derek in an assassination. This leads her to take Derek to Hansel's house to hide out. While there Matilda describes why she has such disdain for models: She used to be the fat kid in her class and that made her feel jealous and resentful as she grew up.


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