The Hidden Talents Of 8 Of Your Favorite Models

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Deep in Cara Delevingne’s Instagram feed is a special place: Square-shaped evidence reveals the supermodel and actor can also beatbox. Since she spit her skill to both Pharrell and Justin Timberlake, it’s no wonder there’s rumor of a music career in the pipeline — potentially once she's finished taking Hollywood by storm? Is Delevingne set to become a triple threat?

It turns out Cara isn't the only pretty face with some prettier talents. In fact, many of the models we frequently see gracing fashion campaigns, runways, and editorial shoots have hidden skills we didn't know about. We've dug deep to discover how eight of the world's biggest names like to spend their time off-camera — from curb-grinds to coding to chess. All we're wondering is: What can't these women do?
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Photo via @nataliewestling.
Natalie Westling
When flame-haired, Arizona-born model Natalie Westling isn't walking the runway for Gucci or Prada, starring in a Miu Miu campaign shot by Steven Meisel, or fronting the covers of Dazed and i-D, she can be found skateboarding. And she’s pretty damn good at it, too. She picked up a board when she was just three years old and has spent much of her life wearing Vans. Westling has perfected that effortless, lo-fi grunge aesthetic; she’s even got a tattoo that reads “SKATE” on her wrist.
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Photo via @karliekloss.
Karlie Kloss
If you’ve been trying to find a fault in Karlie Kloss, you’re out of luck. The supermodel, former Victoria’s Secret Angel, one-time denim designer, and BFF of Taylor Swift even bakes cookies for charity. What you might not know, though, is that she’s a pro at coding; she even teamed up with New York’s Flatiron School to launch the #KodeWithKarlie scholarship, aimed to help get more women into the tech world.
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Photo via @binxwalton.
Binx Walton
Growing up in Tennessee, Binx Walton was scouted pool-side when she was just nine years old. Since then, she’s played cover girl for Vogue, Dazed, and Garage (as a Jeff Koons digital bunny sculpture, no less), has walked for every designer worth writing about, and has done a trainer collab with Superga. Walton also has had 10 years of training in West African and hip-hop dance, though she downplays her skills: “I dance to express my love of music or to keep my brain busy, but that’s about it,” she told i-D in an interview. We saw her dancing in Alexander Wang’s party bus outside the Moschino bash at Coachella this year, and we can confirm: Girl’s got serious moves.
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Amanda Murphy
If may seem difficult to maintain a career in medicine when you're the face of Prada and Céline, walking every runway show imaginable, and popping up in Vogue on the reg. But somehow, 28-year-old Amanda Murphy is making it work. "When I was younger, I didn’t know what I wanted to do in terms of college," she told Fashionista in June 2013. "I thought that I could become quite successful in the medical career, but I knew I didn’t want to do nursing, like my mom. So I went with radiology — it’s a different type of photography, and I enjoy it." Though her schedule is obviously demanding, Murphy still finds time to work as a radiology technician in a Chicago clinic when she's not killing it in the fashion industry. Oh, and she's also an avid horse rider. Seriously, what can't this girl do?
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Photo via @ediebcampbell.
Edie Campbell
Like Murphy, Edie Campbell loves a good horseback ride. Her horse, Dolly, has become just as Insta- (and Vogue-) famous as Campbell has, playing a starring role in the model's accomplished career as an equestrian. Campbell has been competing since she was a child and has tried her hand at cross-country, show jumping, and eventing. She also serves as a contributing editor for Love magazine and has written pieces for the likes of Harper's Bazaar and System.
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Photo via @molllsbair.
Molly Bair
More likely to post a photo of herself goofing around at a dental surgery than an over-staged selfie, rising model Molly Bair’s no-fucks-given approach has got the fashion mob falling at her feet. Following her appearance on the cover of Dazed’s "The New Agenda" issue, Bair is leading the way for a new wave of model casting. Her hidden talent? She was a high school tennis champ back in Pennsylvania and is still an avid squash player.
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Photo via @officialjdunn.
Jourdan Dunn
Fresh off the heels of her "Model of the Year" win at this year's British Fashion Awards, Jourdan Dunn is still dominating the modeling industry. She's made serious strides in her almost-decade-long career: She was the first African American model to walk the Prada runway since Naomi Campbell in 1993, and she's covered more magazines than we can count. But we're just as obsessed with Dunn's knack for all things culinary. Her YouTube show, Well Dunn, was a major hit (especially thanks to all the models who made cameos), and she now hosts a similar series, called How It's Dunn, for Vice. De-licious.
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Photo via @lilycole.
Lily Cole
In the industry for over 12 years, British super-babe-cum-supermodel Lily Cole’s fashion credits are rivaled by few, and her acting accolades aren’t half-bad, either. But, this model has a bookish side, too. She's holds a degree in art history from Cambridge (where she graduated with top marks), and she started her own company, Impossible, which is clearly influenced by her love of all things creative. When she’s not doing any/all of the above, Cole’s partial to a game of chess. She even tried her hand against Magnus Carlsen, the 2013 World Champion.
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