Before the “duckface,” there was “Le Tigre,” the “Ferrari” and “Magnum.” Plus, no one has ever forgotten “Blue Steel.” Ben Stiller created that running gag poking fun at the fashion industry, and it was what gave rise to the soul of Zoolander.
You’d think that a movie that seemingly mocks the culture of an industry would offend and inspire hatred from one of its biggest icons, but no. Instead, “Zoolander” seemed to have the opposite effect on one of fashion’s most feared.
Did you know that Anna Wintour, the dreaded Vogue fashion editor herself, is a big fan of Zoolander?
Ben Stiller credits high priestess of fashion Anna Wintour who regularly reminded him about making a sequel. So, fifteen years after the original parody of the fashion industry came out, Zoolander finally got its much-awaited Part 2. In fact, Stiller isn’t blatantly opposed to the idea of a Part 3 either. In a chat with Australian press in the Sydney premiere, he was quoted as saying: “Zoolander 3? In another 15 years, maybe. We’ll see.”
Ben Stiller admits that the original Zoolander was not an instant success. Rather, it was a “slow boil” for the movie. Stiller even expressed his surprise that fan bases have gathered around the film over the years. In 2010, Stiller gave interviews sharing his plans for setting the sequel ten years after the original. He expressed the desire to trace the evolution of fashion over that decade-long gap. In an interview with MTV, he related, “It’s gonna happen. We’ve been trying for years to figure it out. It’ll have input from all the ‘Zoolander’ people. It’s just taken a while.”
Stiller gives a nod to how heavily enmeshed Zoolander 2 is with social media, saying, “It sort of feels like the social media was beckoning Derek (Zoolander) out of the shadows.” He also pointed out, amidst laughter, that Zoolander was most likely “the father of the duckface.” “I had to educate the younger generation where it comes from, their roots. They don’t even know.”
Speaking of tracing the duckface’s roots in Zoolander, statuesque supermodel and “America’s Got Talent” judge Heidi Klum was in Sydney to promote her new lingerie line and surprised everyone by gracing the Sydney premiere. And yes, she echoed that Derek Zoolander “started it all, fifteen years ago.” By that, she means that the “duckface” has its roots in Blue Steel.
“Zoolander 2” is the star-studded sequel that fans of Ben Stiller-branded comedy couldn’t afford to miss. Catch it in theaters on the 11th of February in Australia and New Zealand, and on the 12th of February in the USA.