Ahead of VH1’s three-time Male Model of the Year returning for the most highly anticipated cinematic release of year; Ben Stiller, a.k.a. Derek Zoolander has bagged his first-ever Vogue cover. Although fifteen years may have passed since Zoolander last captivated the fashion world with his signature looks, Blue Steel, Le Tigre and Magnum, the enduring mystery of the universe: “Is there more to life than being really, really, really ridiculously good-looking?” still remains.

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After Derek and Hansel met Vogue impresario Anna Wintour backstage at Valentino’s Fall 2015 show in Paris, it was almost inevitable that fashion’s iconic magazine would finally open its doors, now that the legend is back. How could they resist, it is Derek Zoolander, the greatest male supermodel of his generation. Eponymous founder of the Derek Zoolander Center for Kids Who Can’t Read Good and Who Wanna Learn to Do Other Stuff Good Too. An irresistible dynamo of discipline, charm, and really, really, really good-lookingness.

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As we await the second coming of the model who brought us ‘Merman’, it is strange to think that admist all the film’s hype, Zoolander was not a runaway commercial success. It may have been too weird and released too soon after tragedy—less than three weeks after the September 11 attacks. While it eventually earned around $60 million worldwide and turned a profit, it did not rock the box office. It was those watching on DVD and more that turned it into a cult classic, with lines like Mugatu’s “Hansel, so hot right now” entering into people’s consciousness in a way that not many do.

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Having a character like Zoolander back is good for the planet. Movie making has mostly become a cautious business driven by money and a host of remakes. Sometimes the public’s taste truly can surprise. Sometimes people want to laugh with the world’s greatest male supermodel. There is more to life other than being really, really, really ridiculously good-looking. Barely, but there is. Zoolander 2, you can’t come soon enough for a sceptical world in need of laughter.

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