Blue Steel Is Back: 8 Powerful Lessons We Learned From 'Zoolander'

by Martinique Jobin
Paramount Pictures

In case you missed it yesterday, Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson walked the Valentino runway show at Paris Fashion Week.

Why? Well, to announce the making of "Zoolander 2," coming February 12, 2016, to be exact.

Yes, you read that correctly. One of my personal favorite comedies from 2001 is in the works for a long-awaited sequel, and if yesterday showed us anything, it's that Derek Zoolander and Hansel still have their strut down.

Watch out, Kendall Jenner!

Maybe you're not totally in the know of "Zoolander," or only watched it once and don't remember much of this classic.

Well, allow me to refresh your memory or open your horizons to a world of lessons taught to us by Derek and Hansel.


"If there is anything that this horrible tragedy can teach us, it's that a male model's life is a precious, precious commodity. "Just because we have chiseled abs and stunning features, it doesn't mean that we too can't not die in a freak gasoline fight accident."

Life is short and we have to always appreciate those around us. Remind all the special people in your life what they mean to you.

Because it's all fun and games, spraying each other with gasoline, until someone lights a cigarette.


"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."

You don't have to fit the mold society prescribes. If you have a passion, go for it! You miss 100 percent of the shots you don't take.

So take risks and accept all the opportunities and challenges life offers you. It could just land you the Male Model of the Year award.


"I'm sorry that good-looking people like us made you throw up and feel bad about yourself."

It's never too late to apologize. Even if you didn't personally hurt the person, showing someone you care goes along way. And, remember, bulimia has nothing to do with reading minds.


"There was a moment last night, when she was sandwiched between the two Finnish dwarves and the Maori tribesmen, where I thought, 'Wow, I could really spend the rest of my life with this woman.'"

There are moments in life we feel and can't properly express. Nevertheless, they stick with us, like when you realize you have found The One.


"I'm pretty sure there's a lot more to life than being really, really, ridiculously good looking. And I plan on finding out what that is."

Sometimes you go through life asking yourself, "Is this it? Is it?" Well, no, it's not.

Life is what you make of it. So start searching within yourself and seeing what it is you want out of life.


"I felt like, 'This guy's really hurting me.' And it hurt."

If you felt wronged by someone, tell him or her how you feel.

Even if you don't like confrontation, it's better to let someone know and to possibly clear the air. You two might just turn into great friends in the end.


"Who are you tryin' to get crazy with, ese? Don't you know I'm loco?"

If someone tries to start beef with you, remind him or her who you are. You're fierce and in charge, and no one should make you feel otherwise. If they do, challenge them to a walk-off!


"Do you understand that the world does not revolve around you and your 'do whatever it takes, ruin as many people's lives, so long as you can make a name for yourself as an investigatory journalist, no matter how many friends you lose or people you leave dead and bloodied along the way, just so long so you can make a name for yourself as an investigatory journalist, no matter how many friends you lose or people you leave dead and bloodied and dying along the way?'"

Go for your goals and ambitious, but remember, people are people and you shouldn't use them just to advance your career. You're only as good as the network and support system you have.

Now, excuse me while I go get an Orange Mocha Frappuccino.