The Angled Arms
Possibly the most popular of red carpet poses, this position emphasizes the waist and engages the arms to create a figure-defining silhouette. Use both arms, or, if you’re feeling saucy, lean your weight on one hip for a figure-defining contrapposto.
Red-carpet mascots: Kerry Washington (pictured above), Taylor Swift
The “Standing Leg Cross”
Narrow your appearance by casually crossing one leg over the other, which both slims the hips and engages your calves. One word of warning, however, too much tension in the crossing of your legs can take this pose from “big break” to “bathroom break.” Tread lightly.
Red carpet mascot: Rooney Mara (pictured above), Camilla Belle, and Dakota Fanning
“Who me?” This is the sassiest red-carpet posture, reserved for only the pros. Position your body 90 to 180 degrees away from the camera and turn your head to face it, adding a coy smile. Not only does this pose’s angular nature flatter all body types (and highlights a killer profile), but it adds a coquettish flare to even the most pedestrian photo shoot.
Red carpet mascot: Keira Knightley
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Photo: Kerry Washington: Ian Gavan / Getty Images Entertainment, Rooney Mara: Mike Pont / Film Magic, Keira Knightley: Dave J Hogan / Getty Images Entertainment