Though we did a post on how to pose like a star back in 2009 (dating myself!!), the rules of celebrity posing have changed!
While stars used to smile and even laugh on the red carpet, the smug mug is now more de rigeur. Two hands on your hips? Not so much. The key these days is to make it all look effortless. Take a look at a few tips.
FASHION Fashion Bomb 101- How to Pose Like a Celebrity
1. Try not to smile–perfect your smize.

The reigning King and Queen of the Smize

Too cool for school? Too hot to trot? Yes, you got all dressed up to be there, and had your glam squad do it up! But that doesn’t mean you’re very happy to be there (reference Eddie Murphy from Coming to America).

The key to conquering any carpet these days is to smize. Smize for your life! And if you’re caught smiling, catch yourself and go back to scowling.

2. Keep your hands down…if you can help it.
Gone are the days of the two hands behind the back, two hands on the hip, or even hands behind the head (Beyonce did a little bit of everything for the Dreamgirls London Premiere in 2007).
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2015 requires a little less showmanship. Let your arms relax by your side, and unleash that sultry gaze!
9 9 0 Beyonce's New York City Balenciaga White Cropped Basketweave Crepe Jacket, DIY by Panida Guns N Roses Beaded Tee, and Distressed Skinny Jeans

3. If you must do something with your hands, the one hand on the hip trick is universally flattering.
The one hand on the hip pose works and looks good on everyone. Use it, flagrantly!
If you want to switch it up, pop your hand behind your back. Boom! Flawless.


She woke up like this

4. One hand on hip not your thing? Two hands in front is a great option.

Uzo Aduba's Vanity Fair and L'Oreal Pre-Oscars Party Pamella Roland Red Strapless Dress and Bionda Castana Daphne Bis Floral Lace Pumps
Two hands in front makes you look prim, pretty, and almost pensive. This is one of Uzo Aduba’s red carpet faves.
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Uzo Aduba's Orange is the New Black Screening Christian Siriano Spring 2015 Off the Shoulder White Dress 9
Janelle Monae also uses this trick a lot, usually to show off her rings, nail art, and/or clutch.

4  Janelle Monae's Gordon Parks Foundation Tracy Reese Red and Black Embroidered Jacket and Vatanika Wide Legged Pants

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Janelle Monae's 2015 MOCA Gala presented by Louis Vuitton Sass & Bide Caped Dress,  Stuart Weitzman Fringed Sandals, and Emm Kuo Clutch

If you really want to go bold, cross your arms in front, to say “I mean business!!”
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In my case, hands in front conceals problem areas. It works!
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5. Play with your clothing.

Don’t know what to do with your hands? The world is your runway. Let those knife pleats billow in the wind.
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Jennifer Lopez Wears Multicolored Striped Blumarine Maxi Dress and Gucci Sandals on American Idol 4:22:15
This works particularly well if you have a dress with loads of fabric. Act like you’re in a wind machine and twirl, twirl, twirl!
4 Solange Knowles's IWC Art Basel Event Christian Siriano Spring 2015 Yellow Asymmetrical Top and Cigarette Pants

6. Bend one knee or cross your feet in front
A pigeon toed stance can tarnish even the most flawless look.
Keep your legs in check by crossing your legs or making sure one knee is slightly bent.
Alesha Dixon showcases her trim post-baby body as she launches her new fragrance **USA ONLY**

7. Have fun!

While most celebs have posing down pat, it’s ok to break the mold and have a little fun! Jump for joy, kick one foot in the air, and laugh it up (but don’t laugh too hard– a camera catching you with your mouth wide open is never a good look.)
Otherwise, have a ball!

Those are a few tips I’ve gleaned from studying some of Tinseltown’s favorites.
Do you have anything to add?