We hate demeaning stereotypes against women, especially that certain groups — i.e. blondes and models — have a lower IQ than the rest of the population. In fact, as we've been checking out the backstage pics from New York Fashion Week, which kicked off this week, we couldn't help but notice a trend of bookish models. While they're getting primped and styled for the runways or killing time ahead of their shows, models around the world have been spending those hours diving into a good book, from War and Peace to Catching Fire. See some of our favorite photos of models reading backstage at fashion shows over the years, and you may even find some new book recs for Read a Book Day today!
A model read Fahrenheit 451 while getting primped backstage at the Creatures of the Wind Fall 2013 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York.
A model sat on the floor backstage at the Whit Fall 2013 presentation and read a book.
A model read James Clavell's Shogun backstage at the Douglas Hannant show during Spring 2013 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.
Backstage at the Nomia Spring 2013 show, a model read Michael Grant's Plague: A Gone Novel.
Backstage at Leanne Marshall's Spring 2013 show, a model read Lennon Remembers: The Full Rolling Stone Interviews From 1970 by Jann S. Wenner.
This model got her hair done backstage while she read the Portuguese version of Suzanne Collins's second Hunger Games book, Catching Fire (Em Chamas).
This model looked enthralled reading 3,096 Days by Natascha Kampusch during the Cibeles Madrid Fashion Week for Spring/Summer 2013.
A model was into her book backstage during the Cibeles Madrid Fashion Week for Spring/Summer 2013.
While prepping for the Watson X Watson show during Australia's Spring/Summer 2012/13 Fashion Week, a model was glued to her page-turner.
This model looked up from her reading backstage during Milan's Fashion Week in February.
During London's Fashion Week in February, a model read The Man Who Broke Into Auschwitz by Denis Avey while being styled.
Moon Time: The Art of Harmony with Nature and Lunar Cycles by Johanna Paungger and Thomas Poppe was this model's book of choice during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week for Fall 2003 collections.
This bookish model got her hair done while reading backstage at Ana Moura's fashion show in 2011.
During Australia's Fashion Week last Fall, a model used backstage light to dig into her book.
This model paired big hair with a book backstage before the Unique Spring/Summer 2011 show during London Fashion Week in 2010.
This model got her hair done while reading a book during Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival in 2010.
This model found a spot to read during Rosemount Australian Fashion Week in 2010.
Models busied themselves with books during prep for their London fashion show in 2010.
Hidden by a rack of clothing, this model read ahead of The Royal College of Art Fashion Show in London.
A model found a spot of light to read her book backstage during Fashion Week in South Africa.
This model read while being prepped for David Jones's Autumn/Winter 2010 season launch in Sydney, Australia.
A model was spotted reading backstage during Barcelona's Fashion Week for Spring/Summer 2010 collections.
Ben Elton's High Society was the book this model chose to dive into backstage at the 2009 Diet Coca-Cola Little Black Dress Show in Sydney.
A model read a book ahead of the Iceberg show during Milan Fashion Week for womenswear Autumn/Winter 2009 collections.
This model was in the zone with her book backstage at the Illionaire show during Rosemount Australian Fashion Week for Spring/Summer 2008/09.
A Terry Brooks novel was this model's reading choice as she prepped for a show during 2008's L'Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival.
A model read Fahrenheit 451 backstage at the Creatures of the Wind Fall 2013 fashion show in New York.
A model read a book ahead of her show during L'Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival in 2008.
A model read while smoking a cigarette backstage during Milan Fashion Week in 2008.
Ahead of Lorenzo Riva's show during the Spring/Summer 2008 ready-to-wear fashion collections in Milan, a model read her book amongst the clothing racks.
A model kept to herself with a book backstage ahead of the Kisa Spring/Summer 2008 fashion show during London Fashion Week.
This wild-haired model smiled as she read during London Fashion Week in 2007.
A model focused on her book backstage during LA Fashion Week in 2007.
A model read a book backstage ahead of a 2007 fashion show in Paris.
Ahead of the Betty Jackson show during 2007's London Fashion Week, a model looked through London A to Z.
A Lyn Devon model read prior to the designer's Fall 2007 show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.
A model highlighted her book backstage at the J Mendel Fall 2007 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.
Caligula by Maria Grazia Siliato and Teresa Clavel Lledo was this model's book pick backstage at the Atil Kutoglu Fall 2007 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.
While getting her hair done for Saudi Arabian designer Hanan Madani's fashion show in 2006, a model read a book.
A smiling model looked up from her book during London Fashion Week in 2006.
While getting her toes done, a model read Puberty Blues by Kathy Lette and Gabrielle Carey before walking the runway during L'Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival in 2006.
A pretty model read Sophie Kinsella's Shopaholic & Sister in the sun during Melbourne's Fashion Week in 2006.
A model kept her eyes on her page-turner during Melbourne's Fashion Week in 2006.
The quiet before the storm included reading for this model at the L'Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival in 2006.
A cross-legged model read a book backstage at the Alice Roi Fall 2006 fashion show during New York Fashion Week.
These gorgeous women read backstage at Multi By Bree's Spring 2006 show.
This model for the Chaiken Spring 2006 show in NYC proved that models do eat — and read.
A model read a book without a cover at Matthew Earnest's Spring 2006 show.
A model read a book about models — Model: The Ugly Business of Beautiful Women by Michael Gross — at Tuleh's Spring 2006 show.
A model read Lauren Weisberger's The Devil Wears Prada — in Spanish — backstage during New York Fashion Week in 2006.
A model found time to read in NYC.
Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code got some love from this model backstage at a Sydney show.
This model came to chapter 33 of her book at a show in Culver City.
A model relaxed reading Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami backstage during a show in Melbourne.
This model raced to finish her book at Benjamin Cho's Fall 2005 show.
Odd Thomas, a thriller novel by writer Dean Koontz, was the book of choice for this model.
At Benjamin Cho's Spring 2005 show, a model read cross-legged.
A model lounged with a book backstage at the Thomas Tait show during London Fashion Week.