Julia once had one. Drew currently has one, as it appears do Renée and Cameron. Gwyneth recently married one. And Winona continues to search for one. It’s the rock star boyfriend, the new arm candy for some of Hollywood’s most powerful actresses.

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And the modeling world, not to be usurped in its legendary stronghold on music’s bad boys, is keeping up. Beauties who have stepped off the catwalks and into high-profile secondary careers are appearing at their best with sexy lead singers at their sides, from business owner Iman, who continues to bedazzle David Bowie, to fashion entrepreneur Heidi Klum, who is snuggling up to Seal, and fashion stylist L’Wren Scott, who has started it up with Sir Mick Jagger (as have so many others, beginning with Bianca).

Even within the music industry itself, there’s a new dating dynamic. There’s no doubt that megastar and designer Gwen Stefani is the bigger name in her relationship with hunky beau Gavin Rossdale.

Indeed, these days, for better or for worse, it seems the woman who will snag the coveted trophy rocker has to more or less drive her own red sports car rather than, as once was the case, just writhe all over the hood of it.

— Jennifer Hirshlag