What is the appropriate verb that I should use to fill in the blank below?

People march on parades, but models __ on the catwalk.

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    They do their little turns. – Apis Utilis May 4 '14 at 18:33
  • @ApisUtilis, good to see I’m not the only one with good taste in music here! ;-) – Janus Bahs Jacquet May 4 '14 at 18:43
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    @ApisUtilis: instantly recognizable even without the link. It deserves to become idiom :-) – RemcoGerlich May 4 '14 at 18:55
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    I think the first part is somewhat hinting that the expected solution is "People march on parades, but models parade on the catwalk." – skymningen May 5 '14 at 13:11
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    @Richard If I heard that people were marching on a parade, I'd assume they were protesting against it, or possibly attempting to suppress it by means of overwhelming force. – user867 May 5 '14 at 23:57

If the OP requires a verb or an idiomatic expression then consider the following:

The models strut (their stuff) on the catwalk:

from the literal meaning of strut (to walk proudly in a way that attracts attention)

Alternatively, models (strike a) pose on the catwalk.

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    While it is of course true that models strike poses on catwalks, I wouldn’t use that expression as a parallel to marching in parades. Striking a pose is what they do whenever they stop walking and arrange their arms and legs in various awkward and unnatural positions for the benefit of the flashing cameras; so you could almost say it’s what they do when they’re not doing the verb Loureiro is looking for. – Janus Bahs Jacquet May 4 '14 at 18:10
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    @JanusBahsJacquet and would you consider the expression "walk on the catwalk" a typical one? It sounds awkward to my ears. I'm not suggesting it is wrong, but I dislike how it rolls off my tongue. Strike a pose evokes fashion, moda, Vogue, etc. – Mari-Lou A May 4 '14 at 18:39
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    “The model walked down the catwalk” sounds natural enough to me, if perhaps somewhat ‘flat’. I’d probably be more likely to say, “The model paraded/sashayed/strode down the catwalk”, just to evoke fashion and all that—but I wouldn’t say, “The model struck a pose down the catwalk”. Rather, “The model strode down the catwalk, striking poses now and again” or something like that. Striking a pose certainly evokes all the right images, but it’s not parallel to walking or marching. – Janus Bahs Jacquet May 4 '14 at 18:42
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    I'd say glided, or even stumbled considering the lengths of some of their heels. You do express yourself well, @JanusBahsJacquet you have a natural flair with words. You must be in the world of advertising, or editing. – Mari-Lou A May 4 '14 at 18:48

The models walk on the catwalk. Unsurprisingly.

Indeed, from that, one instance of a model presenting an outfit is called a walk as well.

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    There’s something appealing to the notion of models pussyfooting down the catwalk, even though that’s nearly the opposite of what they actually do. – tchrist May 4 '14 at 17:34
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    Yes, this is correct. Also, I've always heard that they "walk the catwalk" not "walk on the catwalk". +1 – Richard May 5 '14 at 17:15
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    Never did a possible word enter into my mind other than this one. Though sashay is pretty awesome. – Code Whisperer May 5 '14 at 19:40

You could use the word sashay.

walk in an ostentatious yet casual manner, typically with exaggerated movements of the hips and shoulders. (Oxford University Press, online)

"The model sashayed down the runway." (Merriam-Webster, online)

I think it can serve in a figurative sense, so they don't have to be walking in any particular way. Analogously, people marching in a parade aren't always marching in the more conventional literal sense (as in military or a marching band), but may just be walking.


Models parade on or stomp the catwalk.

Alternately, models catwalk on the runway.


You can also say to model on a catwalk.


They do their little turn, then shake their little toosh.


I think strut is actually a really good word. But so are pose and sell. They sell themselves and the outfits. They are in a continuous pose knowing that the cameras are going non-stop.


If you want to be elegant about it, I'd suggest "promenade".

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    A person "promenading" is usually enjoying themselves (while well-dressed). From the grim look on the face of a typical model, I wouldn't say they were enjoying it. Maybe their stiletto heels are killing them? – Phil Perry May 5 '14 at 23:18
  • @PhilPerry: The definition I'm used to is closer to "take a leisurely walk, ride, or drive in public, especially to meet or be seen by others." That may not suit all models in all clothing, but I think it's appropriate to at least some, and I don't see enjoyment as a necessary part of the definition. (Indeed, your "usually" recognizes that it's not a very strong binding.) – keshlam May 5 '14 at 23:27
  • I'm also biased, I admit, by having heard "prominade them around the ring" used to describe displaying animals for show or for sale... which is much the same kind of scenario from the audience's point of view. – keshlam May 5 '14 at 23:29

I instantly thought of Madonna's "Vogue"

From Google:

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