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14 years ago today: ‘Zoolander’ opened in theaters

14 years ago today, Derek Zoolander and his unforgettable Blue Steel pose catwalked into theaters when “Zoolander” had its big screen debut on Sept. 28, 2001.

Created by Stiller and stand-up comedian/TV writer Drake Sather, the dimwitted model character was first introduced to audiences back in 1996 in a sketch at the VH1 Fashion Awards.

Watch the original VH1 skit below and see if you can discern the nuances in Zoolander”s Blue Steel and Ferrari looks:

A sequel for “Zoolander” is set to open in theaters on Feb. 12, 2016.

Other notable Sept. 28 happenings in pop culture history:

• 1963: The Beach Boys” “Little Deuce Coupe” peaked at No. 15 on the Billboard Hot 100. It spent a total of 11 weeks on the chart.

• 1968: The manager of Big Brother and the Holding Company announced that Janis Joplin would be leaving the band at the end of that year.

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