Celebs' sexy poses: The titillating, the tacky, and the terrible

Wanna up your Instagram seduction game? Here are some do’s and don’ts for “come hither” poses on social media, inspired by celebrities

Titillating: The Smoulder
Titillating: The Smoulder
03 Apr 2018

Titillating: The Smoulder

Good job, Aloysius Pang – one smoulderin’ SMIZE is all it took to make a high-necked blouse go from being kind of funny to being uh, kind of flirty. Likewise, Sonia Chew's “come hither” gazes remind us that sexiness is best conveyed through your facial expressions.

Photo: Instagram/@aloypang, @soniachew

Tacky: The open shirt
Tacky: The open shirt
03 Apr 2018

Tacky: The open shirt

We can’t quite explain why we dislike this pose – maybe because it’s a little try-hard, and more likely because we can’t disassociate it from the covers of cheesy romance novels. But if you insist on popping open a couple of buttons for Instagram, you might as well commit to it all the way but posing with one hand in your hair and the other hand in your pocket.

Photo: Instagram/@aloypang, @zijiee

Titillating: Playing with your shades
Titillating: Playing with your shades
03 Apr 2018

Titillating: Playing with your shades

Posing with shades is borderline cheesy, but it’s pretty darn cute if you can sell it with a subtle smoulder, the way Fiona Xie and Nick Teo do.

Photos: Instagram/@nickk_teo, @xplacidacidx,

 

Titillating: Cuddling shirtless with a dog
Titillating: Cuddling shirtless with a dog
03 Apr 2018

Titillating: Cuddling shirtless with a dog

“Today, my puppers. Tomorrow, you.” Admit it: between fur pal and beefcake, you can’t decide whom you would rather hug.

Photo: Instagram/@thedesmondtan, @timotheejw

 

Titillating: Leave some things to the imagination
Titillating: Leave some things to the imagination
03 Apr 2018

Titillating: Leave some things to the imagination

Sexy doesn’t always mean skin-tight or revealing. Going sheer is a classy way to show some skin or even covering up, like Oon Shu An, will leave them wanting more.

Photo: Instagram/@julietan_cxq, @oonshuan

 

Tacky: One ticket to the gun show
Tacky: One ticket to the gun show
03 Apr 2018

Tacky: One ticket to the gun show

Sure, this angle shows off some major muscles, but it also makes us imagine getting elbowed in the face.

Photo: Instagram/@chrislee1111

Titillating: Put on a leggy display
Titillating: Put on a leggy display
03 Apr 2018

Titillating: Put on a leggy display

Nothing gets temperatures rising like a pair of killer gams on a woman and the best part is, long legs aren’t necessary, if you know how to elongate them. Flaunt them in high-waisted shorts like Ann Kok for extra leg-lengthening power, or pose with them extended like Carrie Wong does.

Photo: Instagram/@ann_kok, @carriewst

Titillating (but only if it’s done ironically): “The Creation of Adam” pose
Titillating (but only if it’s done ironically): “The Creation of Adam” pose
03 Apr 2018

Titillating (but only if it’s done ironically): “The Creation of Adam” pose

Otherwise known as “Fabio on the beach”, this pose is so corny, we can’t imagine that anyone would do it without being facetious. If you’re going to pose this way, do it while slightly grinning, the way Desmond Tan does, so that people know you’re in on the joke. Timothee Yap, meanwhile, looks a little stiff and serious in his attempt – perhaps Desmond could give him some pointers.

Photo: Instagram/@timotheejw, @thedesmondtan

Tacky: The “How YOU doin’?”
Tacky: The “How YOU doin’?”
03 Apr 2018

Tacky: The “How YOU doin’?”

There’s a thin line between sexy and stalker and Zhong Kunhua’s glance is giving us the creeps, especially since he’s got food in his mouth. Does he want to kiss us or eat us? Either way, close tab.

Photo: Instagram/@kunhua_c

Titillating: The
Titillating: The "hey girl" pose
03 Apr 2018

Titillating: The "hey girl" pose

Richie Koh oozes suaveness posing coyly next to this pillow. 

Photo: Instagram/@richiekrq

Titillating: If you’ve got it, flaunt it
Titillating: If you’ve got it, flaunt it
03 Apr 2018

Titillating: If you’ve got it, flaunt it

Showing off your assets is one of the oldest tricks in the book, but Allan Wu and Tabitha Nauser manage to make it look natural rather than affected.

Photo: Instagram/@wulander, @tabithanauser

Terrible: In bed with…
Terrible: In bed with…
03 Apr 2018

Terrible: In bed with…

Some attempts at sexiness are so flagrant that we can’t take them seriously. Exhibit A, Zong Zijie lounging naked in bed, sheets askew, chest dappled with evening light. Talk about too much effort.

Photo: Instagram/@zijiee

Terrible: Mr. Grey will see you now
Terrible: Mr. Grey will see you now
03 Apr 2018

Terrible: Mr. Grey will see you now

Christian Grey might have been a dreamboat, but this serial killer-worthy pose is pure nightmare fuel. 

Photo: Instagram/@aloypang

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