The best models not only are admired for their physical gifts, they also inspire an exploration of art, an examination of culture and a mad rush to buy clothes that might look utterly ridiculous to the untrained eye.

What these women have that other pretty girls don’t, say fashion insiders, is the ability to convey personality as well as represent their moment in time.

They also have their own new exhibit at The Costume Institute of The Metropolitan Museum of Art called The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion, which had a star-studded opening Monday night with a gala dinner hosted by Vogue’s Anna Wintour, Marc Jacobs, Kate Moss and Justin Timberlake.

Photograph after photograph of the names and faces you know — Twiggy, Jerry Hall, Beverly Johnson, Iman, Moss and the trio of Christy Turlington Burns, Naomi Campbell and Linda Evangelista, known as “the Trinity” —hang on the hallowed walls of the museum’s Tisch Galleries.

Also displayed are some of the clothes they introduced to the mainstream.