Must-See Mannequin Challenges: From Hollywood to UMD

In 2013, we had the Harlem Shake. In 2014, we had the ice bucket challenge. In 2016, we thought the year would end with the running man challenge, and nothing else- until we heard about the mannequin challenge. Sure, the ice bucket challenge is the only one of these that has truly done some good in regards to raising awareness about ALS, but in times like these, nothing can make the world come together quite like a good ol’ internet challenge, no matter how silly.

Here’s a rundown of some of the best mannequin challenges so far, including a few from our very own University of Maryland.

From Ellen Degeneres to FLOTUS, let’s start out with a few celebrity mannequin challenges.

Ellen Degeneres:

Ellen hopped aboard the mannequin challenge train pretty early this month, and she did it flawlessly. The ping pong ball in mid-air and a cameo by Warren Beatty definitely make this one worth watching.

James Corden:

This one is a little longer than most, but James Corden and his team did an incredible job. If you have about three minutes to spare, take some time to watch these masters at work.

Paul McCartney:

Yes, one of the greatest figures in music history did the mannequin challenge, and boy was he good at it. You might even find yourself wondering if it’s really Paul McCartney in this video, or a wax figure from Madame Tussauds.


Adele is a woman who plays by her own rules. She gave us a break from hearing “Black Beatles” for the hundredth time, and delivered a scene straight out of Westworld. Genius.

LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers feat. Michelle Obama:

In keeping with the theme of going with a different tune, LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers decided to make their mannequin challenge with Michelle Obama: extremely classy. They were at the White House for goodness’ sake!

Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna:

Regardless of your feelings about this couple, you have to give Blac Chyna props for doing the mannequin challenge while she was in labor.

While celebrities have made the mannequin challenge very popular, here on campus, we’ve been giving it a go, ourselves. Here are a few mannequin challenges from some of our Terps:

As with any fad, there will soon come a time when the mannequin challenge will no longer be popular. But hey,  at least it’s something that we can all agree on –  even prison inmates in Alabama are doing it. So grab your friends, blast “Black Beatles” and freeze, before it’s too late.