20 Celebrities Who Started Out Their Career As Model
Celebrities start their career from different backgrounds, and modeling is one of the most common career paths for most actors.
Here is the list of 20 celebrities who started their career as a model and later successed as actors. Explore their name, when they started and where.
20 Celebrities Who Started Out Their Career As Model
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20. Mila Kunis
Mila Kunis is an American actress who began acting class at age nine when her father enrolled her. She met her manager Susan Curtis at the Beverly Hills Studio and received the modeling role for the fashion doll Barbie in her first audition.
She had even modeled for Lisa Frank magazine in 1993. Afterward, she landed her role for the private company Lisa Frank Inc. product line. Finally, in 1994, she made her first television debut on Days of Our Lives and Baywatch.
The actress played a minor role in 7th Heaven and Walker, Texas Ranger. When she was only 10, she starred in a secondary role in Make Wish, Molly. She made success when she emerged in That 70s Show. The actress made a breakthrough in the comedy movie Extract in 2009.
Kunis has received success through these years and received a prestigious award for her role in various reputed films and television shows.
19. Victoria Beckham
Victoria Beckham is an English fashion designer and singer who decided to pursue a musical career after watching the musical movie Fame.
She studied dance and modeling in 1991 at Laine Theatre Arts. Later, she became a member of Persuasion.
After she auditioned for March 1994 advertisement, she became a member of the Spice Girls. Afterward, she successes in the music field and entered into fashion, business, books, and television platforms.
Beckham emerged as a guest on the catwalk for Maria Grachvogel on February 17, 2000, and made her debut at London Fashion Week as a model.
She was the reality star in Victoria's Secret's The Real Beckhams and more. Beckham even appeared in the documentary Zoolander, Giving You Everything, and The Spice Girls Story: Viva Forever!
18. Sofia Vergara
Sofia Vergara is a Colombian-American actress and model. Her life changed when a photographer discovered her on a beach. Afterward, she received a proposal for modeling and television work.
At age 17, she appeared in a Pepsi commercial and later studied Creative Workshops School of Acting.
The Chasing Papi actress had even named the face of CoverGirl in 2011, and the same year, she emerged with David Beckham in a Diet Pepsi commercial.
Vergara rose to fame after co-hosting in the 1990s for the Spanish-language television network Univision. The actress's success in entertainment felid in a few years, and had even considered the highest-paid Hollywood actress in 2020.
17. Amanda Seyfried
Amanda Seyfried is an American actress who began her career as a model while attending William Allen High School at age 11. The actress had made an impression in various print ads for companies like Limited Too and the Sweet Valley High novel series.
However, Seyfried quit her modeling career when she started working as a waitress. In her teenage, she studied opera and began acting. Les Misérables actress occurred in Guiding Light as an extra at age 15. She made her first debut in the CBS soap opera, As the World Turns, in 1999.
The Dear John actress rose her fame after she starred in the movie debut in the teen comedy Mean Girls in 2004. She has progressed in the entertainment industry and worked in various television shows like Veronica Mars, Letters to Juliet, In Time, and more.
Even Seyfried won Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress for her role in the drama miniseries The Dropout.
16. Scott Disick
Scott Disick is an American media personality who flaunted his modeling skills on the book cover for the 26-novel series Heartland. However, he was known for his appearance on Keeping Up with the Kardashians with his ex-girlfriend Kourtney Kardashian.
Even he emerged in the spin-off of the show Kourtney and Kim Take Miami, Kourtney and Kim Take New York. He starred in the television show Royal Pains and Youthful Daze in 2014.
After his popularity rose, the actor worked as an executive producer in the 2019 house-flipping show, Flip It Like Disick. Besides this television fame, he has developed business ventures.
15. Jaime King
Jaime King is an American actress who had discovered while attending Nancy Bounds' Studios at age 14 in her graduation fashion show by Michael Flutie. The model agent invited her to New York City for her professional modeling career.
As a result, she joined the Company Management. The actress had a successful career in modeling and has even been featured in magazines including Vogue, Allure, Mademoiselle, and Seventeen. Later, she made her first debut in the comedy movie Happy Campers in 1999.
Nonetheless, she played the roles in Pearl Harbor and Bulletproof Monk. The actress played a lead role in a Hallmark movie, The Mistletoe Promise, in 2016 and even voiced on Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
14. Kellan Lutz
Kellan Lutz is an American actor and model who picked up a few modeling works in his teenage. Later, he started his career on the reality show Model Citizens, where he traveled for community projects.
Besides, he played a small role in the reputed series The Bold and the Beautiful, Summerland, and Heroes. The actor made his film debut in the 2006 comedy movie Stick It. However, he is best known for The Twilight Saga film series as Emmett Cullen.
13. Emma Roberts
Emma Roberts is an American actress who has worked as a model for Abercrombie shoots.
When the actress was only 15, she began modeling career posing for notable brands such as Dooney & Bourke and Abercrombie & Fitch. At the same time, she secured the breakthrough role in Aquamarine.
In February 2009, she appeared in print and television advertisements for Neutrogena as its brand ambassador.
The actress started her career at age nine after making her first debut in Ted Demme's movie Blow. Roberts has been featured multiple times in the Tenn Vogue's Best Dressed List.
Roberts has even worked alongside her aunt Julia Roberts in the 2010 movie 'Valentine's Day.' Recently, she starred in Sony's Spider-Man Universe installment, Madame Web.
12. Taylor Swift
Previously, American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift modeled for Abercrombie. Besides this, she worked with Sony/ATV Music Publishing in her early career phase. Swift had worked on Rolling Stone cover and Vogue.
The singer shared her musical interest from her childhood and even performed in Youth Theatre Academy productions. She had traveled for acting and vocal lesson to New York and later shifted her focus to a musical career.
She even made her acting debut on Valentine's Day. She appeared in Journey to Fearless, The Lorax, The Giver, Miss Americana, and more. Recently the singer emerged in the comedy thriller movie Amsterdam.
11. Katherine Heigl
Katherine Heigl is an American actress who was working with Wilhelmina Models at age nine while posing on the covers of magazines.
Heigl's aunt and parents sent her picture to a modeling agency, and after a few weeks, she started working as a child model. She signed up for a magazine ad soon and made her modeling debut. She had worked for Sears and Lord & Taylor catalogs earning $75 an hour.
After her first national television appearance, she started studying acting and made her debut in 1992 That Night. She used to balance her modeling and acting career alongside her studies. However, she dropped out of college to chase her career in Hollywood.
She still modeled despite focusing on acting and emerged at Seventeen. The actress made a breakthrough in her career after her role in the ABC drama Grey's Anatomy in 2005.
10. Lindsay Lohan
Lindsay Lohan modeled in a catalog for frilly children's fashion before she was queen bees of early 2000s child movies.
She began her career in a television commercials when she was only three and worked with Ford Models as a child fashion model.
Lohan even modeled for Abercrombie and Calvin Klein Kids and made an impression in more than 60 television commercials for brands including Pizza Hut, Wendy's, and Jell-O. She signed up for the regular soap opera Another World.
The singer made a breakthrough in the movie The Parent Trap, which led her to work in Life-Size, Get a Clue, Freaky Friday, and Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen.
9. Channing Tatum
Channing Tatum is an American actor who first began his career as a dancer, and later, he came into the fashion industry as a model. The actor has worked with notable fashion houses, including Armani and Abercrombie & Fitch.
Soon, Tatum made his way into television commercials; landed his role for Mountain Dew and Pepsi. Even he worked with a modeling agency, Page 305, in Miami.
Al David cast him for Vogue Magazine, and later, he made an impression in campaigns for Nautica, American Eagle Outfitters, Dolce & Gabbana, and Emporio Armani.
Even he was chosen as the '50 Most Beautiful Faces' in Tear Sheet magazines. The actor had signed with the American international modeling agency Ford Models in New York City.
In 2006, he had his breakthrough role in the dance movie Step Up. Also, the actor received wider attention for Magic Mike and Magic Mike XXL.
8. Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie is an American actress whose early attempts at modeling were unsuccessful. As a result, the actress moved to Moreno High School. When she was only 14, she began modeling.
According to humanitarian Jolie, she does not have fond memories in the industry as she has told she had a problem. She struggled during that phase when they asked her to lose weight when she was already thin. Even she measured every part of her.
The filmmaker started her professional career in acting at age 16. However, she has difficulties passing auditions. As a result, she worked on her brother's student films. Finally, her professional career started with playing the lead role in the science-fiction sequel Cyborg 2.
The refugee advocate worked hard in the filming line and even successes as Hollywood's highest-paid actress numerous times.
7. Brad Pitt
Brad Pitt struggled during the early phase of his career in Los Angles. Before his career took off with his role in Thelma & Louise, he did a touch of modeling. The actor seemed in a television commercial for Levi's Jeans.
Pitt had a breakthrough in the 1994 horror movie Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles. He comes under the most powerful and influential people in the entertainment industry.
6. Reese Witherspoon
Reese Witherspoon is an American actress who began modeling when she was only seven. The actress was presented to the acting industry at an early age and landed in various local television commercials.
Soon Witherspoon made her debut in The Man in the Moon at a teenage, which gained her Young Artist Award nomination. In 1999, she played a breakthrough role in Cruel Intentions. The actress received wider recognition for her work in the comedy Legally Blonde.
5. Robert Pattinson
Robert Pattinson is an American actor & model who has an unsuccessful modeling career. He began modeling when he was only 12 due to his androgynous look.
The actor modeled for British teen magazines and landed in an advertising campaign for the British multi-channel retailer Hackett Limited collection.
At age 15, Pattinson's acting career began as the main character in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in 2005. Nonetheless, the actor has gained recognition for his role in The Twilight Saga as Edward Cullen. Besides acting, he even stepped into the music line.
4. Cameron Diaz
Cameron Diaz began her modeling career in high school at age 16 when she signed a modeling contract with Elite Model Management.
She made an impression in advertisements for Levi's and Calvin Klein. The following year, the actress's cover had highlighted in the July 1990 issue of Seventeen magazine.
Diaz landed a commercial role for Coca-cola and modeled for around three months in Australia. Even she shot topless for a leather fashion lingerie editorial for S&M.
After some years, she auditioned for The Mask on the Elite agent's recommendation and started acting lessons for the role. Subsequently, she has portrayed in The Last Supper. The actress has been widely recognized for her work in romantic comedies and animation at this time.
3. January Jones
January Jones modeled at age 18 in New York in high school as the modeling scout showed interest in her. However, she never took it seriously, as modeling was asunder from her passion.
Jones modeled for reputed brands, including Abercrombie & Fitch, Clearasil, Versace, and Kerastase. She even emerged on the covers of international magazines, such as The Hollywood Reporter, Town & Country, Rolling Stone, Allure, Harper's Bazaar, Tatler, and more.
The actress finally began her acting profession with the short video Love is Blind and played in Anger Management and 'Love Actually.' The actress was acknowledged for her role in Mad Men as Betty Draper, which earned her Gloden Glove Award for Best Actress nomination.
2. Charlize Theron
Charlize Theron began her modeling career at age 16 when she won a local competition, a one-year modeling contract, despite her seeing herself as a dancer. She modeled throughout the year in Europe and trained as a ballet dancer.
The actress modeled for three days in New York and suffered depression when she realized she could not dance due to her knee injury. As a result, she intended to work in the film industry and moved back to Los Angeles from South Africa.
She struggled during the early phase of her career. She even steals bread to survive. After her introduction to Crosby, she finally worked in her first non-speaking role in Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest.
Theron's career took off when she emerged in The Devil's Advocate, her break-out film. After a long struggle with survival, she made critical success in the 2000s with her work in The Italian Job.
1. Jennifer Lawrence
Although Jennifer Lawrence's mother encouraged her to lead her career in modeling, she pursued acting and turned down some modeling offers at that time. The actress has worked on a campaign for Abercrombie & Fitch. Nonetheless, the brand never used her picture.
She considered acting as her natural fit and began her career with the 2006 TV Pilot Company Town. Afterward, she appeared as a guest in Monk and Medium.
Soon she scored the lead role in the sitcom The Bill Engvall Show. She had listed as the world's highest-paid actress in 2015 and 2016.
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