Looking at models, male or female, it's hard to think they come from the same species as average looking humans. Sharp features, beautiful eyes, and impeccably toned bodies all come together to not only make the envy of many men and women, but to also give them one of the best jobs there is.
Being a model is probably hard - they have to worry about what they eat almost always (unless they have crazy fast metabolisms) and usually have insane workout regimens. Luckily they don't really have to worry about their public spotlight like singers and actors, but they most definitely do have to zealously maintain the way they look to keep themselves employed.
While being a model may not appeal to the masses for multiple reasons, it's a dream for plenty of little girls and boys and the extremely determined ones usually get a big break. However, there are some models who are just discovered for simply going to the grocery store or working a mundane job at a fast food restaurant. While they may seem superhuman or like they're part of a next-level species, models are humans just like us. Before they got famous, they were even more like us than we could ever imagine. Some lived very simple lives, and their good looks catapulted them into a world they never thought they'd be a part of. Here are 15 stunning models and what their lives looked like before fame.
15 Gisele Bundchen
14 Jasmine Tookes
Huntington Beach, California native Jasmine Tookes got her start in modelling by doing commercial jobs. She started with Gap and UGG in 2010, and eventually made her way up to working for DKNY and then getting into Italian Vogue. Before she was lining up jobs from some of the hottest fashion designers in the world, she was a regular California girl. She played volleyball, softball, and was a gymnast for ten years. Tookes also got a late start to playing the big sister role – she and her sister are 19 years apart, making her little sister only 7 years old. Ultimately, Tookes’ goal is to start her own cosmetics line and be happily married with children.
13 Hailey Baldwin
Hailey Baldwin is no stranger to fame – her uncle is famous actor Alec Baldwin, and her father is Stephen Baldwin. In a way, Baldwin’s rise to fame might be considered unfair due to the family she grew up in. Baldwin also had a fling with international popstar Justin Bieber in 2015, and is friends to the ever-famous Kendall and Kylie Jenner. Baldwin officially started modelling in 2012, and has walked the Topshop Unique Show in London, and also worked the Sherri Hill fashion show for prom season. She might be more famous for who she hooks up with than the work she does, but all publicity is good publicity, right?
12 Hilary Rhoda
11 Candice Swanepoel
10 Gigi Hadid
Gigi Hadid is quite often in the news for being Joe Jonas’ arm candy and for being a part of Taylor Swift’s squad. Hadid seemed to break into every scene in 2015, and it’s no surprise that she’s ended up where she is with her background. Hadid has known Paul Marciano, the man behind the brand Guess, since she was a baby. Marciano told Glamour Fashion that he’s been “shooting her since she was a baby” and has always known she’d model for him one day. Hadid broke into the industry with his help, as did her sister, Bella Hadid (who's currently dating The Weeknd).
9 Cara Delevingne
8 Doutzen Kroes
7 Joan Smalls
6 Adriana Lima
5 Liu Wen
4 Romee Strijd
Romee Strijd is a twenty year old model from the Netherlands. These blue-eyed blonde-haired beauty got offered a modelling contract at the young age of 14, but didn’t decide to act on it until she turned 16. She is signed with three different agencies – one in New York, one in Paris and London, and one in Amsterdam. Strijd is mostly a runway modelling, walking the catwalk for names like Louis Vuitton, Alexander McQueen, and Yves Saint Laurent. However, Strijd was introduced as a Victoria’s Secret newcomer in 2014 and then was promoted to an Angel in 2015.
3 Alexis Ren
Alexis Ren dominates social media and is admired by both men and women. Men want her for her beautiful looks and her amazing body, and women want to have her life – what’s better than travelling with a gorgeous boyfriend and doing whatever the hell you want? Not much. She is still mostly just a commercial model, modelling for places like Forever 21, Seventeen Magazine, and more – she hasn’t hit the runway just yet. Ren is from California and is one of five children – she wasn’t looking to be a model, but was discovered by a scout in the store her family owns. At just 14 years old she was signed to Nous Model Management.
2 Miranda Kerr
1 Taylor Hill
Taylor Hill, although new to the modelling scene, is an all-American beauty. Hill was announced as one of the new Victoria’s Secret Angels in 2015 and has been dominating ever since then. Hill is from Colorado, and is one of the youngest Angels at just 19 years old. Before becoming a model, she was a normal girl going to high school and was dabbling in gymnastics. One weekend while at a ranch to ride horses, a photographer and modelling agent spotted her, which is how she got discovered. Hill was originally just a model for PINK (Victoria’s Secret’s mini brand) and then was promoted to an Angel in 2015.