With the kickoff of New York Fashion Week, the world’s hottest models are gracing their “Blue Steel” stare down the runway and posing for Instagram selfies as their number of followers continue to rise. With all the glamour and fashion heightened within the blaring flash of cameras and stage lights, lets rewind to simpler beginnings. To find the starting point that led to a career of traveling, posing for cameras, and strutting (or falling) on fashion’s leading runways. Strip away the hair, the makeup, the fashion, and the lifestyle, and you will find a girl with a humble start, given a ticket to a modeling career.
Many of the world’s leading models, seen in glossy magazines and on shiny runway floors, were spotted in fashion malls, flea markets, super markets, London’s Covent Garden, and even a cornfield in Midwestern America.
A fresh face among a sea of people. For a moment in time, a pivotal moment occurred that would transport the face from “a girl in the crowd” to “the girl in the magazine,” becoming one of the most recognizable figures in the fashion world.
Here are 10 of the Hottest Top Models Who Were Randomly Discovered
10 Kate Moss - Kennedy Airport
9 Candice Swanepoel - A Grand Flea Market Find
8 Behati Prinsloo - Spotted At The Super Market
7 Cara Delevingne - Bushy-Tailed Beginnings
6 Karlie Kloss - The Ballerina
5 Gisele Bundchen - Brazilian Beauty Gets Her Wings
4 Naomi Campbell - Fashion Mall to Fashion Icon
3 Lily Cole - Foggy London Days to Bright Lights
2 Alek Wek - The Girl Next Door
1 Cindy Crawford - Detasseling to Cat Walking
When she was 16 years old, Cindy Crawford was discovered while working at her summer job detasseling corn in her hometown of DeKalb, Illinois. A newspaper photographer spotted Crawford in the cornfield and snapped a picture of her. Due to the attention and encouraging feedback the photo received, she decided to try modeling. In an interview with Esquire magazine, she stated, "Hey, I've worked in a cornfield. We're just Midwestern girls who by some grace of God were gifted with a nice envelope.” And what unfolded in the following years turned into one of the most legendary modeling careers. Crawford has posed for over 1,000 magazine covers and campaign ads for the top fashion leaders in the industry, and is known as one of the “original supermodels.”
Sources: www.nypost.com; www.businessinsider.com; www.forbes.com; www.dailymail.co.uk
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