People can be mean. Really mean. Especially when it comes to judging the appearance of others. Hollywood is known for discovering the most gorgeous, flawless specimens that are anything but unattractive. It’s hard to find any celebrity that doesn’t make you swoon. However, some of the most successful and beautiful Hollywood actors, singers and even models, were once told they weren’t attractive enough to make it in the big leagues. Whether they were told they were too fat, not pretty enough or needed to change almost everything about them, these celebs held strong, didn’t change, and proved their haters wrong. If this list doesn’t blow your mind, we’re not sure what will.
Lea Michele is arguably one of Hollywood’s most beautiful celebrities today. With perfect brown hair, striking brown eyes, and a body to die for, the former Glee star is an absolute stunner. But once upon a time, she was advised to get a nose job if she wanted to make it in Hollywood. Ignoring her prospective manager, she has gone on to do great things, her natural nose still intact. And then there’s Chrissy Teigan, whose 7 million Instagram followers get a daily dose of her flawless perfection. But the Sports Illustrated swimsuit model, author, and mom, was once thrown out of a Forever 21 photoshoot for being too fat.
There are some instances when you just have to laugh at because of the celeb’s insane success. Meryl Streep was told she was too ugly for a role in King Kong, which probably has the producer who told her that kicking himself every day. She is now known as one of the greatest actresses of her generation and has the roles and Oscar nominations to prove it. Mindy Kaling is another celeb who got the last laugh. Before her wildly successful show The Mindy Project was aired, another unnamed network was absolutely horrible to the star. They picked up her sketch comedy show, made her audition for the part, and denied her the role of herself because she wasn’t pretty enough. She thinks of her success with The Mindy Project as good karma, but admits to being devastated at the time.
The world of Hollywood can be harsh and unrelenting, but these celebrities prove that you can’t let rejection shut you down. When Reese Witherspoon first stepped foot in LA she was bombarded with “not enoughs” – not tall enough, not pretty enough, and look at her now. Take a look at 10 celebrities who were told they were too ugly for Hollywood.