They say that acting and modeling are actually distant cousins. This holds some truth to it as many models who made a name for themselves either in print or on the ramp successfully crossed over to legitimate acting after their respective modeling careers have already peaked. Though not many of them make it in Hollywood for a good number of years due to relatively poor acting skills, it should be a pleasant surprise that a select number of them were able to establish acting careers that even eclipsed their modeling careers.
This list presents to you the 10 most beautiful and established actresses who previously pursued modeling careers. Some names on the list are a given, yet a number of them are quite unexpected. Read on to find out if your favorite actress appears on the list.
10. Marilyn Monroe
Monroe’s iconic career started in the 50’s. She was cast in screwball comedies that earned her both popularity and notoriety as “the vamp” or “the dumb blonde.” However, Monroe was clearly an enigma in Hollywood with her perfect figure and her natural beauty. She died at the age of 36, after overdosing from barbiturates.
9. Julianne Moore
Before venturing into acting, Moore was a model in her late teenage years up to early adulthood. She then confidently swung into television acting, often being cast in soap operas and daytime dramas. In the 90’s, she gained recognition for her portrayal of intense women in desperate situations in films like “Boogie Nights”, “The End of the Affair”, “The Hours”, “Far From Heaven”, and “Still Alice” which earned her a Best Actress Oscar.
8. Jane Fonda
Fonda modeled for various magazines, including Vogue Magazine in the early 60’s before finally venturing into acting. The daughter of acting legend Henry Fonda, Jane was simply au naturel in many of her film portrayals. She has won the Best Actress Oscar twice and has recently gained prominence as a social activist and humanitarian.
7. Angelina Jolie
Before becoming one of Hollywood’s highest paid actresses, Jolie was a fashion model. She has appeared on the ramp and in print. However, her undeniable acting potential gained the upper hand and she has landed meaty roles since then. She has won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for the film Girl, Interrupted.
6. Uma Thurman
Uma Thurman was no less than a supermodel before she went into acting. With a height of 5’11, a beautiful face, golden hair, and a lead body, Thurman was a superstar on the ramp and even in print. Her most prominent role was in the 1994 Quentin Tarantino film entitled “Pulp Fiction”, which also earned her a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination.
5. Jennifer Connelly
Connelly started modeling at the early age of 10 and during her early adulthood was already one of the most in-demand models of the Ford Modelling Agency. She started accepting supporting roles both for television and in film after her modeling stint, culminating in a Best Supporting Actress Oscar win for her performance in the film “A Beautiful Mind”.
4. Charlize Theron
This South African beauty earned a modeling contract at the tender age of 16 and moved to Italy. She was already gracing the ramp and various fashion magazines even before she was able to get her high school diploma. She later gained fame as an award-winning actress, after her tour de force performance in the serial killer film “Monster.”
3. Cameron Diaz
Diaz was barely 17 when she bagged a modeling contract from Elite Modeling Agency. Her perky personality and wit did not go unnoticed and she started acting in television and later in film. Her most prominent performances were in “There’s Something About Mary”, and in the “Charlie’s Angels” film remakes.
2. Halle Berry
Berry was a promising model before joining Hollywood as a legitimate actress. She placed first runner up in the Miss USA pageant in 1986 and represented the United States at Miss World in the same year, making it to the finals. Her performance in “Monster’s Ball” earned her a Best Actress Oscar – and was the first African-American woman to receive that honor.
1. Julia Roberts
Roberts was a prized asset of Click Modeling Agency before she ventured into acting. She has since then been the epitome of Hollywood’s every woman-goddess, and is an icon of female beauty and empowerment.