7 Gorgeous Models Who Were Told They Weren't Pretty Enough
Now she's the highest-paid model in the world, but when Bündchen first started modeling in 1995, fashion industry insiders told her she'd never make it. "I remember some people telling me my nose was too big or my eyes were too small, that I could never be on a magazine cover," she tells PEOPLE. "It wasn't easy to be 14 and hear that kind of criticism. It made me feel insecure." Well, as Beyoncé says: Best revenge is your paper.
The America's Next Top Model legend is a firm believer in ignoring the haters – and we're so, so grateful she did. (We can't imagine our lives without her.) "People told me I couldn't be a model. I didn't listen," she wrote in a Facebook post. "If you can believe in yourself you can be and do anything!"
It's hard to imagine Hadid – who is everywhere, from the Victoria'saSecret runway to the cover of Vogue – ever had trouble breaking into the business, but when she was first starting out, agencies told her she had to lose weight. "I would cry at night and my mom would be like, 'We're going to find the right people,'" Hadid told Daily Mail Australia.a
The famed model-actress – who also happens to be one of the most iconic beauties of the 20th century – was initially told she wasn't pretty or talented enough to be make it in the industry. Honestly, we're dumbfounded by this one.
In 2015, the stunning Swedish model was told she was "too big for the industry," so she took to YouTube to sound off. "I have worked as a model for about five years now, but up to this day I don't get any more jobs since the industry thinks I'm too big." (Note: Hedengard is 5'11' with a body mass index of 17.5, which technically puts her in the "underweight" category, according to the National Institute of Health.) "Love yourself. Don't let anyone tell you anything different," she said.
The 5-foot-10, 120-pound model claims she was fired by Ralph Lauren after eight years with the company because "they said [she] couldn't fit in their clothes anymore." While Ralph Lauren denied she was fired for being too large, Hamilton found a Photoshopped picture of her that motivated her to speak out. "I saw my face on this super-extremely skinny girl, which is not me," she said. "It makes me sad. It makes me think that Ralph Lauren wants to have this kind of image. It's an American brand … and it's not healthy, and it's not right."
Growing up, the model was bullied for her vitiligo, a disease that leads to a loss of skin color in patches across the face. "Kids called me a cow and mooed at me," she told Cosmopolitan. "I remember sitting by my window, wishing upon the stars that my skin condition would go away." Now, the former America's Next Top Model contestant is killing the game, modeling for brands like Desigual and Diesel, and photographers from all over the world want to work with her. "I never would have imagined this future for myself when I was a kid at the school," she said.a