Early modeling photos of the famous

Early modeling photos of the famous, Stars have to start somewhere. And for some, that place is the runway or on magazine covers. Some celebrities modeled at a young age to get through college while others have stayed in the industry. Here is a list of famous people who modeled early in their careers — along with the pics to prove it.
Early modeling photos of the famous [PHOTOS]

Tyra Banks
Before creating "America's Next Top Model," which has generated an army of commercial and professional models, Tyra Banks had a modeling career of her own. At 15 she broke out of what she called her ugly duckling period and signed with an agency. She started working the runway in Paris and appeared on the covers of Vogue and Elle. She was also the first black woman to be featured on the covers of GQ and Sports Illustrated. Tyra Banks + first black woman on cover of GQ and Sports Illustrated,

Victoria Beckham
Before she became Posh Spice and married a world-famous soccer player Victoria Beckham studied modeling at an art school in London. She quickly moved on to music, joining the band Persuasion before becoming famous with the Spice Girls.

Jennifer Connelly
Jennifer Connelly rocked an '80s side ponytail and slouchy clothes during her stint as a child model. She started modeling when she was 10 and landed a few Seventeen  covers before she moved to film. anderson cooper and jennifer connelly modeling,

Anderson Cooper
Journalist Anderson Cooper decided at the tender age of 10 that he should start making and saving money. He landed his first modeling job at Ford Models, where he earned $75 an hour. He modeled for Ralph Lauren, Macy's and this famous brand known for its underwear.

Cindy Crawford
Cindy Crawford helped define fashion in the '80s and early '90s as one of the first so-called supermodels to hit the runways. She was also featured on magazine covers, and her signature mole above her lip was at first rejected by the fashion industry and often removed from her earlier modeling photos.

Geena Davis
One of MENSA member Geena Davis' first modeling gigs did not require much thought. She worked as a window mannequin for Ann Taylor until signing with New York's Zoli modeling agency in 1979. She landed a spot in the Victoria's Secret catalog before moving onto acting and landing roles in movies including "Beetlejuice" and "Thelma & Louise". geena davis mom at 45,

Cameron Diaz
Cameron Diaz started her modeling career at 16 and traveled the world on modeling assignments for Calvin Klein and Levi's. At 17, she was featured on the cover of the July 1990 issue of Seventeen magazine. A few years later, the model-turned-actress landed her first movie role in "The Mask." cameron diaz new man elon musk,

Kirsten Dunst
Kirsten Dunst's first cover was not on Vogue or Seventeen magazine. Instead she landed a gig as a toddler modeling for the book cover of "Claudia And The Phantom Phone Calls," a Baby-sitters Club series book. She soon moved to movies and played a child vampire alongside Brad Pitt in "Interview With a Vampire." Kirsten Dunst on kissing brad pitt disgusting, Claudia And The Phantom Phone Calls,

Whitney Houston
Before becoming a draw for tabloid covers and her tragic death, Whitney Houston's bright smile landed her the cover of Seventeen magazine when she modeled in the early 1980s. She started her path to superstardom when she released her self-titled debut album in 1985, which sold more than 25 million copies internationally.

Angelina Jolie
A-list actress Angelina Jolie started modeling soon after dropping out of the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute. She was also featured in videos for Lenny Kravitz and The Lemonheads before breaking out as an actress in "Girl, Interrupted." angelina jolie mastectomy,

January Jones
January Jones got her start as a model for Abercrombie & Fitch before breaking out as an actor, playing a 1960s housewife on AMC's "Mad Men." Her all-American looks helped her land modeling gigs, and she is now seen as a fashion standout on the red carpet. january jones goes topless,

Ashton Kutcher
Before becoming popular for playing funnyman Kelso on "That 70s Show," Ashton Kutcher was just another pretty face. Just out of high school, he was recruited by a modeling agent after being spotted at a local bar and entered and won the "Fresh Faces of Iowa" competition. Soon, he was working the runways of Paris and Milan and modeling for Calvin Klein and Abercrombie & Fitch. Fresh Faces of Iowa, Ashton Kutcher and mila kunis date,

James Marsden
Before joining the X-Men, Oklahoma native James Marsden was a model for Versace. He began making appearances on popular TV series including "The Nanny," "Blossom" and "Party of Five, " and landed his breakout role as Cyclops in the hit movie "X-Men." James Marsden baby Willliam,

Brooke Shields
At just 15 years old, Brooke Shields became famous by wearing a pair of jeans. In 1980, Shields was featured in what was first in a series of commercials for Calvin Klein jeans. The commercial featured the young model in a pair of tight-fitting jeans and the famous tagline, "You want to know what comes between me and my Calvins? Nothing."

Martha Stewart
Before Martha Stewart was decorating cakes and homes as a lifestyle guru, she was a model. She started her modeling career at 15, appearing in television commercials, magazines and for client Chanel and she continued modeling through college to make money for tuition.

Channing Tatum
Channing Tatum struck provocative poses for Abercrombie & Fitch before breaking out in his role as a dancer in "Step Up". He has worked in Paris, Milan and New York in campaigns for Nautica, American Eagle and Emporio Armani. Channing Tatum Tear Sheet Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful faces, Channing Tatum new dad,

Charlize Theron
Before Charlize Theron became an actress, she wanted to be a dancer. At 16 she signed her first modeling contract and spent a year modeling in Europe before moving to New York, where she trained as a ballet dancer until getting a knee injury. Instead of focusing on modeling, she moved to Los Angeles to start an acting career and landed her first major role as a hitwoman in this murder-mystery film. Charlize Theron africa outreach project,

Uma Thurman
Uma Thurman starting acting in middle school and dropped out of high school to pursue an acting career. But before making it big with movies like "Kill Bill" she followed her mother's footsteps and was featured in Glamour and Vogue in the 80s. Birgitte Caroline "Nena" von Schlebr├╝gge,

Mark Wahlberg
Before becoming a popular and respected actor, then-rapper Mark Wahlberg famously struck a revealing pose on a Times Square billboard in a pair of Calvin Klein boxer briefs. His music career took a dive and he started pursuing acting, winning the public over again as the leading man in "Boogie Nights."

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