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These models are just evidence that the thing that makes you uniquely you should be celebrated, paraded around town, and shown off—not hidden. Here are 15 models who used to be ugly, according to some.

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Tyra Banks

Banks has admitted she used to be insecure about her large forehead, but now, it’s just a playground for her fabulous bangs!

Lily Cole

Lily Cole almost looks like a porcelain doll, which may not have been easy in real life. But when it comes to classical and elegant fashion spreads, she couldn’t be more perfect.

Diandra Soares

Soares shocked everyone when she appeared on the fashion scene bald. But she’s since become famous for trying just about every hairstyle under the sun.




Lakshmi Menon

Menon has appeared on the cover of Vogue but when she first went out to agencies and gigs, she was told her face was too masculine.

Stacey McKenzie

McKenzie got a lot of nasty reviews when she first hit the high fashion scene with her large lips and eyes, but now she has one of the most recognizable faces in fashion.

Lara Stone

Within the world of fashion Stone is called the “anti-model” for her gapped teeth, but her fans are loving her!

Jillian Mercado

Jillian Mercado, a woman with muscular dystrophy, thought she was not model material and applied for a modeling job at Diesel as a joke. The joke was on her (and what a happy joke) because she got the job!

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After doing a photo shoot for POP Magazine, cross-eyed model Moffy became famous and was signed by the same agency that discovered Kate Moss.

Alex Minsky

Marine veteran and amputee Minsky was working out at the gym one day (undoubtedly showing off that perfect body with tantalizing tats) when he was approached by Tom Cullis—a photographer for LA Confidential and Maxim—about doing some modeling. Since then Minsky has become an Internet sensation.

Erika Ervin

To give you some idea of what life is like for Ervin, we’ll tell you her nickname is Amazon Eve. Ervin stands at 6’8” and was previously known for fetish-type roles, like appearing in Zoo Magazine. Ervin recently landed a role on the hit series American Horror Story.


Casey Legler

With her 6’ 2” height and defined cheekbones, Legler was always model material but she never expected to be male model material. Legler works exclusively modeling menswear and is signed at the prestigious Ford Modeling Agency.

Liu Xianping

Grandpas are naturally awkward looking, but put one in high fashion and…well they’d normally be even more awkward looking. But when 72-year-old Xianping’s granddaughter posted photos of him modeling for her teenage girls fashion line, he became an online star.

Chloe Sevigny

The Big Love star used to be a model and fashion icon. Sevigny had a 7-page spread written about her look in The New Yorker in 1994. But she’s actually featured on several lists of “Ugly” and “Awkward” celebrities.

Lindsey Wixson

Wixson is another gap-toothed beauty who has modeled for Chanel, Versace and Miu Miu to name a few. But the model who is known for her “bee-stung” lips says she was teased terribly for her looks when she was a kid.

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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

It’s hard to imagine anyone not seeing how gorgeous the Maxim model is, but Whiteley has said that people made fun of her large lips growing up, and boys didn’t ask her out.

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