10 Hot Actresses Who Once Were Models

July 1st, 2012 2:00pm EDT

ct Recently, I was reading Charlize Theron’s wiki page and to my surprise I learned that she started out as a model. From there I was a little curious and decided to do some research which resulted in this list of 10 hot actresses who once were models.

The list is in no particular order, but I guarantee that all 10 of these ladies are hot, hot, hot and have had successful careers in acting. If you think that I left anyone off the list feel free to add their names in the comments section.

Eva Mendes- Before landing big screen roles in Training Day and 2 Fast 2 Furious Eva dabbled in the video modeling world. The Hitch actress appeared in her co-star Will Smith's "Miami" music video, the Pet Shop Boys' "Se a vida é (That's the way life is)" and Aerosmith's "Hole in My Soul."

Charlize Theron- At the age of 16 the Snow White & the Huntsman star won a one year modeling contract and moved to Italy. Thereafter she decided to move to New York and began pursuing a career in dance, but after a knee injury the actress was forced to switch paths. After moving to LA on a one way ticket she caught her lucky break and eventually starred in The Devil’s Advocate, Monster and more.

Vanessa L. Williams- The 49-year-old beauty ruled the pageant scene in the 1980s winning the title of Ms. Syracuse, Ms. New York and also Ms. America. But after the infamous Penthouse scandal (which seem to put a halt on her modeling career) the actress went on to star in hit television shows like Desperate Housewives and Ugly Betty.

Cameron Diaz- Cameron began her modeling career at age 16 under Elite Model Management. And until landing her first role in the Mask, the award winning actress traveled around the world and modeled for top designers like Calvin Klein and Levi’s.

Uma Thurman- The actress began her career as a model at the age of 15 and was signed to Click Models. During her career she appeared in prestigious fashion publications like Glamour, Vogue and British Vogue. In 1988 the 42-year-old star made her debut on the big screen and went on to star in Kill Bill and Pulp Fiction.

Gabrielle Union- After graduating from UCLA the actress started modeling in order to pay off college loans. Little did she know this would segway into her starring in a blockbuster film with Will Smith and Martin Lawrence and the film that ended The Hunger Games four week run, Think Like A Man.

Brooke Shields- The 47-year-old actress began her modeling career at 11 months. From there she continued on as a successful model by being the youngest to ever appear on the cover of Vogue and posing in controversial ads for Calvin Klein. Brooke landed her first major film role in 1978 and has starred on hit television shows like That 70's Show and Lipstick Jungle.

Halle Berry- After winning Miss Teen All-American, Miss Ohio USA and being the first winner up in the Miss USA pageant Halle pursued a career in modeling, which lasted for several years. Halle now is one of the highest paid actresses in Hollywood and has received many accolades including an Academy Award.

Milla Jovovich- At the age of 9 Milla began going on modeling auditions and after being discovered by Gene Lemuel she was eventually signed to Prima Modeling Agency. She later appeared on the cover of Face and from there ended up gracing over 100 covers, including Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and Seventeen. The actress later went on to star in The Fifth Element and Resident Evil.

Angelina Jolie- The actress who is currently the highest paid in Hollywood actually dropped her acting classes at the age of 14 to become a funeral director, but eventually began a career in modeling. During her modeling stint the mother of six worked in New York, Los Angeles and London before returning back to acting.

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