15 Surprising Ways Supermodels Were Discovered
Kate Moss, a 14-year-old schoolgirl from England, was waiting with her father, a travel agent, at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York City when renowned model scout,Sarah Doukas, spotted her. Moss and her father had been waiting three days for standby seats to England, so Doukas didn't bother them when she saw them arguing at the front desk. When they made it onto the plane, Doukas waited until the seat belt sign turned off before she immediately introduced herself. Soon after, Moss signed with Doukas's agency, Storm Models.
"As soon as the seat belt sign switched off, we rushed over," Doukas told Business Insider.
A teenageCindy Crawfordwas pollinating corn in her hometown in Dekalb, Illinois, when a local newspaper photographer took a picture of her mid-act, according to ABC News. The picture became so popular that Crawford entered renowned modeling scoutJohn Casablancas's "Look of the Year" contest in 1982, which launched her career.
When she was 14,Naomi Campbellwas strolling through Covent Garden, a shopping plaza in London, with a few friends after school on a warm day in April when a woman, who happened to beBeth Boldt, the head of Synchro Model Management, came up to her and asked if she had ever thought about modeling.
However, when Campbell told her mother about the interaction, her mother immediately shot the possibility down and told her to focus on school. Secretly, Campbell went to see Boldt herself. Eventually, her mother warmed up to the idea and let her model as long as she finished school.
"When I told my mum, she wasn’t into the idea at all. We’d all heard horror stories of girls being approached, paying huge amounts of money to have pictures taken and then getting nowhere," Campbell wrote inThe Guardian. "Eventually, Mum decided I could model, so long as it didn’t interfere with my school work or exams. "
At 14,Christy Turlingtonwas discovered while horseback riding in Florida, where she lived at the time, which led her to picking up small modeling jobs in Miami. When she turned 18, she packed her bags and moved to New York, where her modeling career took off. “I was like, ‘See ya. The world is big; I’ve got places to go,'" she toldWall Street Journal.
Gisele Bündchen’s mother put her in modeling school to improve her posture. But that's not where she was discovered. One day, while hanging out with friends from modeling school, Bündchen was approached by a modeling scout at a McDonald's in a food court in Brazil, her home country. “This guy came up to me and said: ‘Do you want to be a model? Come with me to the agency right now,’” Bündchen toldThe New York Times.
Initially, Bündchen persisted. She was supposed to go with her friends to the Playcenter a popular amusement park in Brazil, that day. The scout eventually persuaded Bündchen to come with him, though.
“The guy said, ‘Oh, I promise you when you come to the agency in São Paulo, I’ll take you to the Playcenter there,’” she said. “And you know what? He never took me there!”
At 17,Claudia Schifferwas discovered at a disco nightclub in Düsseldorf, Germany, not too far from where she grew up. The experience helped Schiffer overcome insecurities with her height, though she still had fears that, even after she was signed and flown out to jobs in big cities, it could all be taken away from her.
"For a long time after I was discovered, I felt they must have made a mistake. Any moment now they'll say, 'Excuse me, you've got to go back to Germany, it's all wrong,'" Schiffer toldThe Guardian.
Coco Rochawas sitting with a friend at an Irish dance competition when a modeling scout, who she thought was a security guard, approached her and asked if she had ever thought about modeling.
"I was sitting with my friends, and this older man came up to me and said, 'Have you ever thought of modeling?'" Rocha wrote for .
"If you think of a model, you probably think of a gorgeous, beautiful bombshell of a woman—not so much a lanky 14-year-old girl at an Irish dance competition," she wrote. "I was laughing hysterically, but secretly I was also kind of excited that someone thought I, of all people, could be a model."
Rocha told the man, who was the father of another dancer, to talk to her mother, who immediately turned the opportunity down. After seeing the man again and again at competitions, Rocha's mother gave in. Soon after, Rocha got her makeup done at a MAC counter and posed for her first-ever photo shoot.
Chrissy Teigenwas 18 when she was approached by a photographer at a "little surf shop" in Huntington Beach, California, about becoming a model. Initially, she had plans to become a chef, but put those on the back burner to try modeling.
Knowing she wasn't a high-fashion face, she started off with small catalog jobs before moving to Miami where she learned that she could have a successful modeling career without being a "runway girl." "That’s where I got hope that you could make money just kind of being not a runway girl," Teigen told The Daily Beast.
When she was 15,Candice Swanepoelwas discovered at a flea market in Durban, South Africa, not too far from where she grew up, according to her profile on IMG Models. By the time she turned 16, she was modeling in Paris with big-name fashion brands.
When she was 16,Behati Prinsloowas discovered at a grocery store with her grandparents by the daughter of Sarah Doukas, the scout who discovered Kate Moss, while on a trip in Cape Town, South Africa. By September of that year, Prinsloo made her runway debut at Prada and Miu Miu shows in Paris and Milan, according toPeople.
When she was 18,Erin Heathertontraveled from her hometown in Stokie, Illinois, to Miami for a college trip to the University of Miami. While walking on the beach with a friend, Heatherton was scouted by an agent from Abercrombie & Fitch who lunged out of his cab to chase down Heatherton and ask if he could represent her.
“No one had ever asked me about that before,” she toldMichigan Avenuemagazine. “Modeling is not a normal career path in Skokie. I was embarrassed that he hadn’t asked my friend to model, too, but my friend’s mom was there and got his information. Later that year, I was in New York meeting with agencies."
Jourdan Dunnwas shopping at Primark, a popular U.K. retailer, in Hammersmith, London, with a few friends when she noticed a woman who kept eyeing her as browsed through sunglasses. "There was this woman who kept looking over at us. I was like, 'Does she think we're going to steal sunglasses?'" Dunn said on "The Jonathan Ross Show."
The woman eventually approached Dunn and asked if she had ever thought about modeling. Skeptical at first, she told her she hadn't until the woman handed her her card, which read Storm Models, the same agency that representsKate Moss.
Growing up with a mom who is a celebrity stylist,Jasmine Tookeswas always in and out of showrooms. She was discovered at 15 years old while hanging out at a showroom appointment waiting for her mom. Not too long after, she was signed to an agency in Los Angeles.
"I always had an interest in fashion because my mom is a celebrity fashion stylist. I grew up being on set or in showrooms," Tookes told The Cut. "I was actually discovered while at a showroom appointment and was immediately sent over to an agency in L.A."
Rosie Huntington-Whiteleyinitially had dreams of becoming a fashion designer but fell into modeling after she was constantly surrounded by the fashion world. "I've wanted to design ever since I can remember, and I fell into modeling through wanting to design," she told the Telegraph.
Lily Aldridge’s modeling career began at 16 when she started modeling for Abercrombie & Fitch. Her first-ever job was with fashion photographer Bruce Weber. Soon after, she started booking jobs with other companies, such as Victoria's Secret, where her career took off.
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