Models turned actresses
Sharon Stone, who once won the title of Miss Crawford County, was signed by Ford Modeling Agency in 1977. As a model, she appeared in both TV commercials and print ads. Stone had several small roles ("Stardust Memories," "Deadly Blessing") before her breakout role in "Total Recall."
A successful model at age 14, Jaime King appeared on several magazine covers, including Vogue, Allure and Seventeen, and has also walked the runway for designers including Chanel and Christian Dior. She then went on to nab several acting roles, including "Pearl Harbor," "White Chicks" and "Happy Campers," among other credits.
Rebecca Romijn made a name for herself in the early 1990s, when her modeling career began. She's been photographed for magazine covers (Elle, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, Allure) and ad campaigns (Escada, Christian Dior, J. Crew, Pantene), and has walked runways, too (Giorgio Armani, Sonia Rykiel). It wasn't until the late '90s that Romijn brought her talents to the small screen, for a cameo role in "Friends." She's since starred in the "X-Men" films, "Femme Fatale" and more.
Emily Ratajkowski, who famously appeared in Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" music video, was a teenage model, appearing in magazines like Sports Illustrated and treats! and also walked the runway for big-name designers like Marc Jacobs and Miu Miu. She's had roles in "iCarly" and "A Year and a Day" but her big break came when she played Andie Fitzgerald in "Gone Girl."
Kate Upton is best known for her numerous Sports Illustrated Swimsuit covers; however, she's also appeared on Vogue, Elle, Style, Cosmopolitan and GQ, to name a few. She's also transitioned into acting, appearing in "Tower Heist" and "The Other Woman," among others.
Jenny McCarthy burst onto the modeling scene in the early '90s as a Playboy model, eventually earning several Playmate titles, including Playmate of the Month and Playmate of the Year. Since transitioning into film, McCarthy has appeared in "Scary Movie 3," "What I Like About You" and "Santa Baby," among other small- and big-screen roles.
Brooklyn Decker modeled for The Gap and Victoria's Secret, among other companies, and appeared on many magazine covers, including Teen Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Sports Illustrated and Glamour. She's since appeared in "Royal Pains" and "Ugly Betty," among other TV shows, and in movies including "Just Go with It" and "What to Expect When You're Expecting."
Before becoming a Victoria's Secret angel in 2006, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley modeled for Levi's and Abercrombie & Fitch and appeared in magazines like Teen Vogue. Since then, she's graced the covers of British Vogue, UK's Elle and GQ, and other magazines, and she has walked runways for Givenchy, Burberry, Valentino, Michael Kors, Versace, Vera Wang and others. She then took it to the big screen, starring in movies including "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" and "Mad Max: Fury Road."
Demi Moore dropped out of high school at age 16 and shortly thereafter started her modeling career as a pinup girl under Elite Modeling Agency. Moore's first film role was in 1981's "Choices." By 1995, she was considered the highest-paid actress in Hollywood.
Before being named Hollywood's highest-paid actress over 40 in 2013, Cameron Diaz worked as a model for Elite Model Management. Under Elite's contract, she modeled for Calvin Klein and Levi's. Movie credits for Diaz include "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle," "There's Something About Mary" and "My Sister's Keeper," among others.
Tyra Banks got her start as a model at the age of 15. Throughout her career, she's modeled for Victoria's Secret, Chanel, Christian Dior and Oscar de la Renta. She's walked the runway during Paris Fashion Week, and has appeared on the covers of GQ, Sports Illustrated, Vogue and Seventeen, among others. By the early '90s, Banks appeared in "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," and by the mid-'90s on "Higher Learning." She's also starred in "Life-Size" and "Coyote Ugly."
Before becoming the first African-American to win a best actress Oscar ("Monster's Ball"), Halle Berry took part in beauty pageants, and was crowned 1985 Miss Teen All American and 1986 Miss Ohio USA.
Cobie Smulders pursued a modeling career after graduating from high school, realizing after some time that it wasn't really for her. By the time she was 22, she landed her first acting gig on "How I Met Your Mother."
Charlize Theron began her career as a model at the age of 16, but after a year's time the actress switched careers and began dancing. After a knee injury -- a few years after picking up ballet -- Theron once again switched careers and took up acting. Since then, she's won an Academy Award, Golden Globe and SAG Award for her performance in 2003's "Monster." Other film roles include "Mad Max: Fury Road," "Prometheus" and "The Devil's Advocate."
Molly Sims' modeling resume includes Old Navy, Victoria's Secret, CoverGirl, Sports Illustrated and British Marie Claire and her acting resume includes "Starsky & Hutch," "Las Vegas" and "Yes Man."
Elizabeth Hurley was 29 years old when she landed her first modeling gig, with Estée Lauder cosmetics. She's since moved on to juggle both modeling and acting, first appearing in 1987's "Aria," and then in other films including "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery" and "Bedazzled."
Elle Macpherson has been making a name for herself ever since she debuted in the '80s. She appeared on magazine covers (Sports Illustrated, Elle, Harper's Bazaar and Marie Claire) and in TV commercials/advertising campaigns (Christian Dior, H&M, Victoria's Secret, Tab, Diet Coke). She's walked the runway for Louis Vuitton, Donna Karan, Christian Dior, Valentino and more. By the 90's, Macpherson tried her hand at acting, first appearing in "Sirens." Her other credits include "Batman and Robin," "Friends" and "The Edge."
Jennifer Connelly went from modeling for top agency Ford, to starring in movies like "Labyrinth," "The Hot Spot" and "Of Love and Shadows."
Before Vanessa Williams became a stage, film and television actress, she won the title of Miss America in 1984. Williams' acting credits include "Ugly Betty," "The Good Wife" and "Royal Pains," among others.
Brooke Shields was just 11 months old when she appeared in an Ivory Soap commercial. She made the switch from modeling to acting, her breakout role being the lead actress in "Pretty Baby" (1978).
Ali Larter, a former Ford model, began her modeling career, which took her all around the world, at age 14. However, upon moving to Los Angeles in the '90s, Larter decided to take on acting. She's since starred in "Varsity Blues" (1999), "Legally Blonde" (2001) and "Heroes" (2006-10).
Uma Thurman started her career as a model at age 15, first appearing on the covers of such magazines as British Vogue and Glamour. She then went on to star in movies, including "Johnny Be Good" (1998), "Kiss Daddy Goodnight" (1987), "Pulp Fiction" (1994) and the "Kill Bill" franchise (2003-04).
It take didn't long for Liv Tyler, who started modeling at age 14, to land a spot on some of the most well-known magazines, including Interview and Seventeen. The now-actress went on to star in a music video for Aerosmith's "Crazy," and then pursued an acting career, first appearing in "Silent Fall" (1994).
Milla Jovovich started modeling at age 11. In October 1987, she landed her first cover, on Italian magazine Lei. The following year, Jovovich transitioned to TV and movies, starring in "Return to the Blue Lagoon" (1991), "The Three Musketeers" (2011), "Married . . . with Children" (1989) and "King of the Hill" (2002).
At age 16, Devon Aoki became the face of Versace. She then went on to star in "2 Fast 2 Furious," "Sin City" and other films.