Before Hilary Duff was dealing with the traumas of high school in the hit TV series Lizzie McGuire, the blonde-haired beauty was posing sweetly — and confidentially — in front of cameras as a child model! That’s right, the girl who could never seem to take a good school photo as a Disney darling got her career started in front of photographers. And let us just say, Duff looks positively adorable as a young “bad-department-store-model.”
The 26-year-old singer/actress went back to her glamorous roots when she posted a throwback Thursday-inspired picture of herself cheesing away in a glamour shot. “There are so many things wrong with this,” Duff quipped. But we dare her to name one!
We couldn’t help but tilt our head to the side and say “aw” when we saw the epic beauty shot of Duff as a toddler. Channeling her inner Toddlers & Tiaras, Duff sported a pink, feathery boa that wrapped around her flouncy, curled hairstyle. But although this young starlet looked like a total beauty queen, Duff admitted that she was never in the pageantry circuit.
During an interview with Girlfriend in 2007, the actress gushed about her early career in front of the camera. “It was like modeling for bad department stores, but I loved it!” Duff continued. “Then, when I saw my picture in the paper I was like, ‘Wow, that’s me.’ But it wasn’t a beauty pageant. We [she and her sister Haylie Duff] never did that.”
But Duff wasn’t the only actress who got her start to stardom in front of the camera! Check out these five stars who began their careers in Hollywood as models.
- 1. Jennifer Lawrence
Before this sexy Oscar-winning star was shooting bow and arrows she was posing for the preppy clothing line Abercrombie & Fitch. "I did stuff for Abercrombie & Fitch, but you'd never know because none of my pictures ever got released," the model, who was compared to Gisele, explained. The reason Lawrence’s pictures were never released was because she took her career a little too seriously when photographers asked her to simulate a game of football. "I realized that they were model footballing and I was really playing football," she said, adding that she scared the other models.
2. Ian Somerhalder
Dark and dreamy looks paired with striking blues eyes? We could have guessed that the Vampire Diaries star was a model! According to reports, the hunky vampire appeared in campaigns for Guess, Nautica and Versace before he ever quenched his thirst for blood.
3. Mischa Barton
The O.C. star was posing for couture before she ever became a teenage heartthrob! The actress appeared in advertisements for Calvin Klein and Vogue as a child.
4. James Marsden
This hottie put his good looks to work before his career blossomed. The sexy actor was a Versace model before he started acting.
5. Josh Duhamel
Fergie is one lucky lady! In 1997 the Safe Haven star won the title of “Male Model of the Year,” beating out fellow competitor Ashton Kutcher. “We joke about it all the time,” Duhamel said of Kutcher. “When I see him, we always have a good laugh about it. We were so into it. We thought we were so cool. It was like a real-life Zoolander.” We’d love to see Duhamel’s “Blue Steel” —wouldn’t you?