Before they were on the big screen, and before some of them won Oscars, actresses had other lives. And those lives were beautiful, sexy and cool. That’s because some of the most famous actresses in the business today were models first. That’s right, they were selling Abercrombie and Fitch, Labatt Blue beer, Corn Flakes, Colgate and couture. Some won’t surprise you, but there are many that will! Check out who went from the runway to the red carpet:
These 22 actresses share a sexy (and beautiful) secret
Pamela AndersonLong before Baywatch, Home Improvement, Playboy and VIP, Pamela Anderson was a model for Labatt Blue.
Gigs: Playboy, Labatt. Labatt/Global Entertainment Productions
Vanessa WilliamsBefore Ugly Betty, Vanessa Williams was a beauty queen. And then she was a Corn Flakes cover girl.
Gigs: She was Miss America in 1984, so she graced a lot of covers, most notably a box of Corn Flakes.Kellogg's/American Broadcasting Company
Brooke ShieldsBrooke Shields has been at it for a long time. She was a model for Colgate, and then later started working for Calvin Klein.
Gigs: She was the youngest model to ever appear on the cover of Vogue, and she also did print work for Calvin Klein and Colgate. Colgate/NBC
Jennifer LawrenceBefore she was Katniss in the Hunger Games, Jennifer Lawrence had a modelling gig with Abercrombie and Fitch.
Gigs: Just Abercrombie and Fitch. Abercrombie & Fitch/
Cameron DiazSeems appropriate that all-American Cameron Diaz was once on the cover of Seventeen. This was well before The Mask, Charlie's Angels and Bad Teacher!
Gigs: mostly editorial work!Seventeen/Gold/Miller Productions
Halle BerryShe won an Oscar, but before that, she was a beauty pageant queen. In between the two, she had a brief modelling career.
Gigs: She played a model on Living Dolls, a Who's the Boss spin-off, after a brief stint as a model. Getty Images/Lions Gate Entertainment
Charlize TheronCharlize may be Furiosa now in Mad Max: Fury Road, but she was once just a young, stunning model.
Gigs: When she was 16, she won a modelling contract that allowed her to work throughout Europe with her mother in tow. Getty Images /Warner Bros. Entertainment
Jenny McCarthyShe wasn't always the anti-vaxxer mom you know her as today. Before roles in movies like Dirty Love and a hosting gig on The View, Jenny was a Playboy Playmate of the Year in 1994.
Gigs: PlayboyPlayboy/Big Screen Entertainment Group
Tyra BanksSure, you know her best as a model, reality show mentor and daytime talk show host, but after her model days, she took to acting. Coyote Ugly, anyone?
Gigs: Who hasn't she worked with?Getty Images/Jerry Bruckheimer Films
Milla JovovichIf you're like us, you probably can't picture Milla Jovovich doing anything but run down the side of Toronto's city hall like she did in Resident Evil. But before that, she had a long, successful career as a model.
Gigs: She's been in ads for Donna Karan, Banana Republic and Versace, and she's been on the covers of Vogue, Cosmopolitan and Harper's Bazaar. 20Ans/Impact Pictures
Sharon StoneSharon Stone is barely recognizable as a model! Well, y'know, modelling was just the beginning, because she captured our loins as the main character in Basic Instinct.
Gigs: A brief stint as an ad model in Europe. Raven/TriStar Pictures
Jaime KingCalvin Klein has kicked off so many careers. Let's see: Marky Mark, Brooke Shield, Kate Moss? The list goes on and on. Jaime King hit the bigs with this "be hot" campaign for CK One, and now she's in blockbusters like Sin City.
Gigs: She's been in Vogue, Allure, Seventeen, Glamour and Harper's Bazaar. But she's also walked in Chanel and Christian Dior shows and she was the co-host of MTV's House of Style. Calvin Klein/Dimension Films
Aishwarya RaiAishwarya Rai is one of the most famous women in the world. She's the queen of Bollywood cinema, and she got her start working with Coca Cola and other commercial brands.
Gigs: Commercial work with Casio pagers, Philips, Palmolive, Coca-Cola and more.Coca Cola/Sun Pictures
Uma ThurmanUma! That face could sell anything, which is why it's no surprise that it covered Vogue way back when. But she didn't rest on her good looks, and quickly became one of the most sought-after actresses. No one will ever forget her dance scene in Pulp Fiction.
Gigs: Glamour and the December 1985 and May 1986 covers of British VogueBritish Vogue/A Band Apart
Andie MacdowellAndie Macdowell is most famous for her lead role alongside Bill Murray in Groundhog Day, but hot damn was she a stunning model. Here she is in a Calvin Klein (!) Jeans campaign giving us easy glamour.
Gigs: She's appeared in Vogue magazine and in ads for Yves Saint Laurent, Armani perfume, Anne Klein and Bill Blass.Calvin Klein Jeans/Columbia Pictures
Brooklyn DeckerBrooklyn Decker has two fan bases: the ones who loved her in a bikini as a Sports Illustrated regular, and those who love her charmingly simple movies, like What to Expect When You're Expecting. Now she's a regular on Grace and Frankie, so she's making the most of life right now!
Gigs: Sports Illustrated Getty Images/Lions Gate Entertainment
Cara DelevingneNo one saw this coming. She's one of the most well-known models of today, what with her friendship with Justin Bieber, and her unforgettable eyebrows. But she's hitting the big screen in 2015 with Paper Towns, Suicide Squad, Kids in Love, Pan, London Fields and The Face of an Angel. So, just a few!
Gigs: She started modelling at age ten in a Bruce Weber editorial for Vogue Italia. Since then she's worked for Burberry, Chanel, Mango and pretty much everyone. Getty Images/ Temple Hill Productions
Cybill ShepherdRemember that show Cybill? Well, that's Cybill Shepherd. And she's been in way more than a sitcom, like The Last Picture Show, The Heartbreak Kid and more. Before that? Full-on model.
Gigs: She had Clairol ads, and landed covers with Glamour, Vogue and Brides.
Gigs: Clairol, Glamour, Vogue and Brides Clairol/Palomar Pictures
Elizabeth HurleySince her early days as the face of Estee Lauder, Elizabeth Hurley has done everything from date Hugh Grant to appear as a regular on Gossip Girl. She's now the star of The Royals
Gigs: The face of Estee Lauder.Getty Images/Regency Enterprises
Famke JanssenFrom Victoria's Secret model to, well, let's see... Jean Grey in X-Men and the wife in those addictive Taken movies.
Gigs: She's appeared in ads for Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel and Victoria's Secret. Victoria's Secret/Canal+
Monica BellucciMonica Bellucci isn't necessarily someone you know by name, but her face is so memorable. She's been in movies like Spectre, Shoot 'Em Up and The Matrix Reloaded. She must like to play with guns!
Gigs: She's been a model for Dolce & Gabbana and Elle.Getty Images/MGM
Rosie Huntington-WhiteleyShe's a pregnant woman who swings from a truck holding a gun in Mad Max: Fury Road. She is not your average Victoria's Secret angel!
Gigs: She's a Victoria's Secret angel since 2009, and she's worked with Burberry, Miss Sixty and Agent Provocateur. Miss Sixty/Warner Bros. Entertainment