While watching Fair Game, I noticed how poor of an actress Cindy Crawford was. She looked fantastic, but couldn’t act her way out of a wet paper bag. This set my analytical mind into motion and I immediately set upon creating a list of beautiful models who became successful actresses. Undoubtedly, this will lead to a list of the worst models turned actresses in the near future.
Criteria: Must have made a comfortable living from modeling or pageants; can’t be older than 50; must be a successful actress today regardless of other side projects.
Modeling Career: Started as a fashion model in 1990 at the age of 17, working in print ads for designers such as Calvin Klein and Levi’s.
Modeling Career: Started modeling in 1996 at the age of 18. Has appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated, Vogue, Vanity Fair, Elle and in the pages of the lingerie Bible — Victoria’s Secret.
Modeling Career: Began modeling in 9th grade. She was the 1994 Miss World winner. Continued to work for years as one of India’s top models.
Acting Career: Has starred in over 30 Bollywood films (too many to list) and in the past few years has managed to break into English projects like 2007’s The Last Legion.
Modeling Career: 1983 Miss New York. In 1984 became the first black Miss America. Her reign was cut short, however, when lesbianesque nude photos were published by Penthouse magazine.
Acting Career: Her first real acting role was in 1986 and she has since appeared in numerous movies and TV shows. She is currently a cast member of the television show Ugly Betty.
Modeling Career: Began modeling in 1984 when she moved to the United States. Within weeks, she was doing work for Yves Saint Laurent and Chanel.
Modeling Career: Began modeling at the young age of 16. Appeared on the covers of magazines like including Elle, Vogue, Self, Fitness and Glamour.
Modeling Career: Began modeling in 1995 and immediately became a runway smash. She has been on numerous fashion magazine covers including the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.
Modeling Career: Began modeling at the very young age of 11 and depending on what list you read, is considered a true “supermodel”. She has appeared on hundreds of runways and in hundreds of magazines and advertisements since.
Modeling Career: Moved to Milan and began modeling at age 16. She became a highly sought after fashion model appearing on runways and ads for, among others, Dolce & Gabbana.
Modeling Career: 1985, Miss Teen All-American. 1986, Miss Ohio. 1986, runner-up for Miss USA. Modeled for several years afterward appearing in print and television ads.
Acting Career: Halle has appeared in many movies, most notably the movie series X-Men and Catwoman (although not for her acting). In 2002 she won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her work in the film Monster’s Ball.
Before screaming about the girls skipped, realize the object of this list was to showcase women who were successful at modeling AND acting. After realizing that, then you can blast me with all the women I’ve left out, because I’m sure I’ve missed quite a few.