6 Hollywood Actors Who Started As Models

Many successful actors in Hollywood have all had an equally successful modeling career in their initial days. They have been reckoned as icons for the designer labels they have represented. In all pomp and splendor, they have gradually forayed into acting and created a niche for themselves in the hearts of the public. This interesting piece compiles a list of 6 such models who have taken the modeling world and Hollywood by a storm and usurped fame and popularity and needless to say, money.

Djimon Hounsou

Djimon Hounsou

1. Djimon Hounsou

Immigration brought him to Paris from Benin. Poverty brought him to the streets but also turned his life around for he was spotted by a popular designer who turned him into a model. Madonna instantly formed a liking for the hot model when he walked the ramp in 1989 in LA. He starred in her music video and thereafter has been doing a fair share of music albums. His 1994 movie 'Amistad' gave him a lot of recognition for his acting prowess, besides his unconventional good looks. Since then, both acting and modeling are simultaneously handled by Hounsou in great fashion.


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Josh Duhamel

Josh Duhamel

2. Josh Duhamel

You have seen him in 'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen', 'All My Children' and 'Win a Date with Tad Hamilton'. His drop dead gorgeous looks were showcased in modeling assignments way back in the early 90s. He won the International Male Model of the Year title in 1997. Thereafter, his role in the music video by Christina Aguilera won him movie offers.


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Tom Welling

Tom Welling

3. Tom Welling

'Smallville' in 2001 and 'Judging Amy' showcase some of his remarkable performances, besides hot looks. Tom moved into film stardom after substantial modeling assignments with ace labels such as Calvin Klein, Abercrombie & Fitch and Tommy Hilfiger. He is also fondly referred to as the superman of TV.


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Ashton Kutcher

Ashton Kutcher

4. Ashton Kutcher

Perhaps, one of the most successful model turned actors who bags a large share of movie offers alongside big names in the industry, Ashton Kutcher kick started stardom with modeling in 1997. His move to New York not just heightened his modeling career but also won him presence in a hit television series. Subsequently, there has been no looking back for this lad with a great sense of humor.


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Ian Somerhalder

Ian Somerhalder

5. Ian Somerhalder

Big designer brands like Gucci, Guess, Versace and Calvin Klein are synonymous with the hauntingly handsome face of Ian Somerhalder. Although he did exceptionally well for himself in the world of fashion and modeling, he landed in movies. His striking blue eyes are many times a subject of envy and desire. It is little a wonder that he found himself starring in 'The Vampire Diaries', a movie that went on to become a highly rated online game as well.


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Brandon Routh

Brandon Routh

6. Brandon Routh

The man intended to become a writer and pursued education at the University of Iowa. He turned to modeling in order to pay for his education. But life had other plans for him. With substantial acting offers, he took up acting and starred in 'Superman Returns', music videos and many other movie flicks.


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  • Djimon Hounsou
  • Josh Duhamel
  • Tom Welling
  • Ashton Kutcher
  • Ian Somerhalder
  • Brandon Routh

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