By: John Stevens | Sep 24 2010 | 598 words | 7516 hits
Cameron Diaz, Halle Barry, Charlize Theron, Milla Jovovich and Freida Pinto are the best-known actresses on Hollywood. However, few people know that they started their career as the models for top modeling brands.
Cameron Michelle Diaz (born August 30, 1972) is an American actress and former model. At the age of 16, she started her career as a fashion model at the top modeling agency Elite Model Management. For the next few years, her modeling took her around the world and signed contracts with major companies like Calvin Klein and Levi's. At the age of 21, Diaz auditioned for The Mask, even though she had no previous acting experience. After obtaining the leading female role, she immediately started acting lessons. The Mask became one of the top ten highest grossing films of 1994, which helped Diaz win several awards. She gained fame in the 1990s with the lead female role in the blockbuster films like The Mask, My Best Friend's Wedding, There's Something About Mary, Charlie's Angels, Vanilla Sky, Gangs of New York. Besides, she voiced Princess Fiona in the Shrek film series. Diaz received Golden Globe nominations for her performances in There's Something About Mary, Being John Malkovich, Vanilla Sky, and Gangs of New York. In 2006, she won People's Choice Award for "Favorite Leading Lady."
Halle Berry (born August 14, 1966) is an American actress, former fashion model, and beauty queen. Before becoming an actress, Berry entered several beauty contests like Miss USA. In the late 1980s, Berry went to Illinois to pursue a modeling career as well as acting. One of her first acting projects was a television series for local cable by Gordon Lake Productions called Chicago Force. She became the first African-American woman to receive a Best Leading Actress Academy Award and won an Academy Award for Best Actress. Berry is one of the highest-paid actresses in Hollywood, earning $10 million per film
Charlize Theron (born August 7, 1975) is a South African actress, film producer and former fashion model. At the age of 16, Theron traveled to Milan on a one-year modeling contract, after winning a local competition. Theron won the Academy Award for Best Actress at the 76th Academy Awards in February 2004, as well as the SAG Award and the Golden Globe Award. She is the first African to win an Oscar for Best Actress. The Oscar winning pushed her to The Hollywood Reporter's 2006 list of highest-paid actresses in Hollywood with $10,000,000 for both her subsequent films.
Milla Jovovich (born December 17, 1975) is an American model, actress, musician and fashion designer. Jovovich began modeling at eleven, when Richard Avedon featured her in Revlon's "Most Unforgettable Women in the World" advertisements and she continued her career with other campaigns for L'Oréal cosmetics, Banana Republic, Christian Dior, Donna Karan, and Versace. During her career, she has appeared in a number of science fiction and action themed films, for which music channel VH1 has regarded her as the "reigning queen of kick-butt".
Freida Pinto (born 18 October 1984) - an Indian actress and professional model is best known for her portrayal of Latika in the 2009 Academy Award winning film Slumdog Millionaire. Pinto also won a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.
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