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It’s hard to believe Elle Macpherson, the bombshell now known as “The Body” was ever insecure about her looks. "I was 6 feet tall at 18 and now think of the times I wasted wishing I was smaller. I had all those insecure feelings about a big nose, big ears, and being too tall,” the supermodel told The Sun. "That awkwardness was there all the time. I never looked at myself and thought that I was a swan. All I could see was an ugly duckling."
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As an ageless A-Lister, Nicole Kidman is one of Hollywood’s most in-demand stars. But according to the actress, she didn’t always feel that way. "At 18, my hair was very long. I hated it. I tried to straighten it but it didn't work. I didn't know whether I could become an actress because I was so tall and gangly,” she revealed to The Sun. “I wish I had known I would become more confident about my looks.”
These days she may be a sexy supermodel and fierce media maven, but that doesn’t mean Tyra Banks didn’t experience a few growing pains along the way. “When I was 11 years old, I grew three inches and lost 30 pounds in three months. So I went from being a mean bully, cute little chubby girl to shooting up, 98 pounds and just looking sick and frail,” she revealed to HuffPost Live. “I wasn’t sick, but people thought there was something wrong with me. I was the brunt of every joke, every bad thing. I hated my reflection in the mirror.”
Adorable actress Jennifer Garner admits she wasn’t always as in demand as she is now, especially when it came to making friends when she was young. “I was a real nerd,” the actress told The Mirror. “I wasn’t the popular one, I was one of those girls on the edge of the group. I never wore the right clothes and I had a kind of natural geekiness. I was in the school band and I think that has a bit of a stigma at the age of 13. If you’d asked me what I wanted to be, I would have said something like a librarian.”
She’s one of the most beautiful women in the world, but surprisingly Rosie Huntington-Whiteley had an awkward stage just like the rest of us. “I was a bit of an Ugly Betty when I was 15,” she told Harper's Bazaar. “I would go to castings in trainers, with braids, a ton of makeup, plucked eyebrows... I had braces.”
The model-turned-actress also opened up about her battle with school bullies, who apparently didn’t like her luscious lips as much as we do now! “I used to get called t*t lips—because I had big lips but no breasts. And then I was called kipper [fish] lips," she told GQ.
We are such huge fans of Queen B, it’s impossible to imagine her to be anything less than amazing. “Of course I’ve had an ugly period. When I was around 10 or 11, my mother gave me this really ugly haircut and I was really, really chubby,” the singer told Glamour. “So chubby that my family used to all lay me down flat so they could zip up my jeans. It took four of them and I would lie there on the bed while they all got to it.”
According to the actress herself, America’s sweetheart Jennifer Aniston wasn’t always the loveable girl-next-door. “I was definitely an ugly duckling. I look at pictures of myself in high school and I think, how come I was allowed out of the house looking like I did?” she revealed to FHM. “I had a shaved head and earrings up the side, and I wore the most unbelievable amount of makeup. I looked awful.”
Believe it or not, fabulous fashionista Victoria Beckham with the infamous pout and flawless skin suffered from terrible acne as a teenager. In her book, The Extra Half Inch, Beckham writes, “Teenage acne is definitely not a stroll in the park. I had so many spots I could barely put a pin between them. It was just awful.”
Super sexy star Kate Hudson always seems so confident with herself, but she admits it took a lot to get there. "When I hit puberty, I started trying to figure out who I was and trying to come to terms with my feminine power," she told Vanity Fair. "Then you look at your mother, who's got this incredible figure. You're standing there with little bee stings on your chest, saying, 'Well, what about me? Am I pretty? Am I going to have a nice figure? Am I sexual?'"
Nothing about sultry Salma Hayek seems shy, but would you believe she almost didn’t pursue acting because of bad acne? “The acne was so bad it sent me into a severe depression. I couldn’t leave the house,” she’s said. Her height was also something that made her insecure. "I felt like Ugly Betty many, many times. I'm very short so when I was growing up, people made fun of me as if it was like a birth defect, a deformity... like I was in a circus or something,” the actress told Oprah. “I think we all have something people point out to you when you're a kid and then you point it out to yourself nonstop.”
Growing up, Eva Longoria’s sisters called her an "ugly duckling" because she had darker hair and skin than they did. “I was the darkest one of my family. I was the only one with black hair and the only one with dark skin. All my sisters were light blondes with hazel eyes,” she says. “I grew up without being beautiful so I kind of relied on my personality and my character. I developed a skill not to depend on anything superficial because I didn’t have anything superficial to depend on.”
No question, brunette beauty Jessica Alba is one of the hottest Hollywood ingénues, but even she had an awkward stage. "I was pigeon-toed, had a sway back, was slightly cross-eyed, buck-toothed, and sucked my thumb," Alba told the audience at the Teen Choice Awards. And apparently becoming a mother was the one thing that gave her confidence. “Before having Honor and Haven, I was super-critical of my looks and worried more about inevitable changes to my body. I couldn't even say the word 'sexy' to describe myself without feeling funny and awkward,” she says.
She’s one of the biggest stars in music, but that didn’t stop Taylor Swift from having to go through a little ‘Trouble’ growing up. “A lot of girls thought I was weird. Actually, the word they liked to use was ‘annoying.’ I’d sit at their lunch table and they’d move to a different one,” Swift told Elle. “Middle school was what programmed me to be semi-insecure, like, all of the time. I didn’t fit in… I’d stand on the outside of the circle but I was never really in. That’s when I started to realize there’s this thing called rejection.”
Gorgeous Gisele Bundchen has made a name for herself as a Victoria’s Secret Angel, but when she was younger, her nickname at school was ‘Oli’ for Olive Oyl because she was so much taller and skinnier than everyone else. Believe it or not, the Brazilian bombshell even had a rough start to the modeling biz. “Nobody liked her,” legendary fashion photographer Mario Testino told the Observer. “I had to fight to get her into my stories because nobody though she was right. Too this, too that, the nose, the breasts, the waist.”
Lucy Liu wasn’t always the kick-butt, fierce female she is today. “I was thin as a pipe cleaner with short, short hair. My mother would cut my hair all the way around my head like a bowl because she thought it was cleaner. You couldn’t tell if I was a boy or a girl. I was skinny, gaunt, and generally unattractive,” she’s said. “I was not considered feminine at all, and boys did not like me. I was a toothpick.”