While some supermodels followed their careers strategically, others simply parachuted into the fashion industry. Some of them planned to model since childhood, but most had other dreams, like Irina Shayk, who was enrolled in a cosmetology school in rural Russia before being discovered. As life never goes as planned, see 9 supermodels that almost had completely normal jobs before reaching catwalk stardom.
Initially, Bella wanted to become a professional equestrian and was working to compete in the 2016 Olympics before her diagnosis of Lyme disease made her give up the sport. In 2014, at the age of 18, she moved to New York to study photography at Parsons School of Design but dropped out when her modeling career took off.
Like her younger sister, Gigi Hadid also moved from Los Angeles to New York to study, where she tried a degree in psychology. Though her runway career interrupted her studies, she often talks about how much she enjoyed her time in college.
Supermodel Anok Yai revealed in an interview in 2017 that she initially intended to finish her biochemistry degree at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire. However, an Instagram photo of Yai at a college party went viral, and before long, she was firmly on the path to stardom.
Formerly known for her pink hair, Ly made her catwalk debut as an exclusive Louis Vuitton model at the brand's Spring/Summer 2016 fashion show and has since had a successful career. However, the Australian girl used to attend the University of Technology Sydney, where she studied architecture.
Just one look at Rosie Huntington-Whiteley's Instagram account reveals her good aesthetic taste. The supermodel once said she would definitely be a designer if it weren't for her modeling career.
One of the most famous supermodels of the '90s, Carla Bruni studied art while in college in Paris, until the fashion world entered her life when she was 19 years old. She later married former French President Nicolas Sarkozy and, consequently, became France's first lady—not to mention her musical career.
As much as Teigen is known for her work for Sports Illustrated and her hilarious presence on social media, she initially planned to become a chef before modeling. Since finding stardom, Teigen has also achieved that goal—she launched two cookbooks entitled Cravings and Cravings 2.
In a 2011 interview on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, Shayk revealed that she and her sister had enrolled at a cosmetology school near her hometown in rural Russia when she was discovered.
Cindy Crawford grew up in rural Michigan and later enrolled at the prestigious Northwestern University to study chemical engineering. However, she finally dropped out of college to pursue a career as a model, eventually moving from Chicago to New York and parading for brands like Versace and Chanel.