There’s a certain criteria that needs to be fulfilled by Hollywood stars before they start their career, and that’s that they ought to be pretty, right? Well, all of these beautiful and talented stars were given the no-no to begin their careers immediately and were instead told they had to change their appearance.
1. Lea Michele
“When I was 15, my mother and I went to meet a manager who said, ‘You have to get a nose job in order for me to work with you,'” she revealed. She didn’t do that nose job, and she went on to have… mild success. (just being ironic)
Source: Instagram | @leamichele
Kesha was made to lose 15 pounds in a month. “I’ll be unavailable for the next 30 days, seeking treatment for my eating disorder,” Kesha later posted. You can see how that went.
Source: Instagram | @iiswhoiis
3. Winona Ryder
A casting director once told Winona, “Listen, kid. You should not be an actress. You are not pretty enough. You should go back to wherever you came from and you should go to school. You don’t have it.”
Well that casting director got a good dose of his own medicine.
4. Mindy Kaling
A network once offered Mindy a sketch show and then rejected her for the part of herself. The actress said, “We were not considered attractive or funny enough to play ourselves.”
Source: Instagram | @mindykaling
5. Taylor Lautner
For his transformation as the heartthrob Jacob in the novel-based Twilight movies, Jacob needed to put on 29 pounds of muscle, and in general bulk himself up. “I just weighed myself today; I’ve put on 19 pounds. I’m guaranteeing [director] Weitz 10 more by filming,” he said.
Source: Instagram | @taylorlautner
6. Reese Witherspoon
She revealed: “When I first came here, all I heard was, ‘No, not right — not tall enough, not pretty enough, not smart enough.’ But I didn’t really care about their opinions. I’m stubborn.”, and it definitely shows.
Source:Instagram | @reesewitherspoon
7. Kat Dennings
While starting her career, the actress that played Max in 2 Broke Girls was told to do a number of changes, including tightening up her teeth, losing weight, getting a tan and dying her hair. Kat did none of that, and look where she is now!
Source: Instagram | @katdenningsss
8. Kate Winslet
One of the reasons why this Oscar-winning actress was shunned for stage roles is because her feet were “the wrong size”. Seriously.
Source: Instagram | @winslet0r_
9. Jessica Chastain
“Only in the past five years have people been telling me I’m attractive. Before then, I wasn’t getting parts because people kept telling me I wasn’t pretty enough.” the actress revealed.
Source: Instagram | @jessicachastain
10. Chrissy Teigen
She was once fired from a Forever 21 photoshoot for being “too fat.” They told her, “You need to leave right now. They just said that you are fat and you need to get your measurements taken.” I can imagine how heartbroken she must have been, but look who’s laughing now!
Source: Instagram | @chrissyteigen
11. Jennifer Lawrence
The Oscar winner revealed, “Somebody told me I was fat, that I was going to get fired if I didn’t lose a certain amount of weight. They brought in pictures of me where I was basically naked, and told me to use them as motivation for my diet.” Well, JLaw is one of the greatest looking actresses we’ve ever seen, so I don’t know what was going through that person’s mind or how they can be so cruel.
12. Minka Kelly
When she was 19, “She [a potential agent] said that she could get me a job at this doctor’s office in return for plastic surgery which I would need to be a Playboy Playmate.” It takes serious balls to tell Minka Kelly that she needs plastic surgery.
Source: Instagram | @minkakelly
13. Judi Dench
A director told this Oscar winner, “I’m sorry, you won’t ever make a film because your face is wrongly arranged.” What does that even mean?
Source: Instagram | @judi_daily
14. Amy Adams
The American Hustle actress , “Based on the roles that I was getting called in for, people were responding to certain types of characters with me as a blonde and the minute I went red, it was quirky and fun instead of flirtatious and dumb.”
Source: Reddit | [deleted]
15. Benedict Cumberbatch
After Benedict was cast as Sherlock, the public responded with something along the lines of, “You promised us a sexy Sherlock, not him.” So hard to impress people these days..
Source: Instagram | @cumberstevens
16. Ashley Benson
The Pretty Little Liars actress stated “It’s [her weight] come up a few times in the last few years, like, ‘You’re too fat for this.’ And I’m just sitting here like, ‘Wait, what? Do you want a skeleton?'”
Source: Instagram | @ashleybenson
17. Kelly Clarkson
Journalist Katie Hopkins tweeted a ton of bad stuff about Clarkson’s weight, Kelly’s response was: “I’ve just never cared what people think. It’s more if I’m happy and I’m confident and feeling good, that’s always been my thing.”
Source: Instagram | @kellyclarkson
18. Tyra Banks
Not only was she required to lose 10 lbs, but her agency printed out a list of designers that won’t book her because of her lip size.
Source: Instagram | @tyrabanks
19. Ashley Graham
“I had agencies telling me that I had to lose weight. I had one that waved money in my face and said, ‘If you lose more ‘lb’s’ — pounds — you can make a lot more of this.'” What kind of person do you have to be to say that to someone?
Source: Instagram | @theashleygraham
20. Karlie Kloss
This model stated “I was called both too fat and too thin by a casting agent on the same day.” She later explained, “I don’t want to please anyone but myself.” That’s the positive attitude that everyone should have!
Source: Instagram | @karliekloss
21. Jennifer Lopez
Her former agent told a singer/actress with some of the best curves of all time to lose weight, which ultimately led to him getting fired immediately. “I was like: ‘No, this is who I am and this is the type of woman that I grew up with and it’s beautiful,'” she replied.
Source: Instagram | @jlo
22. Kate Beckinsale
Director Michael Bay, famous for his affection for special effects, instructed Kate that she ought to lose weight when she was cast as nurse lieutenant Evelyn Johnson. “I’d just had my daughter and had lost weight but was told that if I got the part I’d have to work out and I just didn’t understand why a 1940s nurse would do that,” she said.
Source: Instagram | @katebeckinsale
23. Cara Delevigne
The model/actress explained, “It’s horrible living in a world where I’ll get a call from someone saying, ‘So-and-so says you were partying a lot and you were looking this way and you need to lose weight.’ It makes me so angry.”
Source: Instagram | @caradelevingne
24. Nina Agdal
The 25-year-old Danish model stated “There have been times when people have told me to lose weight or tone up certain areas. It hurts no matter who you are and how skinny you are or how big you are. If somebody tells you to lose weight, it is like a punch in the face.”