6 Supermodels Who Turned Their Flaws into Million Dollar Careers

Even supermodels feel less than perfect sometimes. It takes major guts to admit it, but these gorgeous women aren’t afraid to tell the world about their shortcomings.  

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Coco Rocha’s Mouth

Coco Rocha. Coco Rocha

Don’t believe that supermodels have flaws? Just ask Coco Rocha about her huge teeth (she refers to them as her “horse teeth”). She has trouble closing her mouth and for years she was told to fix them. But instead of giving in to the pressure, she made an open mouth her signature thing. As she now says, “Your flaws can be your perfection.” 

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Karlie Kloss’s Height

Karlie Kloss Victoria's Secret
Karlie Kloss. Victoria's Secret

At 6' 1" (1.85 m) Karlie Kloss wasn’t only the tallest girl in school, she was also the tallest model ever to walk the Victoria’s Secret runway. But just because she has legs for days doesn’t mean she always felt beautiful. As she said in the July 2012 issue of W magazine, “My sisters have always been these gorgeous glamazons, and I’m, like, this tall skinny stick in the family. And I still am the tall girl, even on the runways. It used to be something that I really disliked about myself, being tall and lanky, but it turned out to be the greatest asset I have—how uniquely weird I am.”  

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Iman’s Neck

Supermodel Iman
Supermodel Iman. Iman

Iman’s long, slender neck (along with her showstopping profile, gorgeous skin, and elegant gait, of course) has captivated the world since the 1970s. The modeling and fashion industries had never seen a neck like hers before, and it wasn’t long before her unique look landed her on the cover of Vogue and made her into a muse for several top designers. But did Iman always appreciate her lovely neck? Nope. In 2000, she confessed to O, the Oprah Magazine, that “as a young girl, I was much more preoccupied by my flaws. Everyone teased me because of my long, skinny neck. To hide my so-called deformity, I was wearing a turtleneck when I was 3! Yet my neck is probably my best asset. At the end of the day, what counts is the entire package."  

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Tyra Banks’ Small Calves and Big Forehead

Tyra Banks. Tyra Banks

It’s no secret that Tyra Banks was bullied in her teenage years. The model openly talks about her awkward years and how other kids made fun of her “fivehead” and pencil-thin physique (when she was 11, she grew three inches and lost 30 pounds in three months!). She later gained weight, became a supermodel, and learned how to push past her childhood insecurities by embracing her flaws and by teaching others to do the same.  “Everyone has flaws,” she explained in her Fiercely Real Modeling Contest. “I've got 'em (small calves and a big forehead), you've got 'em, and your momma's got em', too!“

Georgia Jagger’s Gappy Smile

Georgia May Jagger
Georgia May Jagger. Georgia May Jagger

As a child, Georgia May Jagger desperately wanted braces to bring her front teeth together. Her parents (Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall) never forced her, though, and she eventually gave up and accepted that her unique smile is what sets her apart. But even though she’s now one of the most in-demand models, thanks in part to her trademark gap and lush lips, she still gets insecure about her smile. As she told Net-a-Porter’s magazine, The Edit, “There's this whole idea of perfection in modeling. It's good for people to realize everyone is human. I still worry I'm going to look weird as I get older. I'll be a weird old woman with scary teeth.”

Alessandra Ambrosio’s Ears

Alessandra Ambrosio $5 Million. Alessandra Ambrosio

Did you know that Alessandra Ambrosio had botched plastic surgery when she was just 11 years old? Even at such a young age she knew she wanted to be a model, so she decided to have her ears pinned back because they stuck out a little. Unfortunately the surgeon had only done the procedure once before and did a less-than-stellar job. Doctors keep telling Alessandra they can fix her ears, but she swears she’ll never, ever have plastic surgery again.