8 Celebrities Who Began as Child Models

The child modelling industry has been the beginning of many successful celebrities careers. Some have gone on to excel in the modelling industry and others scoring leading roles in film and television. This top eight child models list will give you insight into what these celebrities are pursuing today.

8. Ashley Benson 

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Ashley Benson Model

Benson is best known for her breakthrough role as Hanna Marin on the hit TV show Pretty Little Liars. Her modelling career began when she was photographed for dance catalogues at five years old. At eight years old she was signed to The Ford Modeling Agency, where she received her biggest campaign with Guess. She is now renowned as an actress, but still has been featured on magazine covers such as Teen Vogue and Cosmopolitan.

7. Robert Pattinson 

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Robert Pattinson

Before Robert Pattinson graced the big screen as vampire heartthrob Edward Cullen in the Twilight Saga, he began his career as a child model at 12 years old. He said his modelling career occurred because he had an androgynous look, which made him popular. As an adult he has scored multiple Dior campaigns, one in 2013 and another in 2016. Today he is a successful actor still stealing the hearts of many OR still as handsome as ever OR who is respected in the film industry.

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6. Kaia Gerber

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Calvin Klein Kaia Gerber

Gerber is the daughter of supermodel Cindy Crawford, so there is no doubt modeling is in her genetics. She began her modelling career at age 10, modelling for Versace’s junior line. She is now only 16 years old and has been seen all over the runway at this year’s New York Fashion Week. She opened the catwalk for Alexander Wang and walked for Versace and Calvin Klein. It won’t be long until she reaches supermodel status like her mother.

5. Leighton Meester 

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Leighton Meester

Before her acting career took off, Leighton Meester began modelling at just 11 years old when she got signed to Wilhemina modelling agency. She landed campaigns with Ralph Lauren and Limited Too. She gradually booked commercials that then branched off into film and TV. She is now a successful actress with her most notable role being Blair Waldorf in the popular TV series Gossip Girl.

4. Raven Symone 

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Raven Symone is best known for starring in Disney show hit That’s So Raven (2003-07). Before acting her career began as a child model. At two years old she was signed with Ford Models in New York. She appeared in numerous advertisements including Ritz Crackers and Fisher-Price. Her acting career began in 1989 when she starred in comedy sitcome The Cosby Show. She has been thriving in TV, film and music ever since. She is currently still working successfully in television, with a spin off to That’s So Raven called Raven’s Home on the Disney Chanel.

3. Cara Delevingne

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Model turned actress, Cara Delevingne began her journey into the entertainment industry as a child model. Her first modeling job was starring in Vogue Italia when she was ten years old. In 2009 she was scouted by Sarah Doukas who had previously scouted Kate Moss. This caused her modelling career to take off as she became the face of Burbuerry’s 2011 campaign, giving her the opportunity to walk for Burberry and other major designers like Chanel and Louis Vuitton. Her first film role came in 2015 when she scored the lead role in Papertowns, her acting career has been on the rise ever since.

2. Gigi Hadid

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Gigi Hadid Model

Supermodel Gigi Hadid is one of the biggest models of this generation. She began modeling at just two years old for a Baby Guess campaign. In 2013 she signed with IMG Models, where she has scored campaigns with high-end fashion brands such as Moschino, Tom Ford and Fendi. Her runway resume can also not go unnoticed, as she’s graced the catwalk for huge fashion houses such as Balmain, Versace and Victoria’s Secret.

1. Brooke Shields

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Brooke Shields campaign

Shields began her modelling career at 11 months old when scoring a campaign with lifestyle brand Ivy Soap. From that she became the youngest model to ever appear on the cover of Vogue at 14 years old. Her most infamous fashion campaign was with Calvin Klein jeans and most notable film role was starring is Blue Lagoon. By 16 years old she was an established model and actress, who is now still in the entertainment industry modeling and perusing a successful acting career.

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