25 Models Who Made A Leap Into Acting And Some Just Rock It

Modeling and acting are different arts, no doubt. A model portrays the beauty of clothing, perfume, food, or any products they work for. Meanwhile, an actor portrays reality in a make-believe setting. Film, TV, or stage. The mere similarity between the two careers is that both models and actors work in front of the cameras.
And, many models have made a leap into professional acting. They start out with minor roles or make a cameo on TV and on the silver screen. Some may star in a film or TV show, carrying its entire weight on their shoulders. Luckily, they hit the big time in their acting career, finding that acting suits their style more than posing.
This list includes 25 models who have changed their career orientation to acting. Some are somewhere in the industry while some have rocked their new role. Take Halle Berry, for example. The former model and talented actress have just won an Oscar for best actress in 2022. Admirable!

#1 Cara Delevingne

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Cara Delevingne has been focused more on her movie career these days. She is best known for her role ass Enchantress in "Suicide Squad" and as Margo in "Paper Towns".

#2 Cindy Crawford

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Supermodel Cindy Crawford gained worldwide recognition while hosting MTV’s House of Style. She also appeared in TV shows and sitcoms.

#3 Halle Berry

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Halle Berry started out her career as a pageant girl and model. In fact, she was the first black American Miss World contestant. She has just won best actress for “Monster's Ball” at the Oscars 2022.

#4 Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

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Victoria’s Secret model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is best known for appearing in "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" and the "Mad Max" reboot, "Fury Road."

#5 Jaime King

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Jaime King was known as James while working as a model. She played prissy Lemon in "Hart of Dixie" and a WWII nurse in the blockbuster "Pearl Harbor ".

#6 Tyrese Gibson

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Tyrese Gibson hit his big time when portraying Roman Pearce in the "Fast and the Furious" franchise. Tyrese has also starred as USAF Tech Sergeant Epps in "Transformer".

#7 Devon Aoki

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Devon Aoki had a successful modeling career before pursuing professional acting. The model walked the runway for countless designers and was the face of Versace, as well as tons of other brands. Devon appeared in "Fast and Furious" and Sin City. But she is much well-known to appear in music videos.

#8 Milla Jovovich

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Milla Jovovich has achieved success in her acting career, best known as Katinka in "Zoolander". The former model also appeared in the insanely popular "Resident Evil " franchise.

#9 Ashton Kutcher

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Ashton Kutcher's acting career got a big break with his role as Kelso in "That ‘70s Show". Back to his modeling day, Ashton walked the runway in Milan and Paris and was crowned “Male Model of the Year” back in 1997.

#10 Tyra Banks

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Tyra Banks starred in the iconic 2000 Disney Channel Original "Life-Size", along with Lindsay Lohan. She also gained worldwide recognition with her role as diva actress Ursula on "Gossip Girl".

#11 Channing Tatum

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Channing Tatum, started out modeling. He got his breakthrough role in acting in the 2006 dance film Step Up. His other films are Mike (2012) and its sequel Magic Mike XXL (2015), 21 Jump Street (2012) and its sequel 22 Jump Street (2014), The Hateful Eight (2015), Hail, Caesar! (2016), Logan Lucky (2017), and The Lost City (2022).

#12 Riley Keough

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Elvis’s granddaughter got her start as a model and has focused more on acting over the past few years. She appeared in "The Runaways ", "Mad Max", and "Magic Mike".

#13 Gisele Bündchen

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Brazilian model Gisele Bundchen made a switch into acting with her role in Jimmy Fallon, Queen Latifah’s "Taxi", and "The Devil Wears Prada".

#14 Iman

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Somali supermodel Iman is best known for playing the queen in Michael Jackson’s “Remember the Time” music video. She has had small roles in a variety of TV shows and movies such as The Cosby Show and Star Trek.

#15 Lily Cole

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Lily Cole is a popular face on the cover of Vogue. She has made her appearances in "Snow White and the Huntsman" and "Absolutely Fabulous".

#16 Elle Macpherson

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Elle is best known for playing Joey's roommate — and his eventual girlfriend — on a handful of "Friends" episodes.

#17 Ruby Rose

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Ruby Rose got her start as a model in Vogue Australia. She has made a leap into acting with her roles in "Orange is the New Black" and the upcoming Resident Evil, xXx, and John Wick action movies.

#18 Kate Upton

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Kate Upton appeared in "The Other Woman", co-starring Cameron Diaz.

#19 Cameron Diaz

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Cameron Diaz was a fresh-faced teen model before she rose to Hollywood stardom! Her breakout role is the stereotypical blonde bombshell Mary Jensen in "There's Something About Mary", for which she earned her first of four Golden Globe Award nominations.

#20 Shalom Harlow

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Shalom Harlow appeared in "Head Over Heels", "Vanilla Sky" and our favorite cable rom-com, "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days".

#21 Gemma Ward

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Vogue's favorite Gemma Ward had a small role in one of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" films and in the horror movie "The Strangers".

#22 Vanessa Williams

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Vanessa Williams won the crown as Miss America in 1983. She then made the switch to acting and singing. She recorded the pop version of Pocahontas's “Colors of the Wind”.

#23 Tyson Beckford

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Tyson Beckford got his acting debut as himself in "Zoolander". Since then, he has appeared in both TV and movies, including Jessica Alba/Paul Walker beach movie "Into the Blue".

#24 Emily Ratajkowski

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Emily was the popular face in certain music videos, and she then made a leap into acting with "Gone Girl" and "We are Your Friends".
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