Before They Were Top Models: The Polaroids You Have To See

Before the countless covers, runway shows, and high-profile campaigns, models like Miranda Kerr, Hilary Rhoda, and Kate Upton were just fresh-faced newbies. Curious to see what they looked like when they were still fashion rookies? Thanks to Modelinia, today's slideshow is a stylish blast from the past!

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  • Click through now to see the first Polaroid shots of nine stunners on the verge of turning their breakout moments into bona fide careers and learn how they got their start.


  • Arizona Muse
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    Arizona Muse

    Big break: Opening and closing Prada's S/S 11 show. 

  • Hilary Rhoda
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    Hilary Rhoda

    Big break: Being cast by Nicholas Ghesquiere for Balenciaga's S/S 06 show. 

  • Miranda Kerr
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    Miranda Kerr

    Big break: Becoming a Victoria's Secret Angel in 2007. 

  • Kate Upton
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    Kate Upton

    Big break: Landing the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition in 2012. 

  • Liu Wen
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    Liu Wen

    Big break: Walking for Chanel, Burberry, Jean Paul Gaultier, and more during her debut season, F/W 08. 

  • Joan Smalls
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    Joan Smalls

    Big break: Walking exclusively for Givenchy during the Spring 10 couture season. 

  • Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
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    Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

    Big break: Landing a contract with Victoria's Secret in 2006 and becoming the face of Burberry in 2008. 

  • Behati Prinsloo
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    Behati Prinsloo

    Big break: Debuting on the S/S 06 runways as an exclusive for Prada and Miu Miu. 

  • Lindsey Wixson
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    Lindsey Wixson

    Big break: Being shot by Steven Meisel for Italian Vogue in 2009. 

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