20 Famous Models Discovered by Happenstance

Apr 09, 2024

Discovered at a flea market in South Africa, Swanepoel became one of Victoria's Secret's most famous models.

Candice Swanepoel

Meeks went from gang member to top model after his striking mug shot went viral.

Jeremy Meeks

The iconic '60s model was discovered after getting a haircut and being photographed by a hairstylist.


Hill was discovered at a horse ranch in Colorado and quickly embarked on a successful modeling career.

Taylor Hill

Teigen was discovered while working at a surf shop in Southern California and went on to cover Sports Illustrated Swimsuit.

Chrissy Teigen

Delevingne's connection to Kate Moss's discoverer paved the way for her own successful modeling career.

Cara Delevingne

Iman was studying in Nairobi when a photographer convinced her to try modeling.


Turlington was horseback riding when she was discovered and entered the world of modeling.

Christy Turlington

Graham was scouted while walking through a mall with her dad and went on to become a successful model.

Ashley Graham

Schiffer was discovered at a nightclub in Germany and became one of the top supermodels.

Claudia Schiffer

Rocha was approached while competing in an Irish dance competition and went on to become a high-fashion model.

Coco Rocha

Campbell was discovered while shopping in London and went on to have a major career in modeling.

Naomi Campbell

Bündchen was discovered while eating at a McDonald's in São Paulo, Brazil.

Gisele Bündchen

Wek's photo was taken at a street fair in London, leading to her successful modeling career.

Alek Wek

Brinkley was approached by a photographer on her way to call a vet for her sick dog.

Christie Brinkley

Forrest was discovered by a modeling scout while she was at Huntington Beach.

Selena Forrest

Moss was approached by a modeling agent on her way back home to London.

Kate Moss

Beckford was asked to model by an employee from The Source while in Washington Square Park.

Tyson Beckford

Kloss was spotted during a local charity fashion show in St. Louis and began her modeling career.

Karlie Kloss

Crawford was approached by a photographer while watching a high school football game.

Cindy Crawford