She began modelling after winning a local beauty pageant which her mother had also won 20 years earlier. She had been discovered in a shopping mall. Initially, she was signed by Clyne Model Management in New Zealand but soon moved to New York. Within a week she was working with photographer Steven Meisel and her career quickly took off.
Her modelling career commenced after she won a contest sponsored by a shampoo company. She later finished third in the 1993 Ford Supermodel of the World contest.
Trish was discovered by a photographer's agent where she grew up in South Florida.
She studied economics until 1988, when she was spotted on a street in Paris by a young photographer. The photos were sent to a modelling agency and her career quickly took-off.
She was raised in Fort Lauderdale and as a child she dreamed of becoming a model. Her dream came true at age 13 when she was accepted onto the books of a Florida agency, going on to win a Fresh Faces contest in New York. Her prize was a $500,000 modelling contract.
It was her brother's girlfriend who suggested she should become a model and she signed with City Models in Paris when she was 19 years old.
Natalia was discovered when she won the 'Elite Model Look' contest in 1994.
She was asleep on a park bench when she was discovered by a photographer.
She was introduced to the IMG agency after she was discovered in September 1994 at a Barbados Ball in London by photographer Terry O'Neill. She was just 16 years old at the time and was being booked by magazines within a week.
Esther filled in for another model who had failed to show up to a shoot for photographer Anette Aurell where she was working as an assistant. When Anette's husband saw the photos, he introduced her to Marilyn Gauthier, director of the Marilyn agency, and her modelling career took off.
Frederique van der Wal
Frederique had been studying economics and languages in Holland but her modelling career started when friends convinced her to enter the Elite Look of the Year contest, which she won. She then took part in the international contest in Mauritius and won that too. Elite signed her up, but she decided to finish her studies first.
Iman was discovered in 1975 by photographer Peter Beard whilst a student at Nairobi University.
She was discovered by a scout of Louisa Models when she attended at the annual Octoberfest in Munich in 1999.
Dewi was spotted by a scout from Elite Amsterdam at the age of 13 years in her home town (Amsterdam) but her priority was to finish school.
Tree had been discovered in 1966 by Vogue's editor when she appeared at the Black and White Ball—the never-to-be-forgotten party thrown by the writer and social gadfly Truman Capote at the Plaza Hotel—in a daring get-up featuring car-wash slits that revealed her briefs and tights beneath.
In 1969, however, her life was changed forever when she shopped at the Bonwit Teller store in Manhattan one day. Becoming impatient waiting for the down elevator, she took the stairs instead, where she met modeling agency owner Eileen Ford. As Graham remembered in a 1999 interview, she had started chatting with Mrs Ford on the stairs, and by the time they were outside, Mrs Ford handed Graham her card and suggested that she think about becoming a model.
She was approached by a model scout on a visit to Japan with her mother and signed up as the face of Kanebo cosmetics at 15.
Hansen was discovered by photographer Peter Gert at age 14. After Gert took Hansen to a party hosted by former model and owner of the Wilhelmina Models modeling agency, Wilhelmina Cooper, Cooper signed the teen to her agency.
Hall was staying at a hostel on the French Riviera when she was discovered sunbathing on a Saint Tropez beach by fashion agent Claude Haddad.
While attending Lasell College in Auburndale, Massachusetts, she was discovered by Mademoiselle magazine after winning a modeling competition.
She modeled part-time during high school after being "discovered" by Alan Martin, a local photographer in Houston who introduced her to John Casablancas. Casablancas brought her to New York City to join his new agency Elite Model Management, where her print career took off.
Brinkley was discovered in 1973 by American photographer Errol Sawyer in a post office in Paris. He took her first modeling pictures and introduced her to John Casablancas of Elite Model Management agency in Paris.
She was discovered in her late teens by an illustrator for The New York Times, Antonio Lopez, who introduced her to the fashion world in New York City.
She received her education at the University of Texas at Austin and the former Finch College in New York City, where she was discovered by a Glamour editor looking for a young woman to feature on the cover of the magazine's annual college issue.