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Sessilee Lopez
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Growing up, Sessilee dreamt of modeling but didn't think her dreams would come true as she suffered from eczema and was extremely self-conscious about being darker-skinned than her sisters. But she managed to muster up her confidence and begged her mother for six years to be a model. Her mother fully supported her and even sold their house to move to New York in pursuit of Sessilee's modeling career. And in 2004, Sessilee was discovered at an IMG open casting call where she was signed.
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Joan Smalls
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Frequent comparisons of her body type against the models on the tube convinced Smalls that she could make it in the industry,
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In 2007, Smalls jumped ship from Puerto Rico to New York City, where she promptly found professional representation with Elite Model Management.
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and jessica stam wasn't "discovered" to..... well was she?
Jessica Stam was indeed discovered. She's mentioned the story countless times that she was discovered by an agent in a coffee shop in Canada.

On a side note, most of the Brazilian models WERE discovered.

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Great thread idea

I remember reading somewhere that a lot of agencies/models create interesting storys about how a girl was discovered rather than actually telling the truth about how she just sent some pics in, it's a lot more exciting when you hear a "cinderella story" about a normal girl who was just eating in Mc Donald's or sleeping on train or working at a fruit stall etc.

But it's also great to hear about models who actually wanted to get into modelling and decided to send some pics or enter a search, if they have the passion and determination from the beginning they'll probably do better.

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Constance Jablonski
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When Elite hosted their French Elite Model Look contest in 2006, she took part and discovered her love for modeling.
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Alessandra Ambrosio
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Born on April 11, 1981, the Erechim native began pursuing her modeling dreams at age 12 when she enrolled in modeling classes.
The training paid off: Alessandra won Brazil's Elite Model Look contest and soon landed on the cover of Elle Brasil.
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When she was 16, Magdalena's mother knew her daughter had something special and sent her pictures to a Polish
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Heidi Klum, Miranda Kerr, Jessica Hart and Patricia van der Vliet all won or participated in modeling competitions.

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Her deep-set eyes and sculpted cheekbones made her stand out during a model search in Moscow
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Natasha was first discovered after winning a model search competition in Moscow.

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When she was 13, she entered the Elite Model Look France, and she went to the semifinals in Paris.
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I thought Abbey was scouted while on a beach with her grandmother? Or something like that... That's the story I seem to recall hearing from her in videos.
I remember her winning the CoverGirl modeling competition, or whatever it was, when she was younger

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Regarding how Abbey got into the business, I went back and found the following:

Starting at about 0:33, she talks about having been scouted while on the beach with her grandma



At about 3:55 in this video, she mentions the beach story again and names the person who apparently scouted her.



At about 0:38 in this video, she repeats the "discovery on the beach" story:


Starting at about 1:48 in this video, she talks about how she's a bit older than the other girls in the show she's at, and how she "started a little later than other girls"


I don't want to sound like a hater. I think Abbey looks great and must obviously be a determined worker. But considering how ambitious a person likely needs to be to make it as far as she has, I tend to doubt her claims like the one about supposedly being so oblivious to the whole world of fashion that she didn't even know there was such a job as modeling until the industry snatched her up. Something doesn't seem to be adding up, and I sometimes get the impression that the stuff coming out of her mouth is hot air.

And I agree with the suspicion about certain people in the industry having made-up "Cinderella stories". Maybe some models do it because they think it makes them look better than most? As in, they didn't even have to make the slightest effort to get their foot in the door; in fact, being "discovered" meant somebody else basically put it there for them, almost rolling out a red carpet no less. The door was flung wide open with a blinking welcome sign -- all they had to do was walk through and into eagerly waiting arms! Because they're just that amazing. Therefore they're surely the most appealing models; moreso than those other models who weren't discovered, and actually had to try to get in.

I'm not sure if it would be quite on topic for this thread, but it might be fun to guess whose "discovery stories" are most likely to be BS.

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Andrej Pejic
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ZEITmagazin: You’ve been working as a model for about a year now. How ere you discovered?
Pejic: I was selling fruits on a market in Melbourne. A model agent came by and bought strwaberries off me. He asked me if I wanted to stop by at his agency.

ZEITmagazin: I read that you were approached in Melbourne at the airport.
Pejic: You know, I get asked how I was discovered so often – I change things up to keep it intersting. Every story has its own truth.
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I know Bianca Balti went to a lot of agencies and got turned down before she got signed to one. So I'd say she definitely wasn't discovered!

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and jessica stam wasn't "discovered" to..... well was she?

Yes she was, in a Tim Hortons (I think) in Canada.

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