Spotted! Models As Awkward (& Adorable) Adolescents

With a life full of cover shoots, designer catwalks, and constant camera flashes, it’s hard to imagine our favorite models living a life that is anything less than chic. Even their off-duty life has become the center of fashion-blogger buzz and gossip magazines. But with an insider's peek into V magazine's newest issue and the pasts of four top models, it turns out that these beauties went through that awkward adolescent phase we all endured back in the day.
From '80s glamour shots to costume accessories gone awry, these silly but adorable photographs from the likes of Dree Hemingway and Carolyn Murphy will make you feel a little better about your tragic #ThrowbackThursday photographs. Click through to see the candid snaps, and check out the entire issue of V when it hits newsstands July 18.
Doutzen Kroes — Before Dutch bombshell Doutzen Kroes earned her wings as a Victoria Secret Angel or hit the beach for H&M, she tried her hand at acting. Kroes said, “I was even ambitious enough to be in a play.” Seen here in this adorable photograph from her childhood, Kroes dons pigtails and a smattering of drawn-on freckles with a smile that proves she was born camera-ready.

Photo: Courtesy of V Magazine; Courtesy of H&M

Catherine McNeil — Thank goodness Catherine McNeil ditched the bunny ears for the high-fashion runways of Givenchy, Valentino, and the Donna Karan fall '14 campaign. The Australian beauty said, “I was 12 in this pic. I remember I was watching Big Brother.” We’ll let her off on this one with a warning, because after all, we all have a box of geeky adolescent photos lurking around somewhere.

Photo: Courtesy of V Magazine; Courtesy of Donna Karan

Dree Hemingway — For the breathtaking Dree Hemingway, playing dress up was something she loved long before her modeling days. Before splashing the pages of Vogue and landing coveted cover spots on top fashion publications, Hemingway designed her own clothes out of items found around her grandparents’ house. She tells V, “That was a blanket that looked like prime wedding-dress material. I’d dress up in some random thing around the house, then drink tea with milk and lots of sugar and grilled cheese finger sandwiches, and that was that.” Alas, these days Hemingway leaves the styling to the professionals.

Photo: Courtesy of V Magazine; Courtesy of Ermanno Scervino

Carolyn Murphy — The '80s — and that pose — sure looked good on Carolyn Murphy. With a mug like that, it’s no wonder she is the signature face of Estée Lauder cosmetics. Murphy said, “Age 15. Ugh. I had used Sun In that summer, which turned my hair orange. Loved my Swatch watch and hoop earrings —so '80s!"

Photo: Courtesy of V Magazine; Courtesy of Estée Lauder

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