Winona Ryder's Hollywood career did not take off easily. Winona revealed to "Interview Magazine" that when auditioning for a role at the beginning of her career one director told her that she should not try to be an actress as she was not beautiful enough.
No other actress has been nominated as often for an Oscar as Meryl Streep, which makes it even more unbelievable that she was told in 1976 that she would never find Hollywood fame. Whoever told her that must be frantically eating their words now...
Lea Michele won audience's hearts while starring in the series Glee due to her unique voice. As big-nosed "Rachel Berry" she encouraged young girls to pursue their dreams and to not give up at any cost. This was something Lea had to learn early on. At just 15 she was told that she would only make it in Hollywood if she had a nose job. A statement that she has proven to be downright wrong.
Chrissy Teigen is a successful model and was on the cover of the word-famous "Sports Illustrated" magazine in 2000. The fashion brand Forever 21 cancelled their contract with her for one of their campaigns stating that she was too fat. The brand must be pretty annoyed that they missed out on having such a popular model in one of their campaigns.
Mindy Kaling has her very own successful comedy series The Mindy Project. The show not only highlights her acting skills, she also wrote and produced it. One TV network thought she was a great comedian and broadcast one of her other sitcoms, but did not let her play the leading role. They wanted to have someone that they believed to be prettier.
Nia Vardalos took cinema screens by storm in the comedy My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Her agent did not believe that she would ever make it. He thought she was not beautiful enough to be a proper star and not fat enough to be a character actress.
Before starring in 2 Broke Girls Kate Dennings had to swallow a lot of criticism about her appearance. As she confessed in an interview with "The New York Times" she was advised to have a number of cosmetic procedures done, get her teeth bleached and was urged to lose weight.
One might think that in Hollywood people do anything to be successful. But not Minka Kelly. When she was just 19 a playmate offered to help her make it as an actress, but under the condition that Minka would have several cosmetic surgery procedures done. Minka, an ex-girlfriend of an American baseball player refused to go under the knife. And it's lucky she didn't, as the brunette beauty found fame without having to resort to surgery.