13 Celebrities Who Were Told to Change Their Appearance to “Make It” in Hollywood

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13 Celebrities Who Were Told to Change Their Appearance to “Make It” in Hollywood

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While most of us see celebs as perfect specimens, not everyone feels that way, with managers and casting agents being particularly notorious for criticizing up-and-coming stars.

Most recently, Elizabeth Banks revealed she was once told by a casting agent to get a boob job if she wanted to be successful in Hollywood.

Sadly, this has been the norm for many years.

Check out 12 other celebrities who were advised to change their appearance to “make it” in Hollywood.

 

13 Celebrities Who Were Told to Change Their Appearance to “Make It” in Hollywood

13 Celebrities Who Were Told to Change Their Appearance to “Make It” in Hollywood
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1. Elizabeth Banks

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The 43-year-old actress, known for her roles in Pitch Perfect and the Hunger Games, recently revealed the first agent she met in the industry told her to get a boob job. 

Elizabeth recounted, “I was so grateful that I didn't have enough money at the time to follow his advice. 

 “I also did not sign with him.”

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1. Elizabeth Banks

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The 43-year-old actress, known for her roles in Pitch Perfect and the Hunger Games, recently revealed the first agent she met in the industry told her to get a boob job. 

Elizabeth recounted, “I was so grateful that I didn't have enough money at the time to follow his advice. 

 “I also did not sign with him.”

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2. Minka Kelly

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As a young actress trying to make it in Hollywood, Minka Kelly was approached by numerous potential managers. 

One in particular told her she would need “lipo, fake breasts, and a few veneers.” 

The 36-year-old declined the surgery stating she was okay with never being 'Playmate of the Year.’

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2. Minka Kelly

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As a young actress trying to make it in Hollywood, Minka Kelly was approached by numerous potential managers. 

One in particular told her she would need “lipo, fake breasts, and a few veneers.” 

The 36-year-old declined the surgery stating she was okay with never being 'Playmate of the Year.’

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3. Taylor Lautner

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It’s not just women who feel the heat! 

After portraying Jacob Black in the first Twilight movie, Taylor Lautner was told he was not “hot” enough to continue with the role. 

The 25-year-old was forced to bulk up for the following films in order to stay in the franchise. 

3. Taylor Lautner

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It’s not just women who feel the heat! 

After portraying Jacob Black in the first Twilight movie, Taylor Lautner was told he was not “hot” enough to continue with the role. 

The 25-year-old was forced to bulk up for the following films in order to stay in the franchise. 

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4. Reese Witherspoon

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Reese Witherspoon left college to pursue an acting career, but had many rejections before receiving big roles like Elle Woods in Legally Blonde

 She was frequently told, “No, not right – not tall enough, not pretty enough, not smart enough.” 

Thankfully, the 41-year-old attests her stubbornness to never giving up!

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4. Reese Witherspoon

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Reese Witherspoon left college to pursue an acting career, but had many rejections before receiving big roles like Elle Woods in Legally Blonde

 She was frequently told, “No, not right – not tall enough, not pretty enough, not smart enough.” 

Thankfully, the 41-year-old attests her stubbornness to never giving up!

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5. Lea Michele

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The Glee star was told by her manager at the age of just 13 years old to get a nose job.  

Lea dropped the manager and never got the surgery, because if Barbra Streisand didn’t need a nose job, neither did she.


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5. Lea Michele

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The Glee star was told by her manager at the age of just 13 years old to get a nose job.  

Lea dropped the manager and never got the surgery, because if Barbra Streisand didn’t need a nose job, neither did she.


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6. Chrissy Teigen

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John Legend’s gorgeous wife was once told she was “too fat” to model for Forever 21. 

When she arrived at the shoot — which she already booked — they took her picture. Then when she was in the middle of getting her makeup done they fired her. 

The 31-year-old has been a staunch hater of Forever 21 ever since. 

6. Chrissy Teigen

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John Legend’s gorgeous wife was once told she was “too fat” to model for Forever 21. 

When she arrived at the shoot — which she already booked — they took her picture. Then when she was in the middle of getting her makeup done they fired her. 

The 31-year-old has been a staunch hater of Forever 21 ever since. 

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7. Kat Dennings

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Kat Dennings was told to change just about everything about herself to get a role in Hollywood. 

Casting agencies gave her the brutal advice to “tighten up her teeth, dye her hair, lose weight, and get a tan.”


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7. Kat Dennings

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Kat Dennings was told to change just about everything about herself to get a role in Hollywood. 

Casting agencies gave her the brutal advice to “tighten up her teeth, dye her hair, lose weight, and get a tan.”


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8. Kesha

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Kesha, currently known as the singer who was denied a hug from Jerry Seinfeld, was once ordered to lose 15 pounds in just 1 month. 

She was also advised to take drugs and force herself to throw up to lose weight, resulting in a stint in rehab for an eating disorder. 


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8. Kesha

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Kesha, currently known as the singer who was denied a hug from Jerry Seinfeld, was once ordered to lose 15 pounds in just 1 month. 

She was also advised to take drugs and force herself to throw up to lose weight, resulting in a stint in rehab for an eating disorder. 


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9. Jennifer Lawrence

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The Hunger Games star has also been criticized for her body shape, with one person telling her she would be fired if she didn’t lose a certain amount of weight. 

And the shaming isn’t just confined to casting agents, as a NY Times critic once said of her, “A few years ago Ms. Lawrence might have looked hungry enough to play Katniss, but now, at 21, her seductive, womanly figure makes a bad fit.”

9. Jennifer Lawrence

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The Hunger Games star has also been criticized for her body shape, with one person telling her she would be fired if she didn’t lose a certain amount of weight. 

And the shaming isn’t just confined to casting agents, as a NY Times critic once said of her, “A few years ago Ms. Lawrence might have looked hungry enough to play Katniss, but now, at 21, her seductive, womanly figure makes a bad fit.”

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10. Busy Philipps

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A producer informed Busy Philipps she would need to remove all of her moles to ever be successful. 

She now asks that her moles not be airbrushed out during photoshoots.


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10. Busy Philipps

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A producer informed Busy Philipps she would need to remove all of her moles to ever be successful. 

She now asks that her moles not be airbrushed out during photoshoots.


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11. Gabourey Sidbe

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Before she hit the big time, the award-winning actress was told to quit the business because of her weight by Joan Cusack.

Recounting the first time she met the actress, Gabourey revealed she told her, “Are you an actress? Oh honey you should really quit the business. It’s so image conscious.”


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11. Gabourey Sidbe

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Before she hit the big time, the award-winning actress was told to quit the business because of her weight by Joan Cusack.

Recounting the first time she met the actress, Gabourey revealed she told her, “Are you an actress? Oh honey you should really quit the business. It’s so image conscious.”


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12. Gisele Bündchen

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As the highest-paid model and one of the most beautiful women in the world, even Gisele hasn’t been spared from criticism. 

The now 36-year-old was told at just 14 years old to get a nose job, because her “eyes were too small and her nose too big.” 


12. Gisele Bündchen

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As the highest-paid model and one of the most beautiful women in the world, even Gisele hasn’t been spared from criticism. 

The now 36-year-old was told at just 14 years old to get a nose job, because her “eyes were too small and her nose too big.” 


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13. Kate Winslet

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The Titanic actress received harsh criticism from her drama teacher over her weight, apparently telling Kate to “get ready for the fat girl parts.”

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13. Kate Winslet

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The Titanic actress received harsh criticism from her drama teacher over her weight, apparently telling Kate to “get ready for the fat girl parts.”

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