Many girls literally dream of a modeling career. They see the life of a popular model as almost paradise on earth - with parties, beautiful clothes and communication with the mighty of this world. But in fact, behind all this brilliance there are sleepless nights, feet knocked down by uncomfortable shoes, exhausting diets and long (and not always pleasant) castings. Therefore, some models, even having achieved great success, decide to leave modeling and do something else. We have collected the stories of five successful models who decided to end their careers at the peak of their popularity.
Gemma Ward's career began by accident - at the age of 14 she came to support friends at a modeling casting, where she was noticed by an observant scout. From that moment on, she became popular, first in her native Australia, and then around the world. She was predicted the fame of Kate Moss, she did shows of the most famous brands and signed a million dollar contract with Calvin Klein - but it all ended in an instant.
By the age of 20, the girl recovered a little - more feminine forms replaced the angular teenage thinness. The tabloids immediately flooded headlines criticizing the model's figure - and after pressure from the press and her agent, she announced her retirement. After that, her beloved Heath Ledger suddenly died - which further undermined Ward's emotional state.
Then she found a way to the cinema, starring in several cameo roles, including in Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby.
In 2014, she unexpectedly returned to the catwalk - at the Prada show, and then starred in the brand's advertising campaign. Since then, she occasionally takes pictures for gloss or goes on the podium, but there is no talk of a full-fledged career renewal - all the time Gemma is taken away by motherhood.
Abby Lee Kershaw
Another Australian on our list also showed great promise from her first day in modeling - in her first international season, she closed the Rodarte show and did a Gucci show on an exclusive basis. Later, Karl Lagerfeld will notice her - and first he will call to open and close Chanel shows, and then he will make the face of the House's fall-winter collection of 2010.
Gucci ad campaign, 2013
During her stellar career, she managed to work with dozens of brands, become the face of Gucci (she was especially loved by the former creative director of the brand Frida Giannini) and decorate the Pirelli calendar. But in 2015, cinema came into her life - she played in the films "Mad Max: Road of Fury" and "Gods of Egypt", tied up with a catwalk career, and now appears in the gloss only as part of the promo campaign of the next film premiere.
Agness Dayne was also discovered by accident - she was noticed by a photographer on the streets of London. After that, her career took off instantly: her unusual androgynous image with a short platinum haircut was so fond of designers and casting agents that by 2009 she was simultaneously the face of Jean Paul Gaultier, Giles, Shiseido, Burberry and New Look.
Giorgio Armani advertising campaign, 2007
True, even then there were the first rumors about her leaving modeling. She officially confirmed them only 3 years later: in an interview with The Independent, she said that she was tired of a modeling career and wanted to do something else. As a result, she got married and had children, and also starred in small roles in several independent films.
This girl with luxurious sable eyebrows instantly took the fashion industry by storm - and became the favorite of literally all famous designers, including Karl Lagerfeld himself, who made her the permanent Ambassador of the House of Chanel.
But her career ended as abruptly as it began - a tough shooting schedule, high demands on models and endless flights turned out to be detrimental to the girl's psychological state.
Then Delevingne made a decision … Yes, to go to the cinema.She played in several films, including the picture of Luc Besson "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets", but she could not repeat her modeling success. Now she is removed from time to time for gloss and in advertisements of famous brands, but not as actively as before.
The South Sudanese model emigrated to Australia with her family as a refugee - and her modeling career proved to be just as difficult.
Despite a seemingly successful career, she left modeling twice already - first in 2016, citing lies and racism in the industry, and then after another 3 years, when, right during a live broadcast on Instagram, she began a nervous breakdown that ended with her threatening her modeling agency with suicide.
Affected again by the tight schedule and the overestimated requirements of model agents. True, she later deleted the video and informed the subscribers that she was already feeling better.