We love our fellow women as much as the next feminist, but there are times (usually after a bank holiday when we're feeling bloated from too many sticky barbecue wings and cans of Red Stripe) when a 'models are real women' photo cheers us up.


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Below are three photos taken of Miranda Kerr, Kate Upton and Liu Wen by casting director Douglas Perrett (check out more at Modelinia.com) before they became famous.

They still look amazing, of course, but much more like real women than the glamazons we normally see them portrayed as.

Sports Illustrated model Kate Upton was just 18 when her photo was taken, two years after she attended the Miami casting call that would change her life.

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Miranda Kerr's Polaroid, says HuffPost US, was also taken before the Aussie model hit the big time. Perrett said of his first impression, "She would always do her castings with her blonde friend, another Aussie who would always get the job. She never booked the jobs."

model polaroids

Liu Wen's photo was taken in the mid 2000s, before she launched from her native China, where her first photo shoots were published, to an international runway superstar.

The daughter of a construction worker, by spring 2010, she walked approximately 70 shows over the course of the four international Fashion Weeks and has just made Forbes' top 10 list of highest-earning supermodels.

She's breaking new ground too - it's the first time an Asian model has made the list.

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Take a look at the evolution of some of our favourite models...

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  • Kate Moss THEN

    January 1990 (Getty photo)

  • Kate Moss NOW

    May 2012 (Getty photo)

  • Elle Macpherson THEN

    January 1990 (Getty photo)

  • Elle Macpherson NOW

    June 2012 (Getty photo)

  • Cindy Crawford THEN

    August 2009 (Getty photo)

  • Cindy Crawford NOW

    May 2012 (Getty photo)

  • Claudia Schiffer THEN

    August 1991 (Getty photo)

  • Claudia Schiffer NOW

    May 2012 (Getty photo)

  • Naomi Campbell THEN

    January 1990 (Getty photo)

  • Naomi Campbell NOW

    April 2012 (Getty photo)

  • Linda Evangelista THEN

    November 1996 (Getty photo)

  • Linda Evangelista NOW

    June 2012 (Getty photo)

  • Christy Turlington THEN

    January 1990 (Getty photo)

  • Christy Turlington NOW

    March 2012 (Getty photo)

  • Tyra Banks THEN

    June 1990 (Getty photo)

  • Tyra Banks NOW

    April 2012 (Getty photo)

  • Carol Alt THEN

  • Carol Alt NOW

  • Pat Cleveland THEN

  • Pat Cleveland NOW

  • Roshumba THEN

  • Roshumba NOW

  • Kristen McMenamy THEN

  • Kristen McMenamy NOW

  • Irina Pantaeva THEN

  • Irina Pantaeva NOW

  • Carmen Dell'Orefice THEN

  • Carmen Dell'Orefice NOW

  • Frederique van der Wal THEN

  • Frederique van der Wal NOW

  • Carol Alt

    Carol Alt chats with Naught But Nice Rob.