24/04/2014 04:05 BST | Updated 24/04/2014 04:59 BST

Meryl Streep Reveals 'I Thought I Was Too Ugly For Hollywood' - Plus 12 Other Unconventional Beauties

Meryl Streep has revealed she always believed she was "too ugly to be an actress".

The treple Oscar winner was accepting an honorary degree in the US, when she said she also thought wearing glasses would be an obstacle to her career.

Meryl Streep - happy in her specs these days

Speaking as she accepted her award, she told the audience:

"I think I was probably like every other girl who puts on a princess dress and expects everyone to pay full and total attention. And most of us grow out of that. [At Vassar College] I was always in plays, but I thought it was vain to be an actress. Plus, I thought I was too ugly to be an actress. Glasses weren't fabulous then.

"For young women, I would say, don't worry so much about your weight. Girls spend way too much time thinking about that, and there are better things. For young men, and women, too, what makes you different or weird, that's your strength … I used to hate my nose. Now I don't. It's OK."

Here are 12 other actresses we're glad felt the same...

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