5 Celebrities Who Thought They Were Ugly

They are some of the most beautiful women in the world, but even these 5 celebrities thought they were ugly at one point in their lives. Standing out from the crowd for their unique look or just struggling with low self-esteem, these stars felt they weren’t as attractive as others and wished they could change themselves. Now able to see clearer, these celebs have commented on what it was like to feel ugly and how it changed them.

Elle Macpherson


Elle thought she was ugly when growing up because she looked so different from everyone else: “I was 6 feet tall at 18 and now think of the times I wasted wishing I was smaller. I had all those insecure feelings about a big nose, big ears, and being too tall. That awkwardness was there all the time. I never looked at myself and thought that I was a swan. All I could see was an ugly duckling.”

Frankie Sanford

Frankie went through a time of depression and believed she was ugly: “I felt I was worthless, that I was ugly, that I didn’t deserve anything. I thought I was selfish, miserable and ungrateful. I had been given this amazing life, but I wasn’t happy.”

Lupita Nyong’o

Lupita wanted to change her skin colour and would pray for it to happen: “I got teased and taunted about my skin. My one prayer to God was that I would wake up lighter skinned. The morning would come and I would be so excited about seeing my new skin that I would refuse to look down at myself until I was in front of the mirror because I wanted to see my face first. Every day I would feel the disappointment of being just as dark as the day before.”

Meryl Streep

Meryl believed she was too ugly to be an actress: “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.”

Nicole Scherzinger

Nicole had low self-esteem and thought she: “wasn’t enough, that I wasn’t pretty, that I was fat, and that I wasn’t worthy of more”.