'90s super Cindy Crawford grew up in rural Michigan, and later enrolled at the prestigious Northwestern University to study chemical engineering. However, she eventually dropped out of college to pursue modelling, eventually moving from Chicago to New York and walk for the likes of Versace and Chanel.
Hadid initially wanted to become a professional equestrian, and was working towards competing in the 2016 Olympics before her Lyme disease diagnosis caused her to give up the sport. In 2014, at 18 years old, she moved to New York to study photography at Parsons School of Design (one of the most prestigious design schools in America), but soon dropped out when a modelling career beckoned.
Like her younger sister, Gigi Hadid also moved from Los Angeles to New York to study, where she tried her hand at a criminal psychology degree. However, her runway and editorial career eventually caused her to cease her studies, though she often talks about how much she enjoyed her time at college.
Supermodel-in-the-making Anok Yai revealed in a 2017 interview that she had initially intended to finish her biochemistry degree at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire. However, an Instagram photo of Yai at a college party ended up going viral in 2017, and before long, she was set firmly on the path to stardom.
Once known for her trademark pink hair, Ly made her runway debut as an exclusive for Louis Vuitton at the brand's spring/summer '16 show and has since gone on to enjoy a successful career. However, the Australian It-girl actually used to attend University of Technology Sydney (UTS), where she studied architecture.
Australian supermodel and BAZAAR cover star Macpherson is known for her record-breaking number of Sports Illustrated covers, but actually used to study law at the University of Sydney. In maybe one of the best stories of all of them, Macpherson has said she started modelling as a flyaway way of paying for her textbooks (we can't blame her—law degrees usually involve a lot of them).
One look at Rosie Huntington-Whiteley's Instagram account will reveal her aesthetic eye, and the supermodel has revealed she'd definitely be a designer of some sort if it weren't for her modelling career.
In quotes published by Business Standard from 2015, Huntington-Whiteley said: "I always wanted to go to fashion college. I got diverted. I got swept away to model and I thought, 'Well it will at least give me some experience within the industry and I'll hopefully get to work different designers from all over the world'—which is what I managed to do."
One of the most prolific '90s supermodels, Bruni studied art at college in Paris, until the modelling world came calling when she was 19 years old. Later in life, she married French president Nicolas Sarkozy and consequently became the First Lady of France—not to mention, also becoming well-known for her successful music career.
As much as Teigen is known for her work with Sports Illustrated (not to mention, her hilarious social media presence), she initially planned to become a chef before modelling. Teigen has since achieved that goal, too—she's released two of her own cookbooks, titled Cravings and Cravings 2.