It's no secret that Hollywood is cutthroat. Whether you're an actor, singer, or anything else in the spotlight, there's constant pressure to look and be your best.

Some of today's most famous faces were given some pretty confidence-crushing advice at the beginning of their careers. Keep on reading to learn about 24 gorgeous, talented stars who were told they needed to change for Hollywood.


1. Lea Michele

"When I was 15, my mother and I went to meet a manager who said, 'You have to get a nose job in order for me to work with you,'" the actress revealed. Fortunately, the actress did no such thing, and just LOOK at her success. 
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2. Kesha

The singer's mother claimed that Kesha was directed to lose 15 pounds in one month. "I'll be unavailable for the next 30 days, seeking treatment for my eating disorder," Kesha later posted. Ugh. This is just so sad. 
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3. Winona Ryder

A casting director once told Winona, "Listen, kid. You should not be an actress. You are not pretty enough. You should go back to wherever you came from and you should go to school. You don't have it." 

She sure showed that casting director! 

4. Mindy Kaling

A network once offered Mindy a sketch show and then rejected her for the part of herself. The actress said, "We were not considered attractive or funny enough to play ourselves." 

I cannot believe that this was a thing. 

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Mindy can't play herself

Winona isn't pretty enough to act? Kesha needs to lose 15 pounds in order to be successful? Lea needs a nose job in order to land an agent? What on earth is wrong with the entertainment industry???