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Modesl in the movies

Kate Upton joins the long list of women (and men) who've gone from catwalk or cover photo to cinema star.

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In this image released by Sports Illustrated on Monday, Feb. 13, 2012, model Kate Upton  is shown in a photo from the "Sports Illustrated 2012 Swimsuit Issue."  Upton also graces the cover of the double issue now on sale at newsstands, tablet, mobile and at (AP Photo/Walter Iooss Jr. for Sports Illustrated) NORTH AMERICA USE ONLY UNTIL MARCH 2, 2012. MANDATORY CREDIT: WALTER IOOSS JR/SPORTS ILLUSTRATED

This image released by 20th Century Fox shows Kate Upton in a scene from "The Other Woman." (AP Photo/20th Century Fox, Barry Wetcher)

Kate Upton

Which photo's the modeling shot, and which one's from a movie? It can be hard to tell when supermodel Kate Upton (on SI's cover, left) plays a supermodel in the 2014 comedy "The Other Woman."

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This magazine cover image released Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, by People shows actor Channing Tatum on the cover of People's Sexiest Man Alive special double issue.  (AP Photo/People)

This film image released by Warner Bros. shows, from left, Adam Rodriguez, Kevin Nash, Channing Tatum, and Matt Bomer in a scene from "Magic Mike." (AP Photo/Warner Bros., Claudette Barius)

Channing Tatum

Channing Tatum modeled for Abercrombie & Fitch, Nautica, Dolce & Gabbana and other brands -- and he also worked as a male stripper. That experience came in handy when he starred in the movie "Magic Mike."

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Tyra Banks is now ranked No. 1 on Forbes' Prime-Time's 10 Top Earning Women list. She earned $30 million last year, thanks to several television endeavors, including "America's Next Top Model," which she created, produces and hosts. 

COYOTE UGLY, Tyra Banks, 2000, (c)Buena Vista Pictures/courtesy Everett Collection

Tyra Banks

Tyra Banks began modeling at 15, and after a successful career, created "America's Next Top Model," in which young women compete for a modeling contract. Her brief foray into movies (that's her in the 2000 film "Coyote Ugly" at right) was less successful.

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THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY, Cameron Diaz, 1998. TM and Copyright (c) 20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved. Courtesy: Everett Collection.

Cameron Diaz

Cameron Diaz, age 17, beams from the cover of a 1990 issue of Seventeen Magazine, at left. Diaz began modeling at 16 and traveled the world. She moved into movies at 21 with "The Mask," a role she won despite having no acting experience. She may be most famous for 1998's "There's Something About Mary," at right.

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NATIONAL LAMPOON'S VACATION, Christie Brinkley, Chevy Chase, 1983, (c)Warner Bros./courtesy Everett Collection

Christie Brinkley

Christie Brinkley began modeling at 19, and was a frequent magazine cover girl. She has appeared on more than 500 magazine covers. She's not really thought of as a movie actress, but her small part as a beautiful blonde in a red Ferrari in 1983's "National Lampoon's Vacation" is a famed part of movie history.

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Monsters Ball 2002

Set in the contemporary South, the story centers on three generations of racists and the interracial love story that affects them. Hank (Billy Bob Thornton) and his 20-something son, Sonny (Heath Ledger), work for the local department of corrections, where they are preparing the electric chair for a black inmate (Sean "P. Diddy" Combs). Hank eventually meets the convict's widow, Leticia (Halle Berry), and falls for her. She moves in with Hank only to discover his connection to her husband.

Halle Berry

Halle Berry won a number of beauty pageants, and was first runner-up to Miss USA in 1986, before pursuing a modeling career. That turned into acting later, and she combined both careers when she played a model on the ABC show "Living Dolls." But it was for "Monster's Ball" in 2001 that she won the Oscar for best actress, the first African-American to do so.

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BUBBLE BOY, Fabio, 2001, ©Buena Vista Pictures/courtesy Everett Collection


Fabio has a last name -- it's Lanzoni -- but he's mostly known for his single name and his lion-like mane of hair. He appeared on the cover of hundreds of romance novels and has done a tiny bit of acting, including a role in the 2001 box-office bomb "Bubble Boy," in which he's seen at right.

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