By LAURA SCHREFFLER
Not always so stunning: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley likens her teenage self to Ugly Betty
She's a world-renowned supermodel who was deemed so stunning that she could replace Megan Fox in the Transformers films - but Rosie Huntington-Whiteley wasn't always so drop-dead gorgeous.
The 24-year-old British beauty has peaches and cream skin, a pin-thin frame and flowing blonde locks, but she says that her good looks only came later in life.
However unbelievable it seems, the Victoria's Secret stunner says she looked like Ugly Betty as a teen.
Betty, of course, is the ABC character America Ferrera made famous for her frizzy hair, horrible wardrobe and ever-present braces.
'I was a bit of an Ugly Betty when I was 15,' she confides in the new issue of America's Harper's Bazaar magazine.
Transformed: The 24-year-old now models for Victoria's Secret and high end designers
She confesses that she would turn up at castings 'in trainers, with braids, a ton of make-up, plucked eyebrows...I had braces.'
She may have been a self-proclaimed ugly duckling once, but things have obviously turned around for the Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon star.
Not only does she model lingerie for retail giant Victoria's Secret, but she has modelled for Prada and Burberry.
She has also been named the sexiest woman in the world by men's magazines like Maxim and FHM.
As of July 2011, she ranks No. 15 on 'The Money Girls' list and No. 3 on the Top 20 Sexiest Models list at Models.com.
The leggy beauty also happens to be dating one of the world's sexiest men, British action star Jason Statham.
Separated at birth? A teenage Rosie pictured in the Tavistock College year book 1998, compared herself to TV character Ugly Betty, played by actress America Ferrara in the hit U.S show
Additionally, the blonde bombshell was also chosen by director Michael Bay to play the highly coveted part of Megan Fox's replacement in his Transformers films.
She tells Harper's that she's being extremely careful in making the transition from supermodel to Hollywood starlet.
She says: 'It's interesting coming from modelling, where women rule the industry, into one where there are so few great female parts and the competition is so much higher.'
The December issue of Harper’s Bazaar hits newsstands November 29. Click here for more
Bazaar girl: Huntington-Whiteley appears in the December issue of the U.S.'s Harper's Bazaar
The wow factor: It's hard to believe that the Victoria's Secret Angel was anything other than perfect
A love match: Rosie is happily dating and living with British action star Jason Statham