As a high schooler, the supermodel was often teased and ridiculed, mostly about things that ended up becoming her trademarks. "I hated my eyebrows and my hair," she wrote in her book "Becoming." "The mole was the thing I got teased about and was embarrassed about, and that set me apart."
Cindy Crawford also recalls the time classmates set up a fake modeling job just to embarrass her. "I felt all the air leave my body. I ran out of the store as fast as I could, only to see two girls from my high school standing on the corner laughing. I felt like I'd been punched in the stomach."
The "Gravity" actress often traveled abroad with her mother, a German opera singer, and had to endure taunts from classmates when she returned. "I'd come back (to school) from Europe, and I looked like a clown compared to the cool way the other students looked and dressed," Sandra Bullock said in a 2009 interview. "So I got my ass whooped a little bit. Kids are mean, and the sad thing is that I can still remember the first and last names of every one of those kids who were mean to me!"
Even without a meat dress, her appearance was fodder for bullies while growing up in New York City. "[I was] teased for being ugly, having a big nose, being annoying," Lady Gaga told Rolling Stone. "'Your laugh is funny, you're weird, why do you always sing, why are you so into theater, why do you do your makeup like that?'"
"I didn't even want to go to school sometimes," the "Bad Romance" singer continued.
Before he brought sexy back, the singer was an awkward teen like the rest of us. "They called me different, they called me weird, they called me a couple of other words I can't say on TV," Justin Timberlake said as he accepted kudos at the 2015 iHeartRadio Awards. Luckily, his someone was there to help him recognize his strengths. "So, thankfully, my mother taught me that being different was a good thing, that being different meant you could actually make a difference."
The singer was bullied by classmates while growing up in Barbados. "I got teased my entire school life," she shared in a 2013 interview. "What they were picking on I don't even understand. It was my skin color [which was lighter than her classmates']. Then when I got older, it was about my breasts." Eventually, through her music, Rihanna found love in a hopeless place. "Now I'm in a much bigger world."
Before she was a Spice Girl, classmates treated her like a wannabe—and worse. "They were literally picking things up out of the puddles and throwing them at me, and I just stood there, on my own. No one was with me," Victoria Beckham told Elle magazine. "I didn't have any friends. People would push me around, say they were going to beat me up after school, chase me. It was miserable, my whole schooling—miserable. I tried to be friends with people, but I didn't fit in. So I kept myself to myself."
The rapper's family moved a lot when he was young, and a new school always meant being singled out. "I was beat up in the bathrooms, in the hallways, shoved in the lockers—for the most part for being the new kid," Eminem told CNN's Anderson Cooper in 2010.
Making music was the one thing that helped build his confidence. "I started to feel like, 'Maybe Marshall is getting a little respect.'"
Bullies made seventh grade and ninth grade miserable for the "Hitch" actress, and made her so fearful she couldn't turn to her parents or school administrators. "It was torture," she revealed in a 2012 interview. "I literally had to deal with it on my own, and it took me two years to figure out how to do that." Eva Mendes said the bullying stopped after she confronted and stood up to her tormentor. I can't wait 'til she shows up with Ryan Gosling at the middle-school reunion.
Who's laughing now? Starting in the second grade, the comedian said he was bullied on a daily basis. "I was the only black boy in my grade for most of the time. I was a little guy, too, a skinny runt." But he calls the experience "the defining moment of my life … it made me who I am," and even thanked the bullies who "kicked my ass, spit in my face and kicked me down the stairs" for lighting a fire inside him to succeed.
It's not nearly as brutal as "The Hunger Games," but the actress did have some unpleasant episodes during her youth. "I changed schools a lot when I was in elementary school because some girls were mean," Jennifer Lawrence told The Sun in 2013. "They were less mean in middle school, because I was doing all right, although this one girl gave me invitations to hand out to her birthday party that I wasn't invited to." And she has some advice for dealing with the mean girls. "Don't worry about the b--ches—that could be a good motto, because you come across people like that throughout your life."
She won Jack's heart in "Titanic," but before that she was a sandwich shop worker in England who was constantly bullied by classmates. "They called me Blubber," Kate Winslet shared in a speech to youth earlier this year. "[They] teased me for wanting to act. Locked me in the cupboard. Laughed at me." The bullying continued into her adult years, too. In an interview with Rolling Stone, the Oscar winner revealed that "Titanic" director James Cameron called her "Kate Weighs-a-Lot."
Bet they wouldn't pick on him now, but as a young boy the action star was often the target of classmates. "I was bullied quite a lot when I was growing up in my Peking Opera School," Jackie Chan told Total Film magazine. "I allowed myself to be bullied because I was scared and didn't know how to defend myself." The martial arts master says he put an end to the abuse by defending a classmate. "I was bullied until I prevented a new student from being bullied. By standing up for him, I learned to stand up for myself."
Who says being Megan Fox is easy? The "Transformers" actress says her teen years were miserable, thanks to some mean girls. "I was bullied and it's hard. You feel like high school's never going to be over," she told E! News. But Fox's advice is to look at the big picture. "It's four years of your life, and you just have to remember the person picking on you has their own problems and their own issues. And you're going to be OK."
Before winning 28 medals and becoming the most decorated Olympian of all time, Michael Phelps was bullied relentlessly about his looks—mainly his ears. "It was very frustrating at the time," he told Yahoo! Sports in a 2012 interview. But the 32-year-old does get a little taste of revenge when he visits his hometown and encounters his tormentors. "They'll try to talk to me and I'm thinking, 'Yeah, why are talking to me now? You were picking on me then.'"
He might be one of the most popular actors in the world, but the "Mission Impossible" star had a lonely childhood. "I had no really close friend," he revealed in an interview in 2012. "I was always the new kid with the wrong shoes, the wrong accent. I didn't have a friend to share things with and confide in." Tom Cruise has visceral memories of being picked on. "So many times, the big bully comes up, pushes me. Your heart's pounding, you sweat and you feel like you're going to vomit. I don't like bullies."
She's known for her outrageous public behavior, but the "Hannah Montana" star endured some painful times in her private life. In her memoir "Miles to Go," Miley Cyrus talks about three friends who bullied her by making fun of her, sending her cruel notes, stealing her books and locking her in a school bathroom. "Maybe they thought I was snotty for being proud of my dad or for wanting to be my own person or for wanting to be an actress and a singer," Cyrus wrote. "Maybe they just smelled insecurity. Maybe that was why they singled me out."
She probably wishes she had her "Fantastic Four" superpowers back in middle school. "I was bullied so badly my dad used to have to walk me into school so I didn't get attacked," Jessica Alba recalled in an interview with the Daily Mail. "I'd eat my lunch in the nurse's office so I didn't have to sit with the other girls. Apart from my being mixed race, my parents didn't have money, so I never had the cute clothes or the cool backpack."
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