You know their names and you know their faces, but do you know how they got their start? Surprisingly, a lot of celebrities get their first shot at fame doing something you might not expect!

Many start their careers as models, and some as beauty queens. We've done a little digging, and found out which famous celebs have spent part of their youth participating in Beauty Pageants. You may not be too shocked to find that Vanna White and Vanessa Minnillo were part of the pageant world, but did you know Diane Sawyer, Halle Berry and Sarah Palin were as well?

Click through the gallery above to see more celebs who were beauty queens before they were famous!

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