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Victoria's Secret Angel Taylor Hill: 'I was invisible in high school'

Sasha Brady

Published 08/12/2015 | 14:15

Model and new Victoria's Secret Angel Taylor Hill from Illinois walks the runway during the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Lexington Avenue Armory on November 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
Model and new Victoria's Secret Angel Taylor Hill from Illinois walks the runway during the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Lexington Avenue Armory on November 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
Model Taylor Hill attends The Daily Front Row's Third Annual Fashion Media Awards at the Park Hyatt New York on September 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Rommel Demano/Getty Images for The Daily Front Row)
Model and new Victoria's Secret Angel Taylor Hill from Illinois walks the runway during the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Lexington Avenue Armory on November 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
Model Taylor Marie Hill attends the 12th annual CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards at Spring Studios on November 2, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images)
Taylor Hill at the Victoria's Secret after party
Taylor Hill at the AmFar Gala in June 2015
Sara Sampaio and Taylor Hill backstage at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show
Model and new Victoria's Secret Angel Taylor Hill from Illinois (L) and model Megan Puleri from Ohio (R) walk the runway while singer Selena Gomez performs during the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Lexington Avenue Armory on November 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)

With her drop-dead gorgeous looks it's hard to imagine that Taylor Hill could ever go unnoticed but the model has revealed that she was practically invisible in high school.

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The 5'9" beauty, who was named a Victoria's Secret Angel earlier this year, admitted that when she was a student, she was the "butt of everyone's jokes" and known as "tall, skinny Taylor".

Model Taylor Marie Hill attends the 12th annual CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards at Spring Studios on November 2, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images)
Model Taylor Marie Hill attends the 12th annual CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards at Spring Studios on November 2, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images)

She signed with talent agency IMG when she was 14 years old and dropped out of her Colorado school to pursue a career in modelling.

The 19-year-old, who received her diploma when she was 16, said she has no regrets about dropping out of school because her classmates would make fun of her or ignore her.

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"Boys didn't like me then, and now they're all like, "Hey, I went to school with you,'" she told Cosmopolitan.com.

Sara Sampaio and Taylor Hill backstage at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show
Sara Sampaio and Taylor Hill backstage at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show

"Last time I checked, nobody remembers that I went to that school. People were shocked when they found out I went there. I didn't exist back in the day."

That feeling of isolation and not fitting in is what pushed Taylor to launch her career early.

Taylor Hill at the AmFar Gala in June 2015
Taylor Hill at the AmFar Gala in June 2015

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"I was ready. I was like, "Put me in the world — I don't care. I'm a nerd. They don't like me there,"' she said.

Taylor says she's now part of a "sisterhood" with her fellow Victoria's Secret models and is thankful to be in a "loving, kind, caring, and fun environment".

She also counts Selena Gomez as a good friend after bonding with her backstage at the Victoria's Secret show.

Model and new Victoria's Secret Angel Taylor Hill from Illinois (L) and model Megan Puleri from Ohio (R) walk the runway while singer Selena Gomez performs during the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Lexington Avenue Armory on November 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
Model and new Victoria's Secret Angel Taylor Hill from Illinois (L) and model Megan Puleri from Ohio (R) walk the runway while singer Selena Gomez performs during the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Lexington Avenue Armory on November 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)

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"[Selena] is such a sweetheart and I think that was the most important thing to me," Taylor said when speaking to W Magazine.

"You know, you meet famous people sometimes and they’re not who you think they are, like in the movies or on TV, but she is who she is and she’s also gentle and kind and I love that."

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