You used to remember them as fresh faced teens. They would appear on the covers of magazines like Teen Vogue and Seventeen, smiling radiantly and with a sense of childlike innocence about them. Their eyes were wide and bright, their skin somehow pimple-free.
If you’re a woman, these were the girls you wanted to be when you were younger. You’d pick up a copy of a magazine, sigh and think it simply wasn’t fair. If you’re a man, these girls were maybe your ideal mate. When you kissed your first girlfriend, maybe they were who you thought of behind your eyelids. Their smiling faces spoke to you in ways you always had to imagine, but you wished it was real. Or, maybe you’re older now and you saw them on TV a few years back. They used to have rounded faces, squeaking voices. Either they grated your nerves or they reminded you of your own childhood, watching kid sitcoms and laughing – boy, how your sense of humor has changed over the years.
No matter how old you are now, they’ve grown – in more ways than one. The faces of the teenage queens you used to see gracing pink and white gloss covers are now wearing sultry eyes, barely any clothing and they’ve moved on to Maxim and Cosmopolitan. They aren’t girls anymore, they’re 100% women – and boy is that a good thing.
15. Ashley Tisdale
One of the blonde and perky Disney kids from the early 2000s, you probably first remember seeing Ashley Tisdale on the hit sitcom The Suite Life of Zack and Cody. She played Maddie Fitzpatrick, an average girl-next-door type working behind the hotel’s candy counter. From there she moved on to star in all three films in the High School Musical trilogy and Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure, cementing her place in the Disney hall of fame.
Tisdale has managed to be one of the Disney kids that didn’t take a nosedive post-success. She’s still doing well for herself – she’s married and releasing new music, but many were surprised to see her grace the cover of Maxim, and even ranked on their Hot 100 list three times – even gracing the cover of their May 2013 issue topless, wearing only a jacket and revealing a shadow of breasts.
14. Selena Gomez
You probably didn’t first see Selena Gomez on Wizards of Waverly Place, even though that was how she got her start. The actress and singer actually got her start on Barney & Friends in the early 2000s. She’s now best known as a singer and the off-and-on ex of Justin Bieber.
The starlet is also recognized as being pretty hot – puberty was certainly kind to her in a lot of ways. Gomez has gone from covering magazines bearing titles like “Kiss & Tell” to “50 Sex Tips,” which can be seen on her Cosmopolitan cover. She’s also been revealed to be pretty sultry in her music videos. Gomez is also quite charitable, making her the full and complete package of pretty, sweet and a sizzling body.
13. Demi Lovato
Another Barney & Friends alum who rose to popularity on the Disney Channel, Demi Lovato got her start in the network’s original film Camp Rock. From there she signed a contract with Hollywood Records and has become more known for her singing skills, and history of mental illness and eating disorders, than being an ex-Disney kid.
Lovato isn’t a girl that’s afraid to bear it all, as shown in her music videos and magazine covers. She’s covered Cosmopolitan more than once, showing off her new and femininely curvaceous figure over the years. She recently came under fire for an issue released in August 2015, simply for supporting the magazine, though she fired back at critics who didn’t like her showing off so much. Maybe part of why she’s so hot now is her sense of confidence and her love for her body.
12. Jennifer Love Hewitt
Did you know Jennifer Love Hewitt used to be a child star? Maybe if you were a kid in the late 80s and early 90s you remember – the star got her start on the television series Kids Incorporated, alongside other future celebs like Stacy “Fergie” Ferguson and Eric Balfour. You might also recognize her from her inclusion in the I Know What You Did Last Summer franchise and the television series Party of Five.
After becoming a young woman, Hewitt certainly blossomed. Even now, in her late 30s, the star is still rocking a great body – even after having two children in her lifetime. She’s been on the cover of Maxim in the past, showing off a toned midsection and chest.
11. Danielle Fishel
If you were a young boy in the 90s, Topanga Lawrence-Matthews from Boy Meets World was probably on your list of crushes, meaning that Danielle Fishel was also there by osmosis. Since the series has ended, Fishel has kept a lower profile than a lot of celebrities, but recently she’s come back to the small screen on her TV alma mater’s spin-off Girl Meets World.
Topanga was always a looker with a thick and curvy body on the show, and Fishel wasn’t any different in real life. She’s been on the cover of Maxim, showing off legs to die for and a very revealing bra. The buxom star has also been a spokesperson for Nutrisystem and reports for the YouTube channel PopSugar.
10. Hilary Duff
Preteen and teen girls fell in love with the television series Lizzie McGuire in the early 2000s, mostly because of Hilary Duff’s sparkling performance as the titular tween. Not only was the show publicly popular, it was also critically acclaimed, leading to both a spin-off movie and a boost in Duff’s career overall. From that show, Duff moved on to star in the Disney film Cadet Kelly and launched a music career.
Along the way, Duff also came into her own figure and looks. In 2009, Duff appeared on the cover of Maxim, noted as one of the year’s sexiest stars – appearing on the same list as other female celebs like Scarlett Johansson and Rihanna.
9. Danica McKellar
The Wonder Years was a television hit that ran from 1988 to 1993. It brought television star Fred Savage notoriety, leading to a long and prolific career on the small screen for the child lead. Another child star on the show was Danica McKellar, best known for playing the lead character Kevin Arnold’s love interest Gwendolyn “Winnie” Cooper.
After her stint on the series, McKellar didn’t make much of a splash in the world of celebrity notoriety until she starred in a 2013 Avril Lavigne music video lampooning a famous scene from her hit TV series. The video brought to the attention the fact that McKellar had certainly aged well, remaining hot and youthful even at the age of 41.
8. Alexa PenaVega
Alexa PenaVega is best known for her roles as both Carmen Cortez in the Spy Kids film series and Shilo Wallace in the cult classic movie Repo! The Genetic Opera. All of these films saw her as a child – she was only 13 during the filming of the first Spy Kids movie.
Now 27, Alexa PenaVega has since stared in many movies that showcase her adult talents. Puberty was kind to PenaVega, allowing her to blossom into a tall and toned woman with long legs and perfectly olive skin. You may not have recognized her during her run on the hit show Nashville, starring as the recurring character Kiley Brenner from 2014 to 2015. She also participated in season 21 of Dancing with the Stars, showing off her skills and legs until she was eliminated 7th.
7. Alyson Stoner
Alyson Stoner probably isn’t a name you recognize. Google a picture of her from her youth, though, and her face is instantly recognizable – she was the little girl breakdancing with Missy Elliot in her Work It music video. The child actress also starred in Cheaper by the Dozen and was Sally on the Disney Channel original Mike’s Super Short Show. If you simply look at her old stills and headshots, you might have guessed this kid would grow up to be awkward.
Instead, Stoner has become the genuine article – a gorgeous face and a stunningly hot body to match it. She’s also got a pretty decent voice and has released multiple singles, including one this year.
6. Tatyana Ali
Tatyana Ali is best known for her role on the sitcom and pop culture classic The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air as Ashley Banks, Will Smith’s character’s rebellious younger cousin. Now she’s 37 and still acting on television. She recently had a recurring role on the soap opera The Young and the Restless, as well as a sitcom on TV One called Love That Girl!
While it’s no surprise to see that Ali is still acting, how well she’s aged is definitely a surprise. Ash certainly wasn’t awkward by any means on Fresh Prince, but Ali has developed into a beautiful and curvy adult. No wonder she’s also found work as a model!
5. Soleil Moon Frye
Who would have thought Punky Brewster would grow up to be a MILF? The star of the old sitcom and titular character’s actress Soleil Moon Frye started acting at the age of two and started acting on the sitcom Punky Brewster when she was only five years older. After bouncing from part to part, she found a home on Sabrina, the Teenage Witch as the title character’s roommate Roxie King.
During her 20s, Frye was definitely a hottie – though having three children did take a toll on her figure. In early 2015, the actress and screenwriter showed off an impressive 40 pound weight loss, and she’s back to having a slender and sexy build.
4. Lindsay Lohan
You probably know a lot about Lindsay Lohan, and for good reason. Over the course of her life, the star became famous for her roles on the soap opera Another World, the Disney remakes of The Parent Trap and Freaky Friday. However, her star didn’t shine bright for long as fame turned into infamy for her party-filled lifestyle and multiple arrests.
Despite her rise and fall, Lohan transformed from a quirky yet lovable red-headed tyke into a fully-formed woman. Her status as an adult celebrity was perhaps cemented by appearing almost nude on the cover of Entertainment Weekly in 2004. She’s since gone through many physical changes, but the star still retains a really hot figure.
3. Tania Raymonde
Do you remember the awkward friend of titular character Malcolm from the early 90s sitcom Malcolm in the Middle? If you wondered which one, you’d be well within your right – the main character had a litany of quirky and unpopular friends. One such member of his ragtag bunch was Cynthia Sanders, played by Tania Raymonde. If you don’t remember her, it’s alright. She only showed up in four episodes.
Most recently you might recognize her as Alex Rousseau from Lost or for portraying the murderess Jodi Arias in the television movie Jodi Arias: Dirty Little Secret. This role didn’t accurately show off her beauty and magnificent figure. It’s certain that Raymonde has come a long way since playing a nerdy little girl on television.
2. Ariana Grande
Ariana Grande forwent the cliché of starting out on the Disney Channel to instead find success on the Nickelodeon network as Cat Valentine of the kid sitcom Victorious. Her role was so well-received that Grande then went on to snag her own spin-off series entitled Sam & Cat with fellow Nickelodeon sitcom alum Jennette McCurdy, of iCarly fame.
Despite being a child actor, Grande became more publicly famous for displaying a vocal talent reminiscent of a young Mariah Carey in her prime. After releasing singles that charted on the Billboard 200, the singer also went on to be relevant in pop culture by dating rapper Big Sean. The singer is known for her youthful, Lolita-esque image but don’t worry – she’s definitely of age, and it shows.
1. Taylor Swift
It seems like only yesterday that the new and young country starlet on the scene, Taylor Swift, was just starting to receive traction for her music. Now it’s impossible to escape her – she’s on television, winning awards, constantly releasing hit songs and appearing on the public radar. The singer is now 25, but her first album was only released when she was 16. Since then the country-turned-pop musician has branded herself a superstar, sharing the same A-list ranking as Beyonce or Katy Perry.
As Swift released album after album, the world got to watch her grow from a teen hopeful to the incredible gorgeous and elegant woman she is today. It’s hard to deny that Taylor Swift has the body of a model, only made hotter when she wears that iconic red lipstick.