They say that looks fade. They say that looks will never last forever. Who are they? Nobody is sure, but they’re right. We all grow up, change in several ways and become unique individuals. There has always been a massive amount of pressure on celebrities to look flawless, beautiful and stunning. Basically, celebrities are expected to be perfect. They are viewed under a harsh microscope sometimes. Their every move is scrutinized by the media and public. Celebrities might feel a need to remain youthful looking and beautiful. For centuries, many have been searching for the fountain of youth but have been unsuccessful. Those who didn’t want to go in search of the fountain of youth though, settled on changing their hair color, working on their body and even plastic surgery. Sometimes, these transformations don’t work out very well. They transform into a completely different person and it can be a bit awkward. Here is a look at 16 transformations that made us feel awkward.
16) Katy Perry
Katy Perry is considered a sex symbol and is one of the top selling artists of all time. She is known for her unique sense of style. She likes to wear bright colours and clothes with a food theme. She’s beautiful, gorgeous and has pretty awesome hair. She’s gone through some very cool hairstyles, but hey, nobody is perfect. She went through a phase of having electric blue hair colour. Although it was very electrifying, it may have not been the best look for her. Regardless, she remains every teenage boy’s fantasy.
15) Britney Spears
In the late 90’s and early 2000’s, Britney Spears was one of the most beautiful, sexy and talked about celebrities. Every man wanted her and every woman wanted to be her. She was known for her sense of style, breathtaking good looks and her long, gorgeous, flowing hair. Then one day, it was all gone. By 2007, she was one of the most infamous celebrities. Reports of her relationship problems, not being a good mother and being called plain old crazy, started to surface. The biggest change though, was when her once gorgeous, flowing hair was shaved off. She went completely bald. Like, Stone Cold Steve Austin bald.
14) Jean-Claude Van Damme
Jean-Claude Van Damme was one of the biggest martial arts/action stars of the early 90’s. He was remarkably handsome, with dashing good looks. It could just be the stress of life, but he looks very different from his younger days. Not like he’s older, but more like he tried to kick box old age.
13) Goldie Hawn
Goldie Hawn is well known for her appearances in films such as Overboard, First Wives Club and Cactus Flower. In the 80’s, she was sexy, sweet and had the girl next door image. She appears to have had several plastic surgeries that have changed her look though, and it practically seems like she can’t stop smiling.
12) Courtney Love
Courtney Love was considered to be one of the most beautiful and talented women in Hollywood. She was married to music icon Kurt Cobain. She is known for her wild stage persona and controversial lyrics. Following Cobain’s suicide in 1994, her life came under the harsh media spotlight. She drastically changed her look with plastic surgery that didn’t turn out that great. Her once beautiful looks didn’t fade, they were apparently forced into something else.
11) Bruce Jenner
Bruce Jenner won the gold medal for the decathlon at the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games. He went from chasing the gold, to chasing his good looks and youth. At one time, Bruce Jenner was handsome and dashing. He’s clearly had several plastic surgeries that have altered his appearance.
10) Kim Novak
Kim Novak is an iconic actress best known for her role in the Alfred Hitchcock classic film, Vertigo. Earlier this year, at the 2014 Academy Awards, she made some major headlines due to her change in appearance. She was a presenter for the animated feature Frozen. This was followed by a billion tweets about how her face was also frozen.
9) Mickey Rourke
Mickey used to be so fine, so fine that he would blow your mind. At the start of his career, Mickey Rourke was full of charisma, charm and boyish good looks. Apparently, as he reached old age, he wanted those boyish good looks back. His transformation was also very drastic and he looks very different from his younger days. He starred in the erotic romance film, 9 1/2 Weeks in 1986. His looks began to fade and he tried to force it to remain. His career was on a bit of a roller coaster for a while. However, he made a big comeback with the 2008 film, The Wrestler. He certainly was a good fit for the role, since his face needed to be beaten up and scary.
8) Jennifer Grey
Jennifer Grey is best known for her role in the classic coming of age film, 1987’s Dirty Dancing. The movie was a massive success and helped propel her into fame. In the 90’s, she had two nose jobs and several other cosmetic surgeries. Her look was so drastically changed that it greatly affected her career because she was so unrecognizable. She stated in an interview, “I went into the operating room a celebrity and came out anonymous.” She has made a comeback to film and TV, including winning the reality competition, Dancing With the Stars, in 2010.
7) Renee Zellweger
About a week ago, it was impossible to go onto any social media site and not read about the new look of Renee Zellweger. She is best known for her roles in Bridget Jones’s Diary, Chicago and Jerry Maguire. She appeared at the 21st annual Elle Magazine’s Women in Hollywood Awards show, and looked drastically different. Many in the media noted that she looked unrecognizable. She defended her new look, noting that she felt “happy”.
6) Joan Rivers
The late, great Joan Rivers was a stand up comedian, talk show host, author and generally hilarious person. She first rose to fame after appearing on the Tonight Show, in 1965. She is the first female to have a late night talk show. Like many, she tried to get her youthful looks back. Eventually, she had several plastic surgeries to get those looks back. Instead, she got something else. Her looks and bottom lip may have drastically changed, but her sense of humor certainly didn’t.
5) Sylvester Stallone
Sylvester Stallone is considered one of the biggest action stars of the 80’s. He’s starred in iconic franchises, Rocky and Rambo. In the 80’s, he was ruggedly handsome, charming and had the body of a Greek God. Like many of us, time caught up to Stallone, but unlike most of us, he has the money and technology to freeze time…no, sorry…freeze his face. Regardless, it didn’t work out perfectly. He still has the body of a Greek God…an older Greek God whose had work done, but a Greek God nonetheless.
4) Pete Burns
Pete Burns is a television personality and musician. He founded the band, Dead Or Alive, who are perhaps best known for the 1985 smash hit, “You Spin Me Around”. Pete’s also known for his always changing androgynous image. He’s admitted that having several surgeries has helped the change of his image. He’s had nose jobs, cheek implants and injection in his lips.
3) Michael Jackson
One of the most talked about and discussed transformations was of the late King of Pop, Michael Jackson. Perhaps, nobody will understand the type of pressure a celebrity like Michael went through. He grew up right in front of us all. Maybe he couldn’t let go, or maybe it was us. Michael was notorious for having countless surgeries to change his nose, cheeks, lips and chin. One of the biggest differences was his skin color, although, he claimed this was because of a skin condition. Regardless, he remains one of the biggest selling artists of all time.
2) Donatella Versace
Donatella Versace is one of the most famous and talented fashion designers of all time. Versace is considered by many, to be one of the most elegant and classy lines. Sometimes, a person simply wants to change their look, so, they start to slick their hair back. Versace decided to slick everything back. She has drastically changed her look with several surgeries.
1) Jocelyn Wildenstein
Jocelyn Wildenstein is known for her countless, extravagant cosmetic surgeries. She is a socialite who was once married to a millionaire, Alec Wildenstein. He was a part of a wealthy family and soon, so was she. Apparently, Alec had a thing for really big cats and her surgeries were an attempt to look similar to a cat. She has stated that she is very happy with how she looks.