Most of us only see celebrities when they’re looking their best. Sure, you’ll stumble across occasional paparazzi snaps of them out running errands when they might not be all glammed up, but even then, they’re usually looking better than most. And on the red carpet? Forget it – under the care of their expert team of hair stylists, makeup artists, and handlers, they show up looking so gorgeous it’s barely human.
That’s part of the reason why the public absolutely loves photos of celebrities looking, well, not their best. It makes everyone feel like celebrities aren’t really superhuman, super-gorgeous individuals – they’re just people like you and me who can occasionally be photographed in an unflattering pose or making an unflattering face. I mean, who hasn’t gotten tagged in an atrocious photo that showcases exactly none of your good angles?
When it comes to photographs they have some modicum of control over, celebrities can easily exile all the unflattering shots, but the images that paparazzi capture are out of their control. Even Queen B herself wasn’t able to scrub those unflattering Super Bowl pictures of herself from the internet, no matter how hard her publicist tried.
Celebs – they’re just like us. Here are 15 unflattering celebrity photos that we bet these celebs wish would just disappear forever.
15 Super Bowl Beyoncé
You know we have to start with this one – this shot of Beyoncé is quite possibly one of the most famous unflattering shots ever, thanks to how vehemently her PR team tried to scrub it from the internet. Beyoncé’s Super Bowl performance from a few years back was absolutely insane. Her dance moves were on point (Beyoncé is always on beat), she brought out her former band mates from Destiny’s Child, there were flames, there was crazy choreography, it had everything. Unfortunately, when you’re dancing that hard, delivering some intense faces, you’re bound to get caught in an unflattering expression at some point – which is exactly what happened here. Before and after this face, she was probably delivering curves and a flawless face, but in this shot… not so much. This is going to be one of those photos that she’s just going to have to forget about – the countless photos where she looks insanely gorgeous should help with that.
14 Britney Spears
Poor Britney. Nowadays, she’s basically killing it, releasing hit songs and rocking the stage in Las Vegas night after night, proving that she’s gone from the princess of pop to the undisputed queen. However, a few years back, it was a different kind of Britney – one who went out in cut-off shorts and ratty tees, with unfortunate hair extensions and an ever-present Frappuccino in her hands. It just wasn’t a good look for her. This photo captures one of those moments, probably when she’s getting frustrated with the paparazzi for being there to witness her not looking her best yet again. Luckily, she’s looking far more polished and glamorous nowadays, so hopefully she can just forget about the unflattering photos captured from her rough period – although she probably wishes they didn’t exist in the first place. Don’t even worry about it, Brit – just get back in the studio and continue to crank out hit after hit, like you’ve been doing since you were a teenager.
13 Lindsay Lohan
To say Lindsay Lohan has gone through some struggles over the past years is an understatement, to say the least. She burst into the scene as an adorable red-head in The Parent Trap remake, and soon transitioned to squeaky clean Disney tween roles, before becoming a breakout star thanks to a little known flick by the name of Mean Girls (okay, you’ve probably heard of it – it’s so fetch). However, it seems fame was a bit too much for Lohan, and she soon started transitioning from the curvy red-headed starlet to an emaciated blonde with a plethora of addiction issues. She’s battled countless demons over the past few years, and this photo was unfortunately taken when she wasn’t exactly looking her best. We can only imagine seeing unflattering shots of yourself might encourage you to take better care of your body and mind, so perhaps La Lo was inspired to get back on track.
12 George Clooney
Nowadays, George Clooney is a happily married man, showing off his super gorgeous and incredibly brainy wife Amal Clooney. However, for years and years and years, Clooney was basically Hollywood’s most notorious bachelor. He wasn’t one of the many young, interchangeable starlets who looked like they’d stepped out of an Abercrombie catalog – he was a silver fox, an older gentleman, a more sophisticated dream guy. Everyone, no matter what their age, crushed on Clooney at some point – he just had a certain je ne sais quoi. That doesn’t mean he’s completely immune to having a bad photograph taken, though – while he’s in his typical uniform of a suit with his sexy salt and pepper hair, in this shot he was captured making a pretty goofy face. Well, he’d better get used to it – now when he’s out with his wife, the cameras are often more interested in Amal and trying to capture every detail of what she’s wearing and what she looks like, so they’re probably not as interested in getting Clooney at his best angle anymore.
11 Hugh Jackman
While, like Clooney, this tall drink of water was a little bit older when he made it to the A-List and snagged giant roles like the legendary Wolverine, Aussie Hugh Jackman was always known as a bit of a dreamboat. Part of it was the accent, part of it was the tall, dark and handsome bit, but there’s no doubt that women absolutely love him (despite the fact that he’s been married to his wife and utterly devoted to her for years and years). However, when he’s at the beach, frolicking in the water, even Hugh is liable to make some strange faces. Honestly, seeing photographs like this just makes you kind of thankful that you don’t have paparazzi lurking in the shadows every moment you’re in public, waiting to try and take a photograph of you that’s embarrassing or scandalous so they can make the big bucks selling it to the tabloids.
10 Katherine Heigl
While she’s taken a bit of a step back from the acting game lately and is happy just being a mom and domestic goddess, for a while, she was one of the most recognizable faces in the romantic comedy world. Katherine Heigl, of course, starred on the hit show Grey’s Anatomy for several seasons as Izzie Stevens. Though she’s certainly been the subject of countless photo shoots for press events and magazine spreads, that doesn’t mean this blonde bombshell is immune to taking a bad photograph. We’re not sure what exactly is going down at this red carpet even that has caused her to make this face, but we’re betting she’d rather have just about any other picture of herself circulated than this one. It just goes to prove that no matter how photogenic you are, everyone ends up taking bad pictures every now and then - it’s pretty much impossible not to.
9 Katy Perry
Katy Perry’s been criticized for "unflattering" photos time and time again, partially because of her whole persona. On stage, when she’s in full Katy Perry mode, she tends to go all out – full coverage foundation, bright lips, long false lashes, neon hair, the works. So, when she’s just walking around looking like her normal self, it can be a bit jarring to fans who are really only used to seeing her in full stage make-up. However, we bet Perry would rather there be 100 photographs of her with no make-up in sweatpants floating around the internet than this one photo. We get it – sometimes when you’re hungry, all you want in the world is a quick bite to eat. We know the feeling. There’s not much in this photo to explain the context, but suffice to say it was likely before she knew the art of posing perfectly for every picture, and she’d probably wishing this particular moment hadn’t been captured on film.
8 Kim Kardashian
Kim Kardashian has undergone quite the evolution over the years. When she was first stepping onto the scene as a club pal to socialites like Paris Hilton, she was still trying to figure out her whole look. Then, she snagged a reality television show for her family, and was soon under the watchful eye of the camera 24/7, 365 – and when you have someone filming you pretty much all the time, you learn pretty fast how to look flawless on camera. That doesn’t mean Kim has never taken a bad picture, though – far from it. This shot, taken way back in the day when she was just a young party girl, shows Kim taking a shot of Grey Goose straight from the bottle. First of all, the party girl personality is way different than the image she portrays of herself nowadays as a haute couture hot mama. Pretty much everyone has one of these types of photos buried deep in their Facebook photo albums. Kim Kardashian, she’s just like us.
7 Julia Roberts
Most of the actresses who make it to the A-List have something distinctive about them, whether it be a physical trait, a distinctive voice, certain quirks or mannerisms, whatever. They have something that sets them apart from the crowd. For Julia Roberts, that trait has always been her larger than average mouth, and her wide, mega-watt grin. It’s part of what makes her so lovable on screen. However, a feature like that can easily be captured on photograph looking a little less than appealing – as this photo demonstrates. Julia Roberts is likely talking or yawning or something like that, and the paparazzi managed to catch her in just the wrong moment, when her mouth is gaping open, her eyes are slightly closed, and her entire facial expression is totally unflattering. Sure, her hair looks absolutely gorgeous – but let’s be honest, no one is looking at her hair in this shot.
We know, we know – we were as surprised as you! While Rihanna burst onto the scene as a fresh-faced teen with a little island flair in her tunes, she’s since transformed into a bad girl chameleon. She’s rocked pretty much every hairstyle under the sun, she’s not afraid to take risks when it comes to her fashion choices, and no matter what look she decides to go for, she almost always pulls it off – I mean, she’s Rihanna. If she can’t rock anything, who can? However, this photograph proves that even bad girl RiRi herself can get captured at an unflattering angle by those clever paparazzi. In this shot, she’s rocking a casual look with loose waves, a tee, a hoodie, and minimal make-up. Her skin is glowing, her hair is super shiny, and in all likelihood she probably looked super gorgeous that day. The paparazzi, however, captured her in a weird facial expression that is super unflattering.
5 Kim Kardashian, Part 2
Most celebrities, if they’re captured dining at a restaurant, are picking away at an appetizer or sipping on a drink – and there’s a very good reason for that. It’s pretty much impossible to look gorgeous, glamorous or graceful when you’re shoveling a forkful of pasta or a piece of steak into your mouth, no matter how beautiful you are. While Kim Kardashian has probably learned that by now, in this photo, taken a few years back, she was still trying to figure it all out. We love ice cream as much as the next person, and when you’re in sunny California, it’s no surprise that you’d be tempted to indulge in a little ice cream to cool down. However, the combination of the wide mouth and the bugged out eyes is not really a sexy look for her. To be honest, though, if you’ve taken as many selfies as Kim Kardashian has, you’ve probably taken enough good photos that you can pretty much just pretend the bad ones don’t exist.
4 Megan Fox
On paper, it seems like a picture of Megan Fox with a skin-exposing spaghetti-strap dress licking her lips lasciviously would be an automatically super sexy picture. However, sometimes even the most gorgeous celebrity gets a shot snapped at precisely the wrong moment. In this photo, Fox looks like she should be pretty gorgeous – her hair is glossy and slicked back, her make-up is naturally, her pale gloss shows off her lips, and she’s got a huge expanse of creamy skin exposed. However, a combination of the weird tongue that seems to be licking her teeth and the closed eyes, with the one eye slightly visible, makes it seem like this shot is straight out of Jennifer’s Body rather than a photo of the foxy actress at a red carpet event. It happens to the best of us – no matter how many posing classes you’ve taken, you’re bound to get snapped at a bad angle at least once in your career.
3 Lindsay Lohan, Part 2
Poor Lindsay Lohan. When she was a rising teen starlet with flaming red hair and killer curves, she certainly made fashion missteps here and there, but photographs taken of her were usually flattering. Once she slimmed down and started struggling with personal demons and rocking the bleached blonde hair and pale look, however, it got far easier to capture a photo of her looking… well… not exactly her best. In this shot, where she’s pictured cradling what looks like an energy drink can to her chest, she’s making an insanely unflattering expression – eyes slightly rolled up, face slack, lips parted…. It’s just not a good look. It’s probably extremely tough to keep a camera-ready look on your face when you’re just walking down the street doing an errand, but photos like this prove exactly why so many celebrities try to stay paparazzi ready all the time. No one wants a picture of themselves looking like this circulating in the world.
2 Emma Watson
Ah, we hate to do it to Emma Watson, because she’s normally so incredibly poised and graceful and ethereally beautiful. However, this photo proves that even the most seemingly photogenic individuals can take a bad picture from time to time. Watson is rocking statement earrings, a slicked back hairstyle, and truly bold eye make-up for this red carpet event, and in every single other photograph taken that night she probably looks absolutely flawless. In this shot, however, the photographer managed to capture her right in the midst of an expressive moment of speech, or right when she was pulling a strange face to make a certain joke in a red carpet interview. See? It happens to the best of us – even the ones who have been walking the red carpet since the age of about 11 in one of the most successful film franchises in the world. Watson probably just brushed it off, but we’re betting she’s not exactly framing this photo.
1 Anne Hathaway
One of the things that every celebrity learns to do after a few years in Hollywood is to work their angles. It’s a simple byproduct of being constantly photographed and filmed – you know exactly how to downplay the features you don’t exactly love, and how to play up your best features. However, even seasoned pros can get it wrong every now and then. In this shot, Anne Hathaway is rocking a gorgeous sequinned black dress, has glossy hair, and fantastic make-up. The photographer, however, has managed to capture a shot right as she’s throwing her head back and laughing. While capturing a candid moment can be lovely, particularly for celebrities who are accustomed to posing for photo shoots, it’s just the wrong angle for Annie. Like Julia Roberts, she has a slightly larger mouth and huge grin – an endearing physical trait. In this photo, though, there’s just a lot of tooth action going on, the slim starlet has a bit of a double chin from the angle, and it’s just not a flattering shot.
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