Think about your absolute favorite female celeb. Now, what would you say if you found out that they were bullied and felt super insecure, just like you probably did back in your grade school days? It may seem just about impossible, but the truth is that celebrities in Hollywood often times had to deal with bullies and poor self-esteem and body image just like many girls and women do. Celebs are definitely not immune when it comes to feeling bad about themselves or just thinking that they don’t measure up. Especially in today’s world of Photoshop and gorgeous bodies, it can feel as though we will never be pretty enough, sexy enough, or slim enough to win the affection and attention of others.
Well, forget that! Women in Hollywood and beyond are working hard to smash the stereotype of the thin hot girl, and they are starting to embrace their feminine figure, whether it is a size 2 or not. Because Newsflash: not everyone is petite, and that doesn’t diminish their beauty at all. So take a look at our list of 10 Hottest Female Celebrities Who Weren’t Always So Hot. We’re not talking just about body size here. Some of these celebs would have been thrown names like “four eyes” and “metal mouth” back in the day. In fact, looking at some of their childhood photos, it can be hard to even connect the celebrity to the teenager. Hey, it makes us feel a lot better about our more awkward years!
When Kesha burst onto the scene a few years ago, people had no idea who this chick was, but she was talking about starting a party and brushing her teeth with a bottle of Jack Daniels. So naturally, everyone wanted to be her friend! Kesha came onto the music scene and began representing a different kind of girl; the one who maybe isn’t so glamorous and idealized, but she is still hot and spicy. Nowadays, Kesha has upped her glam game, but back when she was a teen, she was actually homeless for a time and she looked pretty different.
9 Nicki Minaj
The Trinidadian beauty is now known as one of the hottest female rappers ever; plus she is super successful at what she does. With a bootie like hers, you can bet that the competition is basically non-existent. Nicki fears nothing and no one, and that makes her an intimidating, yet sexy musical icon. Of course, she is on our list, so we probably have a story about her. While Nicki was studying music as a teen, she did not look anything like the bikini-clad, butt-shaking Nicki we know today. She looked a lot more fragile and insecure, but with vocals and rhymes like hers, that was bound to change.
8 Tyra Banks
Many people know that Tyra Banks was one of the most successful models to hit the runway. She was a Victoria’s Secret Angel, and she modeled for countless designers and brands. Pretty much everyone wanted her in their ads because she was on fire! She was also talked about after her retirement from modeling, thanks to a little show called America’s Next Top Model, where Ty mentored aspiring models to be (maybe) as great as she was. Tyra is super sexy and smouldering, but she couldn’t always “smize!” As a girl, she was often teased for her dorky and thin appearance.
7 Taylor Swift
Well, we have certainly seen quite a change in Ms. Taylor Swift throughout the years. This girl came into our hearts as a Pennsylvania native turned country girl. With hits like “You Belong with Me” and “Teardrops on My Guitar,” we saw a teen that was on the threshold of greatness. Now, T-Swift is perhaps the most popular female singer on the planet. Her long, lean physique is the talk of the town, and her hairstyle makes news headlines nearly every month. Yet TayTay was not always so popular. In fact, she was known as the “annoying one” in school, and she remembers her childhood self as “weird.”
6 Jennifer Aniston
Everyone adores Jennifer Aniston. I mean, besides starring as Rachel on Friends and scoring a hairstyle named after her, Jen was on the minds and radar of just about everyone who owned a television. People are still amazed at how Jennifer looks so much like the girl next door, and yet she is absolutely radiant. Of course, Jen attributes this to her super-healthy lifestyle, but come on; health and wellness can only do so much. It turns out that Jen is one of those women who gets better with age. Just look back in time and you’ll see the magnificent transformation to hotness.
5 Lady Gaga
Are you a Little Monster for Lady Gaga? She may know how to play up her eccentricity, but Lady G was not always so confident in who she was. She suffered from depression, poor self-esteem, and she even battled an eating disorder because she was relentlessly bullied when she was a teen. At the start of her music career, it seemed as though she was trying to come to terms with that by transforming into a totally new persona, but now that she is 30 and more mature, she has 100% become the true woman she was meant to be. One thing is for sure, her attractiveness just keeps on growing!
4 Avril Lavigne
Things were “complicated” for this Canadian singer when she was younger. She was definitely an “ugly duckling,” although she has grown up to be a much more confident and strong willed woman. Still singing her heart out and making celebrity appearances, Avril is now a bit more on the down low, but when we see photos of her, we can tell that she has totally blossomed. No longer that shy and awkward punk rocker, Avril is a lovely woman and she embodies the self-esteem and success that many women all over the world want to achieve. This coy celeb has definitely got it going on.
3 Katy Perry
A lot of people already know that Katy Perry started out as a Christian singer, but few people are aware of what exactly she looked like back in the day. Katy began her teen years as a very straight-laced kind of girl. She even joked about herself a lot and called herself a “pizza face” because of all of her pimples and acne. It was that self-deprecating humor that showed us she was a bit insecure about herself. Well, fast forward to now and Katy is a booming success. She is sexy, successful, and a singing machine. Let them eat cake!
2 Jennifer Garner
Take a look at Jennifer Garner’s senior yearbook photo and prepared to be amazed. We can hardly recognize the girl in the picture as the now super-accomplished and very attractive Jen. Yet, the proof is in the picture, and the truth is that Jennifer was not always as gorgeous as she is now. It just goes to show you that a lot of people really do improve with age. This is such a great thing to hear because our society seems to have an intense fear of aging. Yet these celebrities are living proof that getting older does not mean getting uglier.
1 Sarah Jessica Parker
Who would believe that the main protagonist in Sex and the City would be a woman who was once considered a total nerd? Well, it’s true! Sarah Jessica Parker had an early acting career starring as a dorky weirdo in Square Pegs, a sitcom about teenage outcasts trying to be cool. Hah! And just look at SJP now. She is one of the most idealized women in Hollywood and has an acting resume to match. Her Jewish roots may have made her the butt of cruel jokes when she was younger, but now she can say “In your face!” Sweet victory.