From a natural glow-up, to simply having an amazing glam squad that we envy, celebrity transformations happen all the time. Still, there are some that have really caught our eye as celebrities who have truly come into their own. It could be a celebrity who we’ve known and loved since they were a teenager who’s looking all grown up, thanks to makeup, a new hairstyle, and a completely different wardrobe. It could also be someone who is getting used to the perks of being an A-list celebrity, taking advantage of things like having a professional makeup artist and clothing stylist on hand. It’s proven that any celebrity can look incredible! Think about it—men have the same impact when they grow a beard.
It’s a slight change, just like makeup and clothes, but it makes all the difference in the world when it comes to a celebrity's (or even an every day person’s) appearance. Of course, many have embraced a healthy lifestyle and go to the gym regularly, party less, and partake in the latest food trends. Still, it’s the subtle changes of makeup and trading a wide-leg pant for skinny jeans that can create some of the most noticeable differences. From a good contour to a Kylie Jenner lip kit, a good makeover has the power to transform someone's appearance. We can’t deny that we hate to love it! Check out some of our favorite celebrity transformations to date.
15 Miley Cyrus’ Big Switch-Up
Miley Cyrus’ transformation deserves much more than an honorable mention. Hers is simply staggering and mind-boggling. We first fell in love with Cyrus when she starred in Disney’s hit show, Hannah Montana. Even when she was not filming her show, her style was very girl-next-door. In 2013, something took a turn for the worse. Whether it was a rebellious period or her personal style debut, the artist formerly known as Miley Cyrus was gone. She became someone else entirely. She rocked a pixie cut and two small buns on the top of her head with short shorts, which seemed perfect for her nonstop twerking. Even though she has toned it down a lot recently, that transformation is certainly one for the books.
14 Dakota Johnson’s Total Transformation
Dakota Johnson is the woman we now all know as Mrs. Grey. Even if we haven’t seen the movie, it’s safe to say she has lived out her sensual persona in person since her debut in the 50 Shades of Grey trilogy. This was entirely different than her big red carpet debut at the premiere of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone back in the day. We knew she had to grow up sometime, so why not use starring in a film about racy innuendos and sultry storylines as an excuse? We have to say, we’re not only proud that Johnson made her transformation in a classy and graceful way but we’re also getting used to it! She looks great on and off the red carpet. We hope she keeps this look up after the 50 Shades of Grey era is finished.
13 Khloe Kardashian's Night And Day Change (Well, Any Of The Kardashians)
While it happened years ago, we’re still talking about Khloe Kardashian's major image upgrade, thanks to her hair, makeup, wardrobe, and new strict fitness routine. We’re still talking about it because it seems like it’s still changing. Kardashian has made it clear that she embraced a healthy lifestyle, complete with an intense workout regimen as a way to get a “revenge body” after her split from her ex-husband, Lamar Odom. Her “before and after” success was so praised that she wound up with her own television series called Revenge Body, where she helps people who want to make similar changes by setting them up with her fitness trainers and glam squad. She might have once been known as the “fat sister” (her words, not ours) but she’s transformed into a favorite! Watch out, Kourtney and Kim.
12 When We Said Hello To A New Adele
Let’s be honest, when Adele released her first major album nearly 10 years ago, she looked a lot different than many of us thought she would after hearing her sultry and soulful voice. Still, we fell in love with her when we realized she didn’t possess the stereotypical standards of Hollywood beauty and found her absolutely gorgeous inside and out anyway. During that time, she’s transformed her image with lighter hair, a talented makeup artist, and a snazzier wardrobe but has managed to stay true to herself all the while. We’ve all grown with the singer, as her biggest albums, 19, 21, and 25 reflect the age she was at the time. From her big hair moments to the infamous low bun, Adele’s transformation has shown us she has come into her own and we can’t get enough.
11 Beyonce’s Flawless Transformation
Looking at Beyonce now, we wouldn’t think she’s changed so much since the early days of her career on Destiny's Child. It’s not until we look at photos from the '90s and early '00s that we realize she pulled a fast one on us and transformed! Yes, it’s no secret she’s always been beautiful but her new wardrobe has reflected the grown woman she is today. From the two-piece leather outfits she donned back in the day to the infamous bodysuit phase, which was a surefire win in 2008, to her look this year at the Grammy’s, complete with two slits going up each side of her dress and an oversized black hat, Beyonce’s style has certainly evolved with the times. Plus, we love when she keeps it casual with a pair of high-waisted jeans and a plain top. Clearly, she can do no wrong.
10 Jennifer Lawrence’s Glow-Up Is Real
Jennifer Lawrence, a.k.a. J-Law, is another celebrity we’ve seen grow up in front of our eyes. She first got her claim to fame with long, blonde locks around ten years ago. While she went between being a blonde and a brunette, with an attempt at red hair in between, those small changes made a huge difference in her image. Although, it was the long bob she tried back in 2013 and her epic pixie cut later that year that got her more attention. Plus, it’s no secret Lawrence started to show more skin than we were used to when she first got her big break in the Hunger Games franchise. This is another celebrity transformation that went right.
9 Kylie Jenner Couldn't Deny Her Transformation
Kylie Jenner is another member of the Kardashian/Jenner family who underwent major changes within the last few years. Her biggest and most obvious transformation was going from slim lips to extremely plump, full ones. There was speculation that she had extensive enhancements done to her appearance, but exactly what happened, we will never know. We’re not mad at her hustle. Just like others in her family, she ended up making lemonade out of lemons by creating a business called Kylie Cosmetics. Jenner’s lip kit line has made her millions. Now, we can barely even picture her without her signature lips. It might be safe to say this transformation will go down in history.
8 From Posh Spice To Fashionista
Okay, so we can admit that Victoria Beckham, a.k.a. Posh Spice was one of the more fashionable members of The Spice Girls back in the '90s. Her phase with the pixie cut was a game changer. After all, that’s probably why she was called Posh Spice. "Posh" might be considered a somewhat ancient word now but back then it was defined as what many today call a fashionista or trendsetter. While she has transformed quite a bit, she’s still a major personality in the fashion world. She has her own line of clothing and is often spotted sitting front row at high-end fashion shows. Back in the day, she was still wearing Gucci dresses but now she has grown into her own and carries herself completely differently.
7 Renee Zellweger’s Controversial Transformation
Unfortunately, actress Renee Zellweger’s transformation didn’t turn heads in a good way. Reports swirled that her new look could only be the result of enhancements. Fans first noticed that she was looking different at an event that she attended to support her friend who had been diagnosed with ALS. She shut down claims that she had work done and said she wasn’t worried about her look that night saying, “I think a woman only gets more interesting as she gets older. Youth and superficial beauty have their place and that is, understandably, celebrated to a degree. But that’s so fleeting and it’s only for a moment in your life.” Is it possible we’re the ones late to the party and this is how she’s looked all along underneath the makeup? Mind. Blown.
6 Rihanna Is A Good Girl Gone Bad Indeed
Rihanna’s transformation came during her "Good Girl Gone Bad" phase, which she appropriately named her 2007 album. She had come a long way since her “Pon De Replay” debut but she showed us she was more than a teenage girl from the islands when she chopped off her long, honey brown hair and rocked a short, black bob. From then on, she’s been taking risks and making transformations daily. Even recently, fans have applauded the way she embraced her new figure and affectionately called her Thickanna instead of Rihanna. Still, even with her various looks and changes, she’s kept her fashion and wardrobe on point. It’s just been a matter of whether she wants to step back into the good girl role or continue with her bad girl image. We’re here for both!
5 Demi Lovato Transformed From The Inside Out
Yes, Demi Lovato was an adorable little girl during her Disney days (and let’s not forget about her big debut on Barney & Friends) but even she knew it was time for a change when she began to mature. For Lovato, her transformation came in 2010. While her style definitely evolved, her public image also changed as she went on a downward mental health spiral. It didn't end there.
Thankfully, she had another transformation in 2011, this time for the better. While that was one for her soul, she also transformed her wardrobe and entire look during her days on The X-Factor by going blonde. She also rocked a half-shaved look in 2014. Can you say edgy? Now, it is probably safe to say she has found a balance that works for her.
4 Cardi B Is Drippin’ In Finesse Now
Cardi B took things a lot further than just changing her wardrobe and hair during her transformation. Even though both of these changes were included in her makeover, reflecting her come up as a star on VH1's Love & Hip Hop New York to being a Grammy-nominated artist, Cardi B didn’t waste time in fixing her formerly crooked teeth. She definitely endured some cruel teasing on social media before but she had no shame in letting fans know about her new mouth full of straight, pearly whites. Her honesty and transparency are what makes so many people love Cardi to begin with. As a side note: her wardrobe during New York Fashion Week showed her evolution is going in an awesome direction that we can’t wait to see more of.
3 Sasha and Malia Obama Are All Grown Up
To keep it simple, Malia Obama went from wearing long dresses and tights to retro t-shirts and former President Barack Obama’s youngest daughter, Sasha Obama, traded in her pleated skirts for short, tight dresses. We can’t get enough! Their transformations from young First Daughters to young women headed to college were complete with a touch of makeup, which flattered their natural features. Because they are close in age, Malia and Sasha endured their transformations together. Their hair, makeup, and wardrobe changes were definitely an improvement, making Obama's daughters' makeovers one of our favorite examples of celebrity transformations.
2 Selena Gomez’s Beautiful Transition
She might have skipped over the awkward phase but just like her fellow ex-Disney actresses, we can’t deny Selena Gomez’s transformation. The first photo was taken nearly 10 years ago when she attempted to use lip gloss and blonde clip-ins to remind us she was growing into a young woman. Her next move was to dye her hair black and chop it off into a bob, which fell just above her shoulders. She traded in her lip gloss for actual lipstick three years later, in 2011. While the blue lipstick was a daring way to celebrate Perez Hilton’s birthday, it was an edgy look that marked her leaving the safe zone of the makeup. She’s still transforming, as she recently went blonde, which looks amazing! We can’t wait for her next big change.
1 Taylor Swift Shows The Power Of Red Lipstick
Taylor Swift has proven the power of red lipstick. It can pretty much do wonders. We can barely even remember the teenager with long, curly locks anymore! It’s a far cry from who she is now. After a few hundred tubes of lipstick and an unfortunate run-in with Kanye West, Swift has transformed into a woman. She’s chopped off her hair on multiple occasions and is now known for her signature lip and short, blonde hair instead of her lip gloss and innocent-looking curls. It should be noted that her lipstick isn’t always red, though. She’s even gone as far as wearing a black shade of lipstick to complete her new and edgy look. Now, she doesn’t change her image as much as she changes her boyfriend but we’re not against the transformations she’s made so far.
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