None of us can be at the top of our game at all times, not even those of us with the most money and connections. Celebrities have to deal with marital stress, family drama and career problems just like the rest of us, but unlike the rest of us, they have to slay at their lowest moments less they end up on the front page of the tabloids. Most of us can't imagine that kind of pressure.
The famous on this list have had a really rough 2017. Whether it be relationship problems, substances issues, or enhancements gone bad, these celebs could not seem to pile their resources to save themselves. As you'll see in the pictures below, they all look totally defeated. These beauties used to be named America's hottest stars, both in popularity and physical appearance, but those crowns have for sure been removed. Who knows, maybe they'll surprise us in 2018 by pulling themselves together and have us all drooling once again.
You'll be surprised to see some of the names listed here, such as Kendall Jenner, Kate Moss, Victoria Beckham and Solange Knowles. Some of these women have been the cream of the crop for nearly a decade, but those glory days could be over. At the expense of our rich and famous, let us shuffle around the photos they hate the most, and allow it to add perspective to our lives. Maybe your year wasn't all that bad. As you can see, it could be worse.
15 Mel B
Mel B has had a really rough year. Back in April, she filed a restraining order against her soon-to-be ex-husband, Stephen Belafonte, stating that he's been physically and verbally abusive for the past ten years but that this year it has become unbearable.
Weight gain and smoking habits can be expected when going through a divorce. There are few things more stressful, but Mel also had some enhancements done that have aged her quite significantly. Things only got worse when Simon Cowell, who she co-judges with on America's Got Talent, made a joke about her marriage on live TV back in August. She threw a drink in his face and walked off the set.
After her divorce is finalized and she feels secure once again, maybe Mel might be able to improve her physique, because then she won't be carrying the weight of the world on her shoulders.
14 Amanda Bynes
It's been 7 years since Amanda Bynes has done a movie. Some of her past flicks include What a Girl Wants, She's the Man and Hairspray. She's spent the past five years between psychiatric wards and under the steady surveillance of her parents.
Starting 2012, Amanda began to spiral downward pretty rapidly. Her neighbors caught her doing bizarre things and the rest of us couldn't figure out if the bizarre selfies she was posting were a part of a cruel joke or real. A close family friend blamed Amanda's behavior on her mother, who encouraged "major body dysmorphia." Amanda had substance issues so she could weigh 100 pounds.
She doesn't weigh 100 pounds anymore, though. She seems to be at a healthy weight, but she surely isn't the Amanda we remember. She was spotted in an LA grocery store with her life coach, Joy Stevens, back in October. When the photos leaked, the whole world gasped. This is Amanda? No way! Yes, way. She might have lost her charm, but at least she has her life back. There are even whispers that she'll start acting again soon.
13 Lil' Kim
Despite the obvious, legendary female rapper, Lil' Kim, insists she's never had a single enhancement done. We all know that's not true, but this year it's become laughably obvious. Not only does Lil Kim's nose resemble that of the late Michael Jackson, but her other body parts are starting to look very different, not to mention her expressions seem a bit... frozen. Kim has also been rumored to have had skin whitening procedures done. If you look back at her early days, you'll see a major difference.
Kim will always be the queen of rap and she'll always have her fans. If she chooses to never allow herself to age, then we support her. After so much work, there is no going back, anyway. I can only imagine what the next ten years will hold. Lil' Kim just finished the epic Bad Boy tour, but that hasn't stopped the bank from threatening to take her 1.5 million dollar home. It might be time for her to invest in more than her looks.
12 Ben Affleck
Ben Affleck's life is in shambles. It started back in January when he was spotted at a medical detox clinic in Beverly Hills. A month after, he and wife Jennifer Garner announced their divorce and his drinking habits surfaced in the tabloids. Then a few months after that, the real reason for the divorce came forth and was confirmed by Jennifer. Ben had been cheating with their nanny, and he only recently cut it off. Ten years of marriage down the drain and gambling and alcohol addictions running wild, Ben needs some time to recoup.
He's announced that he's breaking from acting for awhile, which is probably exactly what needs to happen. He's put on some weight, likely because of all the chaos in his life these days. That, and a high consumption of beer. Hopefully he can shape up when it's time to hit the screen again. We all believe you can redeem yourself, Ben.
11 Kate Moss
Kate Moss is going on 44 years of age. Unlike others in Hollywood, she's allowing nature to take its course when it comes to her physical appearance, but she might have to be careful. Beauty takes work and Kate seems to be slacking. She's still totally adorable, though. She might be planning to tighten things up a bit next year, as she recently told Vogue that she'll be joining the modelling world once again in 2018.
Maybe it's the drinking habit she has to leave in 2017. Mary J. Blige had to break up a fight that she initiated at Fashion For Relief's 12th annual charity event back in May. A source told the Daily Mail that Kate had drank "bottles" of wine and wasn't excited about being cut off. This situation seems to be a reoccurring thing for her. Alcohol isn't the best product for better skin or the buoyancy needed for the runway either.
10 Tori Spelling
Back in September, Tori Spelling took her family of seven to Mexico for the week. She just recently had her fifth child and says she'll be completing her clan with a sixth. While on her vacation, she received the news that her husband, Dean McDermott, might soon be taken to jail for back child support that he owes his first wife. According to The Inquisitor, the couple is also in trouble with City National Bank over a defaulted loan totalling $220,000.
Tori might act as if none of this is burdening her, but her appearance has been a bit... scattered. Between the tired eyes and tense posture, Mexico was probably a good call. Tori will soon have to have her enhancements replaced, since they seem to be caving in her chest, but who knows how soon that will be accomplished. It seems minor in comparison to all the other expenses her and her husband are now facing.
9 Tara Reid
Tara Reid was spotted at Madeo restaurant in West Hollywood with her boyfriend back in November and the photos are shocking! She's so thin that it's hard for us not to pity her. Yet when approached with the question of whether or not she's struggling with any disorders, she said, "I have never been anorexic and I don't have an eating disorder. I am just thin. People are overweight and we don't attack them every time they go out."
Um. No. We remember you from American Pie, Tara, when your bones weren't protruding. She's also had two enhancements go wrong. That's when Tara lost her career, because she could not wear a bikini, which is required for auditions. She's gone a bit mad these days with the facial enhancements, causing her face to age. I truly don't think there's a return for this one.
8 Lara Flynn Boyle
Actress Lara Flynn Boyle has surfaced after five years of zero public appearance. She wanted to add her voice to those who have been exposing Harvey Weinstein for his harassment of countless actresses in Hollywood, including herself. "I looked at it on two levels: Do I want to flip burgers, or do I want to put up with someone not being appropriate with me? I chose the other side," Lara told the Hollywood Reporter.
We all appreciated her courage and the fact that she decided to show her face to link arms with the women she's been friends with for years, but we couldn't help but notice how extremely different she looks. Lara probably hasn't been spotted in years because the paparazzi and people on the streets surrounding her do not recognize her at all. She's frail and much slimmer, and her face has been messed with way too much. Nonetheless, we commend her for her bravery.
7 Renee Zellweger
Back in 2014, actress Renee Zellweger was photographed on the red carpet after four years off. Everyone noticed she had an entirely new face, but we couldn't put our finger on what exactly had been adjusted. Rumors were she did something to her cheeks and eyes. After all the attention it stirred, Renee decided to give the Huffington Post a statement: "Not that it's anyone's business, but I did not make a decision to alter my face."
Well, there you have it. She denied it, but she's also admitted in interviews that roles aren't given to middle-aged women very often, and prominent roles featuring older women are reserved for a select few. Maybe that was the reason Renee decided to enhance her face, even though she claims she never would. These photos from 2017 show us a Renee we aren't used to seeing, but love just as much.
6 Goldie Hawn
Goldie Hawn and partner, Kurt Russell, are cute as ever on each other's arms, but Goldie has some serious "duck face" going on. Maybe it's bad enhancements, but whatever it might be, her face has one way of expressing itself these days. Goldie and Kurt were recently in the tabloids over rumors of splitting up. The National Enquirer claimed Kurt had a secret lover and walked out on Goldie, splitting their $130 million dollar estate. The two laughed it off saying it was a "made-up story." Hopefully so.
Goldie starred in the hit movie Snatched this year with the hilarious Amy Schumer. It's nice to see her still at it, but I don't know how much more career she has left. It might be time to retire. It'll be harder and harder to find roles that call for a duck face.
5 Kendall Jenner
I bet you didn't know that Kendall Jenner has a serious acne problem. A perk of being rich and famous is all of the amazing beauty tools and tricks at your disposal and the disposal of your magazine editors. That, and the killer dermatologist working with her this year who claims she won't let acne ruin Kendall's self esteem. We look forward to the skin tips on the other side of this journey.
In other news, Pepsi pulled a commercial it had run featuring Kendall offering a cop a Pepsi on the front lines of a protest. They then released this statement: "Pepsi was trying to project a global message of unity, peace and understanding. Clearly we missed the mark, and we apologize. We are removing the content and halting any further rollout. We also apologize for putting Kendall Jenner in this position." Kendall definitely took some heat for that, but we soon forgot about it when she started flashing around a smile full of gold teeth. Not a good look, Kendall. Do better next year.
4 Britney Spears
Britney Spears just performed her last show in Vegas this New Year's Eve. Does this mean her career has come to a halt? Britney, though only 35, has had some enhancements done that have aged her ten years and the bad spray tans don't help. Her habit of wearing super low-cut jeans is losing its flattery and the wild prints are a bit trashy, but we have to hand it to her. She is care-free and enjoying life.
Britney is so low profile these days that she can walk through busy airports undetected. That may be what she wants though, since true love has now come to her. She's been dating a man named Sam Asghari for the past year. A year might not seem long enough to be making long-term plans, but the two are definitely already talking about settling down, and not keeping it a secret either.
3 Amber Rose
Amber Rose is famous for her curves, curves that we recently were told have been deceiving us. It started back in 2015 when it seemed as though she'd stepped out in leggings thin enough to reveal her behind pads. Amber denies that she owns any, saying that it was a "body suit."
This could be true since her waist is pulled in tight. We'll hand it to her, it might in fact be a trainer, but that doesn't mean that Amber shouldn't step up her game. The girl has enough money to buy something other than leggings, but hey, if that's what makes her happy and comfortable, more power to her. Another one of Amber's 2017 beauty flops was the brown long wig she chose to wear to the NYLON Young Hollywood Party back in May. Many of her fans were disturbed by it and she seemed to listen. Bald she remains.
2 Victoria Beckham
Victoria Beckham denies having any health issues related to her weight, and recently put her money where her mouth is. An eatery in North East England advertised their new pizza crust by posting a picture of Victoria with an ad saying, “our new Victoria Beckham Thin Crust is only 2mm thin!"
Most people felt it made light of life-threatening eating disorders and it rightfully offended nearly all who saw or caught wind of it. Victoria sought legal counsel over the ad. "It is highly inappropriate to trivialize such a disorder and defamatory to be so thoughtless with a person’s reputation in this way,” said her spokesperson.
Victoria really doesn't want us thinking she's too thin, but it's not the ads that make us think so. It's the photos that have been released of her this year. Why the sudden significant drop? She could release a statement with the reason. Either way, she's had a rough 2017. Hopefully 2018 will be... thicker.
1 Solange Knowles
Everyone seems to be having a debate over Solange Knowles these days. Some commend her for rocking the "natural look," while other's miss her edgier side. The upside is, she's just as free either way. Then there are some who suggest her "natural look" isn't even natural.
One critic wrote, “Solange wears ‘natural’ wigs more than she wears her own natural and when she does, it looks dry, unstyled and unshaped. If she’s truly proud of her natural look, she needs to get from under the wigs and work with her own hair. She has much potential, but she’s not using it.”
Ouch. That's harsh. Solange can do what Solange desires to do, even if it puts her on the back burner in the lime light for awhile. Her battle with acne might be a reason she's sticking with the natural look, since heavy makeup makes it impossible for our skin to heal.