There is a very long list of people that found stardom at a young age and proceeded to squander it. Macaulay Culkin, Edward Furlong, and that guy who played Screech on Saved by the Bell are pretty good examples. Some people simply aren’t cut out for fame. Then there are those people like Justin Timberlake, Ryan Gosling, and Christina Aguilera who find early success and parlay it into superstardom. Of course, the latter three were lucky enough to be brought into the limelight under the watchful eye of the Disney Corporation. Disney has a pretty good track record of identifying young talent. These prodigies are carefully and methodically groomed for success. Disney doesn’t tend to mess around and maintaining clean images for the young stars is one of the many ways in which Disney keeps its own image clean.
Naturally, these talented youngsters eventually get older and most are forced to make it on their own. Many find success in movies, television, or in music. It’s not uncommon for them to achieve fame doing all three. It really helps things when one has gone from being an awkward child to a great looking adult. Here are 15 geeky Disney girls who grew up hot AF. Most of them are extremely accomplished too.
15 Alyson Stoner
Alyson Stoner has come a long way since she co-hosted Mike’s Super Short Show on the Disney Channel in 2001. She got a lot of recognition for her roles in Cheaper by the Dozen and Cheaper by the Dozen 2 as well as through regular appearances on television’s Lilo and Stitch, The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, and voice work on Phineas and Ferb. Stoner is now 23 and she keeps a busy schedule between her acting and singing. She has released several singles as well as a couple of albums and she is also quite the dancer. Alyson teaches hip hop at the Millennium Dance Complex where she is the youngest to ever teach a master class. Alyson is far from being the awkward young lady she once was.
14 Ashley Tisdale
A lot of people remember Ashley Tisdale from her days on The Suite Life of Zack & Cody and the High School Musical franchise. You might even be familiar with some of her songs like “What I’ve Been Looking For” and “Be Good to Me”. Ashley isn’t just another smoking hot ex-Disney actress. She has loads of talent both in front of and behind the camera. She has business interests including her own production company and she donates time and money to various charities. Ashley made very calculated decisions when it came to shedding her “good girl” on-screen image. She played an escort on the television series Sons of Anarchy, posed nude in Allure, and played a prostitute in the movie Amateur Night. The future looks quite promising for this 32-year-old siren.
13 Zendaya Coleman
Zendaya Coleman is another former Disney star that is now safe to ogle. She will soon turn 21 and she appears to have started her transition from child star into adulthood. She starred in a number of Disney productions while pursuing a career in music and she has already written a book and become involved in a couple of business ventures. Zendaya continues to have the lead role in the Disney Channel’s series K.C. Undercover but she will be appearing in Spider-Man: Homecoming which is due to be released in July. This could be her breakout role as this film is highly anticipated and expected to do well at the box office. There are also plans for sequels which bodes well for the young stunner. We can look forward to seeing Zendaya’s stock rise rapidly.
12 Bella Thorne
It wouldn’t have been appropriate to put Bella Thorne on a list like this a couple of years ago but she’s nearly 20 now so it’s OK. Bella had already racked up a pretty impressive resume by the time she was cast in Disney Channel’s Shake it Up. She appeared in other Disney productions while working on an album at the same time. She now enjoys a successful musical career on top of being a very busy actress. She has five movies in post-production so we should be seeing a lot of her in the coming year. She also has the lead role in the television series Famous in Love which has just completed its first season. We can safely say that Bella is one of 15 Geeky Disney Girls Who Grew Up Hot AF.
11 Hilary Duff
Hilary Duff entered the spotlight in 2001 when she landed the lead role in the Disney Channel’s series Lizzie McGuire. Like many others on this list, Hilary built on her early success by expanding into movies and music. Since dropping her debut album in 2002, Duff has sold over 15 million records. She appeared in both Cheaper by the Dozen movies, Agent Cody Banks, and The Perfect Man among others. Unfortunately, she has generally been limited to romantic comedies that bomb at the box office. On the other hand, her music career has been quite prosperous and she has a steady gig on the television series Younger which was just renewed for a 5th season. Duff is now 29 years old and she is ultra hot. There are rumors out there that suggest that she underwent breast augmentation but who really cares?
10 Vanessa Hudgens
This 28-year-old hottie showed a flair for performing when she quite young. She was involved in local musicals before branching out into television when her family moved to Los Angeles when Vanessa was 15. She was just 17 when she landed one of the lead roles in the Disney Channel’s High School Musical. This led to her appearing on other television shows and in films like Sucker Punch, The Frozen Ground, and Machete Kills. She has been keeping herself busy recently with stints on Broadway and she had a starring role on the television series Powerless. Unfortunately, the show was canceled but she remains a hot commodity. She has stated that she doesn’t want to do nude scenes but there are a few risqué photos of her floating around the internet.
9 Britney Spears
Britney Spears began dancing at the age of three and she took up singing shortly after. She did a few commercials and was a contestant on Star Search before she landed a spot in The Mickey Mouse Club in 1992. She might have been a little down when the show was canceled in 1996 but the then 15-year-old was just getting started. She became a star almost overnight when she released her first album …Baby One More Time in 1999. She followed that up with Oops!...I Did it Again in 2000. She now has nine albums under her belt and she also makes a killing through endorsements. The sexy starlet has been at the center of a lot of controversy over the years but the 35-year-old has the knack for bouncing back.
8 Danielle Panabaker
Danielle was in her mid-teens when she started appearing on television in shows like The Bernie Mac Show, Malcolm in the Middle, and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. She then appeared in a series of Disney movies such as Stuck in the Suburbs, Sky High, and Read it and Weep. While she has appeared in several movies, Danielle has found regular work in television. She currently stars in the series The Flash which has just been renewed for a fourth season. She looks absolutely awesome as Killer Frost. The 29-year-old has come a long way since we first saw her in Family Affair. Her star seems to be on the rise and, hopefully, she can build on her award-winning performance in the movie Time Lapse.
7 Selena Gomez
Selena Gomez has gained a lot of notoriety in just 10 years. The soon-to-be 25-year-old has been a mainstay in the tabloids and it’s nearly impossible to not see her face on the various magazine covers that you pass while standing in line at the grocery store. She gained a fair amount of fame with her starring role in the Disney Channel series Wizards of Waverly Place and she parlayed that success into movies, more television appearances, and a pretty successful foray into music. Her status has netted her several profitable endorsement deals and she has her hands in a few business ventures. As of 2016, she had the largest Instagram following in the world so there is no denying that she has mass appeal. You don’t necessarily need to be a fan of her music to appreciate her extremely good looks.
6 Emily Osment
Emily Osment is used to playing second fiddle. She grew up in under the shadow of her famous brother, Haley Joel, and she was mostly relegated to supporting roles in her early acting projects such as her role of Lilly in the Disney Channel show Hannah Montana. Fast forward a few years and she has now become a leading lady. She has made a name for herself as a musician and as the lead character on the television series Young & Hungry which has just been renewed for a 5th season. She also showed a bit of depth when she played the part of a drug addict in the television series Mom. She might still be waiting for that elusive breakout movie role but she remains quite busy adding to her resume and getting hotter by the minute.
5 Adrienne Bailon (Houghton)
Adrienne starred in the Disney Channel’s Cheetah Girls franchise as well as Disney Channel television shows like Disney Channel Games, That’s so Raven, and The Suite Life of Zack & Cody. She began to date Rob Kardashian in 2007 and this led to Adrienne appearing on several episodes of Keeping Up with the Kardashians. She has maintained a presence in reality television as well as currently co-hosting the syndicated talk show The Real which is entering its 4th season. She has also managed to stay busy in the recording studio. Adrienne has sold over 5 million records and collaborated with a number of notable musicians. Aside from all of her achievements, the newly-married 33-year-old rocks a killer figure that looks great in a 2-piece bikini. She filled out in all the right places.
4 Bridgit Mendler
24-year-old Bridgit Mendler is another multi-talented and uber-sexy performer with Disney roots. She played Juliet on the Disney Channel series Wizards of Waverly Place and then Teddy on Good Luck Charlie. She also starred in the Disney movie Lemonade Mouth in which she got to show off her musical talents. Two of those songs charted on the Billboard Top 100. She hasn’t appeared in any movies for a couple of years but has been quite busy in television and touring to promote her latest album, Nemesis. She was recently cast in the Netflix movie Who Do You Think Would Win? which should be out next year. Unlike a lot of people that reach stardom at a young age, Bridgit has managed to avoid scandals and maintains a clean public image. She is involved with several charities and has been honored for her anti-bullying work.
3 Miranda Cosgrove
Miranda was showing off for the cameras in a series of television commercials when she was just three. She was cast in the movie School of Rock when she was 10. When Miranda was 12, she landed a role in the Disney film Here Comes Peter Cottontail: The Movie. She followed that up with a bit of work in the Disney Channel’s Lilo and Stitch: The Series. Miranda had a recurring voice role in the Despicable Me franchise and has found steady work on television. She was cast in the NBC series Spaced Out but it hasn’t yet been ordered to series. She has certainly blossomed over the past few years and we can expect to see a lot more of this dark-haired damsel in the future. We hope she can land a role in a show that has a bit of staying power.
2 Laura Marano
There’s a good chance that you have never heard of this 21-year-old rising star and one of 15 geeky Disney girls who grew up hot AF. Laura had bit parts in several television shows before making a name for herself through her role as Ally Dawson in the Disney Channel’s Austin & Ally which ran between 2011 and 2016. She now finds herself working on a couple of movie projects including The War with Grandpa which features Robert De Niro and Christopher Walken. The film is scheduled for release later this year and should garner a bit of attention. In the meantime, she continues to host her own Radio Disney talk show that chronicles the launching of her music career. She recently signed with Warner Bros. and her debut album is due out this fall.
1 Annette Funicello
Before all of the other geeky Disney girls on this list that grew up hot AF, Annette Funicello was setting the trend. She was discovered by Walt Disney himself and selected to be one of the very first Mouseketeers. Annette was one of the most popular Mouseketeers during her 5 years on the Mickey Mouse Club. She successfully transitioned from geeky teen to a stunning beauty when she donned a bikini and showed off her full figure in films like Beach Party, Muscle Beach Party, Bikini Beach, and Pyjama Party. She was definitely one of the biggest sex symbols of the 1960s. She had a pretty good run in movies and television as well as a very successful music career. She was inducted as a Disney Legend and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.