Fame is something that we have all dreamed about. Yet, becoming famous is a very powerful thing. Although it's hard for us to comprehend the pressure that comes along with fame, this stress can cause celebrities to become unrecognizable.
They may have had insecurities about their appearance before fame, and now with money, they want to change them. Or maybe they were worried about the kind of roles they would lose by aging. Maybe they suffered body-shaming and became unrecognizable trying to fix what the haters thought was wrong. They might choose to let themselves go. Or with all that extra cash, they got carried away with partying. Then for some, once the pressure eased off, and their time in the limelight lessened, good old aging naturally took over.
Sometimes such appearance changes can really disturb us. When the celebrity that we once knew and loved seems to have changed completely, whatever the reason may be, it is still shocking when the celebrity you once recognized is no longer there post-fame. Which brings us to a review of some of these stars. Here are the 15 most unrecognizable celebrities post fame.
15 Jim Carrey
I guess you could say that Jim Carrey has been through the ringer for the last couple of years. It most definitely shows as he is pretty much unrecognizable post fame. His brand of comedy was so sublime by the 90s, that he easily coasted into the 20th century. However, sometime after that he began to lose his way. Once his career began to crumble Carrey started taking up causes. He even rallied against the Second Amendment on Twitter, while renouncing his own role in Kick Ass 2, claiming it was too violent.
14 Tara Reid
Remember Tara Reid from American Pie? She was so hot! It seemed that she was at the height of her career when she went under the knife in 2004. Reid has admitted that she has always had issues with her tummy, but it's anyone's guess just what issue she could have had. Anyhow, for whatever reason she opted for liposuction and breast implants, which went horribly wrong.
13 Nicole Kidman
“I am completely natural. I wear sunscreen, I don't smoke and I take care of myself, and I am proud to say that." This is what Nicole Kidman has said in response to criticism about plastic surgery. Kidman was always a timeless beauty, although by 2009 her face looked as though it had been pulled into place! In fact, there is barely any resemblance to her old self, other than her eyes peering out at you, of course.
12 Lindsay Lohan
Lindsay Lohan's road to becoming unrecognizable is a tragic, trainwreck of a tale. Going into the celebrity business, she was a smart beautiful child. She turned into a megastar bombshell following her role in Mean Girls! The fame and money were more than young Lilo could handle and she got caught up in drugs. By the time she was 21 her partying had already begun to catch up with her looks.
11 Johnny Depp
What in the world happened to Johnny Depp? This is the question that has been floating among both fans and news sources for the past year. In 2014, Depp still resembled his older, yet still dashing self. By 2015, he was photographed at the Venice Film Festival and his appearance was quite a shock! He was completely unrecognizable as he appeared to have packed on quite a few pounds. His face was described as bloated, along with his body. It has been well-known that Depp has had problems with alcohol.
10 Kim Kardashian-West
Kim Kardashian-West, where has the time gone? She catapulted to fame following the benefits of her "tape" with Ray J. Back then she was just Kim Kardashian and she was a beauty, but also looked nothing like she does post fame. She had a more ordinary, yet sexy body! A beautiful face, and smoldering, dark brown eyes! Then came 2007, the "tape", and Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Her post fame look began to take on a form of its own as the years flew on by. Her famous butt, chest, and waist were the first to change shape!
9 Renée Zellweger
Renée Zellweger stole your heart with her beauty and syrupy sweetness in Jerry Maguire! She made you laugh alongside Jim Carrey in Me, Myself, & Irene! Then went on to be the middle of every woman's favorite love triangle in the Bridget Jones's Diary saga! Yes, she did become a little goofy and more on the plump side by that point, but her character was someone everyone could relate to.
In some cases a celebrity might become unrecognizable post fame, and manage to do it just right! As is the case with Rihanna. You can tell that the young girl who was already beautiful is still in there somewhere. This is why we love Rihanna. However, with the glamorous makeup, hair and the possibility that she may have had some work done, she is still very unrecognizable post fame.
7 Kylie Jenner
We watched Kylie Jenner grow from a beautiful little girl, to a plastic, bronzed, Botoxed, bombshell! She grew up in the public eye under her famous older sisters tutelage in Keeping Up with the Kardashians. She may be the second highest paid Kardashian-Jenner now, but that still doesn't erase the fact that she is unrecognizable from the cute kid she once was.
6 Jeff Cohen
Ok, this guy isn't famous anymore, but we just couldn't resist. It's Chunk! Here is one celebrity that you definitely wouldn't recognize post fame. At least, you wouldn't have if you hadn't seen the now version posted directly beside his younger self. One good reason for this is that Jeff Cohen quit acting a very long time ago. In fact, he actually claimed he was forced into retirement by puberty.
5 Meg Ryan
It appears above that Meg Ryan's new look even has her old self baffled! Meg Ryan was another timeless beauty, who went way too far trying to stay young. Meg was untouchable when it came to her wholesome looks and talent, but that was back in her Sleepless in Seattle days. She was just as stunning five years later in You've Got Mail, although by 2008 she was on the comeback list. It was around this time that her attitude got a tad bit more snarky too.
4 Cameron Diaz
Cameron Diaz's beauty has always been evident. She has wowed us as both a model and actress for years. You've got admit that Cameron Diaz could make funny look sexy like no other. Is there anyone else who could use sperm for hair gel, and still look hot? Even if it was in a really goofy kind of way, as was the case in There's Something About Mary.
3 Macaulay Culkin
Much like the other child stars on this list, Macaulay Culkin skyrocketed to fame and became unrecognizable! Although, there is a little more to it than just that. Looking at him now your first thought is probably 'what the heck', but Culkin obviously had some rough years. He quit acting at only 14, mostly because his father was spending up a lot of his money after the Home Alone franchise and Richie Rich.
2 Jennifer Grey
Jennifer Grey was another stunning actress. Her career was ended abruptly for a couple of reasons. One reason was because of how unrecognizable she became post fame. She found her first real success as Baby, the young lover of Patrick Swayze in Dirty Dancing! However, Grey was at the highlight of her fame when she dropped out of the spotlight after Ferris Bueller's Day Off.
1 Nicki Minaj
Where do I even begin? Nicki Minaj is about as fake as anyone can get. Is she hot? Yes! Smokin' hot, with a thick booty and a very large chest. However, it's not her! Or at least it wasn't her until she found fame, then she starting rapping about Anacondas. She kinda became unrecognizable too, just in case you didn't notice. Fans who loved underground Nicki didn't even know what she really looked like. Who knows, maybe Nicki doesn't know what she once looked like anymore!
While the pic on the left seems slightly photoshopped, the real Nicki Minaj had relatively no booty, was thin as a rail, and had a face that was pretty, but not glammed up. There also weren't any outrageous wigs. If there was ever anyone who was unrecognizable post fame it would be Nicki Minaj. She is hands down unrecognizable!
Sources: The Sun, In Touch, Mirror, Movie Pilot
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