15 Throwback Celebs Who Are Unrecognizable Now

The world of celebrity usually makes you change in some way. Most of the time, it's for the better, but not always...

When celebs achieve fame and fortune, they usually undergo a number of changes. I’m not just talking about changes to their personalities. Sure, they get used to living a life of luxury, living in fancy houses, driving fancy cars, going to elaborate events, and hanging out with like-minded people. But, we can see that quite a lot of them have undergone pretty drastic changes, body-wise. That also ties into that whole celeb lifestyle. You’ve got to take care of yourself if you’re a celebrity figure You have to make sure your body’s looking fabulous so that you’re able to sizzle on screen when the cameras are rolling, and when the paparazzi are out in full force.

Consequently, most celebs out there are in terrific shape, the men look like Adonises and the women look like sultry goddesses. In all likelihood, they probably couldn’t even have envisaged looking the way they do back when they were kids. The celebrity world has that effect on people; it makes you change, and most of the time, for the better. But, it depends on what your notion of better is. Does better mean bigger assets? Does it mean getting enhancements, plumping things up, getting implants, and other kinds of plastic surgery? Some celebs have had so much plastic surgery, they resemble human dolls, and look truly unrecognizable. We’re going to look at some of these celebrity figures, look at their throwback pics and marvel in amazement, awe, and perhaps horror, at how they’ve changed. Some changes are as a result of plastic surgery, but others just simply look different because they’ve changed as they’ve gotten older. Here are 15 throwback pics of celebs who look totally different compared to how they look now.

15 Jennifer Grey


Jennifer Grey really couldn’t have asked for a better start to her career. She was a baby in the industry– relatively speaking, of course– when she played the role of Baby in Dirty Dancing, what now seems like many moons ago, and was propelled to superstardom seemingly overnight. She’s become a household name along with her co-stars, but her career really hasn’t progressed the way she wanted it too. She’s added some work to her filmography, but in terms of putting in any noteworthy performances, there’s been zilch. Perhaps Jennifer thought a changed look would result in a change in fortune. In the 90's, in an attempt to reinvent herself, Jennifer paid a visit to the plastic surgeon’s chair and had a nose job, and from the looks of things, she’s had a number of other procedures done over the years too. She’s taken it to the point where she’s unrecognizable from when she was in her 20's; Jennifer’s cute little Baby is no more.

14 Russell Brand


This fiery and controversial British comic has achieved fame on a global scale. But it hasn’t always been the right type of fame. Russell Brand rose to fame in the 90's, as a stand-up comic and as an actor. Soon, telling gags became his forte, and he rose through the comedic ranks to become a household name, not only in the UK, but also across the pond in the U.S. But his career’s been littered with bouts of controversy. His failed marriage to Katy Perry was a major low point of Russell’s career. Then there are his 12 arrests, getting ejected from gigs and events, and basically being shunned by the industry. This can all be attributed to his substance abuse problems. He was heavily into drugs for a period, and from the looks of things, this prolonged period of drug use has certainly taken its toll. He is however sober now, has cleaned up his act. But his mangy mane of black locks, that customary stubble, and that rather scruffy attire isn’t helping people see him in a different light. Just look at how much he’s changed since the age of 18. You can almost say that he looks rather cute. He’d just gotten into acting and the world was his oyster. Fast forward a quarter of a century, and you can see that the pressures and strains of living life in the limelight has taken its toll.

13 Robert Downey Jr.


When we see Robert Downey Jr. on the left, looking young and full of optimism, it is sad to think of the hardships that are in store for him. He started out decades ago in the 1970's and has been going strong ever since. Well, I say going strong, but that’s not really the case. He’s been in the limelight for a long time, but not necessarily for all the right reasons. In the 90's, on screen, Robert’s career was flourishing. But his personal life was unravelling, and he began to plummet into the abyss. It didn’t take long for the world to know of his problems. He was heavily into drugs, and his addiction spiralled out of control. It led to multiple arrests and a stint in rehab. He’s now resurrected his career, has turned his life around, but it’s certainly taken its toll. But with the help of a few procedures and a makeup team, Robert actually scrubs up quite well for a man in his 50's who has gone through a lot in his life.

12 Kesha


Who would have guessed that this freaky looking girl would go on to become the singing sensation she is now? However, her career and personal life are on a downward spiral at the moment. She’s only just returned to music after being involved in a messy legal battle with her former record producer, Dr. Luke. Kesha claims she was subject to physical and emotional abuse at the hands of Luke. She’d been suffering from bulimia ever since she was signed to the label, and her so-called boss was pretty unkind about the issue, likening her body, when she’d gained weight, to a refrigerator. This just caused her eating disorder to worsen, and consequently she piled on the pounds. But anyway, I digress, as that’s another transformation. The image on the left is a pic from her high school yearbook. You can tell she was a bit of a punk rock chick, even back then. But boy has she blossomed, body-wise and looks-wise too. She looks seriously hot on the right, and hopefully she’ll get back to that look, lose the pounds, and return to her former glory soon.

11 Kelly Clarkson

Most celebrity figures tend to prioritize the way they look when they find fame. Being in front of the cameras and having the paparazzi snapping at their heels, they want to look their best. That means, amongst other things, keeping control of their diets, and sculpting an awesome body by frequently working out. But for some, they’re not really preoccupied with all of that.

Kelly Clarkson is probably a name that’ll ring a bell for a lot of you. She rose to fame after winning the first season of American Idol in 2002, and pretty much became an instant singing sensation. She’s gone on to release a string of hit singles, and has plenty of other accolades to her name. But she’s kind of dropped off the radar in recent years. Pregnancy really took its toll on her. She had her first child in 2014, and just couldn’t lose the pregnancy weight. She piled on the pounds, had her second kid a couple of years later, and continued to gain weight. Trying to balance parental responsibilities with her singing career has been tough, and consequently she’s ballooned in weight, causing her to look unrecognizable from her American Idol days.

10 Perez Hilton

Celebs have to face the scrutiny of the media and body shamers looking for any shred of vulnerability. Hollywood, and the entire entertainment industry, isn’t very forgiving if you’ve got a bit of girth. Numerous celebs have felt the wrath of these haters. Perez Hilton isn’t the most popular guy on the Hollywood scene, and so he probably received more hate than most. Some pay no attention to the hate and are happy to go on as usual, but for others, it serves as a bit of a wakeup call. For Perez Hilton, it was the spark he needed: a kick up the backside, if you will, for him to get his butt into gear. And kudos to him, because he did just that. I had to do a double take when I set eyes on this pic. It really is a remarkable transformation. He went from a slob to someone with the physique of a bodybuilder. The guy is ripped, chiseled, and truly unrecognizable from his former days.

9 Kelly Osbourne


Words cannot describe how fabulous Kelly Osbourne looks nowadays, but for the sake of this article, I’ll give it a try! The transformation from this throwback pic of Kelly in her younger days to the image of her in recent years is truly mind-blowing.

It’s been well-documented that Kelly didn’t have what many people would deem to be a conventional childhood. As an Osbourne, she grew up in a wild household, and her dress sense kind of reflects that. Being the daughter of The Godfather of Heavy Metal, she was always going to develop that goth, rock chick style and persona. In this pic of Kelly in 2005, she was a punk rock chick, and her style is... let’s say "unique." There aren’t many who’d deem it to be a flattering look. She’s also carrying a few extra pounds in that pic. Fast forward seven years, and Kelly’s transformation’s remarkable. She’s drop-dead gorgeous, resembles a Hollywood starlet, which is certainly a far cry from her younger days.

8 Angus T. Jones


Once upon a time, Angus T. Jones was the highest paid child actor on the planet. When he turned 17, he was earning a staggering $300k per episode of Two and a Half Men. But he’s no longer the cute little kid we saw grow up over his decade on the sitcom. He can still be classed as an actor, but after his 10-year tenure on the show came to an end, he has turned his focus towards other ventures. He’s now, believe it or not, into management. Yep, Angus works in the management industry with the company Tonite. It was started by Justin Combs, the eldest kid of Sean Combs, also known as P. Diddy, and he just had to get Angus on board. His new role has been accompanied by a change in appearance. Those cute chubby cheeks we grew accustomed to seeing are now under a scraggly beard, long unkempt hair, and specs. He’s found faith too, so it doesn’t look like he’ll be following in the footsteps of his on-screen uncle, Charlie Sheen, any time soon.

7 Katy Perry


I don’t want to be mean, but I’m sure that not a lot of people would’ve kissed this girl and liked it. Look at this throwback pic and aside from the fact that she’s singing into a mic, you wouldn’t have a clue who this person was. At this time, in her teenage days, she was just another wannabe pop star trying to make it big. She was 13 at the time, and seems to be in jolly spirits as she’s doing what she loves, posing for the camera. Little did she know that she’d be posing in a ton of other pics over the next couple of decades, and these pics and videos would be of a very different nature. Katy actually posted this pic on Instagram herself, as she wanted people to know that she started out young, and to show how far she’s come.

6 Taylor Swift


Look at throwback pics of celebs from their childhoods, and you can normally see some similarities. It’s very rare that as you progress from childhood to adulthood, you look totally different. But that’s, as I’m sure you’ll all agree, the case with Taylor Swift’s throwback pic. If you set eyes on the picture on the right and hadn’t read that it was Taylor Swift’s pic, it’s fair to assume that you wouldn’t have had the foggiest idea. She’s blonde, has the same eyes, but the similarities stop there. Sure, in the pic on the left she’s all glammed up at some event or other, but even so, she really does look unrecognizable from her throwback pic. Taylor actually regularly posts these pics of herself on social media. She gets into that whole throwback Thursdays thing, and isn’t bashful about sharing vintage, and rather unflattering, photos from her youth. She’s obviously blossomed and is proud of how far she’s come, as she certainly should be!

5 Pamela Anderson


Can you believe that Pamela Anderson’s just hit 50? Actually, we can when we look at recent pics of the former Baywatch star.

Back in the day, Pamela was everyone’s favorite woman. The blonde bombshell caused men to go weak at the knees as an actress, and the pics from her raunchy modelling shoots adorned the bedroom walls of pretty much every male teenager. S*x sells, and Pamela knew that, as she used it to her advantage while she rose to the top of the entertainment industry. It’s little wonder she enjoyed the success she did. Just look at her! She’s sizzling hot, had the looks, the physique, and was just oozing s*x appeal. But as the years have gone by, she’s gotten older, the looks have diminished, that body’s begun to change, and she looks totally unrecognizable from her younger days. It’s fair to say that Pamela hasn’t aged gracefully.

4 Blac Chyna


Angela Renée White, also known as Blac Chyna, has been in the news a lot recently. That’s what tends to happen when you get involved with the Kardashians; your private life is no longer very private anymore. Before she started dating Rob in 2015, Blac Chyna was still a pretty well-known celebrity figure. She was an entrepreneur of sorts: a model and former str*pper. From urban modelling, her career has just grown, and since she started dating Rob, she’s one of the most famous faces in the world of entertainment. They’ve since had a kid, but are no longer together. They went through a pretty bitter separation, a lot of which was aired out, as is often the case with the Kardashians, on their reality TV show. Rob actually posted these pics of Chyna in her younger days on his social media. She looks completely different now. There’s been the odd procedure, enhancements, and her hair has also changed. Completely unrecognizable.

3 Kylie Jenner


If I included Blac Chyna on this list, I just had to include a member of the Kardashian-Jenner clan. They’ve pretty much all gone through serious changes over the years, mainly by going under the knife and having various procedures done. The Kardashians started it off. Basically, living your life in front of the camera means you’ve got to keep looking fabulous. The Kardashians do, and it seems to have rubbed off on their younger sisters, Kylie in particular. Kylie and Kendall have literally spent most of their lives living with camera crews around them. They must have felt pressure to keep up with the times, keep getting work done to keep looking what they deem to be fabulous. Kylie, sweet little Kylie who we’ve seen blossom over the years, has had a hell of a lot of work done. It seems as if she’s gone a little crazy with plastic surgery. She’s had breast enhancements, but simply looking at her face, we can see that it resembles a China doll. She looks seriously plastic. Consequently, she looks totally different from her childhood, but hey, that’s probably what she was going for.

2 Renée Zellweger


Renée Zellweger has had many prominent roles over the years, but her best by far has got to be her portrayal of the lovable Bridget Jones. Those who watched those movies took that character into their hearts. As a result, Renée achieved global success and fame. But she had to put her body through a lot for those movies. She had to change her look, and not just with the help of a stylist and makeup crew. Renée had to pile on the pounds to play Bridget, and she’s revealed that she absolutely hated it. She has actually made quite a name for herself for being an actress who changes her appearance pretty drastically for her roles. But when she showed her face at ELLE's 21st annual Women in Hollywood Awards in 2014, we all saw a totally different face. Who the hell is this imposter? Renée turned up looking totally unrecognizable.

1 Caitlyn Jenner


Surprise surprise, look who’s the number one entry on this list! Putting Caitlyn Jenner at the helm of a list like this was a no-brainer. The celebs in this article have undergone transformations and have changed in various ways over the years, but no one’s done that more so than Caitlyn Jenner. She’s undergone a gender change, for god’s sake! The former Olympian hasn’t just changed her look, but her entire identity too, and is therefore understandably, unrecognizable. From her younger days, Caitlyn (or Bruce, as she was known as then) was hiding a secret. She knew she was stuck in the wrong gender, but hid it from her loved ones. But she recently decided to do something about it. Those who’ve watched Keeping up with the Kardashians would’ve noticed her gradual transformation over the years. The long hair, the surgeries; she was slowly transitioning, and eventually came out as transgender in 2015, becoming the most famous transgender woman on the planet.

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