The life of a celeb is unlike any other. You have makeup artists and fashion teams, as well as pressure from the media and your bosses that seem to weigh on each other. Their life is nothing like you’d expect, and you wonder why they change so much nearly every other day while others don’t age at all.
We all change, and five years can mean a lot. For some much more than others. So many celebrities have hardly changed in the last twenty years, let alone five. We have the older generations like Pierce Bronson and Meryl Streep who haven’t changed for decades. But there’s also a few young ones that refuse to change, Selena Gomez and Zac Efron being two of them. The same can’t be said for everyone though. Some stars have changed so much over the past few years that if someone from 2012-2013 were to time travel to 2018, they wouldn’t even recognize them!
Just look back at yourself five years ago. You have changed a lot, no doubt. New hair, less weight, and have gotten way better at taking selfies. Take that, Instagram! Now imagine if you were rich and had enough money to change as much as you’d like. You’d have changed even more! To get an idea of just how much, take a look at these celebs who you wouldn’t recognize if you were to see the old them on the street today. We’re not even sure their own mother would recognize them!
18 Kylie Jenner
Many kids today don’t even know that Kylie Jenner used to be your average teenage girl rather than the gorgeous Instagram star she is today. Most of the Jenner-Kardashians have changed, but none of their changes are as drastic as this girl right here. In just a few short years, she’s gone from plain to out of this world. Looking back, it’s hard to imagine that this girl could become who she is today. We know that she’s not stopping her change any time soon. Especially now that she’s expecting a baby of her own. To think she’s only 20 years old.
If you want to know how popular she is, look at it this way. She has almost twice as many followers as there are people living in the UK. Do you think it’s because of her new look that she’s a few thousand fans away from surpassing her sister Kim?
17 Kourtney Kardashian
While Kylie Jenner is the one to have the biggest change in the last few years (aside from her father), Khloe Kardashian isn’t far behind. Though she isn’t as popular as most of her sisters, she sure has become a different person. She’s one of the few Kardashians that has had weight problems in the past as well. In 2013, she had some unflattering photos taken of her by paparazzi where she wasn’t wearing makeup and looked very different. To honor her, we’re not showing those photos but one of her average ones after she started losing weight. The paparazzi scandal inspired her to change her look.
Today, she’s definitely keeping up with the Kardashians and looking good doing it. She doesn’t even look like the same insecure person she was back then. At 33, she doesn’t look a day over 22! Kudos to her for sticking with it!
16 Renée Zellweger
One of the faces of transformation these past few years, Renée Zellweger has heard it all. Unfortunately, unlike the Jenner-Kardashian girls, her reputation these last few years is not that great as far as physical improvements go. In the early 2000s, Zellweger was thriving, and was one of the famous faces of Hollywood that we adored. But these last few years, she has gone down hill after a few bad run-ins with a doctor. In the 2010s, she quit acting entirely for six whole years! Maybe this hiatus is what had us noticing her change more than we normally would. But she seems happy, nevertheless.
"I'm glad folks think I look different," she told People. "I'm living a different, happy, more fulfilling life, and I'm thrilled that perhaps it shows. My friends say that I look peaceful. I am healthy. For a long time I wasn't doing such a good job with that. I took on a schedule that is not realistically sustainable and didn't allow for taking care of myself. Rather than stopping to recalibrate, I kept running until I was depleted and made bad choices about how to conceal the exhaustion. I was aware of the chaos and finally chose different things."
15 Lil' Kim
Lil' Kim has become a legendary rapper and household name. With '90s hits like "Crush on You" and "Magic Stick," she has been sensational. But now, along with her fame for her music, she has picked up a new piece to be famous for: her changing look. Her biggest change isn’t her enhancements, but her skin pigmentation. Her skin tone has changed drastically and rapidly, and she is losing herself in the process. Today, she looks completely different than she did a few short years ago.
This is a popular thing among some stars, and singers like Nicki Minaj feel the need to change their skin as well. Fans despise it and wish there was a way to get the old stars back. But cosmetic enhancements and skin changes are not easy to change, and her ever-changing eye color is trying on us. Because of this, Lil' Kim continues to go even further each year.
14 Taylor Swift
Once upon a time, there was an innocent young girl named Taylor Swift. She became world famous with country songs before her transition to country-pop and then finally pop rock. All of this was fine and good, and really, her story isn’t as telling as Lil' Kim’s or as dramatic as the Jenner ladies. She has simply gone from a sweet young girl full of innocence to a feisty young woman full of fire power. And a little crazy, which you know if you’ve heard any of her songs lately. "Look What You Made Me Do" shows the different changes she has gone through, and the different versions of herself discuss her life and make fun of everything she’s ever gotten in trouble for.
We’re not sure if we like the old Taylor more or less, though. They are both cool and attractive. One’s a little more naïve and one’s a little more cray-cray.
One of the biggest, most amazing voices in the industry has been Adele ever since she broke out in the late 2000s. What’s funny about Adele is that she names her album after the age she was when she recorded it. Her next one will likely be called 30, because she’s almost there. No, she doesn’t look it! A few years ago, she was cute. But now, she’s stunning. Chances are, she’s only going to get better with age too. She was sweet and adorable in her twenties, but we can’t wait to see how far she goes in her 30s. Can we say Billboard hot 100 one more time? What about Hottest Woman of the Year? You never know what the next few years will hold; she’s changed a lot these last few after all.
12 Donatella Versace
Who cares about looks when you own one of the most successful fashion lines in the world? Donatella Versace has never been what we call model material. She was a pretty young woman, but modelling was never her calling. Likely for this very reason, she became addicted to getting enhanced. Every year since 2000, she has looked a little bit more enhanced. But her biggest changes didn’t come until 2010, and some even after 2012! Believe it or not, they came fast and furiously after that to the point where we no longer recognize her.
However, no matter how much she gets done, she’ll always have amazing hair (I mean, that yellow look is stunning on her) and have the absolute best style on the red carpet, considering she designs much of what we see on the carpet. There are perks to her career and it’s not just being able to afford all those cosmetic treatments.
11 Kelly Clarkson
When she became the first American Idol, Kelly Clarkson’s life changed forever. She’s always been blessed with an amazing voice, but she hasn’t always had to endure the stress of being famous. She has opened up to us about her past, her father, and her adoring husband these past few years, as well as the reason for her weight gain. Getting older is hard, but it’s so much harder when you’re famous and have the stress of everything that comes with being a professional singer.
Although she’s still gorgeous inside and out, you can see why many are concerned with what she’s doing to herself. She’s raised health concerns and looks nothing like herself. We hope that in the next five years, she finds a healthy lifestyle she can stick with. But more importantly, she rids herself of anything that could be causing her stress and becomes as happy as possible.
10 Heidi Montag
Heidi Montag is best known for her role in The Hills and other various TV shows. She has always been the beautiful, bouncy blonde. In 2008, she married fellow star Spencer Pratt and in 2017, they had a baby. With all of that, there’s still one thing that has kept her famous – her obsession with changing herself. She has admitted to undergoing dozens of enhancements through the years, most of them before five years ago. But that doesn’t mean she broke the habit because if you’ll notice, she’s changed quite a bit these last years. Apparently her enhancements run the gamut and have been done pretty much everywhere.
It seems she knows she had a problem and doesn’t like what she became. When speaking of The Hills, Heidi says, “I don’t want to watch it. I think that it was hard enough going through it at that time and I was just in way over my head. I had no idea what I was getting into.”
9 Rose McGowan
Today, Rose McGowan stands with those who have suffered harassment and was named as one of the many People’s "Person of the Year." But in the early 2000s, she was one of our favorite Charmed witches. But even in 2012, over a decade after her strongest point in Charmed, she was looking as fine as cherry pie. So what happened? She has gone from steamy vixen to strong warrior. She says, “The ideal version of a woman that is sold to you by every actress in every hair commercial telling you, ‘This the secret to being beguiling, the secret to getting a man to want you.’ Long, glossy Kardashian-esque hair. As if that's all we are and all we can be: hair.”
It was a bold move and a smart one. But either way, can we just talk about how she is nearly 45 years old and looking like a 30-year- old? We are not sure if Rose will ever age.
8 Miley Cyrus
This one may come as a shock, but Miley Cyrus has actually calmed down a lot these past five years. In 2013, Miley was at her peak in crazy. After all, that was her "Wrecking Ball" year, the year we all thought our ears would explode and the world had gone to heck. And now? She’s decided to take it easy for a while with this new Malibu/Liam stage in her life. She wants to settle down and start a family with Liam Hemsworth. To do that, she thought it best to start to take on the role of a mother. She may not be America’s sweetheart, but she sure has changed these past few years. Some say she’s gone downhill and is losing money, but most say it’s for the better!
7 Ariana Grande
Just a few years ago, this lady was a Nickelodeon star with a boring persona. Today, Ariana Grande is one of the biggest stars on the planet, loved by kids and adults alike. It’s safe to say that a few years ago, there was no way that we’d imagine this is what she’d look like in 2018! She’s as gorgeous as a model, and now has over 19 VEVO certified music videos. That’s a lot, because VEVO won’t make just any music video. The girl is a genius with what seems to be a very good heart. She claims she wants to be open with her sensuality, but still remain a good role model for young girls.
“A lot of times, women are labeled as a diva for having a vision and being strong and using their voice, and it’s just not the case,” she says. “You can be strong and be friendly. [We] don’t have to be just one thing, you know?”
6 Katy Perry
Remember how everyone said that whatever demon was possessing Miley went out of her and into Katy Perry? You see how that makes sense. These past few years, Miley has cleaned up her life, but it seems like the reverse can be said for Katy Perry. A few years ago, she was a ray of sunshine, and now she scares children on the streets. You see, 2012 is when she released that important Part of Me movie. As for 2017? That’s when she freaked the world out by claiming that she just “woke up” after years of… being asleep?
“Every day when I think I know something,” she says, “the universe shows me that I need to learn another lesson. So I stand here today, more so than any other day, saying I know nothing. I literally know nothing.” We feel you… we think. Or maybe we’re totally lost and you’re on another plane.
5 Lana Del Rey
Lana Del Rey hasn’t been well known for that long. This only makes her transformation more intense! Over the past few years, she’s gone from nobody to someone with millions of fans with hits like "Summertime Sadness" and "Lust for Life." She’s also one of the most beautiful faces in the industry. As you can tell from her photos, she’s not exactly a very outgoing or selfish person.
“I’m never the star of my own show,” she says. “I have a very complicated family life. I have a complicated personal life. It’s not just my life, it’s everyone else’s in this extended family unit. It’s always about someone else, even with the people I work with. I’m the quietest person on the set, generally. I’m actually the one that’s trying to keep it all together. It’s pretty weird. It’s a weird, weird world.”
4 Farrah Abraham
It’s strange how a random teen from a random reality show could become so famous. When she appeared on Teen Mom, Farrah Abraham was just your average pregnant teen girl. But now, she looks more like a Kardashian than an innocent teen. Not only has she become a model, but is addicted to enhancing herself. So far she has allegedly gotten several things changed about herself. Her most recent addition was allegedly done on a very private area. She’s no longer fresh-faced and has had her fair share of controversy considering she’s a mother. She even says that her daughter Sophia will be allowed to have stuff done as soon as she’s old enough. Many have voted to have her child taken away from her. But this would put the child in foster care, considering her father passed away in 2008.
Remember when "Tik Tok" came out and we were all like, “Who is this chick? She’s awesome!” In 2017, she released her softer side however with "Praying," which was an instant hit mostly due to that one Mariah note. Over the last few years, Kesha has changed her look a lot! She used to go for that blonde rocker look but has recently stated that she’s trying for the hippie look. Why? "I feel like myself," says Kesha, "for the first time ever. And I made a record I'm extremely proud of, from the bottom of my guts – I excavated the most gnarly lyrics that were so difficult for me. And people still like it! It's really beautiful, and it's very healing. I feel like I'm being seen for what I actually am, and people are OK with it." Rainbows and all, she has reinvented herself and loves it.
2 Lindsay Lohan
Lindsay Lohan is no stranger to change. As a young teen, she was flourishing and had every reason to keep going. But sadly, she couldn’t do it, and by the 2010s, she was headed for a downward spiral that wouldn’t stop. She had been arrested for DUIs and was told she was slowly ending herself. However, in 2018, the media believes that this could be her year. It seems she’s looking better than she has since Mean Girls and it could pay off.
Where has she even been these past few years? Living in Dubai and she loves it! “I love living in New York, but I do love the serenity and peace that I find living in the Middle East because there are no cameras in Dubai and I can actually focus on what I want to do in life,” she said. “I don’t always have to be scrutinized every second. I can have a private life and have a public life, but when I choose to. And I think that’s really important.” We sure hope everyone can let go of the past and she can clean her life up for good.
1 Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga is one of the biggest faces in the music industry to this day. She is known for songs like "Bad Romance" and "Million Reasons," but has shown that she has a million styles! She has worn raw meat and showed us she’s not afraid. But when it comes down to it, she’s pretty normal. Now that she’s famous enough to not have to make a show out of every outing, she’s toned it down. And you know what? She’s gorgeous! Going all crazy for the camera was an expert move for Gaga and shows her intelligence. As is her newest move ,which is showing the world how normal she actually is.
Some people miss her old look, but others can’t wait to see what the future with this beautiful Gaga holds! We know she’s talented, and now we can focus on that rather than whether she’s wearing beef or pork.