If you are someone who doesn’t pay much attention to the world of celebrities, you may not realize it but being a star is a really delicate balancing act. Forced into the public eye, in most cases, the people that make their living entertaining the world need to make sure that they keep up the image they’ve built or refine in a way the public will enjoy. As such, these people that are otherwise power-brokers must keep a very close eye on the things they allow the public to learn about them for fear of going off-brand and losing their career for it. Realizing all of that is what inspired us to put together this list of twenty embarrassing photos of female celebrities you should see.
In order for a picture to be up for possible inclusion on this list, it first and foremost needs to feature someone that has been famous at one time or another. It doesn’t matter what that person did to gain his/her notoriety which means you could find actors, athletes, musicians, “reality” stars, or any other kind of star here as long as they earned fans from it. Also, the photo needs to have something about it that the famous person included in it is likely to find himself/herself embarrassed to be associated with. We want to make it clear, however, that we do not have any contact with these stars so we can’t say for sure that they would feel that way but all signs make us confident in our view.
20 Fiona Apple
A singer that rose to prominence in the mid-nineties when her debut album was released and became a sensation, Fiona Apple took home a Grammy Award due to the song that made her a star. Someone who first began composing her own music when she was only eight years old, by the time she recorded “Criminal” which was her breakout hit, her sound was well-defined. However, she would never reach those heights again despite significant critical acclaim due in large part to personal problems that would detract from her music career. Seen in this mugshot from 2012, she looked as though she’d lost a lot of weight which was remarkable since she was already a small person. But more than that, she looked pretty out of it as well.
19 Britney Spears
A gigantic star from very early in her life, Britney Spears was a former child star that got her start on The Mickey Mouse Club before becoming one of the hottest acts in pop music. Taking the world by storm when the music video for "...Baby One More Time" turned a lot of heads, she would go on to have further hits with songs like “Circus,” “Womanizer,” and “Hold It Against Me.” After years of having to be at the top of her game, whenever she left her home because of being doggedly followed by a legion of paparazzi, the insane level of pressure pushed her to lash out. An image that is proof positive of why she deserved to be sick of the photographers that followed her day and night, this photo was taken at the perfect moment to capture an embarrassing look on her face.
18 Nicole Kidman
One of the most respected actors of her generation, Nicole Kidman has taken home trophies at the Oscars, Golden Globes, SAGs, and MTV Movie Awards in the past. The star of a long list of movies like To Die For, Batman Forever, Cold Mountain, The Others, and Eyes Wide Shut among many others, she continues to command choice roles in the business to this day. Known around the world for her gorgeous looks as well, in virtually all of her appearances in public, she looks like hours on end have been spent perfecting her outfits, hair, and makeup. On the other hand, you have a shot of her like this one where it seems like she just rolled out of bed, is in a horrible mood, and is contemplating something horrible.
17 Avril Lavigne
A singer with an interesting image, at her height, Avril Lavigne was seen as a pop-punk princess who also seemed to be down-to-earth and forever in search of fun and silliness. Best known for songs like "Complicated," "I'm With You," "Sk8er Boi," and "Here's to Never Growing Up," she has had hit songs over a span of years. That is why her concerts are often attended by large groups of people, and there continues to be some that are willing to shell over large sums of money to have a meet-and-greet with her. Unfortunately, an image like this one shows how cold these events could be and goes against the identity of accessibility she’d created for herself over her career. In fact, this and other images like it were such an embarrassment for her that she told an interviewer that fans were allowed to come near her during these events.
16 Ellen DeGeneres
Without a doubt one of the most beloved figures in the pop culture world today, Ellen DeGeneres has become an icon that first became known for her comedy but has gone far beyond that since. Previously the star of the sitcoms Ellen and The Ellen Show, it seems as though she likes appearing in series that are named off of her, considering the job she has had for years now. The host of the daytime talk show The Ellen DeGeneres Show, since 2003, she has interviewed most of the biggest stars in the world and has been in the homes of millions of people around the world. Someone we are very used to seeing looking a certain way, this photo from her prom would come as a shock to many of her most ardent followers, and we’re guessing it causes cringes in her now.
15 Kylie Minogue
A singer that has been a star for decades on end at this point, Kylie Minogue first rose to prominence in the late eighties and is recognized as the “highest-selling Australian artist of all time.” An incredibly accomplished person who is best known for songs like "The Loco-Motion," "Can't Get You Out Of My Head," and "I Believe In You," in her homeland, she seems to have the Midas touch. While she absolutely deserves to be immensely proud of all that she has managed to do and the fact that she has shown true staying power, her lengthy career does have some unfortunate side effects. A great example of that, this shot of her from years ago features one of the worst hairdos we’ve ever seen and had she become a star later in life, the world wouldn’t have seen this fashion mistake.
14 Kristen Stewart
A star that seems to have a complicated relationship to being a famous person, Kristen Stewart appears to greatly enjoy being a well-paid actor but detests the constant invasions of her privacy. Best-known for movies like the Twilight series, Into the Wild, Still Alice, American Ultra, Personal Shopper, and many more, her films have been hated and loved by the masses in the past. Also someone who garnered a lot of attention for her high-profile relationship with her co-star, Robert Pattinson, the two of them often tried to eschew the attention that came their way. Considering her outlook on fame and her desire to be left to her own devices, we can only imagine how she felt when she was photographed cheating on him with one of her directors in shots like this one.
13 Lindsay Lohan
At one time seen as being poised to become one of the biggest acting stars around, Lindsay Lohan became a star early on because of her dual role in the hit nineties remake of The Parent Trap. Going on to wider success during her teen years, she was the star of arguably the best teen movie of all time, Mean Girls, and also appeared in other hits like Freaky Friday and Herbie: Fully Loaded. Unfortunately, things have not been so rosy for her over the last several years, and now, she garners more attention for her personal problems than any artistic endeavor. Despite all of her legal troubles, according to reports, it is this shot of her with yellowing teeth that was a real source of embarrassment for her which is why she quickly had them whitened.
12 Amanda Bynes
A former child star that at one time seemed like she was extremely well-adjusted, we believed that Amanda Bynes was going to buck the trend of people like her that would go on to be troubled. First becoming known for the Nickelodeon series All That and The Amanda Show, she would also go on to star in another series called What I Like about You later in life. Also a movie star at one time, she will be remembered for films like Big Fat Liar, What a Girl Wants, Sydney White, She's the Man, Hairspray, and the fantastic teen film Easy A. All of that took place prior to her having a breakdown and a slew of legal troubles, but she has since seemingly undergone a recovery too. Due to the fact that she is said to be closer to her former self, we’re sure she wishes this photo of her odd look from her troubled times was not seen by so many people.
11 Taylor Swift
Without a doubt one of the biggest celebrities in the world today, Taylor Swift has been able to put together one of the biggest and most loyal fanbases the music world has seen in years. Best known for songs like “Love Story,” “Shake It Off,” “Bad Blood,” and “Look What You Made Me Do” among others, when she puts out a single, it is seen as a big event by millions of people. Also someone who has carefully crafted an image for herself in the past, her looks have changed a lot over the years and often plays upon the type of music she is releasing at the time. Then you have a photo like this that proves that no matter how much work she puts into her fashion sense, it can all fall apart at a moment’s notice if a gust of air causes part of her dress to fly into the air.
10 Brooke Hogan
The only daughter of the best known professional wrestler of all time, we’re certain that for the entire life of Brooke Hogan, her existence has been defined by her relationship with Hulk Hogan. One of the stars of the “reality” show Hogan Knows Best, for that reason, she would earn some fame of her own while being a television regular. Also someone who made a living in the wrestling world for some time, she worked for the company Impact Wrestling while her dad exerted a great deal of control over the decisions made by that business. Considering all of that, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that she is on this list for something to do with her dad too. Photographed by a paparazzi while her father rubbed sunscreen on her skin, the world was weirded out by the fact that he went far up on her leg as well as on her rear end.
9 Mary-Kate Olsen
A star since the time she was a baby, Mary-Kate Olsen, along with her sister, Ashley, played Michelle Tanner, probably the most popular character from the show Full House. Going on to create a business empire together, the Olsen Twins would market a series of videos, a fashion line, and a seemingly endless array of merchandise to their legions of devoted fans. Now adults that largely eschew the spotlight, they’ve left the acting world behind them but continue to focus on the fashion world to this day. Pictured here at a basketball game with a man named Olivier Sarkozy, the pair were dating at the time and have since become married to one another. However, in this shot, it looks like she is very uncomfortable with the kiss he is planting on her, and we’re sure she would be put off by this image where she looks like a hostage of her husband.
8 Stephanie Seymour
One of the biggest models in the world during the nineties, Stephanie Seymour could be seen in the pages of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue as well as other magazines like Vogue and Playboy. On top of that, she worked for Victoria’s Secret which is one of the most coveted gigs in the industry and appeared in things like the music video for Guns N' Roses' “November Rain.” Suffice it to say, the world at large was always overjoyed to see her doing her thing which includes looking amazing whenever she showed up on one of the world’s many beaches. Then, you have this image of her during a family trip that we should have loved considering she looks great in a bikini, but the way that she is interacting with her son is very off-putting.
7 Kelly Kelly
A former employee of the WWE, Kelly Kelly was brought in not for any kind of skill when it came to performing moves in the ring but because of her looks. Starting out as the star of a segment called “Extreme Expose,” it involved her coming out each week, dancing and beginning to undress before her onscreen boyfriend would interrupt her. Subsequently becoming a regular grappler on WWE programming each week, she would even win the Divas Championship and a Slammy Award for Divalicious Moment of the Year. Seen here while having a fun night with friends, she allowed herself to be photographed while relieving herself in the sink which is an odd thing for her to have done at all, let alone while in front of a camera.
6 Christina Aguilera
Considering we’ve already featured Britney Spears on this list, there is something that just seems fitting about seeing her principal rival, Christina Aguilera, included as well. Possessing a career that is very similar to the aforementioned star, she too started out as one of the stars of The Mickey Mouse Club before going on to be a huge recording star in her own right. Best known for songs like "Genie In a Bottle," “Lady Marmalade,” “Beautiful,” and “Dirrty” among others, she stands out because she has one of the strongest voices in the business today. That is why she was a great choice to perform at the funeral of a legend like Etta James, but unfortunately, her incredible performance didn’t get nearly the attention that the liquid running down her leg did. Later stating that it was spray tan that we were all obsessing over, Christina was likely happy to put this behind her.
5 Tara Reid
One of the people that became a known entity overnight after the movie American Pie became a surprise sensation, at that time, it seemed like Tara Reid may be best positioned to be a big deal. Going on to land a highly-coveted role in the movie Josie and the Pussycats, that movie was a bomb but she also showed up in other films like Van Wilder and the Sharknado series. Seen as a joke for the most part these days, that has a lot to do with the string of bad movies she was a part of which is very unfortunate for her. Another situation she found herself in, that we’re sure she wishes didn’t happen, took place when she went to a party thrown by Diddy in 2004. A photo of her from the red carpet, mere seconds from when this image was taken, one of the straps of her dress fell and revealed the entirety of one of her breasts, and this reminder must embarrass her.
Someone who has always seemed to understand how her audience and the world at large works, throughout her career, Beyoncé has been one of the most beloved figures in the music industry. First becoming a star as a member of Destiny’s Child, that act was a big deal. But against all odds, she would somehow surpass them once she went out on her own. Best known for songs like “Single Ladies,” “Crazy in Love,” “Run the World,” “Irreplaceable,” and too many more to list here, she has also earned the respect of fans and critics alike. However, that doesn’t make her immune from ridicule. Now, when her publicist tried to get websites to stop uploading this ridiculous image of her from the Super Bowl, it backfired fantastically. Instead, this shot became a meme that was edited in endless ways. We will say we understand the embarrassment she felt but the internet does not forget, especially when asked to.
Turned into a star as a part of the group The Black Eyed Peas, many people don’t realize it but Fergie had previously performed as part of the girl group Wild Orchid. Standing out as the only female member of one of the biggest “hip-hop groups” at one time, she and her peers were responsible for songs like “I Gotta Feeling,” “Imma Be,” and “My Humps.” The breakout star of that act, she would then go on to be a solo star because of recording hit songs like “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “London Bridge,” “Fergalicious,” and “Glamorous.” Someone who has performed on stage throughout her career, we’re sure she has flubbed a song or fallen in the past, but those events couldn’t have prepared her for the embarrassment of peeing herself.
2 Victoria Beckham
A member of the biggest girl group in musical history, ever since the nineties, Victoria Beckham has been a public figure whose daily life is followed by people around the world. Best known for her contributions to songs like “Wannabe,” “Say You’ll Be There,” “2 Become 1,” and “Mama” among others, she and her cohorts were also featured on a seemingly endless array of merchandise. Also a focus of attention due to being married to the most famous football (or soccer) player in the world, David Beckham, with each of them under the magnifying glass, it must be a crazy experience. A shot that shows the downside of her fame, she can be seen leaving an event with wet pants, and we don’t know for sure what caused that to be the case but she must be mortified no matter what.
1 Hayden Panettiere
Turned into a star when she landed a role in the show Heroes, that series was made possible by an ensemble cast, but there is absolutely no doubt that Hayden Panettiere played a pivotal part in it. Bringing a character named Claire Bennet to life on that production, the phrase “save the cheerleader, save the world” was said over and over again on that show in reference to her. Going on to appear in a few movies including I Love You, Beth Cooper and Scream 4, her other claim to fame is that she plays one of the lead parts in the show Nashville to this day. Photographed by a paparazzi while she was on the beach amid what appears to be a shoot of some kind, she can be seen with her hands in the back of her pants and then licking one of them. A pair of images that imply something pretty gross, we can’t say whether or not the thing that comes to mind took place as the order they were taken is unknown, but this is humiliating either way.