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!
10. 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?
9. 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!
8. 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."
7. 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.
6. 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.
5. 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.
4. 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.
3. 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?”
2. 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.”
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.