The Astounding Evolution of these Celebrity A-Listers
While fame and fortune surround today’s Hollywood A-listers, the following cultural icons did not always revel in their current status. It often takes years of hard work and sacrifice, not to mention a lucky break here or there, to climb the ladder to utter stardom. Undoubtedly, a lot of things are bound to change from the first days of setting out on the path to celebrity success. The transformations these VIP’s underwent over the years have been incredible. Each celebrity on this list serves as a prime example of an amazing megastar metamorphosis. Check it out!
1. Bella Hadid
At just a mere 21-years-old, Bella Hadid has shot to uber-fame in recent years. Since her early days as an aspiring equestrian, the model and social media sensation seems to be everywhere from the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show catwalk, to basically every haute couture advert.
The Los Angeles native first gained celebrity attention alongside her superstar sibs and former-model mama, Yolanda Foster, in the reality TV series “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.” Bella, and her equally-as-genetically-blessed sister Gigi, have since become mega fashion phenomena of their own.
2. Khloe Kardashian
The third-born Kardashian sister has wowed the world with her recent health metamorphosis. After years of facing harsh criticism by haters who insensitively billed her as “the chubby sister,” Khloe Kardashian, 32, worked her famous behind off (but luckily, not really) to whip herself into perfect shape.
The vivacious “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” beauty even launched the spinoff reality show “Revenge Body” to encourage others to live a healthy and active lifestyle. The inspiring fitness icon also published the book “Strong Looks Better Naked,” revealing her secrets for achieving strength of body, mind and spirit.
3. Megan Fox
Actress Megan Fox took the world by storm with her breakout role in the 2007 sci-fi action flick “Transformers.” Although she had already been on the scene since her acting debut in 2001, the sultry starlet has indeed undergone a transformation of herself.
Since her days as a fresh-faced newcomer, the now 31-year-old mother-of-three has a repertoire of more than a dozen films and is widely recognized as one of Hollywood’s fiercest glamazons. Although media focus largely dwells on her career and sex symbol status, Fox says her priority now is motherhood.
4. Emmy Rossum
This child star who morphed into a versatile leading lady has been in the entertainment industry since she was 11 years old. Emmy Rossum, now 31, turned heads with her breakout performance in the sci-fi disaster epic “The Day After Tomorrow.”
Embodying a natural star quality, the “Phantom of the Opera” and “Shameless” actress has convincingly displayed her powers of acting and singing over the years. These days, she is recognized as one of Hollywood’s most eminently elegant talents.
5. Blake Lively
Best known for her role of Serena in the hit TV series “Gossip Girl” and Bridgette in “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” franchise, Blake Lively is just one of those celebrities you can’t help but love. And, “lively” she sure is!
The endearing actress has charmed her way into the hearts of audiences with her relatable characters and bubbly, down-to-earth demeanor off camera. The spirited star has become a household name with a resume of nearly 20 works since her 1998 debut. She is also the devoted wife of Ryan Reynolds, with whom she has two children.
6. Minka Kelly
Minka Kelly may have a rock star father (former Aerosmith guitarist Rick Dufay), but the 37 year old has forged her own path to stardom with a burgeoning acting career. While she had an interested in the modeling/film field before her 2003 debut, Kelly is perhaps best known for her parts in “Parenthood” and “The Roommate.”
It can’t be denied also, that her popularity has also been boosted by her personal life, which includes a couple of high-profile relationships with the likes of baseball player Derek Jeter and actor Chris Evans. The next celebrity triumphs will have you in awe!
7. Kristin Cavallari
California society girl Kristin Cavallari came to prominence with the reality TV show “Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County” and its spinoff series “The Hills.” Moving on from the staged drama of small-screen soaps, Cavallari participated on “Dancing with the Stars” and dabbled in acting.
The pop-culture personality has since taken a more vocal stand with philanthropic work and served as a celebrity spokesperson for various activism campaigns. Since her MTV days, Cavallari has experienced a lot of personal changes, including marriage, the birth of three children and a relocation to Nashville, Tennessee.
8. Kendall Jenner
The ubiquitous Kardashian-Jenner posse is known as the reigning royalty of reality TV. However, some members of the famous family have successfully branched off to find personal success for themselves. Kendall Jenner is perhaps the most notable of the Calabasas clan to achieve independent career affluence.
While she has been in front of the camera’s since the age of 12, the 22-year-old’s modeling career has skyrocketed since she first started posing at age 14. As she has come into her own as one of the most prominent fashion icons of the so-called “Instagirl era,” Jenner topped Forbes’ 2017 list of highest-earning models.
Before she was the “Queen of Pop,” Madonna worked in New York as a waitress at Dunkin’ Donuts and danced backup for other established artists. In the early 1980s, the “Material Girl” emerged as a world-renowned pop culture icon.
The music and entertainment trailblazer has remained a paragon of the changing times over the decades with regular chameleon-like evolution. From the gaudy edginess of her early years to her bombshell blonde phase and later sleek sylings, Madonna is a timeless example everything “Vogue.”
10. Carrie Underwood
Country singer Carrie Underwood hit it big in 2005 thanks to the TV singing competition series “American Idol.” While the primetime platform may have helped launch her career, Underwood was a strident go-getter before she became a much celebrated three-time Grammy Award winner.
The venerated vocalist came from humble Oklahoma beginnings before she graduated magna cum laude from Northeastern State University in 2006. She worked sundry jobs at a pizzeria, zoo and veterinary clinic before becoming the on-stage siren hailed by Rolling Stone as “the female vocalist of her generation of any genre.” Keep reading for more inspiring celebrity transformations!
11. America Ferrera
We have loved America Ferrera since her feature film debut in the 2002 coming-of-age drama “Real Women Have Curves.” The spirited actress has gone on to become a cultural icon, taking on various roles with positive messages for young women.
She co-starred in “Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants” before winning an Emmy, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild award for her lead performance on “Ugly Betty.” Some of Ferrera’s other gigs include “How to Train Your Dragon” and “Superstore.” She married fellow actor Ryan Piers Williams in 2011, and after 10 years, earned a BA in international relations from USC. God bless America!
12. Kylie Jenner
Of course, Kylie Jenner is on this list. The 20-year-old media personality is synonymous with celebrity partly in light of her much-fussed-over metamorphosis into adulthood. With cameras constantly documenting her and her famous sisters’ every move, the youngest of the Kardashian-Jenner brood has grown up very much in the public eye.
Jenner has gone from an adorable, girl-next-door tween to a drop-dead gorgeous social media sensation. The topic of her appearance and a rumored pregnancy have generated more fuss than ever around the headline-maker behind the Kylie Cosmetics craze.
13. Kristen Stewart
Kristen Stewart has actually had gigs in Tinsel Town since 1999. Both of her parents worked in the entertainment industry, and she started acting at age eight. Her early on-screen appearances included roles in “Panic Room,” “Speak,” “Catch that Kid” and “Into the Wild.”
Stewart really shot to stardom, though, when she starred as Bella Swan in the romance fantasy hit, the “Twilight Saga.” Since then people have just been OBSESSED with her as she’s gone on to star in blockbusters such as “Snow White and the Huntsman” and “Cafe Society.” The 27-year-old is also the “face” of fashion powerhouses Chanel and Balenciaga.
14. Kim Kardashian
Before this bombastic beauty took the world by storm, she was known for her famous family ties and being a close friend and stylist to heiress Paris Hilton. In 2003, however, she gained wider (although probably unwanted) media attention after a “very personal” tape with her former beau, Ray J, was leaked.
It seems that the old adage that “no press is bad press” really rang true for Kardashian. The brunette bombshell and her family became superstars with the help of the E! reality series “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” which is now in its 14th season. Kardashian is married to rapper Kanye West, with whom she has two children. She’s “literally” one of the biggest social media personalities in the world, and has taken fashion, beauty, fitness and self-branding to a whole new level of celebrity.
15. Nicole Richie
Nicole Richie has had a pretty dramatic transformation over the years since her days as a poster child for privileged socialites alongside then-gal-pal Paris Hilton. Things didn’t work out so well on a personal level between the two, but the five-season reality show “The Simple Life” enshrined Richie as a constant media spectacle.
Since her wild formative years, the adoptive daughter of singer Lionel Richie has made a family of her own with husband and Good Charlotte frontman Joel Madden. Richie, 36, has stayed in the spotlight as the press has noted her fluctuating weight, her evolution into a total style icon and her business endeavors, including jewelry line “House of Harlow.”
16. Kerry Washington
This silver screen starlet grew up in the Brox and (get this!) took dance lessons from none other than Jennifer Lopez before either of them was famous. Washington’s showbiz start gained traction in the early 2000s with supporting roles in “Save the Last Dance” and “Mr. & Mrs. Smith.”
She became a household name when she landed the lead role of Olivia Pope in the popular political thriller series “Scandal.” Along with dozens of other works under her stylish belt, Washington has garnered acclaim for her talents and her stunning appearance. She married the venerated VIP and NFL player Nnamdi Asomugha in 2013. They have two kids. Don’t miss the last couple of top-achieving stars who made the list!
17. Jennifer Aniston
Rising from the ashes of a handful of TV flops in the ’80s and early ’90s, Jennifer Aniston gained worldwide recognition with the role of Rachel Green in the 10-year hit series “Friends.” Not only did Aniston become a definitive hair icon, spurring masses of women to imitate “The Rachel” do, but she became one of the most famous (and highest paid) women in show business.
Despite trying personal heartaches, most notable her very-public split from Brad Pitt, the Hollywood heavyweight has starred in tons of blockbuster films and won several accolades, including a Primetime Emmy, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild awards. With everyone rooting for her, the world rejoiced when the superstar again found love and married actor Justin Theroux in 2015.
18. Meghan Markle
From an early age, Meghan Markle was exposed to the life in the spotlight, but who would have expected she would reach the status of British Royal? With a father who was a director of lighting on many Hollywood sets, she got her first glimpse into the world she would eventually join.
Her first foray into acting came as an extra on General Hospital. Soon, she was landing small roles on TV series such as CSI: New York and later in movies like Horrible Bosses. Her biggest break came in 2011, when she took on a starring role on the hit USA Network series Suits. A very high-profile relationship with Prince Harry began in June 2016, followed by an engagement in November 2017.
19. Melania Trump
From small-town Slovenian girl to First Lady of the United States, Melania Trump may have experienced one of the most drastic life transformations of all. Although she has worked as a model since the age of five, Trump lept to fame when she married real estate tycoon Donald Trump in 2005.
But her climb to prominence didn’t stop there. The stunning Slovenian captured the world’s attention when her husband won an upset presidential campaign and she headed (apparently somewhat apprehensively) to the White House. While the critics may disagree, Trump seems to embody the American dream of the hard-working immigrant who trumped it all…
20. Jessica Chastain
This fiery redhead has defeated all odds along the way on her hard-fought route to fame. Jessica Chastain came from a single-mother home with little extra money to graduate from Juilliard and later make it big in showbiz.
After gaining recognition in the 2010 dramatic thriller “The Debt,” Chastain rose in prominence, staring in several critically-acclaimed films, including “The Tree of Life,” “The Help” and “Zero Dark Thirty.” Although she regards herself as a “shy” person, there’s no doubt she’s a natural in front of the camera.
21. Jessica Biel
Jessica Biel has notedly grown from a darling child actress in the hit family drama “7th Heaven” to a star in a range of big and small screen roles. While it can be hard to stay away from being typecast, Biel’s roles vary from rom-com to horror and sophisticated drama.
Some of her popular works include titles such as, “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” “The Illusionist,”Valentine’s Day” and “The Sinner.” Biel and her husband, pop sensation Justin Timberlake, are relatively private about their personal lives. The two former teen heartthrobs are now expecting their second child.
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