Celebrities who were unrecognizable 10 years ago

Miley Cyrus

There are some celebrities who
we can always rely on to look the same, no matter how many years go by (think
Jennifer Aniston and Jennifer Lopez). But many celebrities, especially those
who have been in the spotlight for a very long time, tend to change up their
look and style throughout the years. Sometimes they change so much that they
end up looking like a completely different person.
The following stars have
changed so much in the last ten years that it’s almost hard to believe the old
photos of them are real. Some grew up and went through puberty during this
time, so the huge differences in their look make a lot of sense. Others went on
weight loss journeys, and many of them changed up their style by opting for
mature clothing and some hair changes. Whatever they did, one thing is for
sure: they all look fantastic. Take a look at some of the celebrities who went
through serious transformations since 2008.

Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift is known for a
specific look: red lipstick, a subtle cat-eye, and trendy mini-dress. But back
in 2008, Swift looked like a completely different person. Take Swift’s first
MTV Video Music Awards appearance in 2008 as an example: she showed off
voluminous curls, a swooping side bang, glossy lips, and a pretty, feminine
maxi dress. Ten years ago, that was a standard Swift outfit and beauty look
that everyone expected.
Swift’s style and brand has
changed drastically in the last ten years. The transformation began in 2014,
when she made the musical shift from country to pop and showed up at the
American Music Awards with a bob. In 2016, she shocked everyone by appearing on
the cover of Vogue looking very different in a super short platinum bob, bright
red lipstick, and a slinky gold dress. Swift had ditched the curls, the side bangs,
and the chaste dresses for a sexier, more grown-up look. And, as Swift sang in
“Look What You Made Me Do,” the old Taylor won’t be coming back.

Jonah Hill
In 2008, Jonah Hill seemed to
be at the top of his game with roles in movies like Superbad and Forgetting
Sarah Marshall under his belt. He also looked drastically different than he
does now. Hill was considerably heavier, and his uniform of choice for events
and red carpets seemed to be graphic t-shirts and jeans. In one photo on Us
Weekly from a 2008 red carpet, Hill has a much curlier hairstyle going on and
looks pretty disheveled.
Fast forward ten years later,
and Hill is a new man. He has lost a lot of weight, his style has become more
mature and put-together, and he cut his hair — although he still rocks the
glasses on a regular basis. Hill’s weight has fluctuated a bit in the last few
years, but he has always been open about his weight loss journey. In a 2018
interview with Ellen DeGeneres, Hill said, “I’m under construction, like
we all are. We’re all just trying to figure it out.”

Chris Pratt
Ten years ago, Chris Pratt was
known for his role on Parks and Recreation, where he was seen as the chubby and
goofy, but lovable, Andy. Pratt usually arrived at red carpet events with
slightly messy curls and suits that never seemed to fit quite right. Old photos
from 2008, like these ones on Digital Spy, show off his scruffy facial hair as
Since 2008, however, Pratt has
gone through a major transformation. In 2013, he lost a lot of weight and
seriously toned up his muscles for his role as Peter Quill in Guardians of the
Galaxy. That year, Pratt shared a shirtless gym selfie on his Instagram page
with quite a different build, writing, “Six months no beer. #GOTG. Kinda
douchey to post this but my brother made me.” According to an interview
with Pratt’s trainer, Duffy Gaver, on Muscle and Fitness, Pratt lost about 60
pounds and got shredded. In 2018, Pratt slimmed down, his facial hair is
considerably less scruff, and his suits are tailored.

Khloe Kardashian
It’s no secret that Khloe
Kardashian has changed up her entire look, from her style to her hair to her
weight. Back in 2008, Kardashian had dark brown hair, a heavier build, and a
very different approach to fashion. A photo of her from a 2008 red carpet event
in a leopard print dress and another one of her in a bejeweled caftan in Miami
are proof of that.
A lot has changed for
Kardashian. Ten years later, she has platinum blonde locks, an edgier and less
overtly trendy style, and even a different body. Kardashian has been open about
her weight loss journey, chronicling her daily workouts, and talking about how
she changed her eating habits. In January 2018, she posted a before and after
shot on her Instagram page with a long caption about her weight loss, saying,
“I am so proud of myself for being stronger than I’ve ever been — mind,
body, and soul. I am even prouder of myself that I’ve been able to maintain a
healthy lifestyle for so many years.”

Seth Rogen

Ten years ago, Seth Rogen was still
just getting his start in the entertainment industry, and his style kind of
reflected that. In photos from a 2008 comedy event, Rogen is pictured with
scruffy facial hair, a curly mop on his head, square black glasses, and he’s
also noticeably heavier. He’s also wearing a plaid shirt to a red carpet event.
Rogen has grown up a lot, and
it shows. In 2011, Rogen lost and obviously amount of weight for his role in
The Green Hornet. He told The Long Island Press that it was due to “diet
and exercise,” joking, “Uh, stay fat, people. That’s my motto. It’s
no picnic!” Since then, he’s kept the weight off. In December 2018, Rogen
shocked fans when he tweeted a photo with almost no beard and a different
hairstyle with the caption, “I shaved.” Even when he wears his
glasses, which he still does often, Rogen still looks like a different, more
mature actor.

Ariana Grande
Ariana Grande is one of the
world’s biggest pop stars producing hit after hit. But about ten years ago, she
had a much more innocent image as a Nickelodeon star for shows like Victorious
and Sam and Cat. Looking at photos of her back then is like looking at a
different person: as seen in photos on ELLE, she used to have dark curls, and
then she had bright red hair at various lengths for a while there. Her style
was younger, more trendy, and playful as well.
After going through puberty
and growing up in front of everyone, Grande totally changed her image. She dyed
her hair (the color changes from blonde to brown to red fairly often) and she
started wearing very long extensions, which she had to defend in 2014. Grande
also opted for a sexier way of dressing, trading in shimmery dresses for her
typical “uniform” of thigh high boots, a short mini-skirt, and a crop
top — and, of course, her always-present high ponytail.

Miley Cyrus
Ten years ago, Miley Cyrus was
still a Disney darling, and her physical appearance matched the part. She had
very long dark hair that was often worn in loose curls, and she usually showed
up to events in casual outfits of jeans and t-shirts, throwing up the peace
sign with her fingers. Cyrus was pretty much the definition of innocent and
As she grew up, though, Cyrus
went through a serious transformation, and if you saw her in 2018, you might
not even realize she’s the same person as her Hannah Montana days. After
leaving Disney behind, Cyrus rebelled by showing off her tattoos, opting for a
sexier style, and trying out new music. She shocked everyone by appearing nude
in her video for “Wrecking Ball” and by twerking with Robin Thicke at
the 2013 VMAs. Today, Cyrus is still changing, and although she still has an
edgier style, she looks more mature and put together than ever before, as
evidenced on her Instagram.
Zac Efron

In 2008, Zac Efron was still
considered to be another Disney Channel teen dreamboat, and he looked the part.
In photos of Efron from the High School Musical premieres, he’s sporting a
swooping side bang haircut, more casual clothing, and a generally younger look,
which isn’t surprising, considering he was ten years younger.
As Efron grew up, though, he
took on a more serious and mature image. In 2010, photos of Efron shirtless at
the beach surfaced, showing a more toned physique. In 2017, his trainer told
Muscle and Fitness that Efron had reached 5% body fat. In 2018, Efron is even
more toned — he had to add on a lot of muscle for his role in The Beach Bum,
which his trainer told Men’s Health is due to “altering cardio sessions
and completing several two-a-day workouts.” Efron also looks different
thanks to his facial hair, the lack of swooping bangs, and his more grown-up
sense of style.
Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.