9 Celebrities Whose Image Has Changed Drastically From the Beginning of Their Career

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Times are changing, and our favorite celebrities are changing too. And we are not only talking about age, but also about how some stars have changed their looks and behavior compared to how we used to know them before. For example, we all knew Justin Timberlake as a participant in a boy band with a sweet voice, but today he is also an experienced and talented actor.

We at Bright Side looked closer at celebrities and picked out the ones whose image, in the eyes of the public, has changed drastically — almost opposite to what it was before.

Paris Hilton

At the beginning of 00’s, Paris Hilton was the synonym for the word “glamour” when the reality show called Simple Life came to the screens. Hilton had been keeping up the image of a pampered rich girl who was only interested in social events and parties for many years.

But in 2020, Paris decided to show what has been hiding behind her perfect looks and shot a documentary about her not-simple youth. She also got passionate about cooking, and the video recipes posted on her channel prove it. In the summer of 2021, Hilton launched her own culinary show.

Justin Timberlake

Justin Timberlake has been on camera since he was a kid, thanks to Club Mickey Mouse. In his youth, he was a singer in the boy band ’N Sync, however, Justin became a real superstar only once he went solo. The recognizable timbre and plastic dance movements became his calling card.

Together with the development of his solo singing career, Justin tried himself in movies, and fans noticed significant progress in his acting and professional growth with each new project. Today, his filmography includes rom-coms (Friends with Benefits), anti-utopia (In Time), and dramas (Palmer).

Fred Durst

The frontman of Limp Bizkit, Fred Durst, used to be a true teen idol back in the day. And he had the image of a tough guy, like most alternative music performers.

Today, the mature and imposing Durst hardly resembles the badass from those videos. He founded a record label and is also trying himself in directing movies and commercials. In 2019, Durst presented The Fanatic, a flick starring John Travolta, to the world.

Bill Kaulitz

At the beginning of the ’00s, the whole world was enthralled by the German band Tokio Hotel, while its frontman Bill Kaulitz became a teen idol. The band was especially popular among representatives of the emo youth subculture.

Today, Bill’s image has gone through drastic changes — no black eyeliner around his eyes and no complicated hairstyling. Also, Bill is conquering the fashion world — he has already worked as a model with Karl Lagerfeld and launched his own clothing collection.

Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus became a star when she was a teenager as part of the Disney series Hannah Montana, which was broadcast from 2006 to 2011. There, she played the role of a schoolgirl who is forced to hide the fact that she is a singer from her classmates. During filming, Miley was recording romantic songs.

However, after finishing her work with Disney, Miley changed her image drastically. She chopped off her hair and started to appear on stage in more bold outfits, creating the image of a badass girl, which she still embodies today.

Reese Witherspoon

After her role in the Legally Blonde rom-com, Reese Witherspoon got wide public recognition. And after that, the actress was associated with the character of this flick for many years — a naive girl who is trying to prove her significance to those around her.

Today, the fact that Reese is a true professional doesn’t require any proof. And it relates not only to her acting. She has become the co-producer of several movies like Gone Girl and Wild, and series like Little Fires Everywhere and Big Little Lies.

Benedict Cumberbatch

Due to his unorthodox appearance, Benedict Cumberbatch would often end up with unpleasant roles at the dawn of his movie career. For instance, the role of a weak-willed husband in The Other Boleyn Girl or a villain in Atonement.

Everything changed when the Sherlock series came out. After it aired, the public started to consider Benedict one of the hottest British men. Benedict himself jokes about his appearance, calling it weird and being “somewhere between an otter and something people find vaguely attractive.”

Ian Somerhalder

Ian’s filmography includes many projects, but he got really famous after the release of The Vampire Diaries series in 2009. There, he appeared as an irresistible but cynical supernatural being, whose appearance onscreen made the hearts of women of all ages flutter.

But in 2015, Ian upset his fans by tying the knot with the actress Nikki Reed. Even today, he often confesses his love for his wife in his microblog. Also, the actor is an avid defender of the environment and proudly holds the title of UNEP Goodwill Ambassador.

Kylie Jenner

Kylie’s name became famous after the release of the Very Cavallari reality show in 2007. The public had just seen her as “another Kardashian member” and Kylie remained in the shadow of her elder sister, Kim, for a long time.

Everything changed in 2015, after Kylie launched a line of lipstick. The products were such a success that soon she had to expand production. She earned $41 million and made it on the Forbes list of The Richest People in the World.

Has your attitude toward the celebrities presented in this article changed? If yes, how?


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