The Most Dramatic Celebrity Transformations Of The Past Decade

Celebrity transformations can be awe-inspiring. While it might seem as though the rich and famous have always been certain ways, for most stars, there was a time when they weren't quite as fabulous as they are now. Even ten years ago, certain celebs had completely different appearances than they do now, and that's not exactly surprising. It takes money and usually a lot of time to transform your look — whether it be someone's personal style or physical appearance — and celebrities tend to have plenty of both. Additionally, there are a lot of celebrities out there who have completely changed on the inside, from their personalities to their talents, to the projects they put out into the world. 

That said, from 2009 to 2019, there were plenty of stunning celebrity transformations that took place. Of course, as some of them happened slowly, it might have been hard to notice. But now, looking back at the past decade, it's clear that a lot of huge celebrities have undergone dramatic transformations. And really, they all look even more incredible now, if that's even possible. 

Christina Phillips from My 600-lb Life underwent a dramatic celebrity transformation

If there is one person who has truly become the epitome for a weight-loss before and after comparison, it's Christina Phillips from My 600-lb LifeWhen the Mississippi native first appeared on the TLC show in 2014, she weighed in at 708 pounds. While on the show, Phillips underwent gastric bypass surgery, after which she weighed in at 183 pounds, a pretty dramatic loss, according to In TouchThese days, Phillips looks amazing, and she is almost unrecognizable. And her hard work has cemented her place as one of the most dramatic transformations on My 600-lb Life.

Though Phillips looks incredible now, she came back on the show for a special My 600-lb Life: Where Are They Now? in 2016. In that episode, Phillips admitted that she has struggled quite a bit with her massive weight loss. "Lately any time I see the scale go up, I tend to freak out and I stop eating for a couple days," she said, according to People. Still, Phillips has come a long way since 2014, and it's pretty impressive to see how she's managed to maintain her weight after her dramatic celebrity transformation. 

Lady Gaga became a style icon after a dramatic celebrity transformation

Perhaps no celebrity has undergone quite as dramatic a style evolution as Lady Gaga. The Grammy Award-winning artist had a hugely successful year in 2019, taking home several awards in just one year. For her work on the film A Star Is Born, Lady Gaga earned a Golden Globe, a Grammy, a British Academy of Film and Television Arts Award, and an Oscar. Basically, Gaga is one of the most talented and successful artists of the decade, and she's also had one of the most dramatic celebrity transformations of the past ten years. 

But back in 2010, Lady Gaga was still a relatively new artist, and she arrived to the MTV Video Music Awards wearing a dress made out of... meat (via Billboard). It was quite the statement, but it wasn't the first (or last) outrageous outfit Gaga wore at the start of her career. As W magazine reported, Gaga has been spotted wearing crazy outfits for much of the past decade. Until, well, she started to class things up. Now Gaga is known for her elegant looks, which she effortlessly pulls off.  

Kim Kardashian really had a glow-up, making for a stunning celebrity transformation

In 2019, Kim Kardashian is most well-known for her family's hit reality show, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, her adorable family of six, a massive beauty empire, and a famous husband. However, back in 2009, Kardashian was still rocking some pretty notable looks, such as a red, leopard-print dress, complete with a hair-poof to rival Priscilla Presley, as Harper's Bazaar reported. 

Over the years, Kardashian has refined her look, both in terms of her personal style and her hair and makeup. In short, you could say that Kardashian has had an incredible glow-up, and now, the mother and entrepreneur is known for her classic, body-hugging style. Since pairing up with Kanye West, Kardashian has expanded her wardrobe to revolve more around high-end designers, such as Balmain. As for Kardashian's beauty evolution, she has become the queen of contouring, and she even launched her own makeup line filled with products to help everyone achieve that Kardashian-level contour, as noted by Good Morning America

Kardashian has gone from a single reality star wearing animal print to an A-lister with true style. What a dramatic celebrity transformation!

We bet Meghan Markle was impressed by Prince Harry's celebrity transformation

Two of the biggest events of the past decade were the two royal weddings. In 2011, Prince William wed Kate Middleton in a lavish, televised ceremony that captured the attention of the entire world. Then, in 2018, Prince Harry married American actress Meghan Markle, and their royal wedding was as fabulous as could be (via Harper's Bazaar). Still, there was a time when Prince Harry wasn't exactly on track to get married. 

In fact, in 2012, Prince Harry hit a real low when he was photographed naked in Las Vegas, and the photos leaked online, according to TMZ. Since then, the royal has worked on bettering himself and has really come a long way since his partying days. These days, he is a husband and a father, having welcomed baby Archie in 2019, and he has undergone a dramatic celebrity transformation. In short, Prince Harry has grown up over the last ten years and is hardly even recognizable anymore. 

Taylor Swift went through a celebrity transformation and came into her own

Believe it or not, but mega pop star Taylor Swift hasn't always been the sleek, talented powerhouse that she is. In fact, back in 2009, Swift was just an up-and-coming singer-songwriter rocking her signature curls and red lipstick, according to Harper's Bazaar. Truly, over the past decade, Swift has gone from a 20-something girl who loved glitter and sparkly dresses, to a mature, Grammy-winning artist with a personal style worth putting on display at the Met, proving her celebrity transformation has been one of the most significant over the past decade.

Over the last ten years, Swift has taken her look from sweet to edgy, and she has explored all fashion in between. Just as Swift has transformed her musical style, going from country to pop, she has also completely transformed herself. On the inside, as well as the outside, Swift has changed a lot since she stepped onto the music scene, and it's definitely for the better. Now, the multi-talented artist stands up for herself and looks amazing while doing so. 

The Jonas Brothers have really grown up after undergoing stunning celebrity transformations

One of the most interesting parts about the passing of time is that things that were once popular can come back into style. For instance, the Jonas Brothers — the three-brothers boy band — really peaked in 2009 with their album, Lines, Vines, and Trying Times. However, the band sadly split up in 2013, and both Nick Jonas and Joe Jonas went their own ways when it came to music and forged their own solo careers. 

Then, in 2019, the Jonas Brothers got back together. Nick, Joe, and Kevin joined forces once again to put out some great bops and even go on tour. Basically, the Jonas Brothers transformed into some pretty great young men over the past decade, and their music style has also transformed. The Jonas Brothers are still putting out great songs, but they're definitely more mature now. Additionally, all three of the JoBros are now married, and Kevin is even a father! Talk about a dramatic celebrity transformation.

Khloe Kardashian got in great shape, which resulted in a dramatic celebrity transformation

Anyone who has watched Keeping Up with the Kardashians since the reality series first aired in 2007 knows that the relationship between the three sisters Kourtney, Kim, and Khloé (not to mention half-sisters Kendall Jenner and Kylie Jenner) is crucial to the plot of the show. So, obviously, Khloé Kardashian is a central part of the reality TV staple and always has been. Fans have seen her go through a lot since KUWTK first aired, including her struggling relationship with her body and her weight. 

Throughout the course of the show, Khloé Kardashian has referred to herself as "fat," making it clear that she wasn't happy with how she looked. However, when 2013 rolled around and Kardashian's divorce from Lamar Odom was finalized, she had dropped 30 pounds and was really feeling herself, according to Us Weekly. Since then, she has maintained her fit figure and has even launched her own reality show centered around getting into shape, Revenge Body. Basically, Khloé Kardashian has been killing it lately, and her dramatic celebrity transformation is nothing short of impressive. 

Ryan Reynolds had a jaw-dropping celebrity transformation

Back in 2009, Ryan Reynolds was just a young, handsome actor appearing in popular comedies like The Proposal and The Change-Up. Of course, he was talented, but, a decade ago, Reynolds was a very different man. In fact, for a short time, Reynolds was married to Scarlett Johansson before they divorced. Yes, Reynolds has had quite the personal celebrity transformation over the past decade, as he married Blake Lively and is now a father to three children (via People). 

Moreover, Reynolds has had quite a physical transformation as well. Not only did he get remarried, star in his own franchise of superhero movies, and start his own company, but he also turned in to quite the fox. While Reynolds has definitely always been attractive and has never really looked bad, this past decade saw Reynolds turn into a more handsome, older version of himself, and he really couldn't look any better. With a successful career, beautiful family, and stellar good looks, Deadpool star Reynolds has it all going on. 

Mama June lost a lot of weight during her celebrity transformation

There was one reality show this past decade that really shocked viewers across the world, and it was Toddlers & Tiaras. The show featured toddler beauty queens and their overbearing parents, including one such toddler Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson. Thompson's mom, known as Mama June Shannon, also captured viewers' attention. In fact, the family got so much attention that they landed their own reality show, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. Throughout the shows, Mama June was overweight. That is until she underwent a massive makeover, which was featured on the show Mama June: From Not to Hot. 

During the show, Mama June went from weighing 450 pounds to going all the way down to a size 4, according to People. After her celebrity transformation, Mama June was barely recognizable, and she really dedicated herself to the cause. From the start of the decade to the end, Mama June changed her look, and it's clear that she isn't done working on herself, despite issues in her personal life.

Chris Pratt got super fit as part of his celebrity transformation

Over the past decade, Chris Pratt has become a mega superstar. The actor landed roles in huge films, such as Jurassic World, Zero Dark Thirty, and Guardians of the Galaxy. But back in 2009, Pratt was just playing the lovable, goofy Andy Dwyer on Parks and Recreation. As with his character, Pratt's physical appearance at the start of the decade was pretty approachable and cute. But, as time went on, Pratt really bulked up and got ridiculously fit for some of his more intense roles. 

However, back before Pratt appeared in Guardians of the Galaxy, he revealed his new physique with a shirtless mirror selfie, telling Men's Journal that it took "three or four hours a day of just consistent, a**-kicking hard work" to get those results. Pratt really worked hard to get that body, and his hard work definitely paid off. Now Pratt is a certified dreamboat, and, in addition to his physical celebrity transformation, he's undergone quite a few personal changes as well. Pratt divorced his first wife, Anna Faris, and married his new love, Katherine Schwarzenegger, this past decade.

Jessica Simpson had quite the physical celebrity transformation

When Jessica Simpson first appeared on the music scene, she was a teenager from Texas. Now, she is a wife, mother, and businesswoman. It's obvious that Simpson has come a long way over the past decade, specifically when it comes to her health. In 2019, Simpson gave birth to her third child, a daughter, as reported by CNN. And while Simpson was definitely happy to be a mom of three, she also struggled with her weight after the pregnancy. But she was able to work off a lot of that baby weight in a short amount of time due to dedication and likely, of course, a personal trainer. 

"6 months. 100 pounds down (Yes, I tipped the scales at 240)," Simpson captioned a photo on Instagram of herself celebrating her weight loss. "Emotional for many reasons, but so proud to feel like myself again. Even when it felt impossible, I chose to work harder," she concluded. Simpson has accomplished a lot in her life, and, this decade, her health was the biggest change, making for a dramatic celebrity transformation.

Sam Smith's celebrity transformation was internal

While there are plenty of physical celebrity transformations that took place over the last decade, one of the biggest internal transformations to occur was that of Sam Smith. The soulful singer gained popularity this decade for the sweet, powerful voice they carried, but then Smith also managed to steal peoples' hearts, and for more than one reason.

Not only has Smith's body changed over the decade, with the singer slimming down and getting more toned, but Smith also transformed in the sense that they found themselves. In 2019, during an interview with Jameela Jamil on I Weigh Interviews, Smith came out as nonbinary. "When I saw the word non-binary, genderqueer, and I read into it, and I heard these people speaking, I was like, 'F**k, that is me,'" Smith said. Now Smith is happy and free to be whoever they want to be, and that's a pretty incredible change to undergo in just one decade. 

Kristen Stewart is like a new person after experiencing a dramatic celebrity transformation

When the first Twilight movie came out in 2008, based on the Stephenie Meyer books of the same name, Kristen Stewart was a relatively unknown, gangly young actress. Now, she is confident and talented, and she has appeared in more than one blockbuster movie. Still, the Twilight movies dominated the first half of the decade, and so did Stewart. Ten years later, Stewart has had a dramatic celebrity transformation and has really come into herself. 

Stewart has definitely evolved when it comes to fashion, as noted by Vanity Fair, that much is clear. But there's a lot more to Stewart's incredible transformation than just looks. In 2017, Stewart hosted Saturday Night Live, and, in her opening monologue, she explained that she was "like, so gay, dude." In an interview with Entertainment Weekly following the episode, Stewart explained that she felt so free after coming out publicly: "I guess because it was simple and straightforward. Just — 'I'm, like, so gay, dude.'" She added, "In that moment, to make it normal and cool and completely unashamed? It felt really cool."

Miley Cyrus has been though a lot of changes throughout her celebrity transformation

When the decade kicked off, Miley Cyrus was a young woman on the brink of coming into her own. In 2010, she starred in the highly anticipated movie adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks novel The Last Song. In the movie, Cyrus appeared alongside a newcomer to the film scene, Liam Hemsworth. Little did they both know that they would be in each others' lives for the foreseeable future. After the movie, Cyrus and Hemsworth had a rollercoaster of a relationship, which ended in their marriage in 2018, followed by their split in 2019 (via People). 

Now, Cyrus is focusing on herself and has become quite an extraordinary woman. From the dramatic celebrity transformation of Cyrus' physical appearance to her inner change, Cyrus has had quite the decade. Additionally, Cyrus opened up about her sexuality this past decade, especially in an interview with Vanity Fair. "A big part of my pride and my identity is being a queer person. What I preach is: People fall in love with people, not gender, not looks, not whatever," she said. Clearly, Cyrus has only gotten better.