From Ariana to J.Law: 10 Mind-Blowing Celebrity Before-and-Afters

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There are very few women in the universe who can look back on photos of themselves from 20, 10, or even five years back and not internally cringe. What can we say? Trends come and go, and not all of them are the most flattering or classic (see: ’90s brows, ponchos, failed attempts at lip liner, etc.). But there are some people in the world who undergo more of a dramatic transformation than others. If you need further proof that a different hair color or makeup technique can totally transform your face, look no further than the 10 celebrities ahead. Sure, features change naturally with age, but these transformations go beyond the Kat Stratford effect and veer into truly mind-blowing. If you can’t remember the day when Ariana Grande had raven-colored curls or Katy Perry was a bare-faced teen, you’ll want to scroll through now.  

Keep scrolling to see 10 jaw-dropping celebrity transformations, and use the sliding arrows to see the before-and-afters!

Before Stewart was the platinum-haired Chanel muse she is today, she was a fresh-faced brunette in a thriller called Cold Creek Manor.

Images: Getty/Rachel Murray, Getty/SGranitz

Remember when Lawrence had long, lustrous, coffee-hued strands? Yeah, neither did we.

Images: Getty/Samir Hussein, Getty/Marcel Thomas

You can’t deny Kim’s authenticity—her love of a nude lip, long lashes, and sculpting was evident even from the start of her career.

Images: Getty/Steve Granitz, Getty/John Sciulli 

Her younger half-sister Kylie needs no introduction. We all watched Jenner go from shy young girl to sultry woman before our very eyes.

Images: Getty/Jennifer Graylock, Getty/Valerie Macon

Let’s all take a moment of silence for the great cultural case study that is The Simple Life—and now let’s marvel at how Richie effortlessly traded bronzer and chunky highlights for Chanel and a sleek chop.  

Images: Getty/Gregg DeGuire, Getty/Steve Granitz

We’ll never forget ramen curl–era Taylor. Never.

Images: Getty/Brian Killian, Getty/Mark Davis

When Rihanna first burst onto the scene, she was a sunny Barbados transplant with a wide smile. Her look today is decidedly edgier (and sexier).

Images: Getty/Allen Berezovsky, Getty/George Pimentel

It’s hard to picture Grande without her requisite sky-high pony, which is why this photo of her when she first started showbiz is so amazing.

Images: Getty/Steve Granitz, Getty/Joe Corrigan

Cyrus traded her sweet Hannah Montana exterior for a platinum pixie and headline-dominating clothing choices shortly after her aptly named single, "Can’t Be Tamed."

Images: Getty/Peter Kramer, Getty/Steve Granitz

Perry has gone through many different phases throughout her career (RIP the blue-and-green-haired era of “California Girls”), and has recently settled back into the raven-hued strands that she began her career with—yet she looks completely transformed.

Images: Getty/Amanda Edwards, Getty/Mike Windle

Which of these transformations surprised you the most? Click here to see the most epic celebrity brow transformations!

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