It’s hard to believe it’s been 11 years since Taylor Swift released her self-titled album and it’s even harder to believe how fresh-faced and innocent she was back then. With tracks like “Love Story,” and “15” she emerged as a sweet, budding country singer.
Then, she won the Best Female Video prize for “You Belong with Me” at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards and her life changed. Rapper Kanye West, was none-to-please about her victory and stormed the stage to let everyone know that Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies” was one of the “best videos of all time.”
Maybe the situation hardened Swift, who soon after changed her image almost entirely. Gone are her country songs and sappy lyrics. Today, she’s a huge pop star whose tracks, including “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” and “Bad Blood” give fans a glimpse inside her string of failed romances and growing number of celebrity feuds.
There was a time when no one would have described Chris Pratt as a leading man. Overweight and largely overlooked, he took on secondary roles such as Andy in Parks and Recreation and Vince Vaughn’s best friend in the critically-panned film, Delivery Man.
After being cast in the lead role of superhero flick, Guardians of the Galaxy, Pratt was able to show off both his comedic skills and his impressively transformed physique. His performance won over audiences and led to more box-office success with films such as Jurassic World.
The actor, who is married to comedienne Anna Faris, with whom he shares a son, said when he was overweight, he struggled with depression and low sex drive. Today, he may not always enjoy his diet but he’s definitely enjoying the benefits!
Not long ago, Ivanka Trump was just a teen pursuing a modelling career in an attempt to flee boarding school. She knew this wouldn’t be her “endgame,” of course, and enrolled in Georgetown and later the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Following in her father, Donald Trump’s, footsteps, Ivanka plunged into the world of business and, eventually, served as a boardroom judge on The Apprentice.
As she continued to build her own brand and empire, she married businessman, Jared Kushner, converted to Judaism, and welcomed three children. Today, the couple act as advisors to her father, now the President of the United States, traveling to boardrooms around the world.
When Megan Fox first burst onto the scene, it was in a very big way. As Shia LeBeouf’s co-star in the highly-anticipated live-action adaptation of Transformers, Fox was introduced to a huge audience and quickly became a household name.
Unfortunately, she and director Michael Bay, had some sort of falling out and she was not invited to return to the franchise and ended up being cast in low-performing films like Jennifer’s Body.
Today, the actress is rarely in the spotlight and instead, is focused on raising her three boys, Noah, Bodhi, and Journey, with husband, Brian Austin Green (who many will recognize from the original Beverly Hills, 90210).
As a young kid growing up in Canada, Justin Bieber competed in local talent shows until he started uploading videos of himself to YouTube. Against all odds, it worked. He eventually gained the attention of Usher and, well, the rest is history.
While he launched his career with syrupy teen songs such as “Baby,” his life has taken many surprising turns. He’s had run-ins with the law, fights with paparazzi, high-profile romances (including his long-term on-again-off-again relationship with Selena Gomez), and gotten countless tattoos.
Now, he’s trying to set boundaries with his fans after feeling burned out. Although his intentions might be great, he often makes headlines when he refuses to pose for pictures or scolds his followers for trying to push him past his limits — which doesn’t do anything to improve the bad reputation he’s earned.