Celebrities are idolized not just for their talents and fame, but often for their physical appearance. How is it possible for mere humans to be so good looking? It's not all due to genes and access to top-notch dermatologists. Plenty of famously attractive celebrities were once pretty average looking – that is, before the Hollywood star-making machine went into overdrive.
Some of these hot celebrities before makeovers may surprise you. Their extreme transformations took them from gawky nerds to dreamboats (looking at you, Calvin Harris), and from sweet doofuses to chiseled superheros (hi, Chris Pratt!). Celebrity makeovers can be as simple as a new gym routine and a fresh haircut, or they can verge into the land of nose jobs and extensive dental work. These celebrities before and after their big breaks might look like entirely different people.
When you have all the money one could need, a team at your back, and the benefit of great lighting, just about anybody can look like a star. So take this as a confidence booster: there are plenty of famous hot celebrities who were ugly at one point.
Before the DJ was a household name, Calvin Harris was like any struggling musician – which is to say, grungy and not much to look at. He originally used Myspace to share his music, then signed to a label in 2006. That led to a debut album in 2007 and a #1 UK single in 2009. Harris didn't make his big break until 2012, but newfound fame came with a better haircut and spiffier image.
Starting as a young actor in the 2000s, Josh Peck worked on several kid friendly films before landing his star-making role on Drake and Josh in 2004. Known as the funny fat kid for his earlier career, once the show ended Peck shed the weight and became a YouTube personality. He's almost unrecognizable as the same guy these days.
The onetime Onika Minaj went to the LaGuardia High School of Music and Art, and a clip circling the Internet shows she had a flair for performance even as a teenager. Musical success didn't come until 2010, but by then she was already known for her colorful on-stage personas and fierce rapping skills.
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Zac Efron started acting in bit parts in the early 2000s. Like any kid his age, he was still struggling through an awkward adolescence. Then, in 2006, High School Musical premiered and rocketed the young man into stardom. Now Efron is known as the shredded hunk Hollywood calls on when they need more abs.