When one is in need of a pick-me-up, Googling a celeb’s name followed by “2010” is a surefire morale-booster. The style faux-pas—BumpIts and bandage dresses—serve as a friendly reminder that stars truly are just like us. So as the decade comes to a close, let us reflect on 10 humbling Hollywood journeys and take some of that glow-up energy into the 2020s.
From aspiring actress to freaking duchess! If that’s not the glow-up of all glow-ups, we don’t know what is. While the hair and brows are noticeably fuller, it’s the accessories game that’s changed the most: from tortoise-sunnies-tucked-into-the-dress to fascinators and borrowed-from-the-queen jewels.
Throwback Beyoncé peddled bedazzled Deréon jeans and perfumes with inspired monikers like “Heat Wild Orchid” and “Pulse NYC.” Current-day Beyoncé turns down Vogue interviews, serves as the undisputed Queen of pop culture and even has the snobs at Pitchfork eating out of her palm.
Remember when the only “couture” Kim wore was Juicy? Then along came Kanye, her real-life Professor Higgins, as well as some key beauty tweaks (no more reverse-panda-eye concealer or critter-like falsies). But it’s her newfound passion for activism that awards her the most glow-up points. Go, Kim!
Middle brother Joe may have once been the object of teen-girl swoondom, but as the Jo-bros matured, Nick solidified his status as the smouldering one. (We’d like to offer this Marky Mark-inspired photoshoot—NSFW—as evidence.) He even managed to woo Priyanka Chopra, which really says it all.
Who would have thought the youngest Kardashian-Jenner would go on to surpass her siblings’ success, build a billion-dollar business and become a mother, all before the age of 23? Kylie’s sure come a long way in the past 10 years, and, apparently, so has her face…
She started the decade as a Baldwin and ended it as a Bieber. Despite all the baggage those surnames carry, Hailey seems surprisingly level-headed, coming off a sweet, stable exception in the troubled young Hollywood landscape. Also, her skin!
Speak of the devil! Though he’s gone from cute Canadian kid (want a Timbit, Jus?) to Trailer Park Boys extra, we can’t help but have a soft spot for the Biebs. We root for him, through the crying in parks and questionable facial hair, because really, we just want our Stratford boy to be happy.
A quick tally of RiRi’s accomplishments this decade: She nabbed the most number ones, single-handedly made the beauty industry more inclusive and practically dethroned Victoria’s Secret. Hers was also the hair that launched a thousand trends, from finger waves to undershaves and beyond.
She’s gone from Nickelodeon sidekick to chief purveyor of breakup anthems. The perma-ponytailed songstress with a penchant for animal ears certainly has her aesthetic down pat, along with a vocal range that makes us wish VH1 Divas Live was still around.
Now this is how you transition from boy band to solo star come modern hunk (go in the corner and think about that, Justin Timberlake.) For his love of fashion and nail art, his appreciation of Shania Twain and his overall British cheekiness, we declare Harry all glowed up.