Would you believe some of the best-looking and well-known male celebrities wore thick eyeglasses in their youth? In this post, we share some revealing photos of our favorite gentlemen in the days of their adolescence looking a little less celebrity than they appear today. We’re betting more than a few of these icons would have appreciated a pair of some Air Optix lenses or some FreshLook color contacts. Thanks to the transformation of contact lenses, the most studious young men have been able to transform their image into that of a dreamy guy. Let’s examine the conversion that wearing contact lenses made for seven high-profile men.
“My Eyes,” by Blake Shelton suggests that the object of his affection comes a little closer. In the photo above, a young Blake still appears an attractive young man, but he may have been focused a little more closely on his music than his image. Blake Shelton began singing when he was 12 years old. Nominated for Song of the Year, Album of the Year and Entertainer of the Year in 2014, things look much brighter for Shelton currently than in the days of his youth. Shelton came to Nashville at the tender age of 17 after his brother died in a tragic car accident. Since then, he has become a favorite in the music world, thanks to his fun tunes, laid-back sense of humor and the mischievous look in his eye.
Lionel Richie, Grammy-winning writer and artist, changed his image from school to cool. Back in the day, a studious looking Richie grew up pretty much on the college campus of Tuskegee Institute. Richie’s grandfather’s home was located across the street from the college president’s home. When Richie looks in his mirror today, whatever insecurities he might have experienced in his youth should have faded.
Academy award winner George Clooney told his wire glasses rims “adios” many decades ago. When Clooney was in his awkward youth, he suffered from being near-sighted. The famous actor has reported that he battled Bell’s palsy, a condition which partially paralyzes the face, while in middle school. The ailment went away just prior to Clooney entering high school and posing for this unique photograph above. During an Oprah interview, Clooney mentioned having his eyes done. We are not sure if he was joking or if he had LASIK eye surgery.
Emmy winner, Tony Award winner and Golden Globe winner Kelsey Grammer used to be one of the boys who wore glasses at his high school. That hasn’t stopped his romantic life. As the father of six children between four marriages, Grammer must have a way of winning ladies’ hearts. Maybe it is his piercing blue eyes, which you can achieve with Air Optix color contacts.
Rocking oval wire rims at a tender age, singer and teen heartthrob Kevin Jonas swapped his glasses for contact lenses at some point and went on to sell millions of records as a member of the boy band Jonas Brothers. His younger brothers have been spotted in prescription eyewear, but Kevin has been frame-free since the group’s discovery by Disney.
My goodness, look at Lil Jon wrapped up in a bow tie posing for his high school graduation photo. The King of Crunk is now a featured model of Oakley sunglasses on the right. Often times Lil Jon wears tinted sunglasses with his prescription. The look is super vogue now, but back in high school, we are certain the musical genius would have loved a pair of contact lenses.
Looks can be deceiving. The young and nerdy gentleman on the left, grew up to be the 2012 Republican candidate for President of the United States. At the tender age of five, he asked his teachers to call him Mitt, his middle name, which came from his father’s cousin Milton “Mitt” Romney, a former quarterback for the Chicago Bears, instead of Billy. The young Billy hoped to be like the great quarterback someday.
Romney’s style changed throughout his career. He lost the eyeglass frames and traded up for contacts at some point. Transforming himself and his public image happened many times in his lengthy career. Romney wore the traditional navy suit up until he began running for President. The Presidential quest caused Romney to take off his tie and he also reportedly began to wear Gap skinny jeans. Fashion advice from Mitt might include: grow your hair a tad longer, ditch your thick eyeglasses and forget the tie.
From geek to gorgeous, these seven celebrity gentlemen made a transformation using contact lenses that gave them the styling and confidence they knew they wanted. Maybe it is time for you to try a new pair of contact lenses. The new materials on the market today for both daily disposable contacts lenses and extended wear varieties are both comfortable and advanced to provide you better vision.