In the purest sense, the word “celebrity” refers to someone who has become popular and well known among the masses. Celebrities are coveted because they are rich, beautiful and perfect in every way.
However, they weren’t always that way. Even the most glamorous of the red-carpet elite have had their share of fashion faux pas – particularly in the glasses department. We’re throwing it back to some of our favorite famous fashionistas’ less-than-chic (but still totally adorable) four eyes moments from their youth. From glum to glam, let’s examine the transformation that ditching the frames made for seven high-profile women.
Rihanna is certainly a household name that has risen to international stardom. Her amazing stage presence and voice have sold over 150 million records worldwide. Known for reinventing herself and especially her style, the seven-time Grammy Award Winner was recently named to the Fashion Icon Lifetime Achievement Award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America. No matter what Rihanna wears, her uniquely hazel irises positively smolder; to look like the R&B singer, peel off the shades and pop in some colored lenses like Air Optix Colors.
“Pretty Woman”’s Julia Roberts was discovered some years after sporting childhood glasses. It may have been around 1975 when Roberts sported gold wire eyeglasses. Today, Roberts is reportedly one of the highest-paid actresses in the world. The Academy Award Winner was named one of People magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People in the World” 11 times. When Roberts looks in the mirror today, whatever insecurities she might have experienced in her youth should have faded. Contact lenses let her natural beauty and dazzling brown eyes light up the silver screen.
This pop-punk singer said “see ya later” to her wire glasses years ago, so it’s hard to recognize the youngest female soloist to make it to number one by her school photo. Avril Lavigne grew up in Ontario and signed a two-album recording contract with Arista Records worth more than $2 million at just age 16. Now she’s a superstar, slamming on her guitar, releasing her own clothing line, appearing in movies, and debuting two different perfumes. We’ll be honest, it’s hard to imagine Avril rocking the same frames she did before her big break.
My, what big eyes you have, Jennifer! On her show Alias, her spy character donned many personas; however, none resembled the adorable, girl-next-door look she rocked as a teenager. Losing the glasses and Christmas sweater allowed Jennifer Garner to transition from a self-proclaimed “band geek” into a true Hollywood starlet.
Rocking the cat-eye glasses at a tender age, actress, singer and comedian Bette Midler switched up to contact lenses at some point and went on to sell 30 million records. Reinventing herself, she entered the acting scene and was awarded four Golden Globes, three Emmy Awards, and a special Tony Award. Now Midler’s eyes are looking forward to a 22-city North American tour to promote her new CD “It’s The Girls!” Her new music is described as an eclectic collection of covers from seven decades’ of girl groups and was released November 4, 2014.
When Kate posed for this high school portrait, she seemed oddly determined to hide her best featues. Her curls were pulled back, her glorious smile was replaced my a pout and, yes, her twinkling eyes were hidden behind sunglasses. Who knows what was going through the teenager’s head, but we’re glad that Kate Hudson lost the shades to let her peepers truly steal the spotlight.
Looks can be deceiving. The young and studious lady pictured on the left grew up to be the gorgeous and glam mom Kate Gosselin! The mother of sextuplets, Kate Gosselin became a celebrity when she and her former husband starred in one of television’s first reality shows “Jon & Kate Plus 8.” Despite looking absolutely adorable in corrective eyewear, it’s certainly not surprising that Kate chose not to sport glasses while on the show.