16 Female Artists Who Look Totally Different Now Than When They Started Out

When it comes to music, there's nothing worse than an artist staying stuck in the exact same thing they've always done — why do you think the world so intrigued by Taylor Swift's first fully pop album or Miley Cyrus' exploration into hip hop? The same is true for an artist's individual style — sticking with the same look over the years is just, well, boring. These female artists know how to change things up in the fashion department and, because of it, some artists are barely recognizable from when they started out. So which stars look completely different from their early days? Click through to find out.

by Kaitlin Reilly

Then: Miley Cyrus

The former Disney darling doesn’t look like this anymore.

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Now: Miley Cyrus

With her short cropped blonde hair and leather obsession, the only thing these two Mileys have in common are surfboards.

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Then: Katy Perry

The “I Kissed A Girl” singer used to score her threads at vintage shops.

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Now: Katy Perry

Today, Perry’s style is more futuristic space babe.

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Then: Kesha

When the “Tik Tok” singer broke out, she was all about band tees and smudged eyeliner.

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Now: Kesha

Today Kesha’s look is less “grungy basement party” and more “reformed rave girl.”

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Then: Ariana Grande

Before she was a pop star, Grande was an actress on Nick tween series Victorious and Sam & Cat, where she rocked casual clothes and suuuuper red hair.

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Now: Ariana Grande

The “Love Me Harder” singer is all about her ponytail extension and lots of mini dresses.


Then: Taylor Swift

Swift was straight out of Nashville when she hit the charts with her first single “Tim McGraw.”

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Now: Taylor Swift

Swift abandoned her country tunes for a pop sound — and the style to match.


Then: Rihanna

Rihanna started out with a sporty style.

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Now: Rihanna

Today, RiRi’s style is edgy and high-fashion — and there’s not a sports tank in sight.


Then: Beyonce

Bey’s early ’00s fashion featured lots of spaghetti straps and hoop earrings.

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Now: Beyonce

Just try keeping the “Single Ladies” singer out of a body suit.


Then: Britney Spears

These heinous yellow glasses were just one example of what people in the early ’00s thought of as acceptable accessories.

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Now: Britney Spears

Spears looks classier than ever with this sleek blonde bob and blazer combo — a perfect example of how she’s upgraded her style.

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Then: Christina Aguilera

Newsboy caps were all the rage when Aguilera hit the scene, and she took full advantage of that.


Now: Christina Aguilera

The former Voice coach is a modern Marilyn Monroe.

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Then: Mariah Carey

Carey showed off her patriotic pride with this one-shoulder number.


Now: Mariah Carey

This diva doesn’t go anywhere without gold accessories.


Then: Demi Lovato

Let’s face it — the “Heart Attack” singer was always adorably dressed. I could have never pulled off suspenders as a teenager.

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Now: Demi Lovato

Of course, her grownup style is just as chic. She’s a fan of bright colors, both for her clothes and hair.

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Then: Selena Gomez

Lovato’s pal was a fan of Converse sneakers and excessive layering. She probably always had an amazing back to school outfit on hand.

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Now: Selena Gomez

The “Heart Wants What It Wants” singer has started experimenting with very adult red carpet fashions — and she looks gorgeous.


Then: Taylor Momsen

You won’t catch the Gossip Girl actress in a dress this pink ever again.

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Now: Taylor Momsen

The Pretty Reckless singer is all about the grunge-goth look — so much so that Courtney Love accused her of stealing her style.

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Then: Pink

The “Try” singer didn’t do dresses on the red carpet.

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Now: Pink

Her style may be more classic than ever, but it’s still Pink — everything she wears has an edgy flair.


Then: Jennifer Lopez

There wasn’t a crop top that J. Lo didn’t love in the early ’00s.

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Now: Jennifer Lopez

The never-aging singer prefers slinky dresses and numbers that show off her crazy-toned legs.


Then: Carrie Underwood

Underwood’s style during her American Idol days had her fading into the background.

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Now: Carrie Underwood

She’s perpetually on the best-dressed list for cute mini dresses like the one above.

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