Beautiful Transition: 19 Kids Who Grew Up to Be Beautiful Celebrities

Some of the celebrities we love today used to have looks that would have made most of us judge them as ugly if they had retained their child looks to date. While some of them were not all unattractive and entirely hideous, a rewind to the past shows some celebrities we know as stunning today have some heartbreaking and awkward look that would have rocked our hearts to the core if not that they grew to have a better look thanks to puberty for doing them so right. Knowing it will sound a little discriminatory to tag the baby photos of these celebrities ugly and weird-looking, it is definitely easy to see many of the big stars are not as awkward looking as they once were. Whether or not the DNAs of these celebrities got better with age or surgery was to thank for the transformation, we bring you the list of 19 Celebrities who look better with age.

Elvis Presley


Obviously, Elvis looks cute as an adult better than he looked as a child. Not that he was very ugly in any way, but age does suit him well. From thicker eyebrow to darker and thicker hair.

Kate Upton


The model and actress popular for her appearances in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue does look adorable as a child but super hot as an adult no doubt. looking at her baby photo you would not have known she would translate into the supermodel she is today.

Avril Lavigne

Oh yea that’s Avril as a baby not a white…..complete the word. Okay we do know no baby is ever ugly or deserves ever to be called ugly, but Avril sure looks better as an adult than a child.

Whitney Port

Not that Whitney has double rows of shark teeth or chameleon eyes set vertically instead of horizontally or that she possesses all the stuff we find ugly, but she looks way stunning being an adult. She succeeded in trimming down in all of the right places and getting an even longer face rather than a rounder or chubby face.

Jared Leto

Everybody knows this face for his role as Jordan Catalano on the television series My So-Called Life right? Well, he is also the nice-looking guy who made his film debut in How to Make an American Quilt (1995). He is now a very handsome guy and that’s a good thing for him cos he used to be an awkward-looking young boy. He now has big well-arranged eyebrows and a pretty nose, giving his look a lot of character that should enable him to get a lot of interesting roles as he grows older, unlike his younger look. Even though he looks nerdy as a child but that’s now in the past and we’ll always know him as the cute guy.


Eminem’s mop of blond hair as a child looks really cute, but he resorted to shaving it and looking super chunky as a bad boy rapper. Check out the eyebrows, the nose and well the chin… the rapper, record producer, singer and songwriter from Detroit, Michigan looks way more adorable as an adult. I won’t deny he has the most amazing smiles as a child. Where did all the smile go.

Justin Bieber

Oh no that’s not a joke, it’s Justin as a child. Though in his teenage years, he did not change much from his adorable baby looks but when compared to how hot and sexy he looks now, it is safe to say he has come a long way. The smiley teen star we’ve always adored grew up to look cuter from her younger adorable self. He wasn’t ugly per se, but the ladies certainly prefer his more recent hunky looks.

Leonardo DiCaprio


Leonardo is an American actor and film director. He played “Jack” in James Cameron’s epic romance Titanic which earned him international fame. Well, Leonardo was not ugly but as an adult, he has more charm that did not manifest in his childhood.

Zac Efron

Oh yea, those eyes are captivating and they translated into his present look but you never would’ve known Zac was going to be this cute as a grown-up. The actor who became well-known as a teen idol after his lead roles in the Disney Channel Original Movie High School Musical, the WB series Summerland, and the 2007 film version of the Broadway musical Hairspray looks quite different from what he was as a baby no doubt and …does he look better now? Well, you got a big fat YES on that one with a nicer chin, face, eyes, eyebrows, nose… in fact everything you could think of.

Justin Timberlake

Justin Timberlake, an American singer, songwriter, actor, and record producer was of course, an adorably awkward baby with not so cute teeth, eyebrow, nose, and chin but has grown up to appear well, so graceful. Though he smiles better as a kid but looks cuter and more handsome now than in his childhood.

Angelina Jolie


She grew up looking……stunning. But come to think of it, who would have known the star would have the finest lips as well as chin just from looking at her younger photo.  Of course, she had a big fat chin at that time and her lips seemed too big to come together. Now she is more adorable and everything about her current look screams cute!

Nicolas Cage

Nicolas Kim Coppola known professionally as Nicolas Cage grew up to a nice-looking man. He may not look like the ghost many know him as from the Ghost Rider, but he is definitely one face to look out for. He looks really different from his baby self no doubt, but that really doesn’t mean he was an ugly baby. The star who has performed in leading roles in a variety of films, ranging from romantic comedies and dramas to science fiction and action films now looks manly and handsome.

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Drake Bell



Jared Bell looks better now but was a clear prune goblin as a baby. He still makes stupid faces even to this day, so we guess he didn’t change too much over the years. Either way, I guess Drake slimmed down a bit. And for the past five years, he hasn’t aged one bit. Except for that mole that’s living on his face.

Katie Holmes



The actress and model who first gained fame for starring as Joey Potter on The WB television teen drama Dawson’s Creek from 1998 to 2003 is another awkward looking baby who grew up to be a stunning celebrity. Sometimes, a baby’s look can’t be used to determine whether or not they’ll be cute later on as most babies look droopy and funny until some years later. In fact, it appears the more stranger a baby looks, the better looking they’ll be when they’re grown.

Halle Berry


Obviously Halle’s present look is something far from what it was a child. She wasn’t to be called adorable as a baby. In fact, the actress wasn’t born beautiful, she grew beautiful. At some point like a flash of light, it all turned stunning. Her recent look is next to breath-taking. Halle’s story is just similar to the story of the ugly duckling who grew into a beautiful swan. Who would have known this baby would turn into such a beautiful actress, and would even model and enter several beauty contests, finishing as the 1st runner-up in the Miss USA Pageant and coming in 6th place in the Miss World Pageant in 1986? Not just that, she has become one of the most beautiful women in the world as well as an Oscar-winning actress who has starred in esteemed films such as Catwoman. Halle has been named the world’s sexiest woman by multiple publications and was mostly known as just another pretty face.

Tom Cruise



Tom Cruise is an American actor and filmmaker nominated for three Academy Awards and winner of three Golden Globe Awards. The award-winning actor is another celebrity whose puberty changed for good. While some child celebrities lost their adorable child look which made them rise to prominence as seen in a post we did earlier about child celebrities who grew up to be ugly, others, like Tom Cruise, grew up to locate a classic look. As a child, Tom Cruise didn’t have the cutest dentition or brows. Perhaps, a deep pocket brimming with cash and some major dental surgery and cosmetics, he’s become the nice-looking guy drawing the attention of most girls in Mission Impossible. What’s more stunning about the stunner is that he’s in his fifties and you wouldn’t even know if you weren’t told. Whether or not he owes his looks to a great DNA or Scientology, he is undeniably admirable.

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Scarlett Johansson


Okay, let me be the first to say that Johansson wasn’t an ugly baby. But looking at her, you wouldn’t know that was the future Scarlett Johansson. At least not in that white onesie deal she’s got going on. You can’t always tell what a baby’s going to do later on. But sometimes, you like to imagine that you can see a spark of the baby’s future looking at them. You can’t really say that with this picture of Scarlett Johansson. Unfortunately, she was an ambiguous baby but you can’t say that Scarlett Johansson, arguably one of the most beautiful women in the world, is ambiguous or weird looking now. I swear to god, babies are some of the weirdest looking things in the world but damn if they’re not cute and cheerful. Just keep the spitting up and the diaper changes in mind.

Demi Lovato



Demi Lovato is an American singer, songwriter, and actress who made her debut as a child actress in Barney & Friends. In 2008, Lovato rose to prominence in the Disney Channel television film Camp Rock and signed a recording contract with Hollywood Records. Demi Lovato wasn’t to be called ugly as a baby but she wasn’t always the poised, stunning lady she is today. Demi Lovato looked somewhat awkward as a baby compared to her present look. In fact, her baby picture looks far from what her appearance today is. Even though she was a cute baby yet we would hardly recognize her. Certainly not exactly who we’d think Demi Lovato was as a child. What a transition!




Beyonce is one of the most famous singers the world can boast of. But you probably wouldn’t know that by mere looking at baby Beyonce. There’s a little of a double chin noticed in the baby star. Like many of the other celebrities on the list, Beyonce was able to drop her cringe-worthy baby years. Well, truth be told, has there ever been a baby that has a bit resemblance with a frog or an alien? Anyway, the singer has transitioned to one of the most stunning women on our planet. Puberty did so right to her child look.

Amara Onuh
Amara Onuh
Amara is a personal finance and entertainment writer and journalist by trade with several years of experience covering businesses, CEOs, and celebrity profiles. She has worked as a full-time writer since 2015, and while she finds almost all the topics she writes about interesting, her favourite subjects are personal finance, business, entertainment, celebrities, and travel. Other than writing, she either spends most of her time reading Christian books or keeping up with the latest international news


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