11 Most Dramatic Reality TV Star Transformations
Celebrity fans are well aware how quickly a star’s appearance can change. In Hollywood plastic surgery and botox are commonplace and, while A-list stars undergo small changes over a period of time, it is reality stars that fans most often see the most drastic changes in. Through plastic surgery, weight gain or loss, and a change of style, most reality stars look nothing like they did when they first began appearing on TV. Here are 10 of the most drastic and dramatic reality TV star transformations ever:
11. Kelly Osbourne
Kelly Osbourne was always known as the daughter of iconic rocker Ozzy Osbourne and Sharon Osbourne, but fans didn’t really get to know her until they landed their own MTV reality series The Osbournes. The show began in 2002 when Kelly was 18 years old, and she is barely recognizable now from how she looked when the series began. At the time the teen rocked dark makeup, dark clothes and ever-changing colored hair, and weight fluctuations that came along with her battle with an addiction to painkillers. By 2008, Kelly’s weight had yo-yoed quite a bit and she hit her slimmest yet in 2010. By 2015 she had returned to a healthy weight and fully exchanged her punk-rock look for edgy chic, completing a stunning transformation.
10. Amber Portwood
Quite a few of the Teen Mom OG and Teen Mom 2 stars look extremely different from when they first appeared on 16 and Pregnant and the early seasons of their spin-offs. While some of their changes are attributed to going from teenagers to young adults making changes in their style and hair choices, others have also taken to plastic surgery. Teen Mom OG star Amber Portwood first looked drastically different after she lost considerable weight in the show’s early seasons because of an addiction to pills. Now that she is sober, her focus has been on being healthy and she decided to give herself a “mommy makeover” at the end of Teen Mom OG’s sixth season. Amber had a breast lift and liposuction and also debuted a new blonde bob, making her look completely different.
9. Nicole Richie
It has been quite some time since Nicole Richie was one of TV’s biggest reality stars with her then best friend Paris Hilton when the two starred in The Simple Life. In 2006, during the show’s third season, her weight loss was undeniable and was so drastic it caused concern of an eating disorder. Following the end of the series her transformation continued as she lost weight to the point of looking skeletal and traded in the her heavily highlighted hair and 2000’s style for more mature and chic looks.
8. Jenni ‘JWoww’ Farley
Jenni ‘JWoww’ Farley has always been stunning, but even she decided she needed a new look. While she made little changes since the series came to an end in 2012, Jwoww arrived at the 2016 MTV Video Awards looking barely recognizable! Only months after welcoming her second child, the former Jersey Shore star underwent her second breast augmentation surgery, and drastically slimmed down, but what really made her transformation so shocking was her face! It seems she had recently got work of some sort on her face which made it difficult for her to open her eyes and dramatically pulled back her skin.
7. Vicki Gunvalson
Vicki Gunvalson is one of the longest running Real Housewives stars out of all the franchises after beginning her run on The Real Housewives of Orange County in 2006. Fans can’t help but notice how different she looks now versus 11 years ago, and along with the natural process of ages, her different look is also due to botox, fillers, lasers and body sculpting her thighs and midsection.
6. Kate Gosselin
Kate Gosselin was ushered into reality TV life way back in 2004 when she and her husband at the time Jon Gosselin were featured on NBC’s Home Delivery. In 2005 they appeared on Discovery Health’s special Surviving Sextuplets and Twins and eventually landed their own TLC show, Jon & Kate Plus 8, which became one of the network’s biggest hits. All these years later, Kate Gosselin hardly looks like she did back then and has changed in the exhausted, over-worked mom of eight look for a much more glamorous style thanks to her reality star fame. Gosselin has always denied rumors of plastic surgery and botox and chalks up her change to taking good care of herself, being healthy, and of course makeup and hair stylists.
5. Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi
Reality TV fans were first introduced to Nicole Polizzi, known as Snooki, with the debut of MTV’s Jersey Shore in 2009. The “guidos” and “guidettes” of Jersey Shore lived the life of super tans, heavy makeup, big hair and tight clothes, earning the pint-sized star the additional nickname of “meatball.” In 2013, a year after the series ended, Snooki debuted a drastically slimmed-down figure which she has only enhanced with breast implants, lip injections and botox after welcoming her second child.
4. Heidi Montag
Heidi Montag underwent one of the most notorious reality star transformations of all time after low self-esteem and insecurities drove her to completely change everything about her look. After The Hills came to an end, Montag wanted to pursue a career in music. She infamously underwent 10 plastic surgeries in one day including breast implants, brow lift, nose job and more, coming out as almost an entirely different person. Montag explained she wanted to be as beautiful as she could be, but also said she was obsessed with having things done at that point.
3. Kylie Jenner
There is no doubt that every single one of the Kardashians and Jenners look completely different from when they first appeared in season one of Keeping Up With the Kardashians back in 2007, but the biggest change definitely goes to Kylie Jenner. In the 10 years the show has been going, Kylie has evolved from a normal 9 year old into one of the most followed Instagram stars on the planet with a very sexy look. While she denies surgery rumors, just about everything to do with Kylie’s appearance has changed. While some of it has to do with just growing up, a lot of it is thanks to lip fillers, microblading and all sorts of makeup techniques and hairstyles.
2. Farrah Abraham
At this point it is almost impossible for MTV fans to even remember what Farrah Abraham looked like when she first appeared on 16 and Pregnant in 2009 at 17 years old. Almost immediately the changes were noticeable and, after her foray into adult films, she changed at an even more dramatic pace. Over the years Farrah has undergone two breast augmentations, a nose job, chin implant, cheek fillers, lip injections and a rumored butt lift. Not to mention her total look has changed as well from hairstyle to fashion and she now hardly resembles the young mother first seen as a 17-year-old on 16 and Pregnant.
1. Mama June Shannon
Reality TV fans always knew Mama June Shannon as the matriarch of the “redneck” Here Comes Honey Boo Boo family. June, along with her family, were known for their poor eating habits and even worse manners while living in rural Georgia. After a lot of controversy and a retreat from the spotlight, June Shannon has made a comeback in a big way to reality TV with her absolutely incredible transformation on Mama June: From Not to Hot. June underwent gastric sleeve surgery to get a handle on her weight and following the dramatic weight loss had extensive surgeries including breast augmentation and skin removal to completely change her entire look. The reality star has now lost 300 lbs. and is a size 4, down from 460 lbs!