The Most Drastic Physical Transformations in Reality TV

Major before and after.

When you’re a peasant who isn’t on TV, you don’t splurge on personal trainers, a little nip-tuck action, or closets full of hair weaves. But when you are on reality TV, you have a serious rep to protect, which is why these things may not only come in handy, but become necessary to carry on. Take it from these celebs, who completely warped their looks after getting famous and made reality TV their bitch. Or vice versa, we’re not really sure.

  • 1 Khloe Kardashian: Keeping Up with the Kardashians, 2007
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    Here’s your friend Khloe, looking emo-chic back when Hot Topic was all the rage.

  • 2 Khloe Kardashian: Present Day
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    And poof, millions of dollars later, she’s blonde, glammed up, and has maybe the perkiest boobs I’ve ever seen. In this time, she was also introduced to the spray tan.

  • 3 NeNe Leakes: The Real Housewives of Atlanta, 2008
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    NeNe began her reality TV journey as an adorable little munchkin I wanted to put in my pocket.

  • 4 NeNe Leakes: Present Day
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    Now she has this badass slick-back, and basically, she’s a queen who I would not dare f—k with.

  • 5 Snooki: Jersey Shore, 2009
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    The bump-it queen and original meatball will never be replaced.

  • 6 Snooki: Present day
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    She’s shed the baby weight, is over the bump-it, and, unlike Khloe, has broken up with her boo, the spray tan.

  • 7 Randy Jackson: American Idol, 2002
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    Your fave AI judge was a RL, living, breathing teddy bear.

  • 8 Randy Jackson: Present Day
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    Until he underwent a dramatic weight loss and made me afraid of breaking him in half just by looking at him.

  • 9 J-Woww: Jersey Shore, 2009
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    Here’s J-Woww, the shore’s badass bitch.

  • 10 J-Woww: Present Day
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    She’s def transformed her look, but could still kick your ass.

  • 11 Kim Kardashian: Keeping Up with the Kardashians, 2007
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    Ah, if it isn’t Paris Hilton’s old assistant, Kim K.

  • 12 Kim Kardashian: Present Day
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    I think this is still the same girl, but I’m not entirely sure. To confirm we’re gonna need DNA testing.

  • 13 Jennifer Hudson: American Idol, 2004
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    J-Hud always had our hearts.

  • 14 Jennifer Hudson: Present Day
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    But then blew us away with her incredible bod transformation, which was so much werk we couldn’t handle it.

  • 15 Carrie Underwood: American Idol, 2005
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    Carrie didn’t always have a stylist or proficient hairdresser, and that’s OK.

  • 16 Carrie Underwood: Present Day
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    But eventually she got it together and bae Mike Fisher is reaping the benefits.

  • 17 Aubrey O’Day: Making the Band, 2004
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    We all had questionable highlights in our young days, it’s NBD.

  • 18 Aubrey O’Day: Present Day
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    Same goes for hardcore contouring(?). And other stuff, too, maybe.

  • 19 Jon Gosselin: Jon & Kate Plus 8, 2007
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    I just don’t really know what’s happening here. Luckily, I don’t think he did, either.

  • 20 Jon Gosselin: Present Day
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    Hair today, gone tomorrow.

  • 21 Heidi Montag: The Hills, 2006
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    In case you forgot, here’s Heidi pre-Speidi.

  • 22 Heidi Montag: Present Day
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    I dunno guys, I think she looks the same. Anyone?

  • 23 Tami Roman: Basketball Wives, 2010
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    Here’s Tami, posted up like a boss.

  • 24 Tami Roman: Present Day
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    And now Tami with a phenomenal glam squad, still posted up like a boss.

  • 25 Nicole Richie: The Simple Life, 2003
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    Here’s your early 2000’s spirit animal.

  • 26 Nicole Richie: Present Day
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    Her DGAF-ness didn’t change with her appearance. Thank God.

  • 27 Farrah Abraham: 16 and Pregnant, 2009
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    And lastly, an innocent Farrah, before she even knew what adult entertainment was.

  • 28 Farrah Abraham: Present Day
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    And now, owning that s—t.

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