Eye-catching transformations are taking place in many unique and various ways and have expanded beyond the bathroom mirror to a person’s entire physical and mental capacity.
Whether they are celebrities by their own right or are known purely for their drastically modified appearances – for better or worse – each of the following people have undergone a makeover so extreme that they simply cannot go unnoticed. Love ’em or hate ’em, these individuals capture the attention of all.
Watching Christian Bale’s weight fluctuate is a lot like watching a pendulum swing. As the Oscar-winning actor lands a major role on the big screen, he’s forced to lose or gain a large amount of weight accordingly. It started with him bulking up for his role as a self-obsessed killer in 2000’s “American Psycho.”
Then came his dramatic and unsightly slim down when he lost 60-plus pounds for “The Machinist” in 2004. Bale had just one year to regain the weight for “Batman Begins,” which he did, but admittedly found it difficult to build back up the rippling muscles that he donned in “American Psycho.”
Most recently, Bale’s weight was the topic of discussion as he played a washed-up boxer in 2010’s “The Fighter.” Managing to make his body appear decrepit from years of drug abuse yet toned enough to believe he could knock somebody out may just be Bale’s greatest body trick to date.
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To fully grasp the incredible changes we’ve all seen in Michael Jackson’s face throughout the last few decades, it’s best to view the whole timeline – before and after pictures really won’t cut it. Peering at MJ’s fresh, young face when he was part of The Jackson 5, we see a happy kid with the whole world in his hands.
By the time “Thriller” saturated the minds of MTV viewers, Jackson’s nose was noticeably pinched, his eyebrows a bit raised, and his skin a few shades lighter.
From there, his choice in cosmetic procedures caused his facial features to become more severe, more feminine, and, undoubtedly, even lighter.
Some may say his self-inflicted deformed appearance was a result of low self esteem and family issues, but whatever the motivation was, few can disagree that the
King of Pop’s transformation helped to keep the attention on him.
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You may not be able to tell from just looking at her, but Heidi Montag doesn’t have anything on Cindy Jackson, the “Guinness World Records” holder for the most cosmetic procedures. At 55 years old, Jackson has had nearly as many birthdays as cosmetic procedures – 52, currently.
Ranging from a typical nose job to an obsessive five face lifts and knee liposuction, Jackson’s cosmetic surgeries that “enhance” almost every part of her body don’t look as grotesque as they sound. Rather, she appears to be a woman who’s jumped on the anti-aging bandwagon a time or two. Yes, she looks young. Yes, you can see where an area on her face has been blown up and another part of her body deflated some. However, if you saw Jackson in the produce section of your grocery store, you might not look twice, or if you did, it might be because overall she really is an attractive lady, despite her many procedures. Do your eyes behold her beauty?
Even if the majority of us disagree with many celebrities’ extreme plastic surgery choices, few, if any, could believe that Jocelyn Wildenstein’s botched face was done by design. Dubbed “Cat Woman” and “The Bride of Wildenstein,” this wealthy socialite has reportedly shelled out $4 million to take on the appearance of a large cat.
While Wildenstein’s wild side is certainly not in question, her decision to trade in her “regular” good looks to resemble a feline is hard to fathom – much like a single person requiring double sink vanities. Possibly the most bizarre twist to the story is that Wildenstein is proud of her post-surgical looks and never misses an opportunity to bat her lashes at the camera or sneak her way around the charity circuit.
While she did it to herself like the others in this list, Theresa Baxter’s shocking transformation is not something she necessarily wanted. After just three and a half years on methamphetamines, Baxter’s appearance took a beating – a bad one. Prior to her meth addiction, Baxter was a pretty, normal-looking young woman who, had she chosen a healthier path, could have lived a happy life.
The downtrodden woman she has become, as seen in the “after” picture, looks over 10 years older than she did less than four years before. Missing and rotted teeth, cysts hidden behind bandages and a loss of 40 pounds are Baxter’s daily reminders of how the downward spiral of meth left its mark on her appearance. We can only imagine the damage done inside her body.
Now that he’s not carrying around an extra 400 pounds everywhere he goes, David Smith is accomplishing a lot. With a flourishing career as a personal trainer, a special on TLC, and, most importantly, his good health, Smith’s future is bright.
However, his struggle to morph from a 630-pound 24-year-old to a handsome, fit man in less than two years wasn’t easy. Surprisingly, Smith avoided surgery to achieve his weight loss goals and did it au natural through diet and exercise. Of course, turning to a plastic surgeon to remove the excess skin, and a dentist to enhance his smile, were just par for the course. There’s no doubt that Smith now enjoys what he sees in his bathroom vanity.
The image of Kelly Osbourne dressed in all black and hanging with her crazy family for MTV viewers to gawk at wasn’t just the beginning of her reality television movement; it was also the start of Osbourne’s metamorphosis.
Few would have anticipated the chubby, drug-addicted teenager would blossom into a stylish young woman with both teenage boys and grown men pining for her. But, alas, the woman first famous for being Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne’s spawn has earned some bragging rights all her own. Her “Dancing With the Stars” stint in 2009 led her to drop 20 pounds, but she didn’t stop there.
Now down an inspiring 50 pounds, the lighter – and blonder – Osbourne is turning heads on magazine covers, red carpet shows, and as a co-host on E!’s “Fashion Police.” At a svelte 112 pounds, Osbourne has proven that a complete bodily transformation is possible.
Jim Davis’s Army career began with him breaking both of his legs during basic training. He recovered and conquered that mishap, but then two injuries to his back ended his service time and put him on the VA’s partial disability list. His back pain escalated throughout the years, and in 2002, he took a nasty fall in his garage that tore his bicep tendon from his left elbow and damaged his hand’s nerves.
He had surgery for arthritis in 2003, and a hiking accident in 2004 led to his right quad ripping off at the tendon. After that, Davis couldn’t walk up a curb without assistance.
Finally, in 2007, the right neurosurgeon was able to patch him back up for good and Davis began his journey of drastically reducing his body fat – from 34% to 8% – and building up his muscles. At 56 years old, Davis now struts his stuff in bodybuilding championships. Quite shocking, wouldn’t you agree?
Her name is a mystery, but her transformation from a masculine, bearded man to a completely different person – a beautiful woman – is unmistakable. Sure, changing her name, dropping pounds, losing the facial hair, and gaining breasts are changes you would expect to see in a man becoming a woman. But thanks to the effects of HRT (hormone replacement therapy), this woman truly appears to be all woman. Even her facial features and posture are completely feminine. In addition to her incredible body transformation, her self-esteem increased ten-fold and her story offers hope for anyone who doesn’t feel comfortable in their own skin and wants to do something about it.
Geraldine Morgan is not a newbie to the world of bodybuilding. Since she was 15 years old, Morgan has been training her muscles to bulge and ripple like a champ. Her foray into competitions began in 1998, and she maintains her status as a confident and – ahem – muscular woman.
Like many women bodybuilders, Morgan continues to aspire for bigger muscles and is diligent at practicing her craft. How her body has changed throughout the years is pretty obvious; she started out as an average-sized woman and now fits the label “mega-buff” quite easily. While it is easy for those outside of the bodybuilding community to say that her physique is simply not meant to look that way, Morgan’s profession as a civil engineer refutes the belief that she may be off her rocker.
While you may not agree with them all, the awe-inspiring transformations here are proof that anyone can change not only their appearance, but their attitudes as well. The next time you come across an area in your life you wish you could change, read through these stories again and you’re sure to be inspired to finally make the transition!