From hair chameleons to girls-grown-up, here are the biggest celebrity transformations of 2011.
At the end of 2010, Katy Perry was known for her luscious raven locks and bright blue eyes—until she threw fans for a loop when she dyed her hair a brassy blond in July. It turned out that blond was just a stop on the way to Pepto Bismol pink, which she debuted a few days later. Recently she showed off a more natural-looking sandy, cropped ‘do. Fans should probably get used to the look—turns out the singer is a natural blond.
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Emma Stone went through two transformations this year; she almost gave Katy Perry a run for her money, going from brunette to platinum and back to ginger in just a few months. The actress also graduated from teenage roles in flicks like Easy A to leading lady status in dramas like The Help, and her style grew up with her acting chops.
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Elizabeth Olsen burst onto the scene with the release of Martha Marcy May Marlene, and fashionistas were eager to see how her older sisters would influence her emerging style. She made the leap from plucky little sister to designer darling, wearing big names in bold shapes on the red carpet.
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It seemed like every time we saw Nicki Minaj this year she was sporting a new look, and each one more outrageous than the next—the singer must need a separate closet just for her wigs.
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Jessica Simpson, Hilary Duff, January Jones, Victoria Beckham, Natalie Portman—pregnant stars were poppin’ this year, making baby bumps the must-have celeb accessory. But Beyonce was easily the most celebrated hot mama, looking fabulous even as she adds one more to her famous curves.
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Mariah Carey went the opposite direction, bouncing back in a big way from her baby body when she became the celebrity spokeswoman for Jenny Craig.
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From on-again, off-again girlfriend and carefree clubgoer to princess bride and prim-and-proper wife, Kate Middleton stepped up to her new role as duchess.
Selena Gomez left her Disney star days behind as she stepped into boyfriend Justin Bieber’s spotlight, hosting the EMAs and wowing fans with her sexy gowns on the red carpet.
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Following in the footsteps of fellow American Idol contestant Jennifer Hudson, Jordin Sparks had an incredible slim-down this year, making small changes in her diet and groovin’ in Zumba classes to get to a svelt bikini body.
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This time last year, most tFS readers probably wouldn’t recognize Rooney Mara’s name. Late in 2011 she began generating attention for the transformation she went through for her role in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, but her style off-screen did a 180, too. Mara’s sweet style from 2010 is practically unrecognizable next to her edgy, fashion-forward look promoting the film. Think she’ll be responsible for a blunt bangs revival in 2012?
Evan Rachel Wood
Evan Rachel Wood made a grown-up return to the screen in Mildred Pierce early in the year, stepping out in retro looks and sporting long, blond locks. In June she turned up with a pixie cut and complemented her new cropped 'do with a series of much buzzed-about menswear looks, inspiring other starlets to suit up in masculine jackets and slim trousers.
Ellen Freeman has been contributing to the Fashion Spot since 2010. Since graduating with a degree in comparative literature from Haverford College, her celebrity fashion, wellness, arts and travel writing has appeared in publications including the Matador Network and Philadelphia Weekly. Also a certified yoga instructor, Ellen currently lives in the Japanese countryside—but misses thrift store spelunking in her hometown of Portland, Oregon.