We’re revisiting young stars’ teeny-bopper roots and exploring their style journey from the Teen Choice Awards purple carpet to the red carpet at the Met Ball. Take a look at the transformation of your favorite former tween stars like Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Chloe Moretz and more.
Selena Gomez at the Disney Channel Headquarters
In 2010, Selena Gomez released her first album Kiss & Tell after having risen to fame as a spunky teen witch on Disney’s The Wizards of Waverly Place. That year she also launched her own clothing line Dream Out Loud by Selena Gomez, a collection featuring flowery peasant tops which were representative of her own sweet and girly style at the time.
Selena Gomez at the Venice Film Festival
Gomez really came into her own as a fashionista in 2012 when she dropped Bieber and took her acting career to the next level in Harmony Korine’s wild Spring Breakers. She represented the film at the Venice Film Festival wearing a sophisticated black and gold Dolce & Gabbana dress—we knew her style was maturing because Helen Mirren was spotted in a very similar look.
Selena Gomez at the Billboard Music Awards
Last week at the Billboard Music Awards, it was clear that Gomez has left her tween days behind (though she was sitting back with the Biebs)—her sexy Atelier Versace gown was edgy and ultra-cool, not to mention skin-baring in a definitively non-Disney-approved way. As her latest single says, this outfit seemed to be telling the world, “If you’re ready come and get it.”
Vanessa Hudgens at the Teen Choice Awards
Back in 2008, Vanessa Hudgens and Zac Ephron were a power couple to rival Brad & Angelina. Hudgens’ style, however, was still stuck in High School Musical—clean-cut and, frankly, rather snoozeworthy.
Vanessa Hudgens at Coachella
Then came Hudgens’ flower-child phase, with fringe, flowered headbands, long waves, and crochet pants a-plenty—as displayed at Coachella 2012.
Vanessa Hudgens at the Vanity Fair Oscars Party
These days, Vanessa has tempered her street style away from Stevie Knicks eccentricity and towards Nicole Richie-esque boho-chic, with maxi dresses and vintage pieces. On the red carpet she’s choosing sleek gowns with a little old Hollywood sparkle, like the clingy copper Moschino dress she wore to the Vanity Fair Oscars party. We can’t wait to see if she’ll stay in step with her Spring Breakers co-star.
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Emma Roberts at a Screening of Brothers
In 2009, Emma Roberts was still just Julia Roberts niece with Hotel for Dogs as her biggest claim to fame and a red carpet style as unambitious. Sure, the gray flower DKNY dress she wore with opaque tights to a screening of Brothers was cute, but the Nickelodeon star wasn’t knocking anyone’s socks off…
Emma Roberts at the Elton John AIDS Foundation Oscars Party 2011
… yet. Soon after, Roberts started cementing her place as a Best Dressed List mainstay, wearing high-end designer looks that other, older stars couldn’t wait to get their hands on. (Can’t you just see Kirsten Dunst or Michelle Dockery in the glittery Jenny Packham gown she wore to Elton John’s Oscars party in 2011?)
Emma Roberts at Her Sunglasses Launch
A constant in the front row at international fashion weeks, Roberts’ style has certainly stepped out of her aunt’s shadow. This year she unveiled the “Emma” sunglasses for Vogue Eyewear and Nanette Lepore and has of late been wowing at fashion A-list events like the Met Ball in stylish-beyond-her-years looks.
Chloe Moretz at the Kick-Ass Premiere
Pint-sized Chloe Moretz got her start at 7, so it makes sense that the 16-year-old was already style-strutting when she starred in Kick-Ass in 2010. Babydoll silhouettes like the pink strapless dress with an oversized bow she wore at the premiere showed off her budding fashion playfulness.
Chloe Moretz at the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition
By 2011, girl could give face. Here she is at the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition in a plaid Carven dress that, while chic, is still very age-appropriate (think Kiernan Shipka today).
Chloe Moretz in Paris
These days, Moretz, like Roberts, isn’t to be found too far away from a fashion front row, and has been spotted trying more and more avant-garde designer looks. Here she is looking like a miniature diva in fur and sunglasses while taking in fashion week in Paris.
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Elle Fanning at the Venice Film Festival
It didn’t take long for Elle Fanning to shed the headbands, ruffles and knee socks that she favored at the Venice Film Festival in 2010, but we can cut her a break for the girlish fashion… she was only 12.
Elle Fanning at the Hollywood Film Awards
Fanning was soon finding her way past the velvet ropes at big events like the Hollywood Film Awards, where at 13 she was figuring out how to work her ethereal beauty in fair maiden looks like this Valentino gown and crown braid.
Elle Fanning at the Critic’s Choice Movie Awards
These days, naysayers are already trying to reign in her experimental personal style, like the silver astronaut sandals and embellished column gown by Chanel which she rocked at this year’s Critic’s Choice Movie Awards. Do any of them remember what they looked like at 15? We can’t wait to see what this girl’s up to at 21.
Hailee Steinfeld at the Cars 2 Premiere
Hailee Steinfeld had already been nominated for an Academy Award in 2011, but she still hung on to her girl-next-door style, as evidenced by the colorful printed dress, denim jacket and boots she wore to the Cars 2 premiere.
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Hailee Steinfeld at Chanel's Paris Fashion Week Show
But by the end of that year, her increasingly adventurous style had made her the new face of Miu Miu, and her bold fashion choices, including her head-to-toe Chanel look at the house’s PFW exhibition spurred rumors of her being Karl Lagerfeld’s next muse.
Hailee Steinfeld at CinemaCon
Lately, we can’t wait to see what Steinfeld will be wearing at red carpet events. Though she’s only halfway through her teens, this girl’s already years ahead of the competition. Her navy lace Valentino jumpsuit at last month’s CinemaCon is evidence of the young actress’ enduring style power.