In order to keep up with the ever-fickle public, celebrities are constantly reinventing their images to stay relevant. Whether it’s David Bowie or Beyoncé taking on alter egos (Ziggy Stardust and Sasha Fierce, respectively), or Madonna and Gwen Stefani changing their entire persona every few years, seeing the changes celebs in the music world make is always interesting.
Some changes, however, come completely out of left field and leave us scratching our heads, wondering how the star could even be getting away with that. Here’s a rundown of 13 of the most interesting and unexpected 180s that stars have made
Dr. DreDr. Dre may be one of the grandaddies of gangsta rap, but he was originally a DJ for electro hip hop group World Class Wreckin’ Cru. The group wore the shiniest, glossiest clothes that would’ve put Marc Bolan to shame, and had the hottest ('80s) dance moves. After working the club circuit for a while, the group found success and are now considered to be pioneers of rap. Dre went on to join NWA, dropping the glitziness of the Cru for a more “gangsta” look, and eventually defined himself as a hip-hop producer with the golden touch.
Janet Jackson She was Penny on Good Times and Charlene on Diff’rent Strokes before turning into Miss Jackson (if you’re nasty). But it was Janet Jackson’s Herb Ritts-directed video for “Love Will Never Do (Without You)” that let the world know that Miss Jackson was officially Ms. Jackson. The shy but feisty girl from Control and Rhythm Nation 1814 that everyone knew and loved had officially reached womanhood. Instead of taking the trashy route to show the public she’d grown up (ahem, Miley), Jackson instead decided to show just the right amount of midriff in the video, look drop-dead gorgeous, and canoodle with the gorgeous hunk of man that is Antonio Sabato, Jr. Now that’s how you do it.
Beastie Boys Fun fact: the Beastie Boys’ roots are in hardcore punk rock. The group managed to play some sick shows, supporting legendary punk acts like the Misfits, Dead Kennedys, Reagan Youth, and Bad Brains during the '80s. Beastie Boys stumbled into hip-hop by accident – their first hip-hop track, “Cooky Puss,” was based on a prank call the group had made to a Carvel Ice Cream store in 1983, but ended up becoming a massive hit in the NYC underground hip-hop scene. The group began to record rock-based rap shortly after, and the rest is history.
LL Cool J LL Cool J was known for his hard-hitting raps and for having a hardcore mama who encouraged knocking people out. After appearing as a rapper in 1985’s Krush Grove, though, LL got a taste for acting and began to pursue more roles, appearing in films such as Wildcats and Toys before landing his own sitcom, In the House. Since then, LL has appeared in a slew of films and television shows, and currently stars on NCIS: Los Angeles. Impressively, the rapper has continued to consistently release albums since 1985 in between steadily landing movie and television roles. Clearly, it’s more than just the ladies who love cool James.
Alanis Morissette Essentially Canada’s answer to Tiffany, Alanis Morissette was a Canadian pop star before venturing over to the dark side of alternative rock. Morissette went from singing and dancing to bubblegum pop ditties to tearing Uncle Joey a new one on the record-breaking Jagged Little Pill. Sixteen Junos and seven Grammys later, Morissette is still going strong, having released her eighth studio album just last year.
Mark Wahlberg Mark Wahlberg has had a few surprising reinventions. First, he was a delinquent, teenage coke fiend who permanently blinded a Vietnamese man just for being Vietnamese. Then, he got together a Funky Bunch and became Marky Mark, ordering people everywhere to feel the good vibrations. His most drastic turn, however, was when he entered the acting world and became a critically acclaimed actor, even getting nominated for a Golden Globe and Academy Award for Best Supporting actor in 2006’s The Departed.
Black Eyed PeasOriginally starting out as a socially-conscious rap group from L.A., the Black Eyed Peas completely changed up their style in 2002 with the addition of pop singer Fergie. The group quickly decided that wondering where all the love in the world has gone to was not as important as humps and lovely lady lumps, and the party-starting, boom-boom-pow-ing Black Eyed Peas was born shortly thereafter.
Victoria Beckham The fact that we even call Victoria Beckham by her name instead of “Posh Spice” is enough proof that her reinvention was extremely successful. Beckham was originally the “meh” Spice of the Spice Girls, barely ever singing because she was too busy posing and pouting for the cameras. When the group broke up, it seemed highly unlikely that out of all the Spices, Posh would be the one to carve out a name for herself, but that’s exactly what she did. Beckham has made a name for herself in the fashion world and has a lucrative and critically acclaimed fashion line.
Skrillex Sonny Moore may sound like the name of a tough-talkin’, chain-smokin’ country star, but it’s actually the birth name of one of the world’s best-selling dubstep DJs. After doing a 3 year stint as the guitarist in an emo band called From First to Last, Moore released a few one-off songs before officially reinventing himself in 2010 with My Name Is Skrillex. The album took Skrillex in a completely different direction – from emo to dubstep – and almost overnight, Skrillex was opening for deadmau5 and winning Grammys left and right. Plus, The Skrillex has become a legitimate name for his oft-copied hairstyle, so in a weird way, the dude is also a fashion icon.
Drake For a lot of people, Drake will always be Wheelchair Jimmy from Degrassi: The Next Generation. The Canadian rapper originally started out as Aubrey Graham, playing basketball player James Brooks on the successful teen soap. In 2006, however, Drake released his first mixtape and started to garner buzz throughout the hip hop world. Famous before he was even signed to a label, Drake eventually signed with Lil Wayne’s Young Money Entertainment and has been rapping and feuding his way to the top of the hip hop charts ever since.
Rihanna Rihanna is known for constantly changing up her looks, but her initial reinvention was the one that caught us by surprise the most. After constantly being touted by the music industry as the next Beyoncé, the fresh-faced Barbadian ensured that the whole world knew that she was totally over being sweet and poppy by chopping off her hair and calling her third album Good Girl Gone Bad. In case anyone was still confused, she ditched the hip huggers and bangles for hot pants and whips, and started to sing songs about S&M. Anyone still wondering where the good girl went?
Courtney Love Courtney Love has gone through a few major transformations in her life, but her most unexpected was when she played Larry Flynt’s wife, Althea, in 1996’s The People vs. Larry Flynt. Not only did she garner tons of critical acclaim and receive a Golden Globe nomination for her role, but she showed up to the the 1997 Oscars looking like a completely different person, dropping her trademark messy, punk garb for a white gown and polished makeup. Gone were the days of flashing crowds and crashing Madonna interviews – a new Courtney Love had been born. (It didn’t last very long, but that’s a different story.)
Katy Perry Katy Perry grew up in a religious home with Pentecostal pastors as parents, so it wasn’t too surprising when she forayed into the music world as a Christian rock singer. What was surprising, though, was when she threw her old image out the window and instead kissed a girl and liked it so much that she had to sing a song about it. The once wholesome, blonde-haired-blue-eyed singer had turned into a raven-haired, ruby-lipped femme fatale-ish entertainer who dresses like Rainbow Brite and shoots whipped cream out of her boobs.
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Here we go. It's a two-day Bachelor event! Sean Lowe is a man downtrodden — grown weary in his quest for true love. But, lo! What an unfair situation for our perms-shirtless bachelor. He has lost his belief in love. Will anyone save him? And will he finally kick Tierrable the f**k out of the damn competition?
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But first! Behold the majestic vistas of Canada! Oh, Alberta and those Canadian Rockies! This landscape is home for our Greek God of a man, the most milquetoast-y of them all, Sean. He needs his harem to lead him back to the light. Winter is coming.
Chris Harrison reminds them they could leave at pretty much anytime, so they should keep their bags packed and their eyes peeled, for horrors are laced within the shores of Lake Louise. But at least the view is nice, eh? Too bad Tierrable is the worst, right guys? That's all the girls can talk about.
Catherine gets the first one-on-one date, and we're pumped that a seemingly normal gal is taking the lead (in our minds). Catherine has been played beyond the Wall (you know, just north of House Stark), and is waiting for the Whitewalkers to arrive. Luckily, they travel in style in a bus with Sean as their bus driver. It's glacier time! Put on your gear, gang, we're going to play on a glacier. "He always seems to fit in!" Yeah, that might be because of his utter vanillaness, or just because he's The All-American Everymandude Next-Door! Sean is — dare I say it — l-o-v-i-n-g it. He just seems to beam when he's with her though, huh? It is pretty sweet, we have to admit.
And so begins the reawakening of our all-American prince. There's a quiver, deep within his chest. A spark, a slow ember builds and suddenly — a castle! An igloo castle for two: can more could a lady ask for? And where else could a prince warm the cockles of his heart? Surrounded by ice, and snow, and love. A prince is reborn: "it just clicks with you."
Catherine gets deep with Sean and discusses the time she almost died, and saw a friend of her die literally directly in front of her. By a tree. Oh my good god, that is awful. To experience that, and at twelve years old? Unbelievable. Sean is literally googly-eyed and giggling when he gives her the rose. Sean has a ~cru-ush~! ABC's prince has begun to near the finish line, at long last. Girls are separating themselves from the pack.
Which was continued in the group date round of dating. Danielle was banished to the group date, as the only girl not to get a group date with Sean, giving Desiree her second one-on-one.
But before we get to the Tierrable part, let's get to the beginning of the group date. You know, that Lake Louise Tourist committee advertisement? The one with the dumb shark joke in the middle? Yeah, there was that. Tierrable is pissed they're not just going to be sitting around. Sean wants his all-American outdoorsy athletic sexy woman to also be able to endure arctic f**king temperatures and jumbo into the water to join a climb! Lindsay is really amped on it. No one else is. There's an EMT because they know it's dangerous and hypothermia is imminent. Selma is all 'oh hell-to-the-no' and no one wants to do it. Especially Tierrable who forecasts that "I might die."
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"No, I am from Baghdad. We don't do this," said Selma in the most hilarious quip of the life. "It's a once in the lifetime opportunity!" Sean protests. "No it's not! I could come back here and do this anytime," she retorts. Oh Selma, girl, preach.
Bring on the hypothermia! Jump around saying Sean's name, that'll keep you warm for sure. Words. AND OFF COMES THE SHIRT. (It had been a whole episode without it!) Everyone is alive! A whole new world has been unlocked! The mountains are singing their praises! AshLee had a mental breakthrough that she will NEVER do again! And then Tierra can't breathe. (I feel bad using her nickname at a time like this because she is definitely suffering from something.) She looks like she's freaking out.
We do need to stop this recap momentarily to send a PSA to the music department at The Bachelor: dudes, slow your roll! This is not Anne Hathaway ugly-cry-singing her way to Oscar gold. There is no need for an epically-orchestrated soundtrack. S**t is over-the-top. Cool it. Get an editor. Subtlety is everything. Less is more. She's drinking a coffee and whining about missing Sean. I mean hypothermia sucks but that music was better left for a Spielberg film not a dating competition reality series, ya dig?
The girls seem to have NO sympathy for Tierra. Which like, I mean I know she's melodramatic and -the worst- but like, yikes y'all. She's totally milking it to her Tierrable advantage, but like, let it slide, at least this once? If not for her health than for your own mental sanity? Even if she is mugging it up afterwards and being a certifiable nutter.
The girls are super-happy to not have Tierra on the date. Lesley felt "honored" to be holding his hand while she plunged to the depths of Lake Louise. Which, ugh, don't even get me started. I just can't. Sean "appreciates" Lesley so much. Which, oof. Appreciates? That might be the worst word choice ever. But Lesley is convinced they have the stuff, so who knows.
Tierrable is back, thank goodness. She's mad that Desiree is getting a second one-on-one, so she goes against suggestion and gets dressed and goes to the cocktail party because she's not had enough time with Sean. So naturally the conversation before she enters the room is all about Tierrable. A+, producers! She is quite literally walking in on all the girls s**t-talking her. The Tierrorist has arrived, y'all! (Ugh, I can't believe they thought of that one before me.) All the girls think she's faking it (which I don't totally believe, because, hey! Everybody's body is different! I mean, OK, maybe not on this show, but in real life they are. Lesley gets the rose because they've "turned a corner" which is reality-speak for he realized he might see more in her than just a cute face and figure. Tierrable is ANGRY that she didn't get the rose. It's not FAIR you GUYS she has been through A LOT and she DESERVES THIS. Not any of these other b**ches! Did they get hypothermia and almost die!?! NO!
You guys, I take it all back: Courtney Robertson's got nothing on Tierrable. N-O-T-H-I-N-G. Courtney, I'm sorry for every bad thing I said, I take it all back. Tierrable may have usurped everyone as the A-No. 1 least-liked competitor on The Bachelor, ever.
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Sean heads back to his room to sit pensively. He realizes he needs to send Sarah home. Apparently completely innocuous Sarah, Sarah who has done nothing offensive whatsoever and is a totally lovely lady, has come on too strong by saying she cares about her family. So now, it's time for her to go. And the second he starts talking she knows she's going home. Thankfully, ABC makes sure to keep this one drawn-out and as awkward as possible. The lengthy walk through the hallways of the hotel, the standing outside of the door just sitting around for no reason. And then the long goodbye, and the explanation that every guy says the exact same thing to her that Sean did. And, well gosh, I just felt for her, you know? So many girls feel that way, but she probably feels especially stigmatized because of her missing arm. See guys? Love is dumb: don't ever do it on national television!
Sean enters the room and every girl begins pouting. And somehow Daniella doesn't understand that the lack of dates for her means she's going home (obviously). BAMF National Park (oh, sorry, Banff. Less fun to say) has its turn on the tourist PSA stage, and it's time for a picnic and some casual pre-luncheon cliff-repelling. As you do. Also, Sean? FYI 400 feet does not a "mountain" make. You're going down a cliff. Not Everest. Stop overdoing it, please. People do this on walls at gyms all over the country. "You're dropping to your death! Oh no, I hope I don't die!" You are attached to a rope, you might trip and lose your balance, but you physically cannot fall, you are attached to a rope. But they've got to make it really epic, though, guys — because repelling down a cliff is just like a RELATIONSHIP! Metaphors or something! They did it. As Sean says "I'm so glad it was a rewarding day, for her." Seriously? Reward? Maybe a less-terrible-douchey-sounding word might've been a better choice there, Mr. Lowe. So don't sound like you're saying "Thank goodness for me, able to provide this woman with the reward of being in my company!" You might not have meant it that way, but damn if you didn't sound like it, dude. (Sidenote: Sean Lowe also wants his wife to be able to climb trees. She literally must be able to do everything. So go brush up on your ancient Greek and sun salutations, ladies!)
But enough about that and a bit more about Sean's amazing Christmas sweater sent from Heaven. It is the most ridiculous and therefore amazing sweater, ever. The oversized cowl-y deep v-neck? The red and the white patterning? It's incredible. Too bad Sean doesn't have the capacity to ever truly wear it well: there's no way that mug could grow a beard suitable for that sweater.
Oh, right, also Desiree was pretty much homeless for a time. She lived in a tent for a couple of months. So she doesn't care about money or superficial things. So she wants a family and love and the basic life essentials. "That's what I want my wife to want," Sean says. I can't help but shake my head. Does Sean Lowe really think women have to just be what HE wants and nothing more? At first I would have assumed "no! no one is still that neanderthal-esque, are they?" but now I'm not so sure. He thinks he could see himself proposing to Desiree. The frontrunner life is the good life, ain't it? You go from living your life in a tent to falling in love in a teepee (I PROMISE you those words were hers, not mine. Not even I could be that cheesy. Commence groaning).
Selma might be feeling bad that she didn't have the "courage" to jump into the hypothermia-inducing waters, so instead she'll go against everything she said before and kiss Sean on the family. She's all "I know it's a shame but SORRY I'M NOT SORRY lol!"
Anyone else creeped out by this weird blindfolding thing that AshLee did? Wow, she was like, crying, I thought it was going to go back to 50 Shades of Grey territory, he was leading her, they kissed, I mean…I just…that was so weird. I'm just uncomfortable. Which producer's idea was that? Who told AshLee that this dating competition was a sleep-away therapy camp? Is it mean that I think she's being a bit too vulnerable for television? It just seems excessive.
And at the rose ceremony, the blood of all the women begins to boil as Tierrable gets the final rose. Selma and Daniella are going home. After all that! The humiliation of her family! Her very dignity and poise. She's going home for a s**tty kiss with a heartbreak and a memory.
It's been an intense two days at the slaughterhouse Love Factory. So many broken hearts, lost love, difficult decisions, melodramatic days and nights. Next week? St. Croix and the U.S. Virigin Islands! 6 women and 1 shirtless Sean Lowe. A couple L-words and a lot more Tierrable s**t-talking to Sean. D-R-A-M-A, it never ends.
What did you think of tonight's episode? Are you as sick of Tierrable as we are? Let is all out in the comments, folks!
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