From Slobs To YouTube Heartthrobs: 5 Shocking YouTube Star Transformations

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Everyone has that awkward phase they can’t escape. For some, it was braces, headgear and glasses all within the same week while in junior high. For others, it was that period of time when you bleached the tips of your spiked hair to more closely resemble a member of N’Sync. [Carly shivers at the memories]

But thankfully, time continued to move forward — the braces come off, the hair went back to a solid color, and just like that the awkward phase was filed away with the other chapters of our lives. And thank God for that.

But for some, evidence of their transformation from awkward high schooler to mature adult are only a YouTube channel search and browse click away. And in the spirit of reflection — it is throwback Thursday after all — I present you with five YouTubers who have undergone a major transformation from their first videos till now. I warn you: what you are about to see will be rough and full of Asian mullets and Ed Hardy clothing. It’s amazing what a little bit of YouTube cash, the right haircut and a redesigned wardrobe can do for a YouTuber. So kick back and enjoy these memories of YouTube puberty.

5. KevJumba

Oh, Kevin Wu, what were you possibly thinking when you decided to sport a mullet? I’ve tried to come up with reasons why you believed it was a good idea — you were growing your hair out for Locks of Love, you lost the worse bet of all time — but to my surprise, you actually seemed to really enjoy this hair style. But look at you now, you’ve transformed from an awkward 16-year-old who wore Abercrombie & Fitch outfits to a less awkward 22-year-old who can rock a suit and bowtie. But your biggest accomplishment: losing that mullet. Seriously, a 100 transformation points for you.

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4. Ryan Higa

Ryan Higa, how far you’ve come since your days shopping at PacSun. And now with five years of YouTube experience under your belt, you’ve ditched the Hurley T-shirts, gotten a diamond stud in one ear and become one of the most successful creators on YouTube. And on top of that, you’ve accrued a NigaHiga posse (YOMYOMF) and have put on a good 10 pounds of muscle that makes the ladies go crazy. All good, good choices.

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3. Ted, Wesley and Philip of Wong Fu Productions

It doesn’t get much cuter than these three guys. Women want them, men want to be them, but I want you to know that they weren’t always that smooth. Watching their first vlog video from five years ago, you can’t help but yell, “Oh my god, they look so young!” Ted still has black hair and Wesley still those cheeks of baby fat that you just want to pinch — yeah, I’ll let you decide face or elsewhere. And now, these three guys have not only built a prosperous production company, but grown into their own styles along the way. What can you do? They just keep getting handsomer.

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2. Michelle Phan

Since her start on YouTube in 2006, Michelle Phan has sported just about every look one can imagine. Anime eyes, leopard print eye makeup, Lady Gaga-inspired makeup, she’s done it all. Known for her makeup transformations into characters such as the Black Swan and Sailor Moon, I believe that Michelle’s biggest change has been her own look. Starting out, Michelle sported very plain, natural makeup that she has evolved over the years to fit her colorful, quirky style.

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1. Chester See

And saving the best for last, the Ryan Seacrest of YouTube, Chester See. While his talent has only grown since he joined the YouTube community in 2007, his style was a hot mess until about a year ago. Now before you fangirls light your torches and storm my house, hear me out. Chester is a great artist, but for a long time, his casual look wasn’t matching the image of the serious performer that he was trying to portray. His decision to cut his long hair and film his videos in a suit and tie rather than a white tank top was definitely for the best both for his videos and for us. Plus losing the Ed Hardy hats helped a little bit too.

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