For Justin Timberlake it was Sexy Back. For Ricki Lake it was that wedding picture. You know what we're talking about - that magical moment when the world sits up and says in unison: "Daay-um".
Here are 10 celebrities who are living proof that good things take time.
Have your elders ever told you to be grateful because "these are the best years of your life"? Well, they're not necessarily right - not if you're anything like Ryan Reynolds. Reynolds recently told Details magazine that a look back at some old snapshots was enough to make him embrace the ageing process. "I've got some weird facial hair, and my hair is glopped with about six pounds of gel," he said. Judging by the photos above, we'd have to agree that time has been kind to Reynolds.
There was a time when you could prove you were badass just by admitting to a crush on Angelina Jolie. The goth styling, the vials of blood, the knife fixation... we all thought it was either sexy or scary, or maybe a bit of both. While Jolie's ultra-thin frame has been cause for concern in recent years, there's no denying the glamorous old-school Hollywood styling she now favours is a lot more accessible.
In the late '90s, Gwen Stefani was a punk pin-up who wore her imperfections with pride. It's hard to believe this immaculate popstar/businesswoman is the same girl who tore up the stage with pink hair and braces as the singer for No Doubt. The lesson: Reverting to your natural hair colour - or at least a natural hair colour - is always a good idea.
Back in his boy band days, JT committed so many crimes against fashion that he should have been locked up for good. But in quite possibly the most successful reinvention of all time, the poodle-haired crooner has managed to make a respected name for himself in both the music and film industries. Now those of us who plastered our walls with 'N Sync posters 10 years ago are having the last laugh. We saw his potential!
Nicole Richie has come a long way since she was Paris Hilton's less-glamorous sidekick on The Simple Life. Things were grim for a while as she publicly battled drug addiction and an eating disorder. But now the mother of two is a respected fashion designer and a bona fide style icon. Doesn't she remind you of a modern-day Audrey Hepburn?
Remember the US elections of 2008? Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton battled it out in the Democratic camp, then Obama took on Republican John McCain in a nail-biting presidential race. It was a tense time, and the political junkies among us sometimes liked to blow of steam by observing that McCain's running mate Sarah Palin, while not the sharpest tool in the shed, was disturbingly attractive. Enter Tina Fey. The comedienne had been quietly plugging away at Saturday Night Live for years, but she finally came into her own with her spot-on impersonation of Palin. Obama triumphed, Palin drifted back into relative obscurity and, in Fey, liberals had found someone to lust after who didn't offend their sensibilities so much. Everybody wins.
Poor Danny Masterson's career has been well and truly overshadowed by fellow That '70s Show alumni Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher, but it turns out he was putting his time out of the spotlight to good use by cultivating the ruggedly handsome lumberjack persona shown above. Ditching those earrings didn't hurt, either.
Today's 20-somethings learned a lot from watching Ricki Lake's daytime talk show while off sick from primary school - and not all of it good. We'd almost forgotten about the ballsy TV host until she made headlines again by eloping with her second husband. When this wedding picture started doing the rounds, the verdict was universal - Lake had become drop-dead gorgeous. All together now: Go Ricki! Go Ricki!
A decade before Zooey Deschanel introduced "a-dorkable" into the venacular, there was Anne Hathaway. We first encountered Hathaway in Disney's The Princess Diaries, where she charmed us by being clueless and falling over a lot. Back then she was sweet but kind of gawky; now she's Catwoman. 'Nuff said.
Ah, Bruce Willis. No discussion about ageing and/or balding would be complete without him. To be frank, when Willis had hair he was a little bit goofy-looking. When he shaved it off, he became an institution. So let's give Bruce a big thumbs-up for reassuring thinning men and giving women of all generations something to bond over. Roll on the next 10 years!
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