With successful Disney stars, fans are lucky enough to watch them grow past their young beginnings into full-blown celebrities in their own right. With Miley, Britney, and Hilary, we've seen them grow into adulthood, and now their progress has been captured by a series of animated GIFs from PicClick that go from the early years to present day.
To get you adequately prepared, I'm taking you back to Disney Channel's commercial breaks, which inevitably featured a song like this. This is Raven, Christy Carlson Romano, and, of course, Hilary Duff breaking into their own rendition of "Circle of Life," and it should never be forgotten.
Now that we have the appropriate amount of nostalgia coursing through our veins, let's take a look at how far some of these stars (and more!) have come since their days at Disney. PicClick has blessed us all with this series of GIFS that compress celeb transformations into one clean package. Check them out below!
If there's any celebrity who's really gone through the ringer when it comes to image overhauls, it's Britney Spears. Every pop star these days has "eras" where they change their looks (thank you, Madonna), but Britney had an entire real-life story attached to her breakdown-fueled bald head in 2007. The only look missing here is her preferred pink wig during the regrowth stage.
I never would have guessed that Louis Stevens, in all his goofy glory, would go on to become one of the most sought-after and desirable leading men in Hollywood. These days, Shia can pretty much do whatever he wants including wearing a rat tail and appearing in a viral video about how he's an "actual cannibal."
Selena Gomez hasn't been out of the Disney scene for long, but she's already gone from a baby-faced child star to a worldwide acting and singing sensation. I'm a little disappointed this doesn't feature her really young days on Barney & Friends.
Justin Timberlake chopped his ramen-like locks and went on to become one of the most prolific former Disney stars ever. I mean, at this point he's pretty much as big as Mickey Mouse, right? No matter how much bigger he gets, it's essential that we never forget his awkward, curly-haired stage.
Hilary Duff became a nationwide sensation when she starred in Disney's Lizzie McGuire, and she stayed in the public eye with her singing career. After having a kid and divorcing ex-husband Mike Comrie, Hilary is on the up-and-up again with her new TV show [Younger](series:1217590).
On a semi-related note, can you spot the moment in her transformation when she was dating Aaron Carter?
Out of everyone on this list, Miley has made an entire career shift around her drastic transformation, so it's no surprise that this GIF is one of the more fascinating ones to watch. Something tells me that Miley has an even bigger twist up her sleeve (will she go back to country?), so I'm hoping to see some updated versions from PicClick as soon as her next hairdo debuts!
They've all come so far! It seems like just yesterday they were singing Disney classics together that came between our favorite shows.