Most Dramatic Celebrity Transformations

They started from the bottom, now they're here! In the high-pressure world of celebrity image is king, and these celebs have totally transformed theirs for the better. From NeNe Leakes to Jay-Z and Mary J. Blige, here's a look at celebs who have revamped their public personas.

ESSENCE.COM Apr, 19, 2013

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The Real Housewives of Atlanta star was once a self-proclaimed "Mouth of the South" when the show debuted back in the fall of 2008. Her no-nonsense personality left a lot to be desired in the "polished" department. But still, we watched because there was definitely "something" about NeNe.

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An actress and businesswoman, Leakes now stars in both NBC's The New Normal and recently earned her own Bravo reality show, I Dream of NeNe. Even Bravo's Andy Cohen commented on how a kinder, gentler NeNe had emerged on season 5 of RHOA.

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Rapping about a hard knock life selling crack on the gritty streets of Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn.

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Jay-Z

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A brown-skinned beauty with one of the most distinguishable rap flows of her time.

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A lighter-skinned version of her old self. Though she has never admitted to it, the Queen Bee is rumored to have had tons of plastic surgery, including breast and cheek implants as well as lightening her skin.

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Being a proud curvy woman.

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Dropping over 70 pounds; the result of a healthier lifestyle she’s adopted since she was diagnosed with diabetes and high blood pressure.

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A size 16 curvy girl.

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A size 6. The Oscar winner credits her 80-pound weight-loss to Weight Watchers and her exercise regimen.

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Rapping about hustling, drug-dealing and guns.

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Snoop Lion, a practicing Rastafarian inspired by the life and legacy of Bob Marley. "I feel I have always been a Rastafari. I just didn't have my third eye open, but it's wide open right now," he says in Reincarnated, a documentary about his journey to Jamaica.

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Declaring herself “fat and fabulous” when she weighed over 250 pounds.

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Fit and fabulous. The comedienne currently documents her inspiring weight-loss journey on Twitter.

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Appearing to be hip hop's Bonnie and Clyde. The couple were arrested for drug possession in 2010, only a few months after T.I. had served time for a 2007 weapons charge.

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Being one of the coolest Black families on TV thanks to their reality show, T.I. and Tiny: The Family Hustle, which recently returned for a third season. 

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Famously singing about not wanting any more drama in her life following years of bad relationships and battling an alcohol addiction.

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Finding real love wth hubby Kendu Isaacs, cleaning up her act and evolving into one of the most inspirational women around.