From Drab To Fab: 9 Most Iconic Movie Makeovers Of All Time

From Anne Hathaway’s The Princess Diaries to Sandra Bullock’s Miss Congeniality—Hollywood films are full of fabulous beauty transformations. And while modern movies are now, understandably, advocates for being yourself and not changing for anyone, there’s just something so satisfying about those rom-coms from the 80’s, 90’s being entirely transformed, from their hair to their wardrobes. 

And don’t get us wrong. We’re all about advocating for body positivity, authenticity and embracing your true self but for the fashion lovers amongst us, these classic makeover scenes were an absorbing exercise in costume design, styling and makeup brilliance. Without further ado, let’s take a look at the top 9 marvelous movie makeovers, ever. 

1. Andy in The Devil Wears Prada

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One of the best fashion flicks from the 2000s. Anne Hathaway plays Andy Sachs, a smart journalist who lands a job at Runway magazine (AKA Vogue), despite being completely disinterested in fashion, and is subjected to the brutality and snide remarks of her extremely difficult boss, Miranda Priestly, she raids the fashion closet and makes one of the best entrances seen on film, Chanel boots and all.

2. Cady in Mean Girls

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Not all movie makeovers are for the better, as learned by Cady Heron (Lindsay Lohan) in one of the most frequently quoted flicks of the millennium, Mean Girls. Cady is introduced to the harsh realities of high school. And as she falls deeper and deeper down the rabbit hole of popularity, Cady transforms from a shy, home-schooled girl to Queen B herself. Her hair gets shinier, outfits tinier and her attitude becomes just like her foe, Regina George.

3. Gracie in Miss Congeniality 

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Sassy and rough-around-the-edges Gracie Hart (Sandra Bullock) is an FBI agent with a fondness for oversized suits and poor etiquette. When she is forced to go undercover as a beauty pageant contestant—and with the help of pageant consultant Victor Melling (Michael Caine), Gracie goes from drab to fab in a memorable makeover moment. After some much needed waxing, plucking, styling and grooming, Gracie truly is Miss Congeniality.

4. Vivian in Pretty Woman

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“Big mistake. Huge!” Who could forget those iconic words from Julia Roberts’ character in this 90s hit after she was denied service from the snooty shop assistants of Rodeo Drive, only to return with Richard Gere’s credit card and a completely new look? Vivian’s transformation from a sultry sex worker in a blonde wig to a high-fashion icon is unforgettable and so much fun to watch.

5. Mia in The Princess Diaries

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Mia Thermopolis (Anne Hathaway), a frizzy-haired, geeky high-school nobody has the ultimate butterfly transformation when she finds out she is heir to the throne of Genovia. When Queen Clarisse (Julie Andrews) saw the state her granddaughter (and her hair) was in, she immediately knew Mia was in dire need of refining. With the help of the royal team and hilarious Paolo, they plucked, blow-dried and straightened until a true princess emerged.

6. Tai in Clueless

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After arriving at Bronson Alcott High School wearing flannels and Manic Panic-dyed locks, Tai’s “accent and vocabulary” are sorely in need of a little help. Enter: Cher Horowitz. But when she and Dionne give Tai a makeover to the dulcet tones of Jill Sobule’s “Supermodel,” Tai’s confidence soars. From there, she has the courage to win the heart of Josh—temporarily, anyway.

7. Jenna in 13 Going 30

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After 13-year-old Jenna accidentally wishes she was 30-years old, her wish is granted and she wakes up 17 years later. As a child in an adult’s body, her initial outfit choices are relics taken straight from the 80s, where she came from. However, after she heads to work as a successful magazine editor, she raids her gigantic wardrobes and transforms herself to fit the part.

8. Olive in Easy A

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Emma Stone’s Easy A follows Olive, who becomes the target of false promiscuity rumours at her high school. In order to set the record straight, she makes an entrance to Jessie J’s “Sexy Silk”, in an array of frilly corsets with a scarlet A stitched on, just like the book of the same name. 

9. Zeta Alpha Zeta House in The House Bunny

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Former Playboy bunny Shelley, played by Anna Faris, meets the geeky girls at sorority house Zeta Alpha Zeta and is determined to turn them into a Fraternity boy’s dream, who apparently, don’t like smart girls or girls who don’t wear skimpy outfits. However, their iconic transformation leads Emma Stone’s character to finally being with the man of her dreams.