If you don’t already know, a particular viral Twitter trend has gotten everyone talking lately. The “how it started vs how it’s going” challenge shows us how far someone has come by comparing photos of them at the beginning of their journey to wherever they are today. And it’s proving to be quite the hit.
Even celebrities are taking part in the challenge, revealing just how different things once were for them. We think it makes them more relatable as in so many cases, they were nothing more than your average person with big hopes and dreams. Come with us on a journey through the best “how it started vs how it’s going” comparisons.
Thomas Pesquet Lived Out His Boyhood Fantasy
French astronaut Thomas Pesquet was always going to reach the stars, literally. But it took a whole lot of work to get there. He spent his younger years mountain biking, kite surfing, skiing, sailing, and mountaineering, as well as excelling at the saxophone. His young adult life was spent studying and training for his pilot’s licence, before joining the European Space Agency in his early 30s.
Thomas recently posted this side by side on Twitter to show just how far he’s come. Fluent in six different languages, he went up into space for the first time in 2010 for a six-month-long expedition. He’s achieved many people’s unthinkable dream and has plans to return soon. Expect to see him venturing out again in 2021, where he’ll be back in the dark expanse for another half a year. Yeh, it’s going pretty well for Thomas.
Gordon Ramsay Started as a Pot Washer
It might surprise you to learn that cooking wasn’t British chef Gordon Ramsay’s first passion. He actually had aspirations to become a professional footballer in his early years, having exhibited some serious skills. But a knee injury ruined his chances of making it in the industry. At 19 years old however, he pursued his interest in cooking and found himself quickly rising through the ranks.
Gordon’s made a huge transformation since the ’80s. He actually started out as a pot washer in an Indian restaurant, but today he’s a celebrity chef with 16 Michelin stars, owns several award-winning restaurants, and has become a major TV personality. He had humble working class beginnings, but he’s evidence that hard work can truly pay off.
Ellie Goulding Failed Music In Highschool
Singing sensation Ellie Goulding didn’t always draw in the big crowds. As we can see on the left, she started out as your ordinary teenager with a guitar, working up the courage to sing infront of other people. She even failed her music class in high school without managing to scrape a grade!
What’s happened since? Oh nothing much, she’s just one of the biggest names in pop music. Now worth over $20 million, she’s the recipient of Brit Awards and frequently puts out chart-topping hits. She even performed at the wedding reception of Prince William and Kate Middleton back in 2011. We bet her highschool teachers are kicking themselves.
Simone Biles Knows How Much She’s Achieved
In October 2020 Olympic artistic gymnast Simone Biles showed herself some love with her very own “how it started vs how it’s going” post. She released these photos on her Twitter account for us to see just how far she’s come in her young life. To think, she was once just like all the other little school girls who go to an after school gymnastics class.
At only 23 years old, Simone now has 30 Olympic and World Championship medals to her name. She is a world champion who currently holds the most World medals of any gymnast internationally. As the first American female gymnast to win a World medal on every Olympic and World Championship event in 2018, she finally put the U.S on the map. She’s definitely come a long way.
Rebecca Black Has Become a TikTok Star
Remember Rebecca Black? She was the internet sensation who went viral after her song “Friday” catapulted her to fame. It was nicknamed “the worst song ever” for it’s cringey vocals and gained a lot of media coverage. But that was back in 2011, and Rebecca’s come a long way since then. After years trying to live down her infamous song, she popped up on TikTok in the summer of 2020.
This time around, she’s been getting huge support with floods of positive comments. “Who I am has been changing a lot over the last few years,” she told Buzzfeed in a recent interview. “I was so focused on getting people to like me and not think I was bad or I did something wrong,” she continued. But she’s now more confident in her own skin than she’s ever been.
Jeremy Meeks Went From Fellony To Fame Overnight
You’d be forgiven for thinking the photo on the left is a head shot for some modelling portfolio. But it’s actually a mugshot of Jeremy Meeks – a previously convicted fellon turned runway model after this police station close up was taken. It was posted on Facebook, where he went viral for his shockingly good looks.
Upon release two years later in 2016, Jeremy embarked upon his modeling career. And it’s been only uphill since then. Not only was he making the round at New York Fashion Week and getting noticed by Vogue, but he began a relationship with the daughter of billionaire businessman Philip Green. And rumor has it he’ll be making his movie debut soon. Truly an epic turnaround.
Alyson Stoner Is Still Finding Herself
Actress Alyson Stoner was everyone’s favorite tomboy in Cheaper By The Dozen and Cheaper by the Dozen 2 in the early 2000s. She played Sarah Baker from the age of 10 years old and it was her first movie role ever. But it was only the start of her career in showbusiness. She went on to star in The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, the Camp Rock series, and the Step Up franchise.
But Alyson also has a musical side. She’s released 12 singles and made a name for herself as a backup dancer, namely for Missy Elliot. In 2018, she hit the papers for coming out in an article on Teen Vogue. She stated that she was “attracted to men, women, and people who identify in other ways.” And she’s still changing to this day: “I can’t even remember who I was at the beginning of 2020. I’ve changed so much,” she recently wrote on Twitter.
LeBron James Is Still Winning Titles
Professional basketball player LeBron James couldn’t help but celebrate his fourth NBA championship by posting his own “how it started vs how it’s going” post. In October 2020 he shared these photos side by side, showing just how far he’s come in his 17-year NBA career. He’s still got it.
The image on the left shows LeBron celebrating after winning a state championship as a member of the St. Vincent-St. Mary varsity basketball team. In the right photo, he holds his trophies for winning with the Los Angeles Lakers over the Miami Heat. He’s ones of the greatest NBA players of all time and he knows it!
Taylor Momsen Revealed Her Inner Goth
You’ll know Taylor Momsen as the sweet little girl who starred opposite Jim Carey in the 2000 film How the Grinch Stole Christmas. She played the part of Cindy Lou Who, a butter-wouldn’t-melt character, and the image just kind of stuck. She also appeared on Gossip Girl as a teenager before retiring from her acting career.
How’s it going now? Take a look, as her edgy transformation says everything. She joined the grunge rock band The Pretty Reckless and got them signed in 2009. And Taylor’s style has completely turned around – she goes for a gothic/emo sense of style that’s bound to scare a few people away. She once axplained that “acting is easy. I’ve been doing it for so long and I totally love it. But you’re playing a character instead of yourself.”
Meghan Markle Climbed Her Way to Aristocracy
Despite all the negative press she gets, Meghan Markle has definitely climbed through the ranks over the years to live a more privileged life. She went from being the child of a broken home, to becoming an actress on a major Tv show, to living a real-life fairy tale after meeting and marrying a British Prince!
And this side-by-side perfectly shows us just how much life has changed for the former Suits star. On the left Meghan’s playing dress up with her friends, where as on the right she’s marrying Prince Harry in lavish televised wedding ceremony. She went from humble beginnings to becoming a princess.
Hope Ikpoku Went From Housing Projects to Hollywood
British actor Hope Ikpoku shared these images as part of the “how it started vs how it’s going” trend of him with his costars in Top Boy. The hit Netflix show depicts a run-down neighborhood in London – similar living conditions to where the actors come from. On the left, they’re pictured in their audition for the roles.
They were taken out of the government housing projects they lived in to star as lead actors in the series. And amazingly, they’d never acted before appearing in Top Boy. It’s truly a rags-to-riches story for the young men who are now plastered on billboards internationally. And Hope shared this amazing come-up with his Twitter followers.
Honey Boo Boo Child Is Better Off, We Think
Honey Boo Boo AKA Alana Thompson was the child beauty pageant participant who rose to fame on the TLC reality series Toddlers & Tiaras. People couldn’t get enough of her or her problematic family, so she wound up starring in her very own reality show called Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. Her mother, known as Mama June, eventually found herself in the middle of a scandal and after four seasons the show was axed.
And what’s happened since to the aspiring pageant queen? Well lets just say it’s been bumpy for the now 14 year old. Mama June has abandoned Alana and her sisters, so they’re living together and making their own way in the world. But since their mom’s facing jail time for other criminal charges, it’ll probably be better off for Honey Boo Boo in the long run.
Lewis Hamilton’s Upbringing Wasn’t Like the Others
How adorable was Lewis Hamilton when he was just a kid with big dreams? For most of us, race car driving isn’t really an accessible sport. And for Lewis, who grew up in a working-class family, the odds were ever against him to make it big. But today, he’s a six-time Formula One World Champion and is thought to be one of the best racers in history.
But Lewis recognizes just how lucky he was to have his parents support backing him all the way. “There are very few, if [any] working-class families on their way up. It’s all wealthy families,” he said in an interview. “If my dad hadn’t done the work he did and if I didn’t get signed when I was 13 by Ron Dennis then I wouldn’t be sitting in front of you today, I’d be doing something different.”
Jessica Alba Has Moved On from Acting
Actress Jessica Alba has been an established top Hollywood actress since the mid-2000s, rising to A-lister status after starring in Fantastic Four. She’s known for natural beauty which remains in tact till this day. But in that last few years she’s completely changed her career direction into something unexpected.
Jessica is now a co-founder of a consumer goods company that specializes in chemical-free household products..! That’s right, Jessica’s now your go-to for synthetic-free baby products and botanically-infused all-purpose surface sprays. As chairperson of the brand, it’s taken over as her full-time job. Who would have guessed such a career transition?
Steve Kerr Champions as Both a Player and a Coach
Californian-based professional basketball team, the Golden State Warriors, paid tribute to their beloved Head Coach on October 2020. They took part in the “how it started vs how it’s going” trend by posting these photos of Steve Kerr side by side on Twitter. They captioned these pictures: “Leading the way.”
He certainly is. Steve is pictured in his younger days as a pro player on the left, and today as a top coach on the right. He’s an eight-time NBA champion who won five titles when he was a player and three more as Head Coach of the Golden State Warriors. Clearly, things are going pretty well for Steve.
Katy Perry’s Gospel Music Roots
Singer-songwriter Katy Perry is an international superstar, currently making headlines for her life as a new mom. We know her as the pop music singer with chart-topping singles but, in reality, pop music isn’t where she started. And she wasn’t born into the lavish lifestyle that she has now become familiar with.
Katy actually started out as a country, gospel, and Christian rock music singer. She also describes her younger self as a bit of a tomboy, which contrasts wildly with her current public image. That’s right, the “I Kissed a Girl” songwriter used to be much more squeaky-clean than she lets on.
Ricky Gervais Used To Like Wearing Makeup
We know British comedian, director, and writer Ricky Gervais as the controversial Golden Globes host with an impressive body of work. But did you know he started out on the slippery slopes of showbusiness as an aspiring pop star? The picture on the left reveals just how much he’s changed.
He used to be as thin as a stick and incredibly fashion-conscious – check out his androgynous makeup look! Now, he’s known for his carefree attitude to all facets of his life, from appearance to political correctness. But the truth is, he used to want to make it big as a rockstar in his ’80s pop band, Seona Dancing.
Danielle Colby Past Life In Burlesque
Fans of the reality TV show American Pickers will be all too aware of who Danielle Colby is. She’s the antique shop worker who’s amassed quite a following for her love of all things vintage. But before she started appearing on the family-friendly show in 2010, she led quite a racy lifestyle.
Take a look at just how risque she really is in the photo on the left. And trust us, it gets much more revealing than this. Aside from antique collecting, she has a past in erotic dancing as an experienced burlesque entertainer. But it looks like she’s since swapped out her seductive interests for an altogether more wholesome identity.
Rafael Nadal Is Reunited With the Trophy
Spanish professional tennis player Rafael Nadal is currently ranked No. 2 in the world in men’s singles tennis. And the French Open Twitter account couldn’t help but share this “how it started vs how it’s going” as a tribute to the Olympic gold medal winner.
The image on the left is of Rafael immediately after his victorious French Open win back in 2005. And on the right, he once again holds up the Roland-Garros trophy in 2020, after beating Novak Djokovic in the Men’s Final. Alot has happened in his career since 2005, but he’s still at the top of his game.
Jim Carrey Turned His Childhood Obsession Into His Job
Comedian and actor Jim Carrey has super humble beginnings. His family were actually homeless for a time in his childhood, where they lived out of a van. He went from a goofy kid to one of the biggest and most bankable names in Hollywood. Jim recalls how as a child, he used to be obsessed with pulling funny faces. He even took to sitting infront of a mirror and pulling the strangest faces he could think of, for hours on end.
He recalled that his parents thought there was something wrong with him, and we’re not surprised! But his famous talent for funny expressions would come from his years experimenting as a boy, and end up being his ticket to Hollywood. But he’s pretty humble about it: “If my career in show business hadn’t panned out I would probably be working today in Hamilton, Ontario, at the Dofasco steel mill.”
Kendall Jenner’s Quick Turnaround
Supermodel Kendall Jenner is the reality TV star turned walking advertisement thanks to her famous Kardashian family. But it wasn’t always like that for the five ft 10 inch model. Yes, she was born into a wealthy and well-connected family, but she used to be your average schoolgirl just trying to get through her teen years.
But now look at her; she’s one of the most in-demand models in the world, strutting her stuff down countless fashion shows and landing major brand deals. She’s even become a Victoria Secret angel, which has got to be one of the most coveted positions out there. And she’s only 24 years old – talk about a quick turnaround.
Dylan Sprouse Went Down an Unexpected Route
Actor Dylan Sprouse shot to fame after starring in the Disney Channel’s The Suite Life of Zack & Cody with his twin brother Cole. Every early 2000s kid in America knew who they were and likely watched them after school. But now at 28 years of age, things are going very differently for Dylan. After his successful Disney career, he took a break from showbusiness to study for a four-year degree in video game design.
But his real-life passion revealed itself to be beer-making. He now owns a brewery, whose website states: “It was upon graduation in 2015 that Sprouse realized his true passion for brewing, having spent the better part of his college career experimenting with different mead formulations…” So that’s him on the right, with kitchen gloves on, getting elbow deep in ale.
Naomi Osaka Is So Young to Have Achieved So Much
Japanese tennis pro Naomi Osaka is only 23 years old, but has already climbed mountains. She’s been ranked as No. 1 by the Women’s Tennis Association, making her the first asian player in singles to hold the position. She’s a major force to be reckoned with. It wasn’t until she was 16 years of age that she would start turning heads for her impressive talent on the court, after defeating the former US Open champion Samantha Stosur.
Naomi shared these photos on Twitter for her own contribution to the “how it started vs how it’s going” trend. On the right, she holds the trophy after her milestone win at the 2020 US Open Tennis Championships. Pictured on the left, she was just a child who had recently moved with her family to the U.S. Who would have known she was destined for such record-breaking success.
Tony Danza Turned to Education
Award-winning actor Tony Danza rose to prominence after starring as Tony Banta in the late ’70s TV show Taxi. Pictured on the left, he was young and in his prime for all the Hollywood success that would come his way. He’d actually previously pursued professional boxing before turning to showbusiness.
You’d think one major career change would be enough for Tony, but he had other plans. He actually went on to become a tenth-grade English teacher at Northeast High School, Pennsylvania, to everyone’s surprise. And Tony was given all the duties expected of a high school teacher, too. No special treatment there.
Melissa Joan Hart’s All Grown Up
’90s kids, remember that beloved TV show you used to watch, Sabrina the Teenage Witch? Actress Melissa Joan Hart played the lead part of Sabrina Spellman in the teen hit series, the young witch who lived with her two aunts and a talking cat. On the left Sabrina holds Salem, the feline chatterbox.
If you’re wondering whatever happened to our teen icon, take a look! She’s swapped Salem for her very own brood of children – three boys – and loves life as a mom. While she does continue to pop up here and there in TV and film, she’s found greater satisfaction in swapping out her spell book for storytime.
The Jonas Brothers Share Their Billboard Music Awards Journey
American pop rock band, the Jonas Brothers, couldn’t help but chime in on the ongoing “how it started vs how it’s going” meme. They contributed these photos on Twitter to show just how much has changed in a hardly any time at all. On the left, the brothers were performing for the Billboard Music Awards show in 2019.
On the right, they’re fast-forwarding to where they stand today as 2020 winners of the Billboard Music Awards. They took home the top duo/group, top radio songs artist, and top radio song titles. It’s amazing how much can change in just a year.
Quavo’s Research Led To a Life-Changing Discovery
Rapper, singer, and songwriter Quavo had to share with his fans this touching “how it started vs how it’s going” post. On the left, he screenshot a photo of his very first message to rapper Saweetie in 2018, having hit her up on Instagram. “U so icy ima glacier boy” definitely isn’t a chat-up line we’ve heard before.
But it seems to have worked, as the photo on the right shows both Quavo and Saweetie happily loved up today. Now, they’ve been in a relationship for two whole years. “I seen her on my Explore page,” Quavo once explained. “I was like, ‘Damn! Who is this? So I did my research and I DM her.”
Molly Mae Hague Took a Swipe at the Doubters
Reality television stars Molly Mae Hague and Tommy Fury were one of the couples to emerge from 2019’s Love Island reality show, where young singles come in hopes of finding love. But their romance was tainted with accusations of them engaging in a fake relationship, which they constantly denied.
Fast forward to today, and they’rere the only couple from the 2019 show who’s still together. And Molly didn’t pass on an opportunity to remind everyone through the “how it started vs how it’s going” trend. She posted these photos of their first date (left) to where they are today (right) along with the caption: “And you all thought it was fake.” We love to see it.
Nick Lachey Met His Future Wife In an Unusual Way
Actor, singer, and TV show host Nick Lachey first came into the public eye as a member of the boyband 98 Degrees. But he became better known as singer Jessica Simpson’s first husband. After their marriage fell through, Nick focused on his music career and put out a video to his song “What’s Left of Me.” It starred fashion model Vanessa Minnillo, and the two hit it off so much they started dating.
Fast-forward to today, and they’re a happily married husband and wife with three beautiful children! Nick’s so proud of how far they’ve come, he actually shared these photos as part of his own “how it started” post. They’re such couple goals that they even host their own Netflix show together called Love is Blind.
Serena Williams Trained Her Way to The Top
Tennis superstar Serena Williams is one of the best female role models there is. She’s been the No. 1 ranking in women’s single tennis six times, holding the most Grand Slam titles in singles, doubles, and mixed doubles among any players today. But it’s taken a lot of hard work and unwavering determination to keep her at the top of her game.
Take a look at how adorable she was as just a little girl when she was under the mentorship of her parents. But as we now know today, she and her sister Venus exhibited a great deal of potential. But no one could have known just how much of a heavyweight she would become in the sporting industry. Today, she’s one of the most prominent athletes in the world, and she’s happily married with a three-year-old kid.
Kylian Mbappé Is a PlayStation Cover Star
Professional French football (soccer) player Kylian Mbappé shared these images as part of his own “how it started vs how it’s going” post. On the left is a picture of the athlete in his younger days when he was a typical teenager, awkwardly posing for a photo with his younger brother. He was only just starting out his football career at 16 years of age.
In 2018, while he was only 18 years old, he became the youngest French player to score at a World Cup in history. He’s only 21 years old today and has already made it big in his profession. So much so that he’s featuring on the cover of the FIFA 21 PlayStation 4 box. No wonder he took part in the Twitter challenge.
Ariana Grande Went From Child Star to Music Icon
There’s not a millenial or Gen Z alive today who doesn’t know about popstar Ariana Grande. But not only is she a chart-topping music artist, she’s been the recipient of several accolades. She has a Grammy Award, a Brit Award, two Billboard Music Awards, three American Music Awards, nine MTV Video Music Awards, and eight Guinness World Records – all at the age of 27!
But she didn’t start out in the music industry at all. She was actually a young child actress back in the day, popularly starting her career on Nickelodeon. In 2009, you would have seen her in Victorious as Cat Valentine, where she acted among 13 other main characters as a “dimwitted” high school student.
Bill Gates Is Trying to Help During Global Pandemic
Business magnate and software developer Bill Gates is the mastermind behind Microsoft Corporation. One of the most famous computer pioneers, he has made billions of dollars and is often considered to be the richest man in the world. As of 2019, he was estimated to have a net worth of $110 billion.
Pictured on the left, he holds up some now-iconic Windows 1.0 floppy disks circa 1985. But these days he is spending less time in front of the computer, and more time investing in covid-19 vaccines. He’s even funding a project that aims to provide at-home virus testing kits. Basically, he is putting all his attention on what matters.
Gwyneth Paltrow’s Controversial New Role
Actress Gwyneth Paltrow is a well-established Hollywood actress, having won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and a Primetime Emmy Award. At 48 years old, she’s also appeared in too many films to name. But her most loved recent performance is probably as Pepper Potts in the Marvel movies.
Since 2008, Gwyneth has been pursuing a different kind of life as a businesswoman. She founded a lifestyle company called Goop, which has been controversial but hugely successful. Today, Goop has opened pop-up shops, held a “wellness summit,” launched a magazine, a podcast, and Netflix docuseries. It’s definitely keeping her busy.
Jake Paul Makes Light of What He Lost
Viral YouTube star Jake Paul posted this “how it started vs how it’s going” post to his whopping 3.7 million Twitter followers. On the left, he makes a human pyramid with his former social media collective “Team 10.” These kids would all live in a house together and churn out social media content.
But only a few months down the line, “Team 10” dispursed and its former members began releasing videos talking about the toxic nature of the house and Jake Paul. He ended up losing this group of friends, judging by his tongue-in-cheek photo comparison. Pictured on the right Jake pulls the same pose as he once did with his pals, only alone. But he doesn’t seem too bothered about it.
Selena Gomez’s Surprising TV Past
One Selena fan just had to share this “how it started” post of the singer. On the left, Selena Gomez stands with Barney, the former popular giant purple T-Rex character from the children’s show Barney & Friends. The acting was her first introduction to the world of showbusiness and led her to star on the Disney Channel as a child.
But Selena’s grown so much since then. She may still have the same baby face, but she’s now a major pop singer who’s sold over seven million albums. She even became the Billboard Woman of the Year in 2017. In the photo on the right, she poses alongside a picture showing her 2x Platinum Single, “Lose You To Love Me.”
Jenson Button Wanted Only One Thing
Racing car driver Jenson Button is the former Formula One racer who triumphed at the 2009 F1 World Championship. He’s one of the best in the world with an impressive track record – see him celebrating a win in the photo on the right. And on the left, he was just a small child growing up in the British countryside.
But even as a kid he was obsessed with race cars. Just look at the shape of his birthday cake – it’s in the shape of a single-seat, open cockpit, open-wheel racing car. Through sheer perseverance, Jenson managed to turn his boyhood dream into a full-time career. And excel at it.
Rihanna’s Foray Into the Business of Makeup
Caribbean singer Rihanna has sold over 250 million records around the world, making her one of the best selling music artists of all time. Her R&B/pop style songs have given her a huge fan base and made her one of the biggest names in our generation. But it was always like that for Riri.
The Bajan star grew up selling clothes with her father in a street stall. And music wasn’t always on her radar – she won her high school beauty pageant at 15 and could have taken up modeling. Today, music is also taking a back seat in her life. The launch of her own cosmetics brand in 2017 – Fenty Beauty – has been so successful that she become one of the most prominent people in the makeup industry today.
Joey Bada$$ Is a Doting Dad
Rapper, singer, and songwriter Joey Bada$$ is a founding member of the hip-hop collective Pro Era, and a well-established solo artist. In 2018 the music artist became a father for the first time, and he couldn’t help but celebrate his mini-me on Twitter two years later for the “how it started” challenge.
In the photo on the left he holds his daughter, Indigo Rain, immediately after she was born – he’s still wearing a hospital hairnet! On the right, his little girl is so much bigger and proudly showing off that beautiful smile. Basically, fatherhood really agrees with Joey.
Taylor Swift Changed Tack
Singer songwriter Taylor Swift is one of the most famous pop music performers in the world, but she actually has origins in country music. She got signed to a music label at the young age of 14, in the hopes that she would make it big in the country music genre. She was the youngest ever artist to sign with Sony/ATV in history.
Fast-forward to today, and we can see the once butter-wouldn’t-melt girl has turned into a powerful popster who incorporates folk, synth-pop, and rock music into her sound. While she didn’t come from a difficult upbringing, she wouldn’t have been considered anything out of the ordinary. But today she’s one of the most influential people on the planet.
Guy Fieri Leaves People Scratching Their Heads
Restaurateur and an Emmy Award-winning TV presenter Guy Fieri contributed his own before and after to the “how it started vs how it’s going” challenge. On the left is Guy around 10 years ago when he was hosting various shows on The Food Network.
And on the right, Guy is pouring alcohol over a barbeque grill… creating a huge fire. This meme had more than a few people confused as to what his message was, and The New York Times attempted to translate to everyone. “The more surprising the second photo, the better. And it doesn’t necessarily need to make sense,” they wrote about Guy’s mixed-message. Basically, he’s saying that time has passed, and he’s still just as crazy.
Maria Taylor Has a Seat at the Table
Sports analyst Maria Taylor gave her own response to the “how it started vs how it’s going” challenge. She’s also a host for ESPN and the SEC Network, covering their college football, volleyball, basketball, NBA, and NFL content. And it’s been quite a journey for her. Pictured on the left, she was still just a sideline reporter.
But today she’s one of the most prominent voices in the industry and she’s only 33 years of age. In such a male-dominated field, we have to appreciate how far she’s made it. And at such a young age, she’s probably got a lot more to give. We’re rooting for you, Maria!
Gareth Bale Returns To Where It All Began
Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur took to their Twitter to share a “how it started vs how it’s going” post. They posted two photos of Welsh professional football player Gareth Bale, championing the return of their celebrated player. The first photo shows Gareth as a youth during his first stint with the club.
The second picture of Gareth shows him today, having recently returned to Tottenham Hotspur. The picture shows him training at their grounds once again now that he’s on loan from Real Madrid of La Liga. A few short years ago he was their star player, and they’re happy to have him back.
Miley Cyrus Went From Child-Friendly to R-Rated
Singer Miley Cyrus is such a prominent celebrity, people have probably forgotten about how it all started for her. Before she was a racy pop star she was a teen idol, famous for her role on the Disney Channel television series Hannah Montana. Miley played the title character.
Starring as Hannah Montana, her character did actually produce music and saw Miley releasing soundtracks. But they were child-friendly Disney songs that were nothing but wholesome. Today, her content has become a lot more r-rated. Remember the MTV Video Music Awards in 2013?
David Guetta Shows Us His Baby Face
French DJ David Guetta posted this side by side for his Twitter fans recently. Take a look at baby David with the great big headphones on his head! At the time, he was only a small child, too young to even dream about becoming an internationally celebrated DJ! Today, he’s considered the grandfather of electronic dance music.
On the right, we can get a sense of just how big his reach has been. He is often voted as people’s top DJ in various trending polls, and he amasses a huge audience all over the world. Since 2009, he has reached such a heightened level of fame that packed stadiums of people are a regular occurrence for David.
Kyle Kuzma Keeps Triumphing
Professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers, Kyle Kuzma, shared this side by side comparison of only three years apart. In the first image on the left, he had just won the NBA Summer League in 2017. He was just 22 years old.
Pictured on the right, Kyle is sitting with his championship trophy after the NBA Finals in 2020. At 25 years old, Kyle’s proving himself to be a major force in basketball. Who knows where he’s going to be end up in the future.
Jimmy Fallon’s Picture Perfect Home Life
Late-night talk show host of The Tonight Show, Jimmy Fallon, contributed his own personal take for the “how it started” challenge. On th left, we see Jimmy in his younger and much leaner days back when he was trying to make a name for himself on the comedy circuit. This was the time when he was appearing on Saturday Night Live Days.
Interestingly, he chose not to use a picture of him hosting The Tonight Show for his “how it’s going” picture. Instead of highlighting his huge career achievement, he gave us a picture of him at home with his beautiful family. However, on the table infront of his family there is a handwritten sign that reads “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” He does give his show a little shout out.
Mindy Kaling Is Winning at Life and Knows It
Actress, comedian, and writer Mindy Kaling shared a “how it started vs how it’s going” post on her Instagram to all 5+ million of her followers. On the left is a throwback photo of her in The Office, when she played the customer service representative Kelly Kapoor. That was back in 2005.
Take a look at how gorgeous she is today – money and fame obviously agree with her! Today, she’s an award-winning and internationally recognized comedienne who’s even made it so big she’s doing voice over work. As she wrote in the caption of this side by side comparison: “So yeah, it’s going pretty well. How about you?”
Reese Witherspoon as Elle Woods 20 Years Later
Actress and producer Reese Witherspoon shot to international fame after starring as Elle Woods in Legally Blonde. It came out back in 2001, and instantly became a cult classic and a major hit with teenage audiences. And who could forget her iconic outfits, one of which was the bunny costume (left image.)
As you probably remember, her character was tricked into dressing up in fancy dress, which was pretty embarressing for the law student. But take a look at Reese with the costume today (right image) that proves she’s barely aged in almost 20 years! She’s truly an example of beauty and brains.
Christina Ricci as Wednesday Addams Is All Grown Up
Actress Christina Ricci became a famous face at a very young age, after appearing as Wednesday Addams in the 1991 movie The Addams Family. Who could forget her spooky little girl appearance? The jet black pigtails, pale skin, and macabre dress have become a staple for Halloween dress-ups.
And take a look at her today, recreating the look that her TV mom, Morticia Adams so famously wore. She’s a hugely famous actress known for taking on dark roles and has won a Golden Globe, Primetime Emmy, and Screen Actors Guild among others. And to think, her role as Wednesday probably inspired her to keep acting as unconventional personalities.
Cristiano Ronaldo Steps Into His Father’s Shoes
Portugese professional football player Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the most famous and loved sportsmen in the entire world. Worth almost $500 million, he’s one of the richest people in the world today. He had one particularly memorable conversationw with his dad (left:) “When I was young, I told my Dad that, we are going to be rich and we are going to have a big house like Michael Jackson’s one.”
Cristiano continued: “Then he said, “Son that’s impossible.” Fast forward to today and we see that it did in fact come true. But now, Cristiano finds himself in a similar position to the past, but this time in his father’s shoes. He is training his own son to become a professional footballer. No pressure there then…
America Ferrera Says Goodbye as Amy
Actress, producer and director America Ferrera shared her own “how it started vs how it’s going” post to her Instagram. She wrote: “The picture on the left is me on my first day as Amy shooting the pilot of NBC’s Superstore in 2015.” Obviously, America was feeling the nostalgia.
She continued in her caption: “The pic on the right was my last day on set as Amy. I can’t believe it’s almost time for my last 2 episodes to air!” That right – for any Superstore fans out there it’s sad news as the show is on its very last season. Hopefully it’s not the last we see of Amy Sosa.
Alphonso Davies Makes History at Only 20 Years Old
Canadian professional football player Alphonso Davies joined in on the “how it started vs how it’s going” craze to take over social media. He posted a photo of him as a young kid (left) when he was still trying to prove himself as a top tier football player. He was doing well as he had won himself a trophy.
Looking at the photo he shared on the right, we can see that all his boyhood dreams came true. Not only is he playing for Bayern Munich, but he made history in August 2020 when he won the Champions League trophy over Paris Saint-Germain. That’s definitely worth celebrating.
Angelina Jolie’s Son Maddox Isn’t a Baby Anymore
Is it just us, or does it feel like only yesterday when actress Angelina Jolie adopted her son Maddox? It was 2002 and she was in Cambodia when she struck up a connection with the seven month old. She once recalled how she “didn’t feel a connection with any of them [the children],” when walking around the orphanage.
“They then said, ‘There’s one more baby.’ I cried and cried.” It was the first time Angelina became a mother. Now, Maddox is 19 years old and embarking on life as a young adult! It’s crazy how time flies. But the pair are as close as they’ve always been it seems, and we love to see it.
Paige Spiranac’s First Love Was Gymnastics
Professional golfer Paige Spiranac has become a social media personality who turns a lot of heads. To give you an idea of just how quickly she rose to fame, her Instagram follower count went from 10,000 to 100,000 in only two days after she appeared in an article. She’s known for her provocative dress sense and unabashed confidence.
But she wasn’t always the selfie-taking Instagram model that she’s become. Before social media and even before golf, young Paige was spending most of her time doing gymnastics. We would have never even known if she hadn’t shared this adorable throwback of her in her preteen days.
Miranda Cosgrove Is Pursing a Music Career
Actress and singer Miranda Cosgrove rose to fame as Summer Hathaway in School of Rock, where she starred opposite actor Jack Black. It eventually led her to star in the Nickelodeon television series Drake & Josh as Megan Parker, which is largely what she’s known for today.
But now at 27 years old she’s completely grown out of her kid and teenage roles, and has concentrated her efforts into her singing career. She does dabble in acting now and then however, having popped up as a voice actor in Despicable Me and starring as Shea Moore in the NBC sitcom Crowded.
Giancarlo Esposito Has Been on TV For Decades
Actor, director and producer Giancarlo Esposito is most famous for his portrayal of Gus Fring in AMC’s hit crime series Breaking Bad and the prequel series Better Call Saul. He was such a hit that he was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award three times for his role.
But he actually had an illustrious career before he became internationally recognizable. He posted the throwback photo on the left as part of the “how it started vs how it’s going” challenge, showing him as just a young man on NBC’s police drama Homicide: Life on the Street. On the right, he is pictured filming for his current show, The Boys.
Martha Stewart’s Surprising Past
Businesswoman, writer, and television personality Martha Stewart is one of the most business-savvy people out there. She’s known for her magazine and TV show Martha Stewart Living, which centers around everything and anything for the home. But she actually had a completely different occupation in her younger days.
Martha used to be a fashion model. She had the perfect frame for the time, which favored tall and slim silhouettes. Who would have thought that this megafamous American retailer actually started her career by posing in front of the camera?
Bretman Rock Became a Makeup Guru
If you don’t know who Bretman Rock is, he’s a Filipino-American beauty influencer based in Hawaii, who has made a name for himself on Youtube. At only 22 years old he’s achieved so much, including having come out with his own eyeshadow palettes with major makeup brands.
He created his own “how it started vs how it’s going” post that consisted of a picture of himself as a young kid before acquiring internet fame. He was just your average teenager who had an especially big appetite for all things makeup related. And now, he’s one of the biggest beauty influencers out there.
Kate Moss’ Mini-Me Daughter
British model and businesswomen Kate Moss rose to fame in the ’90s after she was scouted as just a teenager. Her unique look catapulted her to fame in no time at all, and before she knew it she was walking down haute couture catwalks and posing for the world’s top photographers.
On the left, we can see Kate back in her teenage days when she was still making a name for herself. On the right, we can see that she’s since raised a little mini-me. Her only daughter, Lila Grace, is now 18 years old and a spitting image of her mom in the ’90s. They could be twins!
Heidi Klum Takes Halloween Seriously
Actress Heidi Klum goes all out for her Halloween costumes every year, and a global pandemic has been enough to stop her one bit. She’s been known to cover herself from head-to-toe in body prosthetics for the sake of a good party, and in this side-by-side, we can see just how much has changed in the past 20 years.
On the left, Heidi stepped out as a doll-faced dominatrix for her 2000 Halloween bash. It’s definitely a good costume, but we can see how much more abstract Heidi has gone for this year’s celebration. She wrote online: “When I realized it wouldn’t be possible to have my annual Halloween party this year, I knew I wanted to find a unique and fun way to celebrate at home with my family.” It’s unique all right, and highly deceptive.
Nicki Minaj Used To Share a Stage
A fan of singer, rapper, and songwriter Nicki Minaj’s posted these photos for the viral “how it started vs how it’s going” trend. It shows Nicki on the cover of her first demo CD side by side with her today, featuring on the cover of Billboard magazine. She started out her musical career in New York, releasing this demo in the early 2000s.
Today, Nicki’s one of the most successful music artists of all time. In fact, she actually started her stage career back in 2004 when she was part of a rap group, called Hoodstars. She’s come a long way since then – nowadays, Nicki doesn’t have to share the spotlight with anyone.