From Puny To Pin-up: 9 Child Stars Who’ve Grown Up To Be Gorgeous Over The Years

January 30, 2013 ‐ By Nicole Akoukou Thompson

Child Stars Grown Up

The future of a kid star or teen actor is an unsure one. We learned this fact from the entire cast of Different Strokes… and, actually the stars of MOST eighties sitcoms, including Jaimee Foxworth, who played the youngest daughter, Judy, on Family Matters for the first few seasons before her character was suddenly dissolved and wound up doing adult films. So, for a star to not only survive the kid star to adult role transition–continuing to have a thriving career, but to also transition into a stunningly attractive adult, that is an amazing feat. Actresses and actors such as Hilary Duff, Dakota Fanning and Joseph Gordon-Levitt are looking better than ever, so let’s check out who’s looking better with time in our community.

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  • 305chick

    Lee Thompson Young committed suicide… Why does your post not mention that he is no longer living? You’re speaking of him in present tense.

    • 305chick

      Nevermind… I just saw the date. My bad.

  • Ashaunti Atkins

    RIP Lee Thompson Young he committed suicide a few years ago, he was so talented I wish they had gotten help for him. Its amazing to see how far these stars have come!

  • ♏ ®

    Wow……..if only this list had the power of hindsight. RIP Lee Thompson Young.

  • Intensity Lawz

    keke palmer pretti

  • Intensity Lawz

    the girl from eves byou omg beauty ..raven was sexi thicker hate society changin self love

  • ff

    why are they all black?

    • Nunya

      Jurnee Smollett-Bell is biracial. And they are all black, dumb@$$, because that was the purpose of the article. Clearly, you did not read the first page: “Actresses and actors such as Hilary Duff, Dakota Fanning and Joseph Gordon-Levitt are looking better than ever, so let’s check out who’s looking better with time in our community.”

  • miznic

    Whew, LTY. That was the first time I’d heard mention of the man… and a pic. Lawd ha’mercy, I’m glad to see they still make ’em looking that good still. Eye candy, anyone!?

  • Jacquiline Perkins

    Jurnee Smollett is beautiful and she very very very talented that a big ”PLUS” to me Raven Symone play’s the same character all the time but she is funny and beautiful….

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  • BBWlover1969

    Jurnee Smollet is just plain gorgeous

  • kingjosesmith

    Theyre all black! They are all beautiful, yes, but what about ppl like Candace Cameron??

    • Astrid Faye

      The site IS for black women. It’s funny how every time there is a list with black people in it, there is always one person who complains about white people not being in it. Where are people complaining about list with all white people in it.

      • Jacquiline Perkins

        ”TELL THEM… it is

    • Really?

      I thought the same thing. If there was a site for only “white” women it’d be considered racist, but it’s alright if it’s the other way around? Hmmm…interesting. All beautiful people, just stating a funny fact!

      • Really?

        Can’t we all just get along and stop separating ourselves? <3

  • MustBeSaid

    Dear God Janet Jackson’s nose looks bad! Those Jacksons just don’t learn. One bad nose job after the other. Latoilet’s nose looks horrible too.

    • miznic

      rofl @ Latoilet…. DAYUM.

  • iReezy

    No Tatyana Ali?! Whhhhyyyy?? She’s my favorite returning child actor and I actually liked the Love That Girl! sitcom.

    • Jacquiline Perkins

      me she really funny….

      • Jacquiline Perkins

        me too…..HAHAHA

  • Devils Dad

    Y’all forgot Naya Rivera from the 90’s Show Royal Family. She is on Glee now…and she looks great (even though I don’t watch that homofabulous mess)



  • Oh Lawd! Did we have to take it all the way back to Good Times?



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  • lovely09

    BRYTON JAMES, was killed off of Vampire Diaries two years ago#favorite show !!

  • hollyw

    *whew!* Couldn’t nobody tell me Lee Thompson Young wasn’t my man! And so began my hatred of Meagan Good (she was Jett Jackson’s first girlfriend… o.O) lol…

  • JustSayin

    Why every single reference to the girls that have grown to be beautiful women… you also reference how they wear their hair? Seriously?

  • Tagirl

    Wow, I just realized Lee was Jet Jackson! I love him on R&I! He’s adorable!

  • Sagittarius81

    OMG. I had the biggest crush on Lee Thompson Young of The Famous Jett Jackson, he still is fine as heck! I watched that show “religiously” while I was still in high school.

    • Jessica Nalley

      He died 🙁