Paula Abdul's Changing Looks

Paula Abdul - Transformation - Hair - Celebrity Before and After
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Paula Abdul's Changing Looks

01 of 19

1980

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The trendy bowl cut-sporting Van Nuys High School cheerleader turned pro when she was hired as a Lakers Girl.

02 of 19

1986

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She wore some seriously big hair to celebrate Janet Jackson's double-platinum album. Abdul choreographed and danced in the superstar's "Nasty" video.

03 of 19

1988

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Abdul broke out with tousled layers and her hit album Forever Your Girl.

04 of 19

1990

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She wore a cheerleader-friendly top ponytail to pick up her second Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Choreography.

05 of 19

1991

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For the American Music Awards, Abdul wore a serpent-themed getup and loose locks.

06 of 19

1991

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Her look to launch Spellbound was pure '60s mod-white shadow and a glossy flip.

07 of 19

1992

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Mrs. Emilio Estevez made a showing at the MTV Video Music Awards with rocker-chick feathered bangs.

08 of 19

1996

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For the American Music Awards, she played up her golden complexion with matching highlights in her angled crop.

09 of 19

2000

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She went romantic for the Fire and Ice Ball with a curly updo and shimmery pink lipstick.

10 of 19

2003

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The newly-minted American Idol judge flaunted eye-catching hot pink lipstick at the American Music Awards.

11 of 19

2003

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She framed her face with a sleek honey-hued bob.

12 of 19

2004

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Abdul matched her coral lipstick to her bright blush.

13 of 19

2005

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For the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards, Abdul added a playful floral touch to her pumped-up 'do.

14 of 19

2006

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A stick straight blowout for Comic Relief.

15 of 19

2007

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She appeared at the Grammy Awards in a soft, modern version of a beehive.

16 of 19

2008

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For the CMT Music Awards, Abdul had seductive side-swept fringe.

17 of 19

2009

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The Drop Dead Diva guest star chose a half-updo for the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

18 of 19

2011

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She entered the Los Angeles auditions for The X Factor looking more glam than ever with long, wavy strands.

19 of 19

2012

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Abdul hit the season finale of The X Factor with a chic half-updo.

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