Then And Now: This Is What Bella Thorne Looked Like At The Start Of Her Career Vs. Now
Bella Thorne is living the life. The 21-year-old actress, author, and director was just in Venice, Italy vacationing with her 26-year-old boyfriend Benjamin Mascolo. The couple was there for the premiere of Todd Phillips’ “The Joker.” However, the real show was when Thorne made a splash on the red carpet, wearing a barely-there crystal and metallic stud mesh asymmetric gown designed by Lorenzo Serafini. That got us to thinking about Thorne’s personal style.
Her style and fashion choices have changed dramatically in the past decade, and some would even call her style radical but the truth is it’s not all her own doing. Imagine growing up in the spotlight during your formative, adolescent years during the mid-aughts. Fashion was nuts back then and Thorne went along for the ride.
Thorne has been acting most of her life but in 2007 she got a role in the popular television series “The O.C.” as young Taylor Townsend. By then she had already been acting for four years, and you could tell she was a natural actress. Even though she was only seen in flashback moment in season four she definitely made an impression in Hollywood.
By 2010, the 12-year-old was coming into her own and was done being a little girl. Her look on the red carpet began to form and she was now a young lady who liked to wear makeup and have her hair in a cute and stylish way.
The young star, who had lost her father in a car accident around the time she starting out her career on “The O.C.” was going through so much at such a young age. But you could never tell that from her work or red carpet moments.
In 2011, Thorne was a full-fledged Disney star alongside co-star Zendaya. She had previously be seen as Bill and Barb’s younger daughter in season four of HBO’s Big Love, so she was in high demand. The young star seemed to be a lot more confident on the red carpet. This was also around the same time she began to take on the music industry. Naturally, when you’re on the Disney network, dancing and music is part of the acting gig and she and Zendaya released the single “Watch Me.” This would just be the start of her musical career.
As she continued her career in Hollywood both on the Disney network and by working on independent projects, it looked as if the sky was the limit. Her style was seen as that of a composed young lady who had it all, but that wasn’t the case. In 2019, she opened up her turbulent relationship with her mom.
“Dear mother,” she wrote on Instagram. “I’m sorry for the words I have said. I needed to get them out from lingering underneath my skin. I know your life hasn’t been perfect and I know that that’s why mine hasn’t been either, everything in life is a mystery but what’s not, is this infinite undying love I have for you.” She added, “Our relationship is f–ked up. I’m glad we are here, and I’m grateful we have time to mend. I love you, mommy.”
In 2013, Thorne’s career on Disney was done which meant she was finally free to pursue other types of projects and reach a whole new set of fans. This period included the release of her debut album, but coming from a Disney background she would inevitably get comparisons to Selena Gomez and Miley Cyrus who were also Disney stars turned music personalities. This natural comparison could have been a turning point for Thorne and her style.
She said of her debut single back then, “My song is called ‘Call It Whatever,'” she said to Billboard. “You can call me whatever if you like me or not like me. I really don’t care.”
Thorne had a very busy 2015 with back-to-back movies including “The Duff” and the TV reboot of “Scream.” The actress was also having so many more liberties with her fashion and hair. Now that she was no longer attached to the Disney network, Thorne lightened her hair and began wearing more revealing fashions.
Thorne really broke out of her shell between 2016 and 2017 by changing her hair color to just about every different shade in the rainbow. She also began wearing all sorts of body and facial piercings. She was also experimenting with makeup. In 2016, Thorne shared that she used the process of micro-blading for the very first time. Seems like nothing these days, but back then micro-blading was fairly new. In many ways, you can say Thorne’s experimental ways with fashion and makeup is ahead of its time.