When you think of Vanessa Hudgens, the bright-eyed Gabriella Montez from Disney’s High School Musical probably comes to mind. After all, this is when Hudgens skyrocketed into her success. But the first High School Musical came out in the early 2000’s and Hudgens has long since left her Disney days behind her.
Once the High School Musical franchise was officially over, Hudgens threw away her cutsie, innocent look (along with many articles of clothing) for her role in Spring Breakers. In the film, Hudgens plays Candy, a “dangerous” party girl who spends the bulk of the movie engaging in reckless behavior. Let’s just say, it’s not very Disney-appropriate.
Despite the drastic difference between her character in HSM to her character in Spring Breakers, her (arguably) biggest change came with her role in Gimme Shelter. Hudgens plays Agnes “Apple” Bailey, who is abused by her mother and abandoned by her Wall Street father. Pregnant and alone, Apple ultimately finds compassion in a stranger, who takes her in at a suburban shelter for homeless teenagers.
Hudgens was praised for her commitment to looking the part and was found nearly unrecognizable. She reportedly lived for weeks in pregnancy shelters, interacting with the young, homeless mothers who also appear in the movie, to prepare for her role.
And now we reach present day. Recently, Hudgens was on the cover of Flaunt magazine showing off a very mature side of herself. With short hair, enticing red lips, distressed jeans and a white crop top, Hudgens simply defines sophisticated sexy.
Clearly, we must commend Hudgens on her incredible versatility and effortless ability to transition from look to look. So tell us. Which look is your favorite?