To celebrities, image is everything. It determines how they act in public, what kind of fans they have and how the public perceives them. So, it’s no surprise that celebrities constantly reinvent themselves. To some, it’s a remarkable success; to others, it’s a shambling failure; to others still, people hardly notice. Let’s look at the 3 celebrities who actually became bigger stars after their reinvention.

1. Mark Wahlberg

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The actor is a big deal in Hollywood, with hits like Entourage, The Departed and Ted under his belt. However, he was a completely different person before he reinvented himself. Back in the 90s, he was Marky Mark, a teenage rapper in the group “Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch”.

Yes, there was a white rapper before Eminem. Being a rapper must have been overwhelming for Mark, because he was constantly in and out of prison. However, he finally got tired of his bad boy image; he cleaned up his act and became the respectable actor we have today.

2. Rihanna

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When she started out, Rihanna was fun and innocent, with family-friendly lyrics and music kids could dance to in front of their parents. However, she wasn’t that different from every other pop star.

So, to grow more successful and be less generic, Rihanna changed her image (and her fans) and released Good Girl Gone Bad. With that, her image turned from Disney-cute to mouthwatering sex symbol . And boy, did it work. She started winning Grammys and selling albums faster than Taylor Swift changes her boyfriends. She’s now worth over $90 million and is one of the most successful singers of all time.

3. Jamie Foxx

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He started out as a comedian, popular for The Jamie Foxx Show. Foxx wasn’t content with being just a comedian for the rest of his life, so a reinvention was in order. He tried out singing, and ended up with numerous Billboard #1 hits as well as Platinum-level albums. He tried acting on the big screen, and won an Academy Award. It’s like he has the Midas touch or something. Reinvention doesn’t work for everyone, though it should but for these celebrities it was definitely the right choice.