18 Asian Celeb Glow Ups That Prove There’s Hope For Us All

Yes, most of them had bowl haircuts as children

I don’t care who you are or what you look like as an adult, we’ve all had an ugly phase at some point in our lives and celebrities are no exception.

If you’re still waiting for your glow up, don’t worry, there’s still hope for us all. Just check out what your favorite Asian celebs used to look like as children.

1. Constance Wu

It doesn’t get any cuter than this photo of Constance (right) and her older sister. Who knew this little girl with a bowl haircut would become the elegant queen that she is today?

2. Ross Butler

I’m convinced that every Asian child was forced to get this exact haircut at some point and it looks like even the “13 Reasons Why” and “Riverdale” hunk was a victim of this look.

3. Mindy Kaling

Actress, comedian, writer, producer, director and role model, Mindy Kaling is showing us what it really means to glow up. Please teach us your ways, Mindy.

4. Henry Golding


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Pssst… Hey, you! Lean in, I gotta secret to tell you… I have a terrible addiction to cat videos on the internet 🤓

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Nick Young..? Is that really you?

5. Shay Mitchell


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It took approx 4 people to help me up from this position. #pleather #heels #help

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Please, can we take a moment of silence to appreciate the beauty that is Shay Mitchell?

6. Zayn Malik


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old me young me

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The former One Direction star Zayn Malik was still way cooler and more stylish than the rest of us even as a child, and honestly, we’re not surprised.

7. Gemma Chan


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When mum used to make us wear matching outfits @helen_chan1 #acceptableinthe80s

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Thank you @thelaterals I loved this shoot with @grayhamner💫New issue out now #crazyrichasians #thelaterals

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Congratulations to the “Crazy Rich Asians” actress and real-life princess Gemma Chan (right) for being the only Asian child in the world that wasn’t forced to get a bowl haircut.

8. Steven Yeun

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This photo of young Steven at Medieval Times is the only thing on the internet that matters.

9. Chrissy Teigen


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Don’t be fooled by the pox that I got.

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Even the Queen of Twitter isn’t immune to chickenpox, but LOOK AT HER NOW.

10. Daniel Henney


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I stole this tux from @gublergram

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Daniel Henney, aka the ultimate heartthrob, looks almost unrecognizable as a child. How is this even possible?

11. Riz Ahmed


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“Venom” actor Riz Ahmed, the first Asian man to win an Emmy for acting, is still a little bit goofy and we all love him for it. This is proof puberty and just a bit of facial hair can make all the difference.

12. Jamie Chung


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My big sis and me!! Yup, that’s a bowl cut. Don’t be jealous. Rocking that LOB in the 80’s

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Flashback to last fall. Got to shoot with @frankiebatista for @hauteliving 🖤 #fbf @jeffkkim

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Everyone’s woman crush, Jamie Chung still has the same adorable smile as her younger self, but she’s taken her brow and hair game to a whole new level.

13. Randall Park


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Santa was drunk.

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Went out on a school night to support a small film. #aquaman

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The “Fresh Off The Boat” actor, Randall Park, has come a long way since this photo of him was taken. Drunk Santa is nowhere to be seen, but now he has a stunning, talented wife by his side.

14. Awkwafina


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Believe in yourself even if u was the last picked for the team

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Awwwwww, but also, DAMNNNN. The “Crazy Rich Asians” star has really mastered the art of glowing up.

15. Keanu Reeves


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Keanu Reeves, 90s.

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Keanu Reeves and Laurence Fishburne reunite at the #JohnWick2 premiere in LA, in theaters February 10!

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If we’re honest, everyone’s favorite human, Keanu,has always been beautiful. While he has aged like fine wine, it’s lucky for him that his hairstyle hasn’t really changed.

16.  Lucy Liu


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Sib hangout. (Me on right) #fbf

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Can I just say, Lucy Liu (right) has always been a style icon even with a bowl cut.

17. Daniel Dae Kim


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#tbt to one of my finer moments. 😎

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New City, New ‘Do 19th Century Siam w/a dash of Brooklyn hipster. @kingandibway

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Daniel Dae Kim definitely wins the award for the best baby photo, hands down.

18. Priyanka Chopra


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Will you be my Valentine? ❤️

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This photo of Priyanka from when she was 18 proves that she’s the only person on this planet who has never had an ugly phase ever in their lives. How is this fair? It’s not.

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