The cast of ‘The Hills’ have the best before and after beauty transformations
A round of applause for Jen Bunney please
By Samantha McMeekin
November 24 2020
It’s true that the entirety of the ‘00s was a gold mine for fantastic TV shows but nothing, nothing, stirred more excitement than the plucking of guitar strings which signalled the opening bars of Natasha Bedingfield’s “Unwritten”.
The Hills will forever be the cream of the crop of reality TV shows and the people who made it so, forever iconic.
And just like no homeboy will ever wear combat boots to the beach again, the beauty looks seen on the likes of Lauren Conrad, Audrina Patridge, Whitney Port, Heidi Montag and hell yes, even Spencer Pratt, completely shaped the way we wore our hair and did our eyeliner for many years.
But considering The Hills first aired in 2006 (before being brought back for The Hills: New Beginnings in 2019), a lot has changed not just in regards to beauty trends, but for the cast themselves.
From Justin Bobby's best Johnny Depp impersonation to Jen Bunney's stellar headshot game, here's the nostalgic before and afters you need to see today.
It would be wrong not to start with our leading lady from seasons 1-5. Lauren Conrad was (and still is) a beauty icon. So much so, she wrote a book on it and recently released her own long-awaited beauty line. She (not Blair Waldorf –Gossip Girl was a year later) made headbands a thing and is just about as responsible for our love of winged eyeliner as Kim Kardashian is for contouring. Also, bring back black nail polish and pearl necklaces.
Audrina was defo meant to be the 'edgy' one. Read: the only non-blonde one. The fact she worked behind the front desk of a music label and occasionally wore a wrist cuff only cemented the fact. She's also responsible for how much pencil eyeliner we wasted on our waterlines. It's great to see she's now allowed to get highlights again.
Heidi Pratt née Montag
If you're wondering what happened to Heidi, you obviously missed the momentous episode in season 6 where she emotionally told her mum about the 10 procedures she had in one day. Since then she's had a breast reduction and spoken out about her surgical escapades.
"I definitely regret the surgeries that I have had over the years, I think I was so young and in such an unstable situation in my life with so much going on and so much pressure," she said.
Ahhh Speidi. We can't mention one without following directly with the other, and in the case of Spencer Pratt, he's barely aged a day. The same blue eyes, slightly dustier blonde hair, and that slightly clenched smile. Either crystal healing really does work wonders, or the 12-year marriage has been nothing but pure bliss.
Justin Brescia AKA Justin 'Bobby'
Speaking of love interests, Justin Bobby (the man so great he needed two names) is still just as dark, mysterious and f*ck-boy-like as we remember. Only now he's swapped the need to wear a beanie or bike helmet at all times for guyliner. Hello? Johnny Depp? Yes, your persona has been stolen.
Nobody was ever going to replace the LC-shaped hole in our heart once Conrad made her dramatic exit during Speidi's wedding episode. But hell, the producers sure did try by throwing us a Laguna Beach throwback bone in the form of Kristin Cavallari. Gone was her side fringe and layered lob, but the fierce dancing-on-tables-in-Cabo Cavallari was still very much alive. The now E! host has mostly kept her blonde hair long and wavy since, with a power ponytail packing a punch every now and then.
As soon as Brody Jenner reveals the wizard behind this Botox magic, we're there. Just kidding... we're sure its genetics. He is part-Kardashian after all (sort of, not really).
As LC's BFF, it's only right that Lo also had a thing for thick hair accessories. She too has hardly aged a day but has ditched the peroxide blonde for something more subtle.
Cast your mind back and remember why Brody and Lauren never got together. Two words: Jen Bunney. In the biggest (actual) real-life plot twist, Bunney now goes by her married name Dunphy and has a Doctor of Public Health (DrPH), working as a Chief Population Health Officer in Orange County (YES, THE OC).
Like her TV pals, the layers of eyeliner has been swapped for a lighter beauty look (and professional headshot). And although she didn't return for the reprise, Bunney is still close with her castmates and is actually the godmother of Speidi's son, Gunner.
We'd have never given up a trip to Paris for 2006 Jason. 2020 Jason, however...
Yes, Emily Weiss, AKA the founder of coveted beauty brand Glossier once appeared on The Hills. And aside from a slightly shorter hairstyle, the once hardworking intern from Teen Vogue has barely changed at all (must be that Super Glow serum).
A little bit of nose surgery here, a little lip filler there. Though Stephanie Pratt has never confirmed any type of plastic surgery, the differences between her debut face to now are substantial. Since entering The Hills as Spencer's younger sister, she's since been on quite the reality TV stint, appearing on Celebrity Big Brother and a range of Made in Chelsea spin-offs before landing back at The Hills: New Beginnings.
He may not have always been front and centre of every episode, but real The Hills fans will always remember Frankie Delgado. It was at his birthday party after all where Lauren spat the iconic line, "you know what you did". Chills.