It has been said that there’s only one thing in life that remains constant and that is change. These ten well known Jamaicans have, for various reasons, altered their appearance. Some for the good and others for the bad. I’m sure they all wish that they could erase the embarrassing pics, but hey, they can’t, so I’m here to remind you just how much their image has enhanced or worsened.
Craig ‘Leftside’ Parks is a talented dancehall artiste. He gained local recognition as part of the dancehall duo (Leftside and Esco) for the hit song ‘Tuck Een Yuh Belly’ in 2005. Since then, the medium built entertainer has transformed himself into a buff, heroic looking figure. Seems as if being part of a duo was holding him back from his true physical potential. These days, he is the star of his own empire, managing his own label, KeepLeft Records, as well as songwriting and producing.
Keiva Hibbert is proof that pregnancy isn’t always bad for a woman’s body. Have you seen her lately? This is the best she has ever looked. Her hips, her thighs and her derriere have all been super-sized and it’s definitely a welcomed blessing. Keiva, during the early years of her incredible career sported very borderline tomboy image but these days the dancehall diva has morphed into a sultry vixen. What else is there to say? If you got it flaunt it.
8) Veronica Campbell-Brown
Veronica Campbell-Brown, such beauty, such poise and such a stunning lady. However, this was not always the case. Do you remember her medal ceremony at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens? I’m sure after looking at the clip she made a vow to herself never to look like Nanny of the Maroons again. Now, she has invested in a good weave, quality makeup and exquisite clothes. So, these days when she graces the track she looks like true sprinting royalty. Go VCB Go!
7) Craigy T
Craigy Thompson, is 1/4 of popular dancehall group T.O.K. The deejay, since the genesis of the group, has been overweight but it wasn’t until a few years ago, he emerged back onto the local scene with renewed energy, a new image and a much slimmer physique. Time has surely been kind to you Mr. Rising Stars judge.
“If yuh a goodaz and yuh know it clap yuh hand“. Stacious with this ‘remixed’ body that you have developed, I think your entire body deserves a round of applause combined with a standing ovation. The voluptuous star’s weight has fluctuated throughout her career but a year ago she finally decided to vehemently focus on her weight loss goals. At present, she is 40 pounds lighter with a banging body that even Nicki Minaj would envy. I bet she doesn’t have to beseech anyone to come into her room anymore,
5) Christopher Martin
Do you remember the skinny, innocent and saintly Christopher Martin on Rising Stars back in 2005? Now fast forward to 2013. He has changed a lot, right? His confidence has peaked. He has now become one of the island’s top performers and in case you have not been noticing, he isn’t a little twig anymore. After winning Rising Stars, Chris seemed to have focused primarily on ensuring that he was as marketable as possible and luckily he succeeded. He now sports a super ripped body the he flaunts everywhere. Let’s hope Cecile isn’t the jealous type.
“Changes I’ve been going through cause I wanna be with you. Baby don’t you wanna be with me?”. Cecile has certainly been like the Jamaican Madonna in terms of constantly reinventing herself. She has always had the lyrical content but lacked a proper image that would really propel her to the next level. At the start of her career she was often compared to the Bride of Chucky and I guess eventually she got tired of it and decided to make some ‘changes’. After a short hiatus, she returned in 2006 with the music video for ‘Hot Like That’, showing off her brand new look and ‘bad gal’ image. Since then she has become one of the the industry’s most fashionable women. Oh, by the way Cecile, I sincerely hope that you got the with the person you made these ‘changes’ for.
Former Intense host, former Rising Stars Chill Room host, Tastee Talent host and now actress, Pepita is well on her way to becoming the nation’s next Denise Hunt. The 22 year old is quite a mini media mogul. In her five years in the industry she has accomplished more than many twice her age in the field. However, over the space of five years, the gorgeous media personality’s weight has not been consistent. Initially, she had a naturally slim and curvy body. In 2011 she gained a bit of a weight, then in 2012 she appeared at the Youth View Award revealing her extremely thin new figure. Let’s hope that all is well with her and that she’ll return to her bombshell figure once more.
2) Buju Banton
The years have not been kind to Buja Banton. The reggae superstar was one of the 1st dancehall acts to successfully make the transition from hardcore dancehall to reggae. At the start of his career he sported a low cut but after crossing over to the Rastafarian faith in the late 90s he began to assume a more unrefined appearance. He is only 41 years old but looks a lot older. It’s definitely not an easy road Buju.
1) Vybz Kartel
“Cool like me wash mi face with the cake soap“. Adijah Palmer, is arguably the most controversial artiste the Caribbean has ever seen. In 2011, Kartel ignited the social media world after posting a pic of himself rocking a completely different skin tone and image. He discarded the thug image and adopted a more ‘mainstream’ one. This sparked island-wide discussions as to whether or not cake soap could actually bleach the skin and needless to say, bleaching among the male population increased. I hereby declare Vybz Kartel the dancehall chameleon.
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