If you’re a celebrity and you want to maintain a strong fan base, sometimes adhering to a certain look that people can immediately recognize is an important element of your daily life. Even changing the smallest detail in your appearance can throw fans for a loop. It’s truly amazing to see how many celebrities need glasses, but whose fans never get to know that secret, laid-back side of them. A few celebrities have taken to Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube to show their fans that they actually wear glasses in their private lives. Obviously it’s nothing to be ashamed of, but it’s just so rare that we get to witness the more natural, human aspect of our favorite stars’ lives.
We had no idea that this One Direction hottie wore glasses. He shared an Instagram selfie in which he showed off what he called his “Nerdy Glasses.” You won’t see him out in public with his glasses very often, but they also don’t look bad on him when he chooses to wear them.
Ally Brooke Hernandez of Fifth Harmony
Her band is all the rage at the moment, and Ally Brooke has a ton of fans. But it’s not too often they get to see her wearing a pair of prescription glasses. Her choice in frames fit her style well and she still looks amazing with the glasses adorning her face.
Bridgit Mendler has grown up in front of the camera. She is only 23 years old but she started acting 12 years ago, at the age of 11! Somehow we haven’t seen her in glasses until this photo. She still looks adorable but not quite as sexy as she does in her role on “Undateable.”
Camila Cabello of Fifth Harmony
Apparently, if you are a member of Fifth Harmony you wear glasses in private and ditch them for contacts in public. This isn’t really a surprise, as female singing groups tend to have a very specific formula. The adorable look on her face in this photo actually distracts us from her chic frames.
Is it just me, or does Cody Simpson look like he was runner up for the role Eddie Redmayne’s stunt double for the Stephen Hawking-inspired movie The Theory of Everything? In our geek-loving culture these days it’s actually a nice look. He should sport his prescription lenses more often.
Wow. David Henrie sure has grown up since his “Wizards of Waverly Place” days. He looks like a young man instead of a little kid. Although we have to admit that he looks way hotter without the glasses, it’s still not a bad look.
Do you even recognize Demi Lovato in this photo? She looks completely different with glasses on. We have a feeling that’s because her frames don’t really fit her face. She also looks like she just woke up from a long night of drinking or rehearsing — maybe both.
George Shelley of Union J
There are some people who should never wear glasses, and then there’s George Shelly of Union J. He might actually look hotter with his glasses on. He also rocks them with a big grin on his face — a perfect smile — and skin that you just want to to touch repeatedly, for long periods of time.
This is the perfect example of another guy who knows exactly what it takes to work a pair of stylish glasses that fit his face perfectly. Sure, it helps that Sulkin is an awesome actor and easy on the eyes. “Pretty Little Liars” and “Melissa & Joey” fans have plenty of reason to swoon over this glasses-wearing image of Gregg Sulkin.
Hayley Williams of Paramore
Williams is rocking it out in these pair of glasses, which seems like a good phrase to use, given her rocker lifestyle. Slim frames on her slim face was a great choice. She also looks like she is having fun while sporting those glasses. No “celebrity hiding her glasses in public” for this sexy musician.
Kendall Jenner could wear a moomoo and she would still look sexy. Admit it, guys — you want to be her glasses. She is wearing the most stylish frames on our list which doesn’t surprise us given her fashionista high-flying lifestyle. I actually think she should sport stylish glasses more often. It’s a great look for her!
Given her geeky persona on “Glee,” there is something about this photo that just makes a lot of sense. Lea Michele poses for a lot of photos in which she doesn’t look as though she is taking herself too seriously. There’s something infinitely sexy about a geeky chic look on a girl who played an awkward girl on TV.
Lucy Hale is my favorite “Pretty Little Liars” character and oddly enough I had to think for a moment about whether or not she wore glasses at any time during the show. Glasses suit her really well and they feel like something she would normally wear. At the same time, this is the first photo we’ve seen with Hale in a pair of designer frames.
Miley Cyrus changes her look so often that we can’t say we’re surprised by her glasses look. She does look a little more Hannah Montana and a little less modern day Miley Cyrus in this photo. It’s a decent picture, which doesn’t surprise us — she has grown up in front of cameras.
I am a huge fan of “Vampire Diaries” and I honestly didn’t recognize Nina Dobrev with glasses. She played Elena Gilbert, Katherine Pierce, and Amara on the show, so changing up her persona isn’t really a big deal for this former TV star.
Musician Ryan Beatty is wearing designer frames with a hoody. It’s a bit of a juxtaposition but it fits him well. On the other hand, he just came out as a ‘raging homosexual’ (his words not ours). That being said, we think he needs to update his fashion game.
Selena is definitely wearing the most daring designer frames on our list but they work oddly well on her. We love Gomez in general and she knows how to sport prescription glasses, with other accessories added, for a bit of extra flare.
I’m sorry, but Taylor Swift looks like she is wearing the glasses that granny wears in the Sylvester and Tweety Bird cartoons. We know she has said on numerous occasions that she has an old soul, but typically her fashion sense is right on — unfortunately not this time. We love you Taylor, but please update your eye-wear selection!
Hudgens is super-hot, and she goes bold with a pair of red glasses that look great on her. Her fashion sense is right on point and her glasses don’t really change her appearance very much. With or without glasses, she looks amazing!
Victoria Justice is another example of a girl who grew up in front of cameras and knows exactly how to take a selfie to perfection. Her half-sultry glare and her excellent choice in glasses makes us wish that we had gotten to see her wearing prescription frames more in the past.
With millions of people wearing glasses these days, we’re sure that many other celebrities with contacts chose their prescription frames while relaxing at home. It’s honestly nice to see them let their hair down and show off what they look like while not being trotted around in public.
Hilary Duff has become a style chameleon over the past few years, and exploring a new set of frames each week has become her thing. She keeps her glasses hidden from the spotlight as you can see her wearing them only when the paparazzi catch her off guard. If you ask us though, we could certainly go for some glasses selfies on her Instagram.
Megan Fox certainly lives up to her surname, but when she puts on her specs the Brazilian beauty transcends hotness. We haven’t exactly become accustomed to the librarian-chic side of Megan since she plays movie and television roles that highlight her face, and glasses would certainly get in the way. When she’s out on a coffee run or lounging with her kids, we’re more likely to find her with a sleek pair of glasses on.
Kaley Cuoco’s glasses certainly give her a sophisticated edge, as opposed to the girl-next-door look we’re used to. The “Big Bang Theory” star is almost never seen wearing glasses, whether she’s in character or out of character. Although it is quite surprising that her frame style is so think and bold. On the rare occasion Kaley sports her glasses, we must say, she looks quite intellectual.
Clearly, Ryan Gosling can do no wrong. We’ve all seen the heartthrob sport glasses for photo shoots that ultimately turned into a popular meme — you know, that “Hey Girl” thing — unless you live under an internet rock. But checking Ryan out in his everyday, late-night flight frames is much more genuine and even more appealing. We just wish he wouldn’t be so shy about it.
Zayn Malik secretly sports the classic hipster Wayfarers, but to be perfectly honest, we thought a style guru such as him would be a little bit more original. No doubt that he’s still super good looking, but the ex-One Directioner is usually more fashion-forward, and by many steps ahead. Since he never steps out in public with his glasses, let’s say he’s forgiven.
Ariana Grande has successfully revamped her image from those “Victorious” days, except that she can’t escape her need for glasses. She ultimately sees in style now, showing off her vintage cat eye frames behind closed doors. Maybe one day she’ll incorporate them into her everyday, out-of-the-house look.
We have a feeling that Justin Timberlake has two very specific styles of glasses that he wears on certain occasions. Over the years he’s more frequently walked the red carpet with a chic, black-rimmed, hipster look, but when he’s enjoying himself on the average day (or night), he seems to gravitate towards a more modest style of eye wear. His need for glasses may not be so secret these days, but back when NSYNC reigned supreme, he wouldn’t leave the house without the blue eyes full center.
Anne Hathaway’s frames look Soprano-inspired. And by Soprano-inspired, we mean she probably had dibs on Junior Soprano’s glasses as soon as that finale cut to black. The concept of glasses on Hathaway is totally something to get behind, but these may be a bit too much. Even for an over-the-top Oscar Winner such as herself.
The funny thing about the Biebs is that a lot of people think his glasses are for show, just another red carpet look. But he’s always needed glasses, and he’s only showing it more recently. Selena Gomez slays the frame game, so wouldn’t it be a possibility that she taught Justin her ways back when they were dating?
We never realized that Emmy Rossum wore glasses, but now that we do know we just can’t get enough! It almost seems as if her face was made for glasses, because now when she’s bare-faced we prefer to see her with her eye wear. She’s an acclaimed beauty as it is, but the flare that comes along with this look puts her into a whole different league.
As it turns out, Jonah Hill wears glasses in real life. It was thought that he only pretended to wear prescription lenses for his part in The Wolf Of Wall Street, but he’s actually a part of the four-eyes club. Considering he has that comedic-geeky image going on, maybe he chooses to keep his glasses on the down-low in order to help shed that image. If you ask us, we think it gives him a bit more credibility as a serious actor.
No one should be surprised that the former Brown University student has a snazzy pair of specs, but we kind of are anyway. While it’s widely known that off-screen Emma is just as brilliant and clever as her on-screen portrayal of Hermione Granger, we thought it’d be the character that wore glasses. She still looks beautiful, either way.
The next celebrity on the list is certainly a shocker. Who knew that McDreamy wore glasses when he wasn’t on the set of “Grey’s Anatomy”? Or any of his other movies, for that matter. Patrick always looks handsome, but couldn’t he update the style of those frames? They’re pretty reminiscent of the 1990s.
Who doesn’t love seeing Britney Spears back to her old self? Everyone does. The pop icon has really adapted back to her old southern style, and her undercover eye wear is no exception. Her tortoiseshell color goes with everything, and matches her brown eyes perfectly. This is the kind of at-home look we’re used to seeing from the early Britney years.
Leighton Meester is just the first “Gossip Girl” on our list to be hiding her glasses from us, and away from the gaze of Manhattan’s Upper East Side. She also tends to walk the red carpet without them, but when she’s free from work obligations and planned photo ops, she clearly prefers to go contact-free.
Jared Leto doesn’t typically conform to whatever expectations people place upon him. If he chooses to wear his unusual-looking glasses while also wearing red nail polish, than this would certainly be one of the reasons he’s a shock jock. We’re not surprised by this look, though. Something a bit more down-played wouldn’t quite fit his persona.
It seems almost unnatural for Amanda Seyfried to be wearing glasses. The only time an audience has seen her wearing prescription lenses was in Jennifer’s Body (actually, no one really saw that at all). However, Amanda pulls her glasses off nicely — so no complaints here.
Michelle Trachtenberg has gone MIA over the past couple of years, but we still recognize her when we see her. This former “Gossip Girl” was never one for sporting her glasses in the public eye, but as you can see she couldn’t hide forever. For some reason, her glasses bring us back to Harriet The Spy…
The second Emma on our list also makes her surprise pair of specs look good! She’s still recognizable with her glasses on, she just has a little twist. It sort of brings out a different look than the sweetheart-style we’ve become acclimated to, but it’s a nice change from the usual Emma Stone appearance.
We can barely recognize Mandy Moore in her glasses! The actress usually looks best when she’s fresh-faced and gleaming, but to be fair, everyone wakes up from a nap with some droopy shut-eye. However, Mandy’s face looks a little overpowered with her glasses on. Maybe that’s the reason she only wears them when no one is supposed to be looking.