This coming May, it will be 10 years since Selena Gomez made her first red carpet debut. The star of “Wizards of Waverly Place” made her rounds as a future Disney Channel star, which meant her style was mostly restricted to cute and kiddish fashions.
Fast forward 10 years and you’d never guess that the same pre-teen wearing sneakers and cropped vests would earned a spot on Vogue’s prestigious 2016 MET Gala: Best Dressed list.
After taking some time to herself in 2016, Gomez came back better (and better dressed) than ever. As a beloved celebrity with some of the most-liked photos on Instagram, she decided that there’d be no better time to revamp her style. She hired Hollywood’s number one stylist, Kate Young, and the rest is history.
Here are 26 photos that show just how far she’s come:
The self-proclaimed 'scene' teen often wore jeans and kicks both on and off the carpet. Even for big premieres like Walt Disney's 'Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End.'
The Disney Channel star kept true to the company's look with modest coverage and low heels at the premiere of Disney Channel's 'High School Musical 2.'
She wasn't known to dress up like her BFF Demi. The two often went to events together as they did for Chevy Rocks The Future in 2008.
She went full-on punk rock girl for Disney's premiere of 'Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus' when it hit screens in 2008.
Her first big event landed her on stage in a Grecian style Marchesa gown at the 2008 ALMA Awards in Pasadena, California.
At Spring Fashion Week in 2009, she started to ditch her cutesy looks for outfits that were a bit more fashion-forward.
She even dressed to impress during her arrival at the American Music Awards in 2009 where she presented an award during the ceremony.
She kept her wardrobe girly and mature during nights out for charity events like Raise Hope For The Congo back in 2009.
Gomez donned a modern crop top and a-line skirt set for Nickelodeon's 25th Annual Kids' Choice Awards in 2012, the same year 'Wizards of Waverly Place' came to an end.
Hollywood's (former) cutest couple hit the 2011 Vanity Fair Oscar Party red carpet dressed perfectly for prom.
Gomez wore a semi-sheer white gown while attending the 2010 Teen Choice Awards where she took home four awards.
She won Choice TV Actress: Comedy, Choice Music: Group (With The Scene), Choice Music: Female Breakout Artist (with The Scene) and Choice Female Red Carpet Fashion Icon.
On many carpets, including the one at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards, she dressed rocker-chic in dark metallics, glitter or sequins.
When Selena Gomez and The Scene won their People's Choice Awards for Favourite Breakout Artist, she stood front and center in a very 2011-esque high-low gown.
After breaking out into a solo music career, the former Disney Channel child started to bend the style rules and make a name for herself in the fashion world. She wore daring dresses at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards and several other events.
She became no stranger to high slits, like the one on this champagne Giorgio Armani gown when she presented at the 2011 American Music Awards.
Meanwhile, her street style stayed pretty causal. Back in 2012, she would often hit the town wearing white and black or basic colours.
It was pretty fitting that she make a statement on the red carpet during her premiere for the racy 'Spring Breakers' movie at 2013's SXSW Music, Film and Interactive Festival.
As far as fashion went, she continued to take risks, especially at big events like MTV's Video Music Awards in 2013 where she wore an Atelier Versace gown.
Her 'China: Through the Looking Glass' look for the 2015 Met Gala had her decorated with flowers and wearing Vera Wang.
Gomez's street style took things to the next level after hiring her stylist. Now she hits the town in outfits that are chic and simple.
Her 2016 Met Gala ensemble proved once and for all that she'll be a fashion icon for a long time coming. The Louis Vuitton outfit landed her on nearly every Best Dressed list.
And finally, she made waves wearing this red gown when she accepted the American Music Award on Sunday for favourite female artist in the pop/rock category.
NOW WATCH: Briefing videos
Business Insider Emails & Alerts
Site highlights each day to your inbox.