Remember back in the day when all it took was a pair of glasses and a ponytail to make someone look like a nerd? It was a strange and beautiful time. Nowadays, being a nerd is something that you have to work for. You can’t just say you like video games and fit in. You have to prove it. Nerds are now a select group that people want to be part of. It’s something to strive for. Obviously, there are different subgroups here–some worse than others–but traditional nerds are in. Back in the old days (and by that we mean 10 years ago or more), TV shows would try to ensure that nerds were less attractive than the popular girls. Of course, this just meant less makeup, some big ugly glasses, and a muted wardrobe. Nerds needed to show us that they were more than glitter and bright colors. There was something deeper within them, and those women who spent time making themselves look better were fools with cold and lonely hearts. The non-caring aspect of the nerds was all part of their allure. But there was often a hidden beauty under it all.
We’ve all seen what nerds really look like. Sometimes, we saw a transformation from nerd to princess right in front of our eyes in movies like She’s All That and pretty much every other teen movie from the 90’s and early 2000’s. So, that got us thinking. What about looking at the other nerds from our childhood, the ones that we never got to see transform? We know that most actresses are attractive. We also know how many child stars have turned into beautiful adults, so why not combine all these and see if our favorite nerdy girls from our favorite childhood shows ever made their own transformations? For many of these women, they just needed time to grow up. Others needed to change their look a little. Whatever the process, the results are amazing. Here are 15 Of TV’s Biggest Nerds Who Grew Up Really Attractive.
15. Alex Dunphy – Ariel Winter
In 2009, Ariel Winter was introduced to us on Modern Family as the nerdy younger daughter in the Dunphy family, Alex Dunphy. She made a habit of making her family feel stupid on the show and embraced the nerd role. In real life, Winter looked very similar to Alex when she was young. As she got older, however, she became less and less like her character. These days, Winter is a stunning 19-year-old. She’s got a healthy social media following who enjoy watching videos of her workouts from behind because that’s a real thing that people enjoy watching. In Modern Family, Alex is still a nerd, but it’s becoming more difficult for the showrunners to keep her beauty muffled. They try, but then we don’t expect it to last very much longer.
14. Teddy Duncan – Bridgit Mendler
While some fans might know Bridgit Mendler more for playing Juliet van Heusen on Wizards of Waverly Place, we’re more interested in her character of Teddy Duncan on Good Luck Charlie. Now, it may be a bit of stretch to call Teddy a nerd, but she was known as G.G. (Goody Goody), so it’s not totally out of line. Teddy may not have done all the nerdy things we’ve been conditioned to expect from that category of person, but she was really intelligent and got excellent grades. Compared to her friends, she was definitely more of a nerd. Nowadays, aside from being super hot, Mendler is primarily acting in shorts and TV movies. She was also on the series Undateable, which we never saw and know nothing about, so enjoy that wealth of information. Just look at the pictures. She got hot. End of story.