From Dud to Stud

Sure, they're sizzling and sexy now – but stars such as Jim Carrey, Ricky Martin and Cuba Gooding Jr. weren't always so hunky. Check them out before they were swoon-worthy, and see just how far they've come.


Before he was "Livin' la Vida Loca," Ricky Martin carried his tunes as the youngest member of '80s boy band Menudo (left, in 1984). Now, thanks to his sizzling songs, Martin (right, in The Netherlands in April) is a sex symbol for grown-ups. "He can really dance and really sing and he's extremely handsome, which is a very winning and lethal combination," Sting's wife, Trudie Styler, told PEOPLE in December 2000.