From Being Bullied, To Following In Her Parents Footsteps: The Story Of Rumer Willis


With parents like Demi Moore and Bruce Willis, it was inevitable that Rumer Willis was in the spotlight from an early age. While it may sound exciting, being raised in the public eye has its many challenges, and for Rumer, it did not come and go easily. Subject to a large amount of bullying at school as well as in the media, Rumer’s self-esteem growing up was at an all-time low. After a recent photo was posted of Rumer, there has been non-stop rumors whether the 30-year-old has had plastic surgery. Join us as we look at the transformation of Rumer Willis and judge for yourself.

Dramatic Transformation

Being the daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore may sound like a lifestyle you want, however, Rumer Willis has had her fair share of struggles, especially as a result of her appearance.

Dramatic Transformation

From substance abuse issues to bullying, Rumer has been through a lot, despite her family trying to stay out of the Hollywood limelight. Just like her name, rumors have continued about whether or not she has undergone plastic surgery as she has had quite a dramatic transformation over the years.

The Victim

Without seeing her, you would assume Rumer would be a beautiful combination of her famous parents who have captivated hearts all over the world.

The Victim

However, growing up, Rumer received a lot of harsh criticism for her looks. We all remember those “mean girls” in school who would make others feel inadequate. However, being a celebrity did not change this for Rumer. She would constantly hear people talking about her looks, commenting on her face shape and jawline – and not in a good way.

Awkward Years Enhanced

We all go through those awkward years as we transform from a child to an adolescent, but luckily for us, the memories are stored away in our parents’ attics.

Awkward Years Enhanced

Rumer, however, was unable to hide away. Recently opening up on Dancing with the Stars, Rumer described how tough it was to grow up with parents who were constantly on the receiving end of attention. She never felt comfortable in her own skin and this was made worse as the nasty comments progressed.

“Potato Head”

Coming out of that awkward stage, Rumer was able to look back and speak confidently about those years. She said people called her “buttaface,” which meant everything was hot but her face.

“Potato Head”

She was also named “potato head” by those who didn’t like her jawline or shape of her face. As if these names were not enough, she was constantly compared to her beautiful mother, Demi Moore, and was criticized for taking on more of her dad’s ultra-masculine features than her mom’s.

Considering Drastic Measures

The pressure from being the daughter of two A-list celebrities meant Rumer was driven to tears. She began to consider changing her appearance through losing weight and having plastic surgery, “If I change my face or get really skinny, that will be it, that will be the answer.”

Considering Drastic Measures

She eventually grew to realize this was not the case. Ultimately, it was her little sister Tallulah who helped set Rumer on the right path. Tallulah began to fight her own battles and Rumer was overlooking…

Accepting Your Flaws

While Rumer was struggling with her own problems, her little sister Tallulah was battling both substance abuse problems and an eating disorder.

Accepting Your Flaws

Tellulah managed to overcome her issues and celebrated her sobriety and overall health on Instagram. Her path to recovery did not go unnoticed, especially by her older sister. It led Rumer to accept herself as she was. She adopted a new mindset saying, “Here are my flaws, and it’s okay. I’m still me.” She began to stop listening to the bullies.

Secret Addiction

Like her sister, Rumer publically addressed some of her own…rumors. She denied having ever suffered from substance abuse problems or anything of a similar nature.

Secret Addiction

She said she had defeated some kind of addiction but refused to reveal what it was that she was now sober from. This left people wondering all sorts of things from food to shopping to gambling to even relationships. Rumer instead explained her disappointment with our culture, “I think we’re in this culture where we naturally presume and assume,” she protested.

Rocky Relationship

It has not been unknown to the public that Demi Moore and her daughters have not always seen eye-to-eye. Rumer and her sisters were at first supportive of their mom’s divorce with Ashton Kutcher in 2011 as they realized she was “distraught.”

Rocky Relationship

However, they were later “mortified” when it became known that their newly single mom was now dating one of Rumer’s friends! That was not the only obstacle between the two women. Rumer began to take charge due to Moore’s erratic behavior post-divorce…

Changing Appearance

Aside from her personal issues, Rumer has also been under the watchful eye of the public for her changing looks over the years.

Changing Appearance

While we have seen many obvious changes such as dying her hair, she has denied all rumors of plastic surgery, “If I choose to do something to myself, it’s because I’ve thought about it,” she said, “And if it’s going to make me feel better, I won’t be ashamed of the choices that I make.” Yet despite this, she seems almost unrecognizable.

The Transformation

When reflecting on her daughter’s childhood, Demi revealed Rumer had no self-esteem. Meanwhile, her father maintains he has always been “crazy about” his daughter.

The Transformation

However, now it seems like she is beaming with confidence given her drastic change. Upon a closer look into her life, you can see that this did not happen overnight. Rumer has undergone many transformations, some subtle and some drastic. Let’s take a look at how she has evolved to the unrecognizable Rumer she is now…

A Teen In The Noughties

Back in 2001, the start of the naughties era, Rumer was a young 13-year-old, experimenting with her style. At the time little was known about the young girl except she was the offspring of two Hollywood celebrities.

A Teen In The Noughties

Being 13 is not an easy age as it is, and being under the public eye was even more difficult. In Hollywood, many women are judged for their looks, and this is exactly what happened to Rumer as she was the subject to much negative scrutiny.

The Curls

Unfortunately, 2004 was not the best of years for Rumer Willis. Her young teenage years seemed almost better than this as the short curly hairdo did nothing for her face.

The Curls

While her 16-year-old self looked rather content as she walked side-by-side with her family down the red carpet, behind the camera this was not the case. Rumer had a very hard time as she was becoming a woman, becoming the target of jokes and bullying at school and on the internet.

Losing The Curls

While it was clear that Rumer wasn’t that comfortable with the feedback she received as a young teen, she did what she could to keep reinventing herself.

Loosing The Curls

Anyone who has been bullied because of their looks in high-school will know the kind of pressure you face to be accepted. For a celebrity child, this can be even worse. So in an attempt to make her style more unique, she cut her hair really short in what became her ‘in-between’ phase.

The Pixie Years

As we fast-forward to 2007, Rumer was beginning to come into her own style and look. Although it is clear she had not had any work done yet, she was beginning to tune more into her feminine side.

The Pixie Years

In an interview, she said, “There’s so much pressure to look a certain way, and I don’t fit the convention. But it’s okay if you’re not the perfect picture.” Rumer seemed to be fighting conventions here, however, the look did not stick around for long.

Growing Up

Two years later, and we started to see the beginning of “the change.” Rumer began to make her own name for herself, featuring on 90210 and then on Medium, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, and even House Bunny.

Growing Up

Changing her contacts to a lighter brown and growing her hair, she seemed more happy with her look and as if she was coming into her own, walking with her head held high. Yet, there were more changes to come…

Rocking The Bob

After finding success in a couple of TV shows, Rumer had a renewed sense of confidence. As a child, her mother admits that Rumer had very little self-confidence.

Rocking The Bob

This was largely due to much of the bullying she received for her unique appearance (and obviously being the daughter of two celebrities). So, around this time, she decided to keep her hair trim and short, in a neat bob that made her look sensible. However, this wouldn’t last too long…

The Grunge Phase

Again, defying conventions, Rumer decided to subvert expectations and try a new style. In 2011, while she was not working on any film or television show, Rumer discovered the grunge phase.

The Grunge Phase

She became more involved with fashion, attending shows during multiple fashion weeks and befriending some of Hollywood’s other starlets. With her dark features, highlighted waves, and leather jacket she could easily pull off being a rock chic. Given her minimalistic makeup, perhaps she was more confident with her features at the time.

Growing It Out

While Rumer’s grunge phase was indeed quite kind to her and a lot of her fans commented on how much they liked the new style, it didn’t stay for long. Rumer had started getting more notice as an actress and performer and ultimately wanted to start looking the part.

Growing It Out

As a result, she decided to grow her hair out – something that she hadn’t done in years. To her surprise, fans and audiences fell in love with the new look and Rumer entered a new phase in her life!

Going Straight

In 2013, Rumer got busy again and starred in films like The Odd Way Home, The Ganzfeld Experiment, and television shows like Hawaii Five-0 and Pretty Little Liars.

Going Straight

She had turned 25 years old and this straight hair look with minimal makeup seemed to be working well for the aspiring actress. But clearly, Rumer felt otherwise, as this was the last year we saw her looking her natural self. As soon as we hit 2014, you will begin to see Rumer’s path of physical changes.

Red Head

With Rumer’s straight new look, it seemed as though she was starting to look more like a celebrity herself, than the daughter of celebrities. The long hair really helped to accentuate her features but made her look a lot more refined.

Red Head

It was about this time that she also showcased her amazing ability as a singer and started performing at a variety of gala’s and even in shows. Everyone admitted that she looked a lot like Lana Del Ray – which is a good thing!

Filling Out

Rumors began in 2014 questioning whether or not Rumer had undergone any cosmetic surgery. At the time the actress was adding singing to her list of skills and was stepping out into the limelight more frequently.

Filling Out

Although there were no drastic changes, people were commenting that her lips looked much fuller than before. This picture does follow the speculation, however, she looks happy and confident like her past self. Was this the start of surgery? You be the judge…

Hot Hot Hot

It was around this time that Rumer really started to come into her own. The renewed confidence that she had earned by stepping out into the limelight and taking control of her life as well as following her passions seemed to give her a whole new edge.

Hot Hot Hot

With this newfound confidence, she set out to radically change her style and opted for hot blonde and pink hair at different times. This new, fresh and punky style really helped to give her a distinct look…

Racy Leather And Lace

However, pretty soon after getting comfortable with her new punkish style, Rumer decided to change her look again. This time Rumer wanted to try and promote a more refined and mature look.

Racy Leather And Lace

The young actress had started making appearances in a variety of movies and TV shows at the time (we’ll talk about that later) and wanted to convey a more professional look. She still wanted to maintain a daring look though and wore leather and lace a lot, with shoulder length straight hair.

The Game Changer

2015 was the most striking of the changing years, both emotionally and physically. She started to come clean about struggles that she faced in the past in interviews and participated in Dancing with the Stars, dancing her way to the number one spot winning the competition’s 20th season.

The Game Changer

Not only did we see her in skimpy outfits, but we also saw some facial changes throughout the season. Was her improving appearance a result of surgery or her increase in the amount of makeup?

Same But Different

Two years later and Rumer reverted back to her more natural, minimalistic look. Although her lips look fuller than they did in her early twenties, Rumer’s appearance did not seem to change that much in 2017.

Same But Different

In this picture, she looks classy, has an improved attitude, and is sporting luscious brunette locks. What is there to improve? It seems that if Rumer did receive any plastic surgery up until now, it was certainly done in a discreet and tasteful way.

Good Genes

Although in the past as a teen, Rumer was told she resembled her father and was constantly compared to her beautiful mom, there have been times since that she and Demi Moore have looked uncanny.

Good Genes

In a “twinning” photo, the two wore matching tank tops, glasses, and wore their hair straight. For once, the public was able to see Rumer looking as good as her iconic mother. And just like Moore, Rumer ages incredibly. Now in her late twenties, she looks better than ever.

To Surgery Or Not To Surgery?

While we are not quite sure what these pictures resemble a before and after of, we can see some clear differences. Her lips look noticeably fuller and she is ever-changing her hair color and style.

To Surgery Or Not To Surgery?

To some, her jawline looks different, yet depending on which angle you look at, some argue there has been no change here. One thing is for certain, she has not changed who she is on the inside. But wait, a recent picture from 2018 stunned everyone…

No To Photoshop

Later on in 2016, after having spoken about the trouble that Rumer had been through as a child with regards to her bullying, she was shocked to discover that a photoshoot she had done for Vanity Fair had been photoshopped!

No To Photoshop

Rumer was incredibly angry that the photographer had decided to do this without her consent and she decided to speak out about it. Ultimately, Rumer wanted to make it clear that she was happy with who she was, and no one had the right to change that.

Peaking

The internet was stunned as this picture of Rumer was released after she attended a wedding in the summer of 2018. Standing next to a friend, she looked like she finally found a style that works for her.

Peaking

Wearing a powder pink dress with her hair slicked back, she looked as elegant and stunning as ever. It was particularly interesting to see that almost as if overnight, from just one picture, the media treated her differently as she looked more “conventionally good looking.” So what’s next for Rumer?

Blonde Bombshell

In more recent years, it seems as though Rumer has decided to really grow into herself and her confidence now shines through at every turn.

Blonde Bombshell

She is no longer shy about her appearance and can be seen sporting a hot, blonde hairdo with her beach-tan skin. In many ways, she looks like she’s managed to live up to the pressure of having a famous mom and dad and we can comfortably say that she seems to have found her stride.

Turning 30

As she has grown up, Rumer has come into her own very well. She’s recently been seen rocking a long blonde do, and it seems as if she may have had dental veneers.

Turning 30

In August 2018, Rumer celebrated her big 30th. She celebrated in style with her family and friends, without any hair extensions or excessive makeup. Plastic surgery or not, it is great to see her finally rocking a million dollar smile and looking much more confident than at the start of this list.