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Taylor Swift Looked Like A Completely Different Person At The 2008 VMAs

Ah, 2008 Taylor Swift.

The hair was longer, the accent was thicker and the times were simpler — at least until the VMAs rolled around that September.

As the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards approach, it’s hard not to think back to that iconic ceremony from eight years ago.

To everyone’s surprise that year, Taylor, an 18-year-old country singer at her very first VMAs, snagged the Best Female Video award for her song “You Belong With Me” over Beyoncé’s iconic “Single Ladies.”

And, of course, no one was more surprised or upset than Kanye West.

Whether you think he made her famous or not, Taylor’s life changed forever after Kanye interrupted her speech that night.

Now, I’m not trying to say Kanye totally changed Taylor’s look with that (in)famous interruption, I’m just saying… LOOK HOW MUCH SHE HAS CHANGED SINCE THEN!

Here is Taylor at her very first VMAs in 2008.

Taylor Swift MTV Video Music Awards, Los Angeles, America - 07 Sep 2008

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2008 VMAs Taylor had swoopy bangs so you could never completely see her left eye.

Taylor Swift MTV Video Music Awards, Los Angeles, America - 07 Sep 2008 The 2008 MTV VMAs were held last night in Los Angeles and the highlight was undoubtedly a return to form of one of the music channel's biggest stars, Britney Spears. After starring in a short comedy sketch, the singer received a standing ovation and, somewhat controversially, made a clean sweep of all her nominated awards: Best Female Video, Best Pop Video and Video of the Year. Russell Brand presented the ceremony and was distinctly political in his performance, endorsing Barack Obama as a presidential candidate, slamming President Bush and poking fun at Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin. The stars were truly out for the night, with performances by the Jonas Brothers, Katy Perry, Chris Brown and Rihanna, Pink, Mark Ronson, Timbaland, Linkin Park and Alicia Keys, while award winners included Pussycat Dolls, Lil Wayne, Gnarls Barkley and Tokio Hotel.

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Taylor, what were you hiding under there?!

Taylor Swift MTV Video Music Awards, Los Angeles, America - 07 Sep 2008 The 2008 MTV VMAs were held last night in Los Angeles and the highlight was undoubtedly a return to form of one of the music channel's biggest stars, Britney Spears. After starring in a short comedy sketch, the singer received a standing ovation and, somewhat controversially, made a clean sweep of all her nominated awards: Best Female Video, Best Pop Video and Video of the Year. Russell Brand presented the ceremony and was distinctly political in his performance, endorsing Barack Obama as a presidential candidate, slamming President Bush and poking fun at Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin. The stars were truly out for the night, with performances by the Jonas Brothers, Katy Perry, Chris Brown and Rihanna, Pink, Mark Ronson, Timbaland, Linkin Park and Alicia Keys, while award winners included Pussycat Dolls, Lil Wayne, Gnarls Barkley and Tokio Hotel.

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For reference, here is Taylor and both her eyes at the 2013 VMAs.

Taylor Swift MTV Video Music Awards Arrivals, New York, America - 25 Aug 2013

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And here she is at the 2014 VMAs.

Taylor Swift MTV Video Music Awards Arrivals, Los Angeles, America - 24 Aug 2014

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As you can see, back in 2008, Tay hadn’t quite discovered the red lipstick look.

Taylor Swift MTV Video Music Awards, Los Angeles, America - 07 Sep 2008 The 2008 MTV VMAs were held last night in Los Angeles and the highlight was undoubtedly a return to form of one of the music channel's biggest stars, Britney Spears. After starring in a short comedy sketch, the singer received a standing ovation and, somewhat controversially, made a clean sweep of all her nominated awards: Best Female Video, Best Pop Video and Video of the Year. Russell Brand presented the ceremony and was distinctly political in his performance, endorsing Barack Obama as a presidential candidate, slamming President Bush and poking fun at Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin. The stars were truly out for the night, with performances by the Jonas Brothers, Katy Perry, Chris Brown and Rihanna, Pink, Mark Ronson, Timbaland, Linkin Park and Alicia Keys, while award winners included Pussycat Dolls, Lil Wayne, Gnarls Barkley and Tokio Hotel.

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Also, can you imagine 2008 Taylor wearing this on the red carpet?

Taylor Swift MTV Video Music Awards Arrivals, Los Angeles, America - 24 Aug 2014 WEARING MARY KATRANTZOU

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No, ’08 Tay was all about that accordion skirt flair.

Taylor Swift MTV Video Music Awards, Los Angeles, America - 07 Sep 2008

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RIP, 2008 Taylor. RIP.

Taylor Swift MTV 'TRL' TV Programme, New York, America - 17 Jun 2008

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Here’s to hoping she brings back those boots for this year’s award show!


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Anna Menta is a Entertainment Writer at Elite Daily. Previously she has been a BuzzFeed Editorial Fellow, and an annoying film student at Oberlin College. She apologizes if she says something weird to you. Follow her on Twitter @annalikestweets ...
Anna Menta is a Entertainment Writer at Elite Daily. Previously she has been a BuzzFeed Editorial Fellow, and an annoying film student at Oberlin College. She apologizes if she says something weird to you. Follow her on Twitter @annalikestweets ...

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