The transformation of Adele: Four years on from her first hit we chart how she has changed from shy teen to glamour puss
With a home-trimmed fringe and beaming smile, Adele plays one of her first public performances – a charity event in November 2007. On acoustic guitar, she supported Will Young. The buzz about her was building thanks to a three-song demo released on MySpace. She already had a management contract and record deal but hadn't yet released her first album. Note the stubby, unpainted nails.
Looking bemused after her first taste of success winning the Critics' Choice award at the Brits in February 2008. Her single, Chasing Pavements, is at No 2 in the charts, and she favours U.S designers like Anna Scholz, the plus-size specialist
In an ugly jumper at a film premiere in summer 2008. Unhappy in her love life, she's called off a U.S. tour. 'I was drinking far too much,' she later admitted, adding she couldn't bear to be without her boyfriend
Big hair for the Mercury Music Prize, September 2008, but album 19 wins nothing. About to move out of mum Penny's flat into her own place, there's a rumoured fling with musician Slinky Sunbeam around this time, too
Striking a pose at a VH1 Divas event in New York, in September 2009, Adele had been helped by a stylist and great blow-dry. She'd won two Grammy Awards earlier this year. Back home, three Brit nominations had come to nothing
At the Royal Variety Performance in December 2010, Adele's starting to look just a little bit royal herself. She's working on a second album, but suffering terribly from writer's block. Her hair's lighter than it's ever been and she's wearing proper stage make-up – look at those false eyelashes
An off-duty star in March 2011. She's released the album 21, to massive acclaim, and performed Someone Like You at the Brits bursting into tears at the end because of its personal lyrics. /02/24/article-2106115-11DFD87D000005DC-563_308x643.jpg” width=”308″ height=”643″ alt=”The transformation of Adele” class=”blkBorder” />
A star is born. Dark glasses, kitten heels and tonged curls, Adele arrives for an interview at Radio 1 in July 2011. She's No 1 in the U.S. and still refusing to identify the man who broke her heart, inspiring her second album. But come October, she'll have suffered a vocal cord haemorrhage. Around this time, she meets and falls in love with charity boss Simon Konecki
Adele tweeted this picture in December 2011 to show she was on the mend after vocal cord surgery. She's lost weight – claiming it's because she's now a vegetarian. 'When I'm about to eat meat, I always see my little dog's eyes,' she said.
The big reinvention. A U.S. Vogue cover – thanks to a friendship with editor Anna Wintour (and perhaps just a little spot of airbrushing) She says: 'I'm never writing a break-up record again. I'm done with being a bitter witch.'
Suddenly blonde and red-lipped, Adele positively glows in Armani while picking up six Grammys earlier this month – and performing for the first time since throat surgery
At the Brits on Sunday, wearing a 267,000 pair of De Beers earrings. She's lost around two stone and become a blonde bombshell. She's reportedly planning to elope to Vegas with Konecki this autumn