Entertainment Celebrity Schapelle Corby trumps celebrities taking on social media’s viral Ten Year Challenge

Schapelle Corby trumps celebrities taking on social media’s viral Ten Year Challenge

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Mariah Carey (ringing in New Year's Eve in St Barts) took a novel approach to the Ten Year Challenge. Photo: Getty
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Most stars who have gotten creative with social media’s latest obsession, the Ten Year Challenge – posting a photo from 2009 next to one from 2019 – have lent heavily on hilarity or glowing apparent agelessness.

Not so much convicted drug smuggler Schapelle Corby, who has blown the competition out of the water by sticking to basics.

The 41-year-old hit up Instagram with her then-and-now snaps. The before shot shows her behind bars in Bali’s Kerobokan prison 10 years ago, the present living her best life on a Queensland beach.

“Been a rough trot,” wrote Corby, who was deported back to Australia in 2017 after serving nine years in prison.

“Better now.”

While other household names may not have had Corby’s transition slam-dunk in their photo libraries – Caitlyn Jenner gave it a shake – plenty have given the challenge their best shots.

Reese Witherspoon, Miley Cyrus and Brie Larson have all gone along with the craze. Amy Schumer and Chelsea Handler aimed for laughs, and Sarah Silverman and Jameela Jamil had their own twists.

Maybe as inspiration, here are some of the best:

Jennifer Lopez was pregnant with twins Max and Emme in 2009. This year, she’s just your average soccer mom in need of ‘me’ time.

Witherspoon, Jessica Biel and Isla Fisher protested about stretch marks and tan lines but went full Benjamin Button. Well, you want to get some recognition for years of Yogilates.

Jenner, who was known as father-of-six Bruce Jenner in 2009, scored over 500,000 likes in 24 hours with her ultimate throwback, urging fans to “be authentic”.

Then there was the downright enviable, like model and L’Oreal brand ambassador Thylane Blondeau who, as a 10-year-old in 2011, was branded “the most beautiful girl in the world” after appearing in Vogue magazine.

Now 17, Blondeau mustered the courage to share a recent snap of herself alongside one of her as a seven-year-old, with her 2.9 million followers. Gutsy.


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#10yearchallenge 🥰 !!! And thanks for 2.9M !!! Ily guys so so much

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Romeo Beckham brought maternal star power to his post.

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2009 vs 2019 😂😂😂😂

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Kate Beckinsale noted “I no longer ask for ‘the autumn palette at cheap makeup counters”. That’s wisdom you earn with age.

Oscar winner Larson didn’t take herself too seriously. Yeah, you’re doing it right. And hopefully, you still have those shorts.

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Am I doing this right? #TenYearChallenge

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“Started growing out my brows and stopped wearing a bra,” wrote Modern Family’s Sarah Hyland, who was 18 in 2009.

Romantic old dog Mark Ruffalo made his challenge a shout out to Sunrise Coigney, his wife of 20 years.

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✌️ #10YearsChallenge #20yearsmarriage

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Cyrus – the subject of pregnancy buzz – was also all about love, posting a 2009 snap with now-husband Liam Hemsworth.

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10 year challenge

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Nearly 200,000 people liked Robert Irwin’s snap of himself at five with 10-year-old sister Bindi back in the day.

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2009 -> 2019 @bindisueirwin #10YearChallenge

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Kiernan Shipka honoured the show that kickstarted her career, posting an old shot with Mad Men co-star January Jones: “I love you.”

Schumer led the charge of stars who went for funny over glamour or sentiment, faking hers by subbing in Charlize Theron as a serial killer in 2003 movie Monster.

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2009/2019 challenge

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Handler had the same switcheroo idea by stealing Elizabeth Banks’ post and photos.

Silverman hadn’t changed even a tiny bit. Odd.

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2009/2019 GOD I’M SO OLD!!!

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Jamil took a swing at Hollywood’s dieting mania, saying 10 years is “roughly how long you spend on the toilet when you drink laxative ‘detox’ teas”.

Armin van Buuren is feeling his age. No response from Gordon Ramsay.

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Madonna’s maths were off and her hair colourist is less assiduous these days, but otherwise same old, same old.

She was outdone in the diva stakes by Mariah Carey, who said she was refusing to take part but took part anyway: “Time is not something I acknowledge.”

How to do the 10 year challenge 

Participating is easy. Just share two side-by-side photographs of you 10 years apart, then post it to your Facebook or Instagram account with the hashtag #10YearChallenge.

Or you can adopt the view of some social media users who think the Ten Year Challenge is the ultimate expression of vanity and self-love by turning the phenomenon into something not based on looks.

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