As an average person, you can probably walk around without having to worry about paparazzi following you. Unfortunately, when people achieve celebrity status, it comes at the cost of privacy. Many famous people will do whatever they have to hide from photographers, including putting a bag over their heads or wearing a funny disguise. These celebs have found the most bizarre ways to cover themselves up, and you will be grateful for your privacy after seeing these.
1. Paris Hilton’s Flash Reflecting Scarf
Despite what people think of Paris Hilton, she is actually smart. While she always looks camera ready, that does not mean she wants her photo taken all the time.
Whenever Hilton wears this scarf, pictures of her will show up like the photo on the right. Those are entirely useless to paparazzi trying to sell her photo.
2. Shia Labeouf Claim’s He Is No Longer Famous
Shia Labeouf is one of the most eccentric celebrities, and he had one of the most memorable red carpet accessories when he attended the Berlin Film Festival In 2014.
LaBeouf wore a paper bag over his head that said, “I am not famous anymore.” It was part of a performance art piece, and it caused quite the stir. He spent the next week sporting this paper bag on his head.
3. Emma Stone And Andrew Garfield Share Links To Important Causes
Although Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield have been broken up for a few years, back when they were together, they decided to use the paparazzi to spread awareness for important causes.
On Emma’s card, she wrote that they don’t need attention, but these organizations do, and Andrew’s card has a list of organizations to support. This is the stuff that matters.
4. Dustin Hoffman Plays Hide And Don’t Seek With Photographers
Dustin Hoffman might not be the most creative when it comes to avoiding the paparazzi, but we give him credit for his effort. He is not a fan of being followed by the cameras, so he physically hides from them.
Hoffman seeks out the largest object to hide behind when he realizes the paparazzi are in the area. He might be drawing more attention to himself with this method.
5. The Ghost Of Alec Baldwin Roams The Streets Of New York
As the most famous Baldwin brother, Alec gets a lot of attention when he walks around New York. Instead of trying to blend in, he wore a blanket over his head.
Baldwin looked like a cheap ghost on Halloween, but the blanket hid his identity. Usually, he ignores the attention, but he must have been having a bad day.
6. Julia Roberts Pack Up And Moved To A Different State
What do you do when you have a surplus amount of money, and you are sick of having your privacy invaded by photographers? You probably would move to a different state as Julia Roberts did in the ’90s.
Roberts packed up her things and moved to New Mexico. Although the location was not ideal because her work was in LA, she did run into fewer photographers.
7. Kim Kardashian Got A Body Double
Most people in the world are familiar with Kim Kardashian, so people take her picture all the time because magazines and gossip sites will pay a lot of money for her photo.
A few years ago, Kim hired a body double to distract the paparazzi and stop them from taking her picture.
8. Ashley Tisdale Is Shielded By Her Puppy
Having a cute puppy comes with many perks. You have a companion to accompany you wherever you go, and you can use them to hide from paparazzi. Ashley Tisdale is often seen with her dog, which she uses to hide her face from photographs.
Tisdale uses this method when people try to catch her off guard when she is taking her dog for walks. We understand wanting to enjoy a walk without having your photo taken.
9. Gwyneth Paltrow, Other Wise Known As The Bag Lady
The oldest trick in the book for celebrities is to use a large purser to cover their faces while walking by the Paparazzi. This is Gwyneth Paltrow’s go-to method for hiding.
Not only does in work to cover up her face, but she also gets to show off her beautiful handbag collection.
10. Daniel Radcliffe Wears The Same Outfit So Pictures Will Look Old
As the star of one of the most popular movie franchises of all time, Daniel Radcliffe gets a lot of attention from the paparazzi, but he figured out a trick to deter them from taking his photo.
For six months, Radcliffe wore the same outfit every time he left the Broadway show he was starring in. This stopped paparazzi from selling his photo because people assumed the pictures were old since he was always wearing the same thing.
11. Jessica Simpson Beats The Paparazzi At Their Game
While people may think Jessica Simpson lacks a few brain cells after her stint on Newlyweds: Jessica and Nick, she is actually pretty clever. Instead of letting the paparazzi get credit for a picture of her with a new look, she beats them to it.
When she has a new haircut, or there is something noticeably different with her, she will post a picture online before the paparazzi. This decreases the value of the paparazzi photos when they try to sell them.
12. Miley Cyrus Creates A Diversion And Makes A Run For It
When it comes to avoiding the paparazzi, Miley Cyrus is an expert. Her tactic is to divert the photographers’ attention to something else, such as raining money.
Instead of having her photo taken after a long night of partying, she threw money into the crowd outside the club so they would be distracted while she ran to her car.
13. Rupert Grint Says Quack Quack To The Paps
Rupert Grint was a young boy when he rose to popularity for his role as Ron in Harry Potter. He started to get recognized everywhere, which must have been difficult at a young age. Over the years, he has found tricks to hide from the paparazzi.
Now, Grint resorts to wearing masks such as this duck head. While it doesn’t help him blend in, it does hide his identity.
14. Emma Stone Gets The Perfect Revenge
Emma Stone has found the most effective ways to deal with the paparazzi. From making signs that encourage people to learn about important causes to taking photos of the paparazzi, she is a pro.
Here she gave the paparazzi a taste of their medicine by using a digital camera to take pictures of them. It makes the photos less interesting, and it shows them what if feels like to have someone take your picture without permission.
15. Adam Levine Wants You To Text The Red Red Cross
Like Emma and Andrew, Adam Levine used the paparazzi to speed awareness for something that was important to him. He was hoping people would see this photo and text The Red Cross.
Although most of Levine’s face is visible in this photo, it was an excellent thought to use his status and attention to help an important organization.
16. Jaden Smith Is Disguised As Batman
As the son of Will Smith, Jaden has been getting attention since he was a child. As he has grown up, he has become his own wacky person, which has drawn a lot more attention to him.
Jaden has used costumes to hide his identity in public like this batman suit. He also wore something similar for his high school prom.
17. Leonardo DiCaprio Acts Like A Turtle In Its Shell
There are times when Leonardo DiCaprio can easily blend into a crowd, but when he is spotted on the streets, he does not like to have his picture taken. Instead of letting people catch a glimpse of his face, he chooses to cover himself up.
We are not exactly sure how he manages to see, but he would clearly sacrifice his vision to hide his face from the paparazzi.
18. Shaq Hides In Plain Site
When your seven feet tall and you are a famous basketball player, it is hard to hide from photographers. Shaquille O’Neal’s height is a dead giveaway when he walks around in public, but he still tries to hide from the cameras.
He tried his best to use this tree as coverage, but it didn’t exactly work in his favor. He looks like he is playing hide and seek with the paparazzi.
19. Harry Styles Is One Clingy Elephant
Harry Styles is always drawing attention to himself with his unique outfit choices and boy band member status. This disguise hid his identity, but it definitely did not deter attention.
It would have been ten times better if he had worn a full elephant costume, but this unusual mask will suffice.
20. Justin Bieber Goes Post-Apocalypse
When Justin Bieber started uploading videos of him singing to YouTube, he wasn’t prepared for the attention he would receive. Now, he is one of the most recognized singers in the world.
Because of his major celebrity status, he gets his photo taken wherever he goes. Bieber has collected a variety of masks to hide his face when he goes out in public, so his identity is protected from the paparazzi.
21. James Franco Uses His Sweater To Cover His Face
James Franco lives in New York City, so he is often spotted walking around, but that does not mean he always wants his photo taken. He uses a sweater to cover his face so that people will leave him alone.
At least with this option, Franco can still see where he is walking in comparison to the other celebrities who chose to cover their faces.
22. Ashlee Simpson And Pete Wentz Scare Children With Their Masks
Masks seem to be the easiest way for famous people to hide their identities. When Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz were dating, they got a lot of media attention.
The couple chose to wear the creepiest masks they could find to cover their faces. They probably scared a few people on the street, but at least people couldn’t see their faces.
23. Stop Photographing Benedict Cumberbatch And Go Take Pictures Of Egypt
It probably gets really annoying to have your picture taken every time you step out of your home. Benedict Cumberbatch had enough of the paparazzi, so he wrote them a strongly worded letter.
Instead of taking his picture, Cumberbatch wants the photographers to take photos of something that is actually important, like Egypt. We aren’t sure why his first suggestion was Egypt, but it is something important to show the world.
24. Taylor Swift Walks Backwards
Taylor Swift gets a lot of attention from the media because of her pop star status. Every time she steps out of her home, she is greeted by a crowd of photographers.
Swift came up with a hilarious way to not have her photo taken. She now walks backward whenever cameras are around. Good thing she has someone to guide her along the way.
25. Cara Delevigne Dresses Like A Pepperoni Pizza
Cara Delevigne is always coming up with new ways to avoid the paparazzi. She once used water guns to make them go away from her and St. Vincent.
In this case, She wore a onesie that covered her face. She was a walking slice of pepperoni pizza, and it made photographers hungry for better pictures.
26. Katy Perry Goes Old School With A Hooded Tracksuit
There are old tricks that celebs used to hide from paparazzi, and that includes covering your face with hair, putting your hood on, and keeping your head down. Katy Perry used this trick while she was leaving her home with John Mayer.
If John Mayer wasn’t with her, most people wouldn’t have known it was Katy Perry. She is usually seen wearing brightly colored, wacky outfits, so this was a muted version of her style.
27. Jessie J Is A Feisty Tiger
Jessie J’s popularity has risen in recent years because of her romantic involvement with Channing Tatum. Paparazzi have more interest in her, so they have been trying to take Jessie’s picture more often.
Like other celebs on the list, she went with the mask tactic to hide her face. Instead of a rubber mask, she chose a realistic tiger one to show off her inner feline, maybe.
28. Amanda Bynes Uses Her Hair As A Shield
Amanda Bynes is unrecognizable in this photo, so she achieved her ultimate goal of hiding. She used her hair as a shield from the photographers, and her puppy hid the rest of her face.
When Amanda Bynes was going through a difficult time in her life, she did not want to have her photo taken and would cover her face whenever she went out.
29. Vanessa Stiviano Found The World’s Longest Visor
Vanessa Stiviano is the former mistress of Donald Sterling who formerly owned the LA Clippers. She gained notoriety when she released recordings of him making derogatory comments, which blew up into a major scandal.
The paparazzi started following her and asking for more information, so the best solution she found was to cover her face with a visor. This almost resembles a welder’s mask.
30. All Eyes Are On Ke$ha In This Disguise
Kesha has had a wild ride throughout her career. When she first became popular, her image was all about rebellion and delinquency. She then went through a long legal battle with her producers, and she tried to hide from the spotlight.
Unfortunately, her legal battle, coupled with her celebrity status, attracted more photographers, so she had to find different outfits to disguise herself like this one. This might hide her identity, but it does not deter attention.
31. Pharrell Williams Wears This Odd Mask
Pharrell Williams has a difficult time blending in with the crown because of his flashy fashion choices like his large hats. Like other celebrities, he also needs a break from the paparazzi at times.
Williams sometimes uses maks to hide his identity like this one. He had a Spongebob inspired clothing line that he was promoting while using this mask to avoid photographers.
32. Ed Sheeran Uses Masks Of Other Celebs
As one of the most famous singers in the world, it is hard to hide from the cameras, so Ed Sheeran started using masks of other celebrities to cover his face from paparazzi photos.
In this case, he used Psy to swap his recognizable face for another. It was a valiant effort to hide his true identity.
33. Jennifer Lawrence Has A Collection Of Over-Sized Hats
While some celebrities forfeit their vision to hide their faces from photographers, Jennifer Lawrence has figured out a different way to cover her face while being able to see.
She has a collection of these large hats that cover most of her face to hide her identity. This deters cameras because the paparazzi can’t get good shots of her face.
34. Lindsay Lohan’s Not So Effective Umbrella
Lindsay Lohan’s fame has been on the rise since she was young, but in her adult years, the media attention was no so positive. She became a prime target for paparazzi because of her drug use and time in jail.
Lohan has tried to avoid the paparazzi, but a transparent umbrella probably isn’t the best solution. We wonder if she realized they can still take her picture through it.
35. Selena Gomez Wears Her Blanket Everywhere She Goes
In the last few years, Selena Gomez has been open about her mental and physical health issues. She has also gone through two public breakups, so she has been a target for the paparazzi.
Gomez has used the tactic of hiding her face with a blanket like other celebrities. Sometimes she just wants to walk around without having to face the cameras.
36. Jaden Smith Likes Wearing Superhero Costumes
Batman isn’t the only costume Jaden Smith uses to hide from photographers. When he was out with his rumored girlfriend, Kylie Jenner, he wore this Iron Man costume.
Despite covering his face, he still drew a lot of attention for his costume and the fact that he was with Kylie Jenner.
37. Blake Lively Is Taking A Nap While Walking
As an in-demand actress, Blake Lively has to travel often for jobs. She is always jetting off to different places, and that must make it difficult to maintain a good sleep schedule. While she was heading to the airport, she used her carry-on pillow to cover her face from photographers.
It looks like Lively is using the pillow to not only cover her face but to rest her head while she is walking because she is probably exhausted. I
38. Ben Affleck Photographs The Photographers
Like Emma Stone, Ben Affleck wanted to show the paparazzi how annoying it is to have your photo taken wherever you go without consent. He is just getting in and out of his car, and that requires a slew of photographers.
This is one way to deal with the paparazzi in a non-aggressive way. We wonder what they said to him when they saw he was taking their picture.
39. Katie Perry Or A Giant Donut?
Once again, Katie Perry has found a way to hide herself fro the paparazzi, but this time she has resorted to the use of a giant donut rather than the classic tracksuit.
This is not the most subtle look for Perry, but you can’t really tell it is her with the sunglasses and hat. The donut seems much better for her usual style.
40. David Hoffman Attempting to Hide Again
As we saw before, Dustin Hoffman isn’t the best at hiding, but he has to think quickly and use whatever he can to hide. Here he took cover behind a leafy rank that barely covered his face.
Although the branch isn’t helping much, it is the fact that Hoffman is trying to hide because he just wants to be left alone while he walks down the street.
41. Scarlett Johansson And Alicia Keys Sending A Strong Message
While on set for The Nanny Diaries, Scarlett Johansson and Alicia Keys wanted to send a powerful message to the paparazzi who were harassing them. They made these signs to cover their faces that had messages for the photographers.
Imagine going to work and having a group of people follow you around with cameras the entire day. It would get annoying in a few seconds, and they have to deal with this all the time.
42. Ryan Gosling Acts Like A Child
While he was eating his lunch, Ryan realized photographers were watching him. Instead of hiding, he decided to mock them by making childish faces.
It didn’t work so well because they continued to take his photo, but he looked adorable while doing it. Now the public has these funny photos of Gosling acting like a five-year-old.
43. Joe Jonas And Sophie Turner Engage In A Staring Contest
While some people hide or use objects to cover their faces, Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner took a different approach to deal with the paparazzi while they ate lunch.
The couple stared at the cameras motionless in hopes that the paparazzi would lose interest quickly and leave them alone.
44. Leonardo DiCaprio And Kendall Jenner Blend In With The Crowd
Leonardo DiCaprio is a face that will be recognized wherever he tries to go, and that also goes for Kendall Jenner. These two sat next to each other at a soccer match in Paris, and they tried to blend into the crowd as best as they could.
The two figured that wearing sunglasses would help them blend into the crowd, but they were still recognized among other celebrities in the area.