As you know, in this "job," I get to look at a lot of close-up pictures of celebrity females. And many of them are very, very good-looking. But every so often, there's someone who is, like, out-of-this-world beautiful. So beautiful that you completely understand why she's famous—heck, she was BORN to be famous with that unique arrangement of facial features.
I put Angelina Jolie in this category. She's not one of those "relatable" celebrities, like, say, an Amy Adams. I think of Ange as an old-school, aspirational kind of celeb; she's not like you or I and she knows it.
But what I wanted to know was—did she always look this way? I dug way, waaay back, before she was a mom to six kids and before Brad Pitt and even Billy Bob. Here's 38-year-old Angelina's beauty evolution, spanning more than 20 years.
Let's kick things off with a shot from 1991, when Angelina was just 16 years old:
I think it's immediately clear that she was born blessed with extreme beauty. Those eyes, those lips (and the charisma that comes out of the photo) were always there. However, I think, as with most celebs, there have been some changes to her nose—so take note.
The next pic is from the movie Hackers, circa 1995:
I've included this one for a profile shot of her nose, which looks like any normal nose, but I think does change later on. You can also see the overly tweezed, arched brows. What were people thinking in the 1990s?
Next is Angelina at the premiere of Playing God in 1997:
Brows have grown in a bit, but already I think her nose looks different. I could be wrong, but it seems straighter and less bulbous. That would make sense, given her rising profile. I think it's safe to say, from this and the last few pictures, that her lips have always been extra-large. I doubt lip injections were very common before the 2000s.
The following year, 1998, Angelina appeared at a press conference for her movie Gia:
Still with the '90s scary/skinny brows but even they can't take away from her beauty.
Within the course of two years, Angelina's look completely changed. Here she is at the 2000 Oscars:
You can see where those vampire rumours started, huh? I actually like this in a weird way. Not that I'm advocating pasty-white makeup and unnaturally dark hair, but there is something very beautiful about the winged liner, stick-straight hair, headband and nude lips.
At the next Oscars, in 2001, she was much more minimalist:
This looks more like the Angelina we know now (even though she was only 26 at the time). Again, I don't care for how her eyebrows are so thin at the tails. I think his front-on shot of her nose shows some refinement of the tip.
By 2002, I believe we were into the Billy Bob Thornton years, so Angelina revisited her scary vampire look for the Golden Globes:
Except much, much scarier this time. What the hell? I appreciate the effort to bulk up the brows and frame the otherwise nude-coloured makeup, but this was NOT the way to go about it.
The following year, 2003, it seemed she'd dropped her "scary" persona, and was going for a more conventionally pretty look at the Tribeca Film Festival:
Can you even believe it? When have we seen her wear blush (and splotchy blush at that)? Eyebrows are the skinniest yet, but it's nice to catch this rare glimpse of a different, more approachable Angelina.
Alas, it was not to last, because by the time of the Mr. & Mrs. Smith premiere in 2005 (and her relationship with Brad Pitt), Angelina had found her beauty niche.
This is the Angelina we know today. (She was 30 here.) Fuller brows, nude lips, no blush and winged eyeliner. And lighter brown hair worn in a glam, off-the-face style. (See how she pulls it off but Jessica Chastain didn't really?)
I've included this next pic, from The Good Shepherd premiere in 2006, so you can look at her profile:
I think it's a different nose to the profile we saw in the 1995 Hackers shot. Even from the side, she's the take-your-breath-away kind of gorgeous.
At the Salt premiere in 2010, Angie had bangs and a reddish hair colour:
I don't know if it's the makeup or her skin that's improved versus the 2001 shot, but wow. Take note that her nose is looking quite angular now. I know faces change as we age, but I don't think the tip of a nose could naturally morph like this.
Here's Ange at the 2012 Golden Globes:
I think I had commented at the time that her skin was a little greyish here. But even still, she's probably the most beautiful woman I've ever seen. She very rarely chooses red lipstick, and I don't know why because it enhances her incredible genetic blessings. (There is just no way that injected lips could look this good.) And this is another shot of her nose to compare to her age 16 photo. They're different, yes?
The last shot is from the World War Z premiere in 2013:
To me, she is the most beautiful here of all. Natural hair, great brows and barely any makeup—yet she still looks incredible. Do I think she's had any other work done? Besides the nose job, I'm guessing a little Botox between the brows. But she's left the natural creases around her eyes, and I don't think has put anything in her cheeks, so the result is very, very natural.
The bottom line
Here's what one plastic surgeon had to say:
"There are a few people in our culture who represent iconic beauty, and Angelina Jolie is probably at the top.... As I always say, 'It’s better to have great genes than a great plastic surgeon.' Angelina Jolie had both. While she is an iconic beauty today, she was not always that way. She had almost all the stars aligned, except for her boxy, overly prominent nasal tip. Rhinoplasty for Angelina Jolie involved reducing the size of the tip cartilages, which made the tip smaller, more pointed and compact. More importantly, her new tip no longer disrupted the flow of the visual line from her forehead down her nose."
I think he said it all. While I do think Angelina was a great beauty even as a teenager, the nasal refinement takes it to the super-stardom level. As we've talked about in previous before and afters, actors don't want anything to distract from the emotions they're conveying from the eyes and mouth. So a little nip to the nose? You can see why they do it.
Have your say
What do YOU think about Angelina's beauty evolution?
Do you believe she's had any work done?
Which Angelina look do you like best?