Crazy Before-And-Afters Show What Classic Hollywood Actresses Would Look Like As Influencers

As time progresses, so do beauty standards. But what if the old, glamorous Hollywood actresses had been born in this generation instead?

By Nicole Dominique3 min read
Elizabeth Taylor

Today’s beauty standards are daunting and unrealistic. The pouty lips, smooth skin,
perfect hair, and straight teeth you see on social media are typically only attainable through apps like “FaceApp” and filters. It’s unfortunate that many young women’s idea of beauty is the heavily edited version of others that they see online. While most new beauty trends should be celebrated, I believe that social media and modernity has made it difficult for the majority of people to appreciate their natural features.

Even those who are deemed attractive opt for photoshop before uploading their selfies – even when it isn’t necessary. So, it goes without saying that our version of aesthetics has dramatically changed over the past 100 years. The old television personalities used to have to rely on their natural features, lighting, makeup, wardrobe, and hair. Today, we heavily rely on technology to alter our faces. But what if these classic Hollywood celebrities were born in our era instead? Let's take a look at what some of the most historic icons would look like if they were famous in today's time.

Marilyn Monroe

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It only makes sense to start off with the most famous Hollywood actress of all time. Even though it's been six decades since Marilyn Monroe's life came to a tragic end, her legacy still lives today. There's no doubt The Gentleman Prefer Blondes actress revolutionized the entertainment industry with her allure and sex appeal. 

Audrey Hepburn

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Even if you haven't seen Breakfast at Tiffany's, you're probably familiar with the Belgian-born actress Audrey Hepburn. Her grace, style, and elegance are timeless. At 22, Hepburn starred in the Broadway production Gigi. Hepburn's looks never failed to stun the audience. With her thick brows, full lips, and classic updo, the star's aura captivated millions of viewers through their screens.

Judy Garland

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Most of us know Judy Garland from The Wizard of Oz. The young singer and actress was born in Minnesota and began performing at an early age. Like many old celebrities, she had a troubled upbringing. Though the starlet was already very pretty, Garland still faced pressure from her management company to take stimulants known as "pep pills" to keep her weight under control. 

Katharine Hepburn

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Katharine Hepburn was an Academy Award-winning actress who often marched to the beat of her own drum. She was rebellious, doing only what she wanted to do. She would refuse interviews and wear casual clothes even when society expected her to be glamorous at all times. Regardless, she excelled in many movies and dramas like Bill of Divorcement, Christopher Strong, and Morning Glory. Her career as a celebrity spanned over 60 years. She was born in 1907 and died in 2003 at 96 years old.

In a 1992 interview, Hepburn was asked about the co-stars she worked with during the golden age of Hollywood. She said, "They're all dead. It's very queer. It's amazing how many of them have died, isn't it?"

Eartha Kitt

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You've heard of "Santa Baby," but do you know the singer behind this famous song? Eartha Kitt was an actress and singer known for her distinct voice and style. The dancer was born to a white man and a woman of Cherokee-African ancestry. Kitt was widely recognized for singing the holiday classic "Santa Baby" and was the first biracial woman to play Catwoman in the 1960s Batman series. She made her first acting debut as Helen of Troy in Time Runs and starred in the Broadway revue of Leonard Sillman's New Faces of 1952.

Elizabeth Taylor

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Elizabeth Taylor famously played Cleopatra in 1963, a fitting role for an actress with piercing, violet eyes. Not only was she a great performer, but Taylor was also a great makeup artist! The British-American star often did her own makeup both on-screen and off-screen. “When I was younger, for a long time, I didn’t wear any make-up in films; when I did start to wear make-up, I always did it myself,” she said.

Lucille Ball

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Lucille Ball was nominated for a total of 13 Primetime Emmy Awards, winning five times and receiving many other accolades. Her most notable work was her sitcom I Love Lucy, which became the most-watched series in the U.S. for four seasons back in the '50s. Ball was a great actress and a pioneer in comedy, paving the way for women in the future of television.

Natalie Wood

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Natalie Wood, whose real name is Natalia Nikolaevna Zackharenko, was an American actress born to Russian parents. She started acting at a young age in the 1946 drama Tomorrow Is Forever when she was only 7 years old. Wood became one of Hollywood's most likable stars after appearing in popular films like Splendor in the Grass, where she played a small-town girl who was heartbroken over a relationship, earning her an Oscar. Sadly – like other famous Hollywood actresses – Wood died under mysterious circumstances in 1981 while vacationing on a yacht with her ex Robert Wagner and actor Christopher Walken. 

Dorothy Dandridge

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Dorothy Dandridge was the first African-American actress to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress thanks to her amazing performance in the 1954 musical Carmen Jones. Dandridge was also a talented singer, often performing in the biggest venues like the Cotton Club and the Apollo Theater. Unfortunately, Dandridge had trouble finding roles following her success in Carmen Jones due to her race. She was once quoted to have said, "If I were Betty Grable, I could capture the world."

Closing Thoughts

As you can see, none of these women needed their faces to be warped by AI. These stars were already gorgeous, enhancing their beauty with elegant wardrobes, fancy hairstyles, and makeup that embraced their natural features. 

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