Michael Jackson's Changing Faces

Michael Jackson's Changing Faces
ESSENCE.COM Jun, 26, 2009

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Boy Wonder

A young Michael Jackson captured the hearts of many when he burst onto the scene in the late 1960’s. Here he is in 1971 looking quite comfortable in his smooth caramel skin.

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Honey-coated Heartthrob

That boyish grin stole the hearts of droves of teenage girls back in 1976. Sporting an Afro that would make Angela Davis jealous, the dancing machine’s cocoa-brown complexion is still in tact. His nose is questionably more narrow than in previous years.

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Soul Glo

The 1970’s came and went and the 1980’s ushered in a new set of trends. And Jackson helped to set them. He lost the signature Afro for a fresh Jheri Curl and traded in his broad nose for a much more sculpted one.

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MJ, Are You Okay?

Still maintaining a wet, wavy do, this picture was taken about the time many began to question the frequency of Mike being under the knife. His lips appear to be thinner than we remembered and his skin had lost it’s butterscotch hue.

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Man in the Mirror

By the early 1990’s, Jackson’s skin was a pasty white color. Reportedly the performer suffered from a rare skin condition called vitiligo. The groundbreaker looked increasingly less like the adorable little boy who commanded our hearts almost 30 years earlier.

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Mad Hatter

More alterations to his nose, lipstick and relatively no body fat back in 1998 made us often confuse Michael with one of his older sisters.

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Blues Clues

By the 2000’s, Michael had dropped the Jheri Curl for a coiffed roller set. A more chiseled face and features (including a cleft in his chin), along with skin that seemed completely void of all pigment made us miss the M.J. of previous years.

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Have You Seen Him?

By now Mike’s former appearance is a mere memory. Pictured here with a face full of makeup, Jackson often gets accused of trying to look more like a White woman than a Black man.

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Nervous in Neverland

With an almost ghost-like appearance, Jackson caused many fans to worry about his health and well-being. There were even rumors that he was wearing a prosthetic nose as a result of all the surgeries.

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Evolution of a Man

In this picture taken just two years ago, we see just how much our beloved Michael has transformed since the days of dancing onstage with his big bros in matching polyester outfits. Whether his skin was brown or white, hair straight or kinky, nose broad or narrow; he was undeniably always a star.

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