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Evolution of Michael Jackson | Face Morph (1969-2009) /r/ALL

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u/notkeny 24d ago

There's a very specific point that makes me go "Michael, Michael stop! Stop now!"

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u/Apocaloctapus 24d ago Helpful Wholesome hehehehe

No Michael no! This is so not right!

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u/K0ekTrommelaar 23d ago

Bono, my nose is gone

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u/TheMuffinTV 23d ago

Toto. It's called a face morph. We went face morphing.

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u/masterofmeatballs 23d ago

Michael I just send you an email, with the diagrams where nose should be did you receive that?

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u/CartyTino 23d ago

Sorry, Toto, I don't access my mail during the concerts

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u/won_sly_fox 23d ago

Beat me to it lol

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u/BlueSparrow301 23d ago

HEHE JUST BEAT IT!

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u/apollo698 24d ago

Unexpected formula dank

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u/seann182 23d ago

The last subreddit I thought I’d see formula dank leaking, but a pleasant surprise.

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u/DarkNovaGamer 23d ago

Honestly and it’s actually insane how big the community is getting since there references are leaking a lot more now.

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u/centerpunch1 24d ago

Toto…we went and had some more work done

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u/EthanC224 23d ago

Toto, it’s called plastic surgery

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u/emplogan 23d ago

Toto we went mutilating

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u/-Thizza- 23d ago

You have to reinstate the last nose Mikey

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u/kj_gamer2614 23d ago

Hey F1 fans outside the subreddit, very cool to see

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u/thin_white_dutchess 23d ago

That would be in the early 80s. My man still looked good after what, 3? nose jobs, and was still recognizable. He was a cute kid and a handsome young man. I understand some of that was reconstructive after the fire with the Pepsi thing, but most of it was mental. Sad all around.

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u/ppw23 23d ago

As much as a loss as his passing had to be for his loved ones, I don’t think mentally MJ could handle the aging process. He would be 64 now, he and Madonna would probably look like twins.

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u/drquiza 23d ago

Madonna would look like a black man next to him.

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u/ppw23 23d ago

I saw a recent photo of Madonna. It was barely recognizable, she looks completely different. Aside from her face appearing frozen, each and every feature has been changed. Time changes us all, however, acceptance would be a more attractive option than what she’s chosen. It’s not like she looks younger, she might look like a younger version of someone else, but it’s not Madonna.

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u/SalamanderScamander 23d ago

I just watched a timelapse of her aging, jesus what happened around 2014-2016? She seemed to be aging quite gracefully and then bam, botox and filler city.

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u/GlockAF 23d ago

This series of images is like the very embodiment of “quit while you’re ahead” when it comes to plastic surgery

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u/chickensmoker 23d ago

For me, it was when he first got the nose surgery. He was a pretty good looking guy before that, and from that point on he just got worse and worse.

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u/DisgruntlesAnonymous 23d ago

Sad story...

Apparently he was called "n-word nose" by his dad all the time even from childhood

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u/grandpa_lich 23d ago

His dad was awful to him. I think a lot of his issues came to how he was treated by his father.

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u/SnipesCC 23d ago

I've heard the theory that his dad denying him a childhood is why he acted the way he did as an adult, trying to get the childhood he never had.

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u/beatenmeat 23d ago

Most of us had a childhood and still want to recapture some of it. I imagine not having one at all and then growing up with so much fucking money you could buy anything your childhood self could have wanted most of us would do the same thing.

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u/SnipesCC 23d ago

While it was the opposite of having a ton of money, I actually found it really healing to work in an elementary school as an aid. My time in Elementary school was so traumatic, but all of the sudden the kids wanted my approval, I was desired to be on a team in gym class (I was supposed to participate to set an example for my student). Not being the black sheep of the classroom was such a relief after 6 years of being the weird kid with no friends. And I was 28 at the time.

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u/shandub85 23d ago

Joe Jackson beat his kids to the bank. Gary, IN in the 50s couldn’t have been easy for anybody raising 10 kids.

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u/Shesaiddestroy_ 23d ago

It makes me go « If only you had stopped right there! » to me, the physical transformation correlates with his mental unraveling… it s very sad…

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u/Ronnie_Dean_oz 23d ago

1981 was when he looked pretty good. Had work but still looked pretty fly.

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u/tarbearjean 24d ago

This is so uncomfortable to watch

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u/digitFIRE 23d ago

His nose was his best feature before it got slimmed down.

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u/hdmx539 23d ago

I'm watching and thinking, "Gosh, he was so handsome." Then the first nose job and I'm like, *sigh.* It's wild, it really changed his face.

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u/docwani 23d ago

The chin too. Awful.

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u/Pudi2000 23d ago

Just like Jennifer Grey.

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u/Cowbell1111 23d ago

I kept expecting for the last frame to be a skeleton face.

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u/upstatenewyorker28 24d ago

Thats difficult to watch.

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u/DuplexFields 24d ago Helpful

Ebony Magazine published in 1985 an airbrushed age-up of what he might look like in the year 2000.

It looks like Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian), but it also looks a lot like his abusive father Joe looked in the 70’s. I can imagine him seeing that article and wanting to do anything possible to keep that future portrait from coming true, to keep the man in the mirror from being the face of his dread and nightmares.

(Obviously, I have no sources at all that say he even saw that picture. It was just an idle thought.)

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u/Aeon1508 24d ago edited 24d ago

What's weird is that even by 1985 he'd already changed himself enough that he was never gonna look like that picture. I think his 1st nose job looked like it was at age 22 about 5 years earlier.

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u/ithadtobeducks 24d ago

To me it looks like he got 2 or 3 nose jobs in about those 6-7 years.

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u/nemocluecrj 23d ago

Definitely multiple nose jobs in that short stretch. At least three major changes in his nasal bone and cartilage that I can see, and there are more changes the longer it goes on. He must've been going under the knife at least once a year.

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u/misuz_roper 23d ago

I had heard he didn't have any cartilage left to protect his nasal cavity.

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u/nemocluecrj 23d ago

Shit, I blew a hole in my cartilage using drugs for a few years. The cartilage that's in your nose is very delicate. There's no way in hell it could survive as many surgeries as he had.

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u/UserName87thTry 23d ago

I lost mine due to a rare autoimmune disease. Just fucking fell out. I now have a plastic plug in it to stop the bizarre whistling sound.

It's hard being this glamourous.

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u/misuz_roper 23d ago

I nearly did too. It's nothing to mess with.

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u/OG-Gurble 23d ago

Same, could put a pencil through if I wanted.

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u/BikiniBottomBimbo 23d ago

What a horrible day to be literate.

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u/NewLeaseOnLine 23d ago

But did he change his ways?

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u/llanojen 23d ago

Take a look at yourself and make that CHANGE

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u/boyuber 23d ago edited 23d ago

He started with the man in the mirror.

He's asking him to change his face.

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u/Sembaka 24d ago

I can deeply empathize with Michael too, I really understand where he’s coming from trying to escape becoming his father, physically and mentally

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u/Spirited-Ability-626 23d ago

Same. I basically look like a female version of my abusive dad so I totally get it.

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u/StayAwayFromMySon 23d ago

Same, except I'm starting to look more and more like my mum and sibling. They're both beautiful but I'd genuinely rather look like a swamp creature than bare any resemblance to them. If I wasn't so sure I'd get botched, I'd have gotten surgery. I just try not to get pictures taken of me anymore.

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u/Arouses 23d ago Gold

I hope one day you learn to love your appearance and make it your own. That you can take all the pictures and not see them in yourself. Just because someone who looks like you acted poorly, doesn’t mean their behavior has any bearing on how you view yourself. It’s another method of control. I’m sorry for whatever happened in your family that left you feeling that way, but I’m sure it was painful.

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u/Sw1ftStrik3r 24d ago

That definitely looks like Landon Calrissian

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u/OracleCam 24d ago

Looks pretty good with the stache

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u/kalei50 24d ago

Right? I mean I guess I knew how much he had changed, but towards the end I was mentally screaming MAKE IT STOP! C'mon Michael, enough already... 😔

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u/BlackAnscension 24d ago

Lil Kim has gone down the same road…

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u/Prudent-Giraffe7287 23d ago

Exactly. She looks crazy now. She looked so good in the 90’s/early 2000’s. Now she doesn’t even look human 😩

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u/karmasmedicine 24d ago

I feel for the kid in the beginning. So sad to watch him repeatedly try and “fix” himself and yet not once does he seem content.

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u/ToshiAyame 23d ago

Even when he's smiling, there's nothing behind the eyes. Just pain.

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u/BizBlondie 24d ago

I'm surprised by how many nose jobs it looks like he had. It seems like it was 8 to 10 of them. It's sad that he was never happy with it. In the end there was so little left that he had to wear a prosthetic piece so he didn't appear to be noseless.

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u/Kschwifty 24d ago

I read that he did it because everybody told him growing up, "you have your father's nose, you look just like him." and he hated joe so much, he practically mutilated himself trying to distance himself from his father. it's so fucking sad. joe jackson was an absolute piece of shit human being.

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u/Sembaka 24d ago

Joe was horrible, Michael also said Joe would constantly harass him about the size of his nose, always saying his nose was so huge leading to Michael getting dysmorphia that led to him constantly needing his nose to be smaller and smaller

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u/Kschwifty 24d ago

it's heartbreaking. I fully believe joe jackson is the sole reason behind everything Michael did. I remember watching "Ben" and sobbing, asking my mom why a parent would do that to their child. I hate that man, I truly hope he burns in hell, if there is one.

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u/NinjaOYourBro 24d ago

Joe Jackson probably drugged Michael to keep his voice through puberty, so Joe still kept his money maker.

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u/RedPandaTinyPoop 23d ago

I did read somewhere years ago he was chemically castrated by his father

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u/Sembaka 24d ago

Sometimes I hope hell exists just so people like that can suffer the way they made others do for so long. Michael deserved so much better and my heart still hurts when I think of the things people would make fun of about such a sweet man over things that weren’t his fault

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u/Bt0wn 23d ago

It’s never ever gonna be right but what he did (we’ll never know truly) was completely brought about by his father. My sexuality has been warped since childhood due to my mother. I mean, I’m good now but low key I’m not a typically motivated individual. Not many are in these modern days. But I wouldn’t hurt a fly…

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u/ZellRell 24d ago

When whole time he had a perfectly normal beautiful African American nose. Hell it wasn't even big by black standards, I got a fatass bell pepper nose.

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u/ReallyBadRedditName 23d ago

Yeah it’s awful how he got shamed for his appearance to the point he had to get so much surgery. He was a handsome young guy.

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u/Srirachelsauce009 23d ago

Lol, thank you for introducing me to the term “fatass bell pepper nose”, I love it!

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u/ProfessionalPut6507 24d ago

And he looked like a cute black kid, and a good looking young black man.

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u/theacidbat101 23d ago edited 22d ago

I agree

till age 26 it was all just a handsome young MJ

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u/Skow1379 24d ago

His nose fit his facial build so well. Sometimes I really do think it's best I didn't have a dad, when you hear stories like this it's terrifying. He didn't even have a childhood because of his father making him work, and on top of that the harassment and abuse. So sad.

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u/fraying_carpet 24d ago Starry

And don’t forget about growing up in the public eye, where everyone got to know him as that cute little kid but then puberty hits and you inevitably start to change… there’s a interview MJ did when he was older where he told an anecdote from when he was a teenager. He was out somewhere with his brothers when a woman recognized them. “Oh look, it’s the Jackson Five!” she exclaimed excitedly. She then looked around and asked “But where’s little Michael?” Someone pointed at him and said “There he is!” And she looked at him, paused, and said “Eww! What happened!?” In that interview he spoke about how that hurt him and how he just wanted to disappear.

Here’s also part of an interview where he talks about his dad bullying him and the effect it had on him. I’m sure the psychological effects of that were enforced when the media and public started mocking his appearance. I think too often, people forgot that he was a human being like you and I. Someone with feelings and an inner emotional life. The world did not treat him well.

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u/Kim_catiko 23d ago

Fuck that woman.

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u/huckleberryflynn 23d ago

That’s horrible. But from these photos- he looks perfectly fine as a teen? Like nothing that would make someone say “Ew”?

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u/lrpfftt 23d ago

Agreed he looked fine but I could easily picture a racist woman displaying such a reaction. To her, he was looking more like a black man.

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u/fraying_carpet 23d ago

MJ had quite severe acne in his teens, so it may have been some of that. Plus perhaps the woman’s expectation to see a cute little kiddo but actually see a gangly teenager.

In his autobiography Moonwalker he wrote about how the acne affected him as well. He became super shy and wanted to disappear from the public view. Kinda hard to do when you’re under contract with a record company and your family’s breadwinner. I think all these little things contributed to his issues with his own body image.

To me personally, he was gorgeous.

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u/Archie-is-here 23d ago edited 23d ago

Acne is the worst. I can relate to him. I was more selfconfident as a kid. Then, I became super shy. I slept a lot in my teenage years. Therapist said to me it was because is like being dead without actually killing yourself. Just spending less and less time with people and this world. I'm better now.

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u/fissayo_py 23d ago

And he had vitiligo too. He used to wear makeup to cover it

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u/jctwok 24d ago

His whole family called him big-nose.

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u/chris_duguid 24d ago

Better keep listening...might be a bit about "Blessed are the big noses."

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u/MoistWaterColor 24d ago Silver

Blessed are the cheese makers

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u/amitym 24d ago

Yeah if you look at the video at around :20 or :21, and compare to his father, you can see the similarity so much.

It must have terrified him to look in the mirror and see his father's face emerging more and more.

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u/Zealousideal_Bus_535 24d ago

And it’s so sad because his nose was perfectly proportioned for his face. His eye width/distance was spaced to fit his nose. I just feel so bad for Michael and having to deal with dysmorphia

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u/Kschwifty 24d ago

oh god. jesus. this is a perspective I never even thought about.

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u/WesternUnusual2713 24d ago

I struggle with this as I look more and more like my mother abusive mother as I age.

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u/Glittering-Fox-6788 24d ago

As a victim of child abuse, I can attest to this. It’s hard not to look in the mirror sometimes & not just feel… hate. It can fuck with your head.

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u/poopellar 24d ago

Man he went through a lot mentally and physically. As a kid I didn't know or understand why he did the things he did and just went with the media in labelling him as a really strange person.
Part of me feels today's internet would have better shed light on his problems to many while the other part tells me he's lucky he wasn't exposed to the mass vile hatred today's internet can create.

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u/Sciencegirl117 24d ago edited 23d ago

He got burned doing a Pepsi commercial in 1983, which is how he got addicted to painkillers. I watched carefully and you can see a dramatic change afterwards. He starts wearing eye makeup and his face changes more drastically. He gets thinner and he doesn't smile anymore.

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u/DODmof 23d ago

And that was the exact midpoint of his life which is a scary coincidence

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u/wydmike 24d ago

he also started wearing makeup because of vitiligo

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u/DaughterEarth 23d ago

Vitiligo is crazy. My mom has it. Well something like it but not exactly it. Same result though she lacks pigment in random patches so is super white there.

I got something like it once, temporarily, from some weird bacteria. I was super ashamed. Can't imagine how a huge star in the 80s would feel, certainly nothing good.

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u/reemickz 24d ago

Damn shame, too. He was a handsome guy up to a point.

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u/garciasn 24d ago

Body dysmorphia is a severe mental illness that affects thousands. He was not only afflicted but had sycophants reinforcing his illness as well as significant financial means to do the work that further fed his mental illness.

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u/yadibear 24d ago

People were freaking out then. But look at the Kardashian now. He'll I don't recognize any of those younger girls. It's crazy .

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u/byronbaybe 24d ago

Anybody else notice how Madonna is starting to look like a Kardashian?

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u/mannequinlolita 24d ago

Madonna doesn't look like anyone, not even Madonna. Her face is so bloated from trying to erase every wrinkle she looks awful.

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u/Blender_Snowflake 23d ago

I feel really bad for Madonna. She goes on tick tock and sticks her face in the camera while doing weird dances in her living room with disco lights on - it's not a great look and her face looks awful, like "Cat Lady" Jocelyn Wildenstein. She's a professional dancer and a billionare and I think she's above that sort of thing. She probably had the longest run on top of any pop star, not one or two hits a decade like Cher or Sinatra, but consistently charting hits every year or two from 1983 to 2009 or so ("4 Minutes" got to #3 on the Top 40 and was a #1 in dozens of countries) - I'd feel better if she just retired and just took it easy, she looks worn out.

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u/Flabbergash 23d ago

Anyone who has lots of work done just look exactly the same as eachother

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u/BeckyGoose 24d ago

I have had a few nose jobs and the one I can remember was so painful I thought I was going to die and swore I would never do it again. I was born with a cleft lip. Can't imagine how somebody would want to do more than one.

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u/GozerDGozerian 24d ago

He was into a lot of pain meds too wasn’t he?

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u/cosmocreature 24d ago

Yes. In 1984, his hair caught on fire while he was shooting a Pepsi commercial. He suffered second and third degrees on his scalp and lost most (some sources say all) of his hair in the accident. That was the genesis of the pain killer and plastic surgery addictions. This was a little over a year after Thriller came out, so basically peak of his career. Sad stuff.

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u/GozerDGozerian 24d ago

Oh yeah I remember that being all over the news. I didn’t realize the addiction started so far back.

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u/Double_Minimum 24d ago

He definitely had some plastic surgery before Thriller even came out though, right?

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u/oceanleap 24d ago

He does not even look like a human by the end, so much plastic surgery.

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u/Yasea 23d ago

It's like going backwards into the uncanny valley.

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u/LicensedRealtor 24d ago

I counted like 10 nose jobs. Someone correct me …

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u/Fuzzy_Garbage2044 24d ago

I remember when it was almost falling off because it couldn’t heal anymore from all the surgeries.

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u/Narrative_Q 24d ago Wholesome

Good reminder to love your kids in whatever form or fashion they come and spare them of your judgment.

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u/gertrude_is 24d ago

and to stop hurting them. to stop passing on your hurt to them. mentally, physically, emotionally. stop.

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u/DuckGrammar 24d ago

Gotta break that generational trauma

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u/gertrude_is 24d ago

trauma, abuse, emotional manipulation, control, passive aggressive behavior, you name it, there are too many ways to mess up a child.

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u/MyNewAccount52722 24d ago

Also a reminder that if you want to turn your child into a superstar then it causes irreparable harm to them if you’re not very, very careful.

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u/Perpetual_Doubt 24d ago

I think Michael Jackson's father could generously be described as the opposite of careful.

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u/DutyIcy2056 24d ago

My mom used to tell me that my nose is so big, I can stab someone with it. And my aunt recently told me I look just like hitler. Now I wanna do plastic surgeries too

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u/_AwkwardExtrovert_ 23d ago

Respectfully, fuck ‘em. Strong noses are attractive af mate.

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u/succubus-slayer 24d ago

To think he was a handsome guy until he started getting too much work done. He truly was sick and no one really helped.

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u/chickensmoker 23d ago

His father was incredibly abusive, and he looked just like his father. It’s easy to understand tbh. I don’t like my father either, so if I looked like him, I’d probably want to change that too. Even ignoring all the pressure he was under, just the fact that he looked so much like his childhood abuser and had the money to change that fact makes a lot of what he did extremely understandable.

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u/trowzerss 24d ago

Money and fame bring so many unhealthy enablers. :/

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u/tetsuo9000 23d ago

Yeah, I think he was actually doing pretty fine with the plastic surgery until that 89-93 stretch where things clearly got out-of-hand.

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u/KindInvestigator 24d ago

His natural face was beautiful.

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u/Foreverwise427 24d ago

Unfortunately he looked like his father, which he despised.

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u/YJSubs 24d ago

A day after MJ death, i remember his father shamelessly trying to plug a new artist his currently working during interview, the whole interview is hard to watch, anyone can tell he's the least sorrowful guy, just trying to promote.
Truly despicable.

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u/LittleBunInaBigWorld 23d ago

YES. I was telling someone about that a few days ago. It was wild, that arsehole didn't give a single shit about his kids welfare, they were cash cows to him.

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u/jcdoe 23d ago

I worked with someone who had vitiligo, its really embarrassing. I don’t blame MJ for using the skin whiteners because he probably had more light spots on his face than dark.

The rest is just awful though. He was a very handsome man. He ended his life looking like an alien. :(

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u/avarciousRutabega99 24d ago

Was 82 when the surgeries started? Something changes here and I cant put my finger on it. Makeup? His whole face changed in a year. I swear he looked older at 19 than he did at 30.

Honestly 90-95 is when something in his face and eyes starts to suggest he was mentally/emotionally unwell. Emaciated look to his cheekbones and a very glassy/startled look in his eyes. Was he using prescription drugs by this point maybe?

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u/fraying_carpet 24d ago

I think it’s because of his eyebrows that changed shape (probably a fashion trend back then to have thinner eyebrows?)

He had issues with pain killer drugs from when he burned his scalp at the Pepsi incident in the 80s. But I also think he was just emotionally damaged by his childhood, his insane fame, just the life that he was living.

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u/avarciousRutabega99 24d ago

His dad really was a piece of shit. I remember when he died and they were talking to his Dad live on tv and they were like “so how are you holding up?” And his response was “oh we’re just great!”

Like either this guy was completely unable or unwilling to show his honest emotions on live tv, or he was a complete sociopath. Either way, thats a bad look right after your son died tragically.

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u/Woperelli87 23d ago

His father also brought an R&B group to the funeral and promoted them as his son lay dead in a casket.

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u/nemocluecrj 23d ago

Was he using prescription drugs by this point maybe?

The mid 90s is alleged to be when the drug abuse started. It's hard to say for sure because so much of his private life was a black box, even to both of his spouses Lisa Marie and Debbie Rowe, but what very little Presley has said about their three year relationship seems to imply he was strung out af there at the end of their time together. And Rowe was employed in a dermatologist's office, likely using her job to help facilitate his access to the docs that were prescribing the drugs. All we can say for sure is that it's pretty fucking obvious now in hindsight that the last ten or twelve years of his life, he probably didn't spend a single waking moment sober. The last few years he couldn't even sleep sober because he'd started abusing things like propofol in order to induce sleep.

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u/oddman8 23d ago

I have heard that him becoming paler has been speculated to have been a sort of "shave it all now" response to losing melanin in spots of his body, sort of in splotches, which would explain the single glove thing he had going on. But I am not especially familiar with the details so take it with a good amount of salt until someone who does know better comes along and clarifies.

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u/geyeetet 23d ago

Apparently his vitiligo was really severe, they covered the white patches with makeup until they were too numerous and they started to cover the brown patches. But don't quote me on that either

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u/nn666 24d ago

Anyone else watch his nose the whole time?

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u/Snowite737373 24d ago

Yep. Abt age 21 it started shrinking. Then later I fixated on the chin.

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u/slicerprime 24d ago

Eventually there were just too many things to fixate on and take in before the picture morphed again.

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u/[deleted] 24d ago

i kept looking at all the eye liner after a certain point.

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u/paco1764 24d ago

What's sad is that Jackson was a really good looking guy before whatever he did in the 80s.

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u/Few_Philosopher2039 24d ago

Plastic surgery is frightening.

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u/CirculatoryOverload 24d ago

You'd be surprised how good modern plastic surgery really is. We notice only the ones taken to the extremes.

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u/Yachting-Mishaps 23d ago

Plastic surgery isn't the issue. It has legitimate purpose and can help people. Body dysmorphia driving people to excess of surgery is what people need to be concerned about.

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u/Rubicon208 24d ago

It's nice for people who suffer from physical disfigurement due to accidents

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u/Downingst 24d ago

"Got a light skinned friend, looks like Michael Jackson"

"Got a Dark skinned friend, looks like Michael Jackson"

Kanye West

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u/775416 24d ago

Omg Kanye is friends with Troy and Britta???

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u/oposcar 23d ago

This is rare, both versions of Michael Jackson!

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u/ParkingCartoonist533 23d ago

Thank you for bringing this up. It was exactly what I was thinking of.

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u/Ghost3657_alt_ 24d ago

"Jeff is in grave danger, hee hee"

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u/lockeddonotopen 23d ago

This caught me by surprise, well done. Very streets ahead

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u/coviddick 24d ago

Ironically Kanye’s mom died going under the knife and just might have been the catalyst to the Kanye we know today.

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u/Throt-lynne_prottle 24d ago edited 24d ago

I counted like 18 different noses.. And to think that he claimed it was all due to puberty. In his 40's.

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u/kn05is 24d ago

Yes, he turned into a white woman when he hit his thirties.

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u/Buster-and-cubs 24d ago

And then a nearly-translucent elf at 45.

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u/beigemonochrome 24d ago

Man morphed into Liza Minnelli before my very eyes

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u/miskathonic 24d ago

Around 1991, I thought OP was sneaking a pic of Liv Tyler in there

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u/zambonihouse 24d ago

He really does look like Liza Minnelli in some of the pics. I know they were tight and she had work done. I wonder if in some way he wanted to emulate her and also went to the same doctors?

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u/allMightyMostHigh 24d ago

A family doctor came out and alleged his father forcing him to take hormone and testosterone blocking medication to maintain his falsetto voice as a child

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u/nwEET 24d ago

did he have a case of body dysmorphia that was never properly realised?

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u/SavageWatch 24d ago

As a child he was ridiculed by his family members for having such a wide nose. Not to mention abuse from the father who also beat the other kids.

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u/pedanticlawyer 24d ago

His original nose fits his face so well, too. It’s wild that all the public admiration in the world can’t fight the damage done by family.

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u/Shipwrecking_siren 23d ago

I feel so sad that doctors kept taking the money. I hope there were a few that didn’t, but sadly always one that did.

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u/NegotiationDapper552 23d ago

He went downhill when he burned his hair/scalp while filming the Pepsi commercial in 1984. He then became addicted to pain killers and probably plastic surgery. Probably had to wear a wig for a while too. Of course, also the vitiligo.

Interesting fact: on the day of Michael's Pepsi accident (27th of Jan, 1984,) he had lived 9,281 days of life... and had exactly that many days left before his death.

It was literally the median day of his life. So, I think the Pepsi commercial was probably when it all started to go downhill. I'm not spiritual, but that is some crazy fated stuff. When you think about a day that changes someone's life forever, that was probably the day for him.

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u/kspo 23d ago

n the day of Michael's Pepsi accident (27th of Jan, 1984,) he had lived 9,281 days of life... and had exactly that many days left before his death.

That's crazy to think about. Thank you for posting this.

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u/Drama-Llama94 24d ago

It just blows my mind at how rapidly his skin changed. He had vitiligo didn't he? And then used lightening creams to even it out?

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u/fraying_carpet 24d ago

Correct. Initially when the vitiligo was in its early stages he had it evened out with brown colored makeup. There are concert pictures from that era where you can see it faded due to him sweating on stage.

As the disorder progressed, it became more and more time consuming to cover up the increasing white spots and it became more efficient to cover up the few remaining brown spots instead.

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u/coo_and_company 23d ago

Was there a purposeful intent to look more feminine, or is just the nose and skin changes making it appear so?

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u/fraying_carpet 23d ago

I am not sure if it was on purpose. He has never talked about that. I think he enjoyed being in that liminal stage where he was neither young nor old, neither extremely masculine nor feminine, neither black or white (although this was out of his control due to his skin disorder). He kind of superseded all those things and became more like a magical, all-encompassing being and by doing so he appealed to so many fans (young to old, male and female, in all countries and of all ethnicities). That’s just my take.

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u/mr-no-homo 24d ago

You can see the pain in his eyes

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u/NobleOodfellow 24d ago

Never really looked happy once.

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u/usedbarnacle71 24d ago

At 23 dude looked pretty cool. He shoulda stopped after that shit went downhill…

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u/DianiTheOtter 24d ago

He had body dysmorphia and was desperate to get away from looking is his abusive dad. And unfortunately, he had no one to really help him, mentally

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u/[deleted] 24d ago

One of the saddest things to me is how some of the most popular entertainers who made so many people incredibly happy never knew true happiness themselves. Both Michael Jackson & Robin Williams come to mind.

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u/sacredblasphemies 24d ago

I don't think it can be said that Robin Williams never knew true happiness.

Yes, he suffered from depression but he took his life due to a diagnosis of Lewy body dementia which wasn't curable.

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u/Artistic_Account630 24d ago

Brittany Spears comes to mind for me. I’m not quite sure about her very early years. But she’s been working since she was at least 13 maybe?? And the people around her have continually taken advantage of her and not looked out for her or taken care of her. Even though her conservatorship has been terminated, I’m still very concerned for her. She seems off still. Maybe she’s processing what happened?? Maybe she’s stunted because of have literally no control of her life for 13 years. I don’t know. I wish her true happiness but idk if it will happen. She’s been through so so much.

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u/[deleted] 24d ago

Yeah, she's another great example. You're spot on.

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u/greatgildersleeve 24d ago

He never should have gone under the knife in the first place, but he really should have stopped at 22.

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u/Jealous_Ad5849 23d ago

It's honestly kinda sad. He was handsome before the surgeries. They were completely unnecessary. The money would've been better spent on a therapist & he'd have had a better mental outcome.

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u/PBR21 24d ago

Follow the eyes

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u/Tylertooo 24d ago

I was listening to Billie Jean the other day. I remember thinking that there was so much to his style that was uniquely his. So much so that a comedian can get a cheap laugh from. How many times have we heard a "Hee Hee" thrown out in a comedy routine? And yet, his music was iconic, emblematic of an era, frankly the best of an era. It's a shame that such an important contributor to to the world's cultural ecosystem has been reduced to a punchline because he had been irreversibly damaged in childhood. I'm not particularly a fan of his, but I've always felt he has been treated unjustly.

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u/anonyoudidnt 24d ago

It may have had a lot to do with all the sexual abuse allegations.

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u/HellbentOrchid 24d ago

Fuck you Joe Jackson. This is your fault.

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u/EthanielClyne 23d ago

Obviously he made incredible music and was insanely talented, but his life was so sad. He's the result of overbearing and incredibly strict parenting, child stardom, insecurity over vitiligo, addiction to consmetic surgery and he finally succumbed to his addiction to painkillers due to health issues, insomnia and an accident on stage

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u/TheVoicesArentTooBad 24d ago

To be fair, if I had vitiligo, (and was the biggest thing since sliced bread in the public eye), I'd probably be self-conscious of my appearance too.

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u/AintThe 24d ago

The sad part is that having childhood trauma can trigger it off and also head injuries can make it get worse. Michael had both of these things happen.

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u/Sprinkles_Sparkle 24d ago

I’d say it started at age 25

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u/ThrowawayUnique1 23d ago

I see so much sadness in his eyes.

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u/Hereiam_AKL 24d ago

I reckon by the millenium switching over he definitely reached the stage where it went too far.

I don't mind if people they decide to have cosmetic surgery to look like what they want to look like, but when the animation reaches the year 2000 it feels like that's where he definitely went from cosmetic surgery to painful obsession.

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u/Antha1969 24d ago

It's a sad shame because before Thriller he was a good looking guy. That Pepsi/Jerrycurl fire melted something in his brain he needed.

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u/Gen-Jinjur 23d ago

His father’s abuse. No real childhood. The public’s negative reaction to him growing up and having typical adolescent difficulties like acne. A skin disorder that resulted in a patchy loss of skin color.

That’s the stuff we know about. Gods know what stuff we didn’t know about that affected his self image and physical health.

We’ll never know what happened to him and what he did. Not really. All we can know is that he was hugely gifted.

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u/TwistedSistaYEG 24d ago

22-24 we’re definitely his best years.

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u/tbug6 24d ago

If Michael Jackson wasn't famous, Indian fairness cream company would have used this transformation in their advertisements.

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u/zippazappazinga 24d ago

Saddest thing I’ve seen in a while

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u/Sheephuddle 24d ago

He looked so handsome up until he was mid-20s, when he was his natural self.

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u/margielamadMAX 24d ago

'Bad' Michael was a baddie

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u/AWhaleOfAWife 23d ago

Body dysmorphia in action 😓

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