'Most Beautiful' Stars' Then & Now Shots Will Throw You for a Loop (PHOTOS)​

Angelina JolieCelebrities are always beautiful. It's part of what draws us to them. They don't always have to be stereotypically gorgeous, but they are all lovely or handsome in their own jaw-dropping way. People's annual Most Beautiful edition celebrates the hotties who dwell not-quite-among us. I'm sure you've gotten in more than a few debates with your friends over who makes their infamous list.

This year they're trying something different. And by different, I mean ... slightly weird but in the best possible way. They took a page from Oscar Wilde's Picture of Dorian Gray and brought it to life. To celebrate all 20 of their 'most beautiful' cover models, they photoshopped them as they look today posed beside younger versions of themselves. What's craziest to me about this gallery is that almost across the board, the stars look better now than they did when they were younger. 

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There's no denying that the gallery they've created is mesmerizing. Stars like Meg Ryan and Nicole Kidman pose beside versions of themselves as younger women. Plastic surgery aside, there's no denying that they've definitely gotten better with age.

There's a confidence that comes with getting older that seems to have only made them more beautiful. That's the only explanation for how TOTALLY STUNNING Michelle Pfeiffer continues to be. In the immortal words from When Harry Met Sally -- I'll have what she's having.

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The same can be said for the side-by-side of Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie. It's insane to look at the awkward floral-print-wearing Paltrow and see the beginnings of the GOOP mogul. Whereas Angelina's baby-girl self hugging her own legs makes you realize how long it took for her to grow into her otherworldly good looks. 

Is it genetics, access to dollars to make life a bit easier, plastic surgery? I feel like for some of these stars, it's a combination of those factors. Some folks just seem born beautiful -- like Leonardo DiCaprio and Drew Barrymore.

Sure, these photos capture them at their awkward preteen years, but they are still absolutely captivating to look at. It's no wonder we're always eager to check out what they are up to even now. 

Which star do you think has changed the most?

 

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