“We may look at somebody and think, ‘That person’s so beautiful. Their life must be so easy.’ [But] they most likely don’t feel that way about themselves,” said Megan Fox, 35, in a recent interview.
She went on to explain that she was talking about herself—and it’s not the first time that the actress has revealed her insecurities. “I’m very confident in how I project my personality,” she explained in 2010. “But in terms of how I look, I’m completely, hysterically insecure.”
Back then, she was at the height of her fame, thanks to a starring role in Transformers, non-stop red carpet appearances, and tabloids that documented her every move. But when she dared to speak out about sexism in Hollywood—which contributed to her negative self-image—she was unfairly “cancelled,” and soon stepped away from the spotlight.
Now, after putting her acting career on pause for nearly a decade, Megan is having a comeback on her own terms. This time around, you’ve probably noticed that she looks a little different (okay, a lot different!). So let’s see what’s changed over the years from 2003 until now.
From 2003-2006: Teenage Megan
At the 2003 World Premiere of ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre’
Megan first stepped onto the red carpet at age 16, and evidently, she was already dyeing her naturally brown hair black. With the matching black eyeliner, she looks like she could be in her 20s, not her teens. Take note of her nose, as well as her front teeth (which seem to slightly protrude), because both appear to change not long after this.
At the 2004 Rock the Vote Awards
She stuck with the same aesthetic the following year, and I think her eyebrows may have got even skinnier (as was the trend!). In 2014, she said that over-plucking her brows and sunbathing were her two biggest beauty regrets—so this is no spray tan. But even though it’s kind of a “harsh” look by today’s beauty standards, she is still undeniably striking.
At the 2005 Cosmopolitan 40th Birthday Celebration
She took a break from black hair in 2005, and it’s funny, you almost don’t recognize her—that’s how synonymous it was with her image in those early days. The flat-ironed hair, tanned skin, iridescent lip gloss and of course, super-arched brows were all the rage in the mid-‘00s.
At the 2006 DVD Launch Party for ‘Beverly Hills 90210 and Melrose Place: The Complete First Seasons’
After dabbling with lighter hair, she returned to her signature colour at age 20, resembling the Megan we know today. (Her agent reportedly told her, “Don’t ever dye your hair blonde.”) Again, take a look at her nose. There seems to be a bump on the bridge, but later on, it mysteriously disappears.
From 2007-2009: Hollywood Hottie
At the 2007 Los Angeles Premiere of ‘Transformers’
It was in 2007 that she skyrocketed to fame as Hollywood’s hottest new star. We know that blockbuster films come with a budget for the best styling teams—and so she suddenly upgraded her image with glossier hair and more sophisticated makeup. Her lips and teeth remained au naturel... for the moment.
At the 2008 GQ Men of the Year Awards
By 2008, Megan was a household name and an international sex symbol, with FHM readers voting her the “Sexiest Woman in the World.” It was around this time that she was often compared to Angelina Jolie, but aside from the dark hair and tattoos, there’s not much resemblance. Unlike Angelina’s, Megan’s lips appear to be enhanced here, especially the upper one. I also suspect she had some cosmetic dentistry by this point to perfect her smile.
At the 2009 ‘Jennifer’s Body’ Comic-Con Party
The following year, we got a glimpse of the Goth style that she would re-embrace a decade later. Gone is the Barbie pink lipstick and matching blush with smoky eyes and a tan. Now, she’s rocking her naturally pale skin, and the main adornment is a vampy berry lip colour. She was 23 here, so the baby fat is gone and her face is becoming more angular.
From 2010-2012: “Botox” Backlash
At the 2010 Los Angeles Premiere of ‘Jonah Hex’
When Megan showed up on the red carpet with a dramatically plumped-up appearance, the accusations began to fly. At the time, she was accused of going too far with Botox, and that may be the case—but it’s fillers like Restylane that would account for her inflated-looking lips and cheeks. (Botox doesn’t add volume.) The fact that she was only 24 made this all the more shocking. Remember, this was before injectables were mainstream!
At the 2011 Toronto Premiere of ‘Friends with Kids’
A year later, and the injections apparently had “settled”—either that, or she may have had some of them dissolved. To me, it seems like there may still be filler in her cheeks, but her lips are back to a natural look. Meanwhile, she is starting to lighten up her hair colour and grow back those over-tweezed brows.
At the 2012 Los Angeles Premiere of ‘This Is 40’
Megan had her first of three children in 2012, and only two months after giving birth, she returned to the red carpet. She shows no signs of lost sleep like the typical new mom—in fact, she’s looking more glamorous than ever. Her skin is luminous and wrinkle-free, and her hair is thick and lustrous. (“Post-baby I had really good hair,” she later recalled.)
From 2013-2014: Retreat From Fame
At the 2013 Golden Globes
She stepped out again a month later, but after that, her public appearances would become few and far between. (Having children “kind of saved me honestly. I needed an escape,” she later revealed.) Out of all her different looks over the years, this one is my favourite because it’s the most natural. The only indication of cosmetic work is that her upper lip is bigger than the lower one.
At the 2014 Ferrari 60th Anniversary in the USA Gala
After welcoming baby number two, Megan attended one more event before taking a long hiatus to focus on motherhood. She was 28 by this time, and back to the same black hair that she first rocked as a teen. But now that she’s no longer tanning, her face is paler than ever (it doesn’t actually match her neck!).
From 2021-2022: Return to the Spotlight
On Instagram in 2021
Megan posted sporadically on Instagram during her break from acting. But it was only after she and Machine Gun Kelly took their relationship public that fans started noticing a new look. Suddenly, her lips and brows have grown to twice their former size, and her skin has been filtered to look smoother than ever.
On Instagram in 2021
By the end of the year, it was becoming clear that she and the Kardashian family share the same aesthetic. In fact, she was even spotted making a visit to Dr. Jason Diamond, a plastic surgeon whose clients include Kim Kardashian and Chrissy Teigen. No wonder I thought this was Kim with blonde hair at first glance! (If you look at the part, you can see it’s a wig.)
At the 2022 Daily Front Row Fashion Los Angeles Awards
That brings us to 2022—and if you told me that this was Kim Kardashian in blue contact lenses, I’d have no reason to doubt you! The resemblance is uncanny, even though the two started out in life looking nothing alike. (And this is a red carpet shot, so she really does look this way now—no Instagram filters were involved!) It just goes to show you how cosmetic interventions have created what one writer called “a single, cyborgian look.”
Megan Fox Before and After
Megan in 2004 vs 2022
It’s been more than a decade since Megan first addressed the rumours that she was dabbling with injections—or had even gone under the knife.
“I will say for people who question the authenticity of my lips, you can clearly see that my lips are my lips,” she said in 2010, as she pointed to a photo of her teenage self. She was seemingly against plastic surgery, too. “I would encourage anyone to first speak with a therapist, to try and figure out where this want comes from, because a lot of times it’s not related to your teeth or your nose or your chin—the surgery is not going to alleviate that insecurity for you.”
Then, in 2011, she famously uploaded photos of herself with a furrowed brow to Facebook, as proof that she hadn’t had Botox.
But fast-forward to 2022, and if her new look is any indication (not to mention her silence on the subject!), she’s no longer against cosmetic procedures at all.
So what do the experts think she’s had done?
“Her eyes have been reshaped with blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery),” says Dr. Tim Sayed. “It appears she’s also had Botox to the forehead and crow’s feet around the corner of her eyes. Megan has also most likely had subtle lip fillers using Juvederm or Restylane as well as fillers to the apples of the cheeks to give her that plumper look. Her nose shows signs of rhinoplasty with corrective refinement to the tip and a narrower bridge of the nose.”
“She has what’s called an inverted V deformity in this previous photo [from 2004], which means she’s probably had a previous rhinoplasty there,” says Dr. Daniel Barrett. “Now, you don’t see it... so she probably had it fixed with either filler or a revision rhinoplasty as well. I also think it might be rhinoplasty because she has alar rim retraction [after] that she doesn’t have [before].”
“Looking at her teeth, I think she’s had a procedure to correct her gummy smile, whether it’s Botox or lip lengthening or gum surgery,” says Dr. Charles S. Lee. “Her nose looks obviously narrower to me, and also for her eyelids, it looks to me like there’s less distance between the brow and the eyelashes, suggesting she’s had some tissue removed. And there’s a little bit of hollowing as well, [which is] consistent with surgery. She’s had forehead Botox, she’s had fillers to her cheeks and jawline, and plumped up her lips with filler.”