“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.