“I definitely believe in plastic surgery. I don’t want to be an old hag. There’s no fun in that.” This is how Scarlett Johansson felt way back in 2004, according to an interview she gave to B Magazine.
But only a few years later, she denied ever having plastic surgery herself. After a 2007 Us Weekly article suggested otherwise, she issued a statement calling the claims “outrageous and defamatory,” and even threatened legal action—not that a lawsuit actually materialized.
Still, the plastic surgery rumours have followed the Lost in Translation star, now 37, to this day.
With her green eyes, blonde hair and bee-stung lips, I’ve always considered Scarlett to be one of the most unique beauties in Hollywood. Is it really possible to win the genetic lottery and end up with her particular combination of features?!
Let’s take a look at her transformation over the years to see if we can find out!
From 1997-2000: Young Scarlett
At the 1997 Independent Spirit Awards
We’ll start with this pic from what was likely Scarlett’s first red carpet, taken when she was only 12 years old. She’d already been acting for three years at this point! Not only can we see her natural nose, but also her natural hair colour (which was not blonde, but light brown).
At the 1998 Fresh Air Fund Gala
At age 13, not much had changed, except that she’d ditched the baby barrettes and slicked on a brick-toned lipstick (both of which were all the rage in the ‘90s!).
At the 1998 New York City Premiere Party for ‘A Solider’s Daughter Never Cries’
She was still wearing that lip shade later the same year, but with her brown hair now in a wavy, layered style. With her smile, it’s clear that this was prior to having any cosmetic dentistry work done.
At a 2000 BCBG Max Azria Fashion Show
When Us Weekly accused Scarlett of a “nip and tuck,” they dug up photos from 2000, just like this one. It sure doesn’t look like the same nose she has today. Her lips, on the other hand, do match. As you can see in all these early shots, they were always super plump—even when she was a teenager.
From 2001-2003: Indie Film Darling
At the 2001 Hollywood Film Festival Gala Ceremony Awards
By the time she debuted in Ghost World at 17, her appearance had really changed. Yes, she’s wearing a lot more makeup (including the dark “ring around the lips” lip liner that was an actual thing back then). But it might not be just makeup. I’m wondering if her nose is a little bit less prominent here.
At the 2002 Los Angeles Premiere of ‘Eight Legged Freaks’
This shot confirms my suspicions. Suddenly, she had dyed red hair, more sophisticated makeup—and a nose ring to accentuate what looks like a newly reshaped nose. My guess is she underwent a rhinoplasty around 2001 or 2002, before Lost in Translation made her a box office sensation. Her features definitely seem more in balance compared to when she was younger.
At the 2003 Independent Spirit Awards
Oh yes, once upon a time, Scarlett had a mullet. (“There was a total party going on in the back of my head!” she recalled. “I had a ‘mullet pride’ shirt that I wore.”) I’m pretty sure this wispy ‘do was never hair goals, even back then!
From 2004-2008: Hollywood’s Hottest New Star
At the 2004 Los Angeles Premiere of ‘A Love Song for Bobby Long’
At age 20, Scarlett took her hair even lighter, to a platinum blonde—a shade that really brings out her star quality. She also ditched the experimental hairstyles, likely securing a better styling team from here on out. Again, her nose has a different shape compared to when she was a tween, but I would argue that this isn’t her “final” nose, either.
At the 2005 Los Angeles premiere of ‘Match Point’
Remember this phase, when Scarlett was all about the old Hollywood glamour? She always did some sort of retro curls with a red lip, barely-there eye makeup and a plunging neckline. By this point, she had upgraded her smile to make it straighter and more even (despite having lipstick on her teeth!).
At the 2006 Golden Globes
Again, I’d like to draw your attention to her nose. From this point forward, it appears smaller and more button-like, which makes her eyes and lips stand out even more. (Not that anyone probably noticed at the time... this dress was very low-cut!)
At the 2007 Louis Vuitton Love Party
After wrapping The Nanny Diaries, she switched things up with an extreme bleached blonde, worn straight and pinned off her face. Keep in mind that this was the same year that the nose job allegations started. (And that makes perfect sense, looking at these photos!)
At the 2008 Los Angeles Premiere of ‘Vicky Cristina Barcelona’
Then, it was back to a more low-key look in 2008, albeit with a slight vintage flair. The red lipstick shows off her naturally full lips and near-perfect smile, and the darker roots make her blonde colour look more natural.
From 2009-2014: Officially an A-Lister
At the 2009 Los Angeles Premiere of ‘He’s Just Not That Into You’
Before securing her role as Black Widow in Iron Man 2, Scarlett dyed her hair dark auburn, which she attributed to a “subconscious” hope that “they’d give me a call.” Since her skin tone is neutral, she pulls it off every bit as well as the blonde.
At the 2010 MTV Movie Awards
But it wasn’t long before Scarlett returned to her signature light hair, this time with a warm golden hue. She rocked it with frizzy, messy waves—texture was a big deal in the early 2010s!—and lots of black liner.
At the 2011 Oscars
Who could forget Scarlett’s bob? She was way ahead of the current trend with this choppy, piecey ‘do (and probably inspired countless haircuts over the years). But it looks like her teeth were getting a bit stained—apparently she’s been a smoker since she was a teenager!
At the 2011 Guys Choice Awards
Later that year, she changed her hair again to this cherry red shade while she was filming The Avengers. Is there any hair colour this woman doesn’t look amazing in? The answer is no!
At the 2012 London Premiere of ‘The Avengers’
Within a year, Scarlett dumped the red dye and had grown out her bob enough to pull it up into this braided updo—all the better to show off her perfectly proportioned features. She was 28 here.
At the 2013 Toronto Premiere of ‘Under the Skin’
Next, she showed off a full mane of golden blonde waves, I’m guessing with the help of a few extensions. Even with all the attention to detail (like purple smoky eyeshadow to match her dress), her teeth still weren’t blindingly white... yet!
At the 2014 London Premiere of ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’
With her smooth waves and vampy lip colour, this look is reminiscent of Scarlett’s old Hollywood style era from the mid-‘00s. She was pregnant here, and it was to be her last hurrah with long hair for a while....
From 2014-2018: Short Hair, Don’t Care
At the 2014 Champions of Rockaway Hurricane Sandy Benefit
Talk about a radical change! Just like that, Scarlett chopped off her long locks. This was taken just two months after she gave birth to her daughter, but it’s not your typical “Mom” cut. (Actually, she wouldn’t rock Mom hair until more recently, in 2018!)
At the 2015 London Premiere of ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’
In 2015, she gave her short hair a punky twist, shaving the sides and then bleaching the top a cool light blonde. Even if you’re not a fan, there’s no denying that it puts even more focus on her uniquely beautiful features.
At the 2016 Variety Power of Women Luncheon
The next year, it seemed like Scarlett was ready to grow out her pixie. Most people have to suffer through a bit of an awkward stage doing this, and she was no exception! Keep in mind that she was also going through a divorce from Romain Dauriac during this time.
At the 2017 New York City Premiere of ‘Ghost in the Shell’
But the following year, she renewed her commitment to short hair by buzzing off the sides again and slicking it all back with copious amounts of hair gel. I can’t say I’m into this edgy look, but at least she pulls it off better than Katy Perry!
At the 2018 Los Angeles Premiere of ‘Avengers: Infinity War’
Finally, she began growing out her hair for real (she was 33 here). At the same time, she decided to dye it a rich, chocolatey brown. Honestly, even the colourful eye makeup can’t make up for the fact that it looks like a helmet!
From 2019-2021: Blonde Bombshell
At the 2019 Los Angeles Premiere of ‘Avengers: Endgame’
And just like that, old Scarlett was back! She traded the brown for her go-to blonde (this time, with dark roots), and most likely used extensions to add length and volume. Also notice her teeth. Not only have they been brightened, but they are now completely even and uniform in size.
At the 2020 Independent Spirit Awards
Here, she’s looking more gorgeous than ever. I love the buttery baby blonde she’s got going on, and she truly seems to glow from within. Was it because her career had never been hotter (with not one but two Oscar noms, for Jojo Rabbit and Marriage Story)? Or was it her upcoming nuptials to Saturday Night Live’s Colin Jost?!
At the 2021 American Cinematheque Awards
Scarlett wasn’t photographed for almost two years—and for good reason. After getting married in late 2020, she gave birth to her second child, a son, in the summer of 2021. Now she’s in a “baby bliss bubble,” as she described it to Entertainment Tonight (you can see her under-eye concealer is compensating for lost sleep!). Still, her skin is flawless and glowing, and the faint lines between her brows suggest that she hasn’t gone the Botox route yet.
Scarlett Johansson Before and After
Scarlett in 1998 vs 2021
Scarlett may insist she’s all-natural, but looking at her photos side by side, there’s no denying that a couple features have changed. Even in different lighting situations, with different hair colours and makeup applications, you can still see them.
For one thing, her teeth have been made over with whitening treatments and porcelain veneers. She now has that dazzling, perfect smile that you only see on celebrities.
The main alteration, however, was to her nose—just like so many other Hollywood stars. I’m going to venture a guess that she had not one, but two rhinoplasties. The first one would’ve been done before 2003, when she wasn’t on anybody's radar. The second was an even more skillful refinement, done around 2005, right before she became a household name.
“Scarlett’s work is certainly minimal, but it should belong on a list of the best nose surgeries ever done on a celebrity,” says Dr. Jeffrey Rawnsley. ”The biggest difference is in the bridge. As you can see, her original bridge was thick, leading all the way up to her brow. The result made the nose look too large for her small and delicate face. The new bridge is distinctly thinner and definitely goes well with her other features.
“The tip of her nose was rather bulbous, giving it the unfortunately named ‘piggy look’ when combined with the thick bridge. Very little work was done on the tip, however. Just small changes to refine it were used and the shape itself wasn’t changed at all. That’s how she still has the same nose but with just more delicate details.”
Surprisingly, her famous full lips have undergone zero cosmetic enhancements.
“A lot of patients ask me to make their lips look like Scarlett’s,” says Dr. Anthony Youn, “but it’s impossible for a plastic surgeon to create perfection like this.”