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Scarlett Johansson, Before and After

The beauty evolution of the 'Lost in Translation' star.
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Scarlett Johansson before and after

"I definitely believe in plastic surgery. I don't want to be an old hag. There's no fun in that."

That's how Scarlett Johansson felt way back in 2004, according to an interview with 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 ever materialized).

Still, the plastic surgery rumours have followed the Lost in Translation star, now 35, 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!

Scarlett in 1997

Scarlett Johansson Independent Spirit Awards 1997

Scarlett Johansson 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).

Scarlett in 1998

Scarlett Johansson Fresh Air Fund Gala 1998

Scarlett Johansson 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!). 

Scarlett Johansson A Solider's Daughter Never Cries New York City premiere party 1998

Scarlett Johansson 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.

Scarlett in 2000

Scarlett Johansson BCBG Max Azria Fashion Show 2000

Scarlett Johansson 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!

Scarlett in 2001

Scarlett Johansson Hollywood Film Festival Gala Ceremony Awards 2001

Scarlett Johansson 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 isn't a little bit less prominent here!

Scarlett in 2002

Scarlett Johansson Eight Legged Freaks Los Angeles premiere 2002

Scarlett Johansson 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. 

Scarlett in 2003

Scarlett Johansson Independent Spirit Awards 2003

Scarlett Johansson 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! 

Scarlett in 2004

Scarlett Johansson A Love Song for Bobby Long Los Angeles premiere 2004

Scarlett Johansson 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.

Scarlett in 2005

Scarlett Johansson Match Point Los Angeles premiere 2005

Scarlett Johansson 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!). 

Scarlett in 2006

Scarlett Johansson Golden Globes 2006

Scarlett Johansson 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!) 

Scarlett in 2007

Scarlett Johansson Louis Vuitton Love Party 2007

Scarlett Johansson 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!)

Scarlett in 2008

Scarlett Johansson Vicky Cristina Barcelona Los Angeles premiere 2008

Scarlett Johansson 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.

Scarlett in 2009

Scarlett Johansson He's Just Not That Into You Los Angeles premiere 2009

Scarlett Johansson 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.

Scarlett in 2010

Scarlett Johansson MTV Movie Awards 2010

Scarlett Johansson 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.

Scarlett in 2011

Scarlett Johansson Oscars 2011

Scarlett Johansson 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 women's 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!

Scarlett Johansson Guys Choice Awards 2011

Scarlett Johansson 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!

Scarlett in 2012

Scarlett Johansson The Avengers London premiere 2012

Scarlett Johansson 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.

Scarlett in 2013

Scarlett Johansson Under the Skin Toronto premiere 2013

Scarlett Johansson 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!

Scarlett in 2014

Scarlett Johansson Captain America The Winter Soldier London premiere 2014

Scarlett Johansson 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....

Scarlett Johansson Champions of Rockaway Hurricane Sandy Benefit 2014

Scarlett Johansson 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!)

Scarlett in 2015

Scarlett Johansson Avengers Age of Ultron London premiere 2015

Scarlett Johansson 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.

Scarlett in 2016

Scarlett Johansson Variety Power of Women Luncheon 2016

Scarlett Johansson at Variety's 2016 Power of Women Luncheon.

The next year, it seemed like Scarlett was ready to grow out her pixie. Most people have to go through a bit of an awkward stage doing this, and she was no exception! Keep in mind that she was going through a divorce from Romain Dauriac during this time.

Scarlett in 2017

Scarlett Johansson Ghost in the Shell New York City premiere 2017

Scarlett Johansson 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!

Scarlett in 2018

Scarlett Johansson Avengers Infinity War Los Angeles premiere 2018

Scarlett Johansson 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!

Scarlett in 2019

Scarlett Johansson Avengers Endgame Los Angeles premiere 2019

Scarlett Johansson 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.

Scarlett in 2020

Scarlett Johansson Independent Spirit Awards 2020

Scarlett Johansson at the 2020 Independent Spirit Awards.

That brings us to 2020, and I have to say, she's more gorgeous than ever. I love this buttery baby blonde she's got going on—and she truly seems to glow from within. Is it because her career has never been hotter (with not one but two Oscar noms, for Jojo Rabbit and Marriage Story)? Or is it her upcoming nuptials to Saturday Night Live's Colin Jost?!

Scarlett Johansson Before and After

Scarlett Johansson before and after

Scarlett Johansson in 1998 (left) and in 2020 (right).

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 have 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."

How do you feel about Scarlett's beauty evolution?
Which of these looks is your favourite?
What "beauty work" do you think she's had done?

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