AI Portraits Reveal How Young Celebrities Might Look as They Get Older

Young Aged by Alper Yesiltas

Harry Styles

Most, if not all, people are curious about how they’ll look as they age. Although there’s no way to tell what the future holds, artificial intelligence (AI) could offer some clues. With the help of this technology, photographer and lawyer Alper Yesiltas is imagining what young celebrities will look like a few decades from now. In his series Young Age(d), Harry Styles, Billie Eilish, Justin Bieber, and more have aged forward many years to reveal gray hair and forehead wrinkles.

Yesiltas uses several applications, including AI photo enhancer Remini, to create his compelling generated portraiture. He first focuses on forming a face that’s “persuasive.” This is the hardest part of the process, as Yesiltas must strike a delicate balance between preserving a famous person's current likeness while also including signifiers of their advanced age. But, he must be subtle about it; otherwise, we might not believe the change or recognize the individual. In Young Age(d), he’s achieved it—and left us wondering about other famous folks not included in the series.

If you’d like to see more impressive AI from Yesiltas, check out his project As If Nothing Happened. It features celebrity portraits of people who unexpectedly passed away and imagines what they would’ve looked like had they still been alive.

Most, if not all, people are curious about how they’ll look as they age. Although there’s no way to tell what the future holds, artificial intelligence could offer some clues.

Young Aged by Alper Yesiltas

Ryan Gosling

Young Aged by Alper Yesiltas

Billie Eilish

With the help of this technology, photographer and lawyer Alper Yesiltas is imagining what young celebrities will look like a few decades from now.

Young Aged by Alper Yesiltas

Justin Bieber

Young Aged by Alper Yesiltas

Dua Lipa

Young Aged by Alper Yesiltas

Greta Thurnberg

In his series Young Age(d), famous folks have aged forward many years to reveal gray hair and forehead wrinkles.

Young Aged by Alper Yesiltas

Cristiano Ronaldo

Young Aged by Alper Yesiltas

Lionel Messi

Alper Yesiltas: Instagram

My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Alper Yesiltas.

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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