25+ “Then and Now” Portraits of Celebrities Posing With Their Younger Selves

Celebrity Then and Now Photo

Jennifer Lopez

It’s impossible to not be at least a little interested in celebrity “then and now” photos. Their past hairstyles and fashions can make you feel nostalgic—especially if a person came of age at the same time as you. Artist Ard Gelinck is one of the best when it comes to crafting these types of photographs, and he's cultivated a style all his own. His ongoing portrait series features present-day celebrities posing with their younger selves. And thanks to Gelinck’s masterful use of Photoshop, the two versions of the same person are seamlessly integrated into one picture with their arms around each other like they're best friends.

Gelinck plays into our curiosity that comes from seeing how people have aged. Getting old is inevitable, so how has it changed people who are in the spotlight? In many ways, the celebrities featured look even better than they did many years ago. Jennifer Lopez, aka J.Lo, was stunning during her days as a Fly Girl on the show In Living Color, and she's just as gorgeous now. (It's hard to believe that she's 50 years old!) The same can be said for the likes of George Clooney, Julia Roberts, and Oprah—those who have the benefit of personal trainers, nutritionists, and beauty treatments that have helped them gracefully get older.

Scroll down for Gelinck’s unique take on then and now celebrity photos. And for even more blasts from the past, follow him on Instagram.

Ever wonder what a celebrity looked like back in the day?

Oprah Then and Now


Artist Ard Gelinck shows us by posing celebrities with their younger selves.

Brad Pitt Then and Now

Brad Pitt

George Clooney Then and Now

George Clooney

Celebrity Then and Now Photo

Justin Timberlake

Celebrity Then and Now Photo

Reese Witherspoon

Bruce Willis Then and Now

Bruce Willis

The Rock Then and Now

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

Snoop Dogg Then and Now

Snoop Dogg

David Beckham Then and Now

David Beckham

Celebrity Then and Now Photo

Nicole Kidman

Jennifer Aniston Then and Now

Jennifer Aniston

Celebrity Then and Now Photo

Matthew Perry

Backstreet Boys

Backstreet Boys

Julia Roberts Then and Now

Julia Roberts

Celebrity Photo

Sandra Bullock

Celebrity Photos

Robert De Niro

Celebrity Then and Now Photo

Mark Hamill

Celebrity Then and Now Photo

Whoopi Goldberg

Prince Then and Now


Mariah Carey Then and Now

Mariah Carey

Lady Gaga Then and Now

Lady Gaga

Celebrity Then and Now Photo

Justin Bieber

Celebrity Photo

Jimmy Fallon

Celebrity Then and Now Photo

Daniel Craig

Kate Winslet Then and Now

Kate Winslet

Queen Elizabeth II Then and Now

Queen Elizabeth II

Ard Gelinck: Instagram

My Modern Met granted permission to use photos by Ard Gelinck.

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25+ Photos of Celebrities Posing with Their Younger Selves

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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