When it’s your job to report on red carpet events, you’re used to seeing photos of the world’s most beautiful women. But every so often, you come across a celebrity whose beauty is on a whole other level—and you completely understand why she is famous. Heck, she was born to be famous, with that unique arrangement of facial features.
I put Angelina Jolie in this category. After more than two decades in the spotlight, she’s not one of those “relatable,” “girl next door” celebs, like Jennifer Lawrence or Brie Larson. I think of her as an old-school, aspirational kind of starlet. She’s not like you or I, and she knows it.
The question is—did she always look this way? To find out, I dug way back in the photo archives, before she became a mom to six kids, before Brad Pitt, and before Billy Bob Thornton.