People often associate the idea of "classic beauty" with icons like Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe. What society considers beautiful today, however, is a far stretch from those timeless beauties. Beauty evolves as certain trends become popular and what's "in" varies from year to year. So, what would happen if we took those legendary stars and threw them into the Year of Our Lord 2018? Would they follow the trends or would they keep their timeless looks?
Those are the questions London-based collage artist Mat Maitland asked himself when making over past celebrity icons. Maitland, who has been commissioned for big-name projects for Louis Vuitton and MAC Cosmetics, took photos of Hepburn, Monroe, and more and envisioned them rocking 2018 beauty trends — from lip fillers and eyebrow lifts to Botox and extreme contours.
Here's what Kelly looked like in the mid-1950s, for comparison.
Marilyn would never.
Here's the Princess of Wales in the '90s, for comparison.
Though Maitland didn't intend for his artwork to become a cultural statement, many took it to be anyway. "So sad...what happened to the days when everyone had a different face & owned it????...instead of the pumped, pulled, tucked lookalikes of the 21st century?" one commenter wrote.
These alterations are... extreme to say the least. But 2018 is the year of extremes.