Nicole Kidman is 44: how she’s changed over the years

All credit for this story idea goes to US Weekly for showing us how Nicole has changed over the years. Her 44th birthday was yesterday. Happy Birthday Nicole! I sometimes skip over doing celebrity plastic surgery stories, because what seems obvious to me as a nose job, Botox or fillers can look like new makeup or a trick of the light to some people and I end up second guessing my judgment. With Nicole though, it’s really apparent that she’s had a nose job, lip implants or injections and lots of Botox, which she’s sort-of owned up to, saying she’s “tried” it but gave it up. It’s clear that she’s not as heavy-handed with the Botox as she once was, or that her doctors aren’t, and that she is trying to lighten up.



When Nicole first hit the scene she was fresh-faced with natural curls, but she gradually morphed into a waxen version of herself. There were many years when it was hard to see her without noticing how glimmering and perfect she was, like she’d just been buffed to a high shine. Then she married Keith Urban, had a couple of babies and just seemed to soften and breathe for once. It was as if her tight as a drum skin had let out a sigh of relief. She’s still just a little too perfect, but lovely. She should have quit with the nose job though. Maybe what’s remarkable about Nicole’s face is that it hasn’t really changed since 1999, except for the little slug-like lip implant she has. I might be spying new cheeks too.












Kaiser thought this one was a wax figure of Nicole, but it’s really her.





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  1. the original bellaluna says:

    I don’t really care what she’s done to her face: I’m happy she’s finally happy. She has a beautiful family, and she got away from that Sci-Co. Respect.

    (Katie Holmes, take note.)

  2. Theuth says:

    Awww, she’s still a beautiful woman even with all the crap she injected in her face. I loved her in To Die For, for me one of the moments when she looked the best – tied with Moulin Rouge!

  3. Moops says:

    Call me crazy, but I don’t see the nose job. If she’s had one, it was very subtle and much less than most H’wood actresses get.

    Who would’ve guessed how much botox injections and lip plumping could transform a person’s looks? But for Nicole, it really did. She looks so different, maybe because her lips were her most distinctive feature (for H’wood, anyway)? Thin, cupid’s bow, curled up at the corners like a mini-smile – they reminded me a bit of the old Meg Ryan, someone else who ruined her face with fillers (and implants).

  4. sara says:

    The important change is she looks much happier now.

  5. Ari says:

    I am so confused on the children aspect with her – was she ever pregnant I cant remember? Or did she give birth to the first one and then surrogate the second?

    I love her btw and thanks for doing this post

  6. Ms Lib says:

    Major work done in 2009, hence the plastic look – Barbie. Face lift, eye lift, chin lift, nose, lips, boobs, etc…..

  7. Minx2 says:

    wow.. changes really show. The weirdest picture to me is the one from 2011 (first, with reddish hair). Her upper lip looks deflated here, like the way she used to look. Reminds me of old Nicole. She looked the best in her post-Tom, Moulin Rouge period.

  8. BerryBerry says:


  9. serena says:


    The 2010 photo made me scream, I swear. Freaked the shit out of me. She was like some kind of waxed-botoxed monster.. makes me shiver. ugh

    She really has done everything with her face.. sigh.. she was so beautiful, now she’s just.. not herself.

  10. sharylmj says:

    so glad she’s happy.. I love her and her family.. she is a beautiful woman.

  11. Maritza says:

    Whatever she has done it is working for her because she looks great! She looks so much prettier with her natural red hair. It’s nice to know she has finally found happiness.

  12. Violet says:

    So strange that she got breast implants in her 40s. You’d have thought by then that she would be comfortable in her body.

    It’s striking how few celebrities allow themselves to age gracefully and then the rest of us drive ourselves crazy because we’re not aging as well without the Botox, fillers, surgery, etc.

  13. jamminatorr says:

    The thing I found most striking about all the pictures is that she looks so exponentially better when her hair is softer and around her face.

  14. nan says:

    She’s a lovely lady. I’m sure Tom is thinking….hmmmm, Katie is getting on in her years, how long do I have to wait until I dump her….at least until Suri turns 7…well, no 8 years old, no 9 years old the VERY LATEST. Yeah, I’ll wait until then.

  15. DrM says:

    I don’t think she’s had a facelift…a subtle nose job, botox and lip filler yes. What makes her look waxy and masklike in my opinion is her makeup. The pic that Kaiser thought she looked like a wax figure in is caused by overly pale foundation put on with a heavy hand. Same with the two underneath it. In the 2010 photo she doesn’t look anything like someone who’s had a facelift. She looks much better in the last photo, her makeup is more natural her hair looks good and she looks relaxed…which does wonders for your face. She can be a bit hit and miss with her makeup…I think she suits softly applied, natural looking makeup…

  16. Jackson says:

    IDK, I can’t hate on her. I think she’s beautiful even though she goes overboard on the botox – even more so now than when she was younger. I think she looks great in the last pic with the braid, and the one a few above that with the (hideous) mauve lacy neckline frock. I really do hope she lets things settle now and lets some lines come back into her face. She will not be any less attractive if and when that happens.

  17. ashley says:

    What is with Nicole, these days on every site there are pictures of her from her childhood till now..
    In the second picture she looks like the ugly duckling..I am glad she did all the surgeries and implants now she looks better.
    She was smart to get the hell away from the sciento stuff.

    She is a sweet woman but I have never watched a movie with her and did not find it totally boring, I once downloaded “The Golden Compass” for my kids which they refuzed to whatch,,,he eh eh,,I have smart kids.

  18. Chrissy says:

    She’s definitely messed with her lips several years ago but in the more recent pics it just looks like she’s lining outside her natural lip line and filling in. The 2006-2007 pics show some unnatural pulling or something.

    I think she’s beautiful now! Laying off the Botox a bit suits her!!

  19. ZenB says:

    Is it just me or does Botox make people’s foreheads shiny? I have oily skin, I need to know this! LOL! For those of us who are not shot on a 70 foot screen. I totally recommend the glycolic peel. I’ve been at it 4 weeks and I look 10 years younger. I can even stand my iPhotos now.

    I actually like Nicole’s new lips, her nose work is subtle, she’s loosened up with the botox but the cheeks! The one on the left has a clear line of demarcation. Her bangs cover it in some shots but – she should get her money back on those.

  20. Anguishedcorn says:

    Too bad about that nose, though… the original was so much cuter.

  21. Alix says:

    If she can’t leave her face alone (those are some Meg Ryan-esque lips in a couple of those pix), I wish she’d go back to those masses of dark red curls. Stunning (as opposed to stunned, which is her overall look now).

  22. zesty says:

    I don’t actually see the nose job either. Glad she’s finally gone back to being a redhead–she looks great in the 2011 pics.

  23. Regina says:

    In addition to the nosejob: major natural hairline recession, unnatural outer eyelift (once if not twice), unnatural lower cheek liposuction, and unnatural lip implants. Not a natural beauty by a long stretch.

  24. Ron says:

    I have met Nicole on numerous occassions dating back to the late 90′s. She truly is one of the most beautiful women I have ever seen in person, she’s fragile and lovely. And on top of that, she is completely charming and sweet. I am glad to see her happy.

  25. Kimbob says:

    Yes, I think she overdid it w/the botox and whatever she did to her lip. There was a period (I believe it was when she was still married to Tom Cruise), when everytime I saw a pic of her, she had her hair severely pulled back, & (in my humble opinion) that is not a good look for her. She has a high, prominent forehead, and the skin on her forehead was/is smooth as satin (due to the botox), & she was asked by many reporters/interviewers if she was doing botox, to which SHE FLATLY DENIED at the time. It was just so obvious that she was having her forehead botoxed, &, so my point is the hair severely pulled back showcasing her forehead…it doesn’t work for her because it’s obvious (botox)…& just is not natural-looking at all.

    On a more positive note…Nicole IS TO BE HIGHLY COMMENDED for getting the hell out of Scientology. I KNOW that it could not have been easy. I’m sure they harrassed her to hell & back, & my personal opinion is that when she divorced Tom C., that Tom & PROBABLY AN ARMY of Scientology legal pitbulls probably had her sign a MOUNTAIN of documents to cover Scientology & Tom C. I think this is obvious because Nicole FLAT OUT REFUSES to utter anything about Scientology since she’s left Tom anytime she’s ever been interviewed. Again, I’m very proud she had the willpower, character, & tenacity to probably literally SAW OFF Scientology’s tentacles that strangled her.

  26. mimi says:

    the pics with her hair pulled back resemble Rachel Zoe!

  27. Hautie says:

    Okay, am I the only one who notice that she bleached every freckle off her body?

    A natural red head with no freckles? Not a chance.

    But it left her face/complexion in the state of not looking natural.

    Yet, she is still a pretty girl. And she looks to have recently had her teeth done. It looks like she used Lumineers.

    So I refuse to hate on a girl that escaped, The Cult. So if Nicole feels better tweaking her face, I am not going to be a judgy bitch about it. :)

  28. the original bellaluna says:

    Actually, she and Naomi Watts (both from Australia) are very fair and have been schooled in the use of high SPF sunblock from the get. That could account for the lack of freckles.

  29. Turtle Dove says:

    Can we allow women to grow and change? She isn’t going to look the same regardless of what she’s done. Ladies… guar-an-teed… it’s all gonna change and move around. Wait for it. Aging is a motherf*cker.

    Nic is sweet and nice. Unlike some other Hollywood witches, Nicole is genuinely kind. I could never in a million years see her mean girling another actress, let alone on TV like some other actresses out there.

    I think the miscarriage and Tom cheating did a number on her in late 2000-early 2001. It hurt her confidence. I think she started to get injectables after that. I believe that situation hurt her a lot more than people realize.

  30. mln76 says:

    Turtledove aging is a motherf–ker but Botox f–ked up that mother’s face :)

    I am glad she’s happier now and I hope she’ll start looking normal but I doubt you can turn back time to what once was so naturally stunning.

  31. T. Redd says:

    Can’t fix those hideous gums tho, huh Nic? ICK. This is NOT a “beautiful woman”…

  32. Mairead says:

    @Hautie. I think it was probably due to treatment for rosacaea, as she had really ruddy cheeks as a teen and even in Cape Fear.

    Lightening up on the ‘tox certainly has helped her. But I nearly jumped out of my skin with those 2010 photos (pink blouse and one below). Those false teeth are huuuuge! What on earth was wrong with the previous ones?

  33. BlueBird says:

    I’m with Moops on the nose job speculation.

    From the timeline, it doesn’t seem like she got a nose job at all. Because her nose is kinda sunken at the nostrils when you look at an angle, but when you look at it straight on, it’s like her old nose in the late 80s.

    Though, she definitely got Botox and lip injections.

  34. Thea says:

    I have to give her kudos for getting the heck away from the maniacal dwarf. I like Keith. I like her with Keith and she seems much more relaxed with him. I wish she leave her face alone for awhile but she is still attractive.

  35. Lee says:

    I find it refreshing (and surprising, given the botox and other possible interventions) that she has allowed her grey hair to come out on occasion. I believe J.Lo is also completely grey. Hair coloring these days is pretty amazing.

  36. original kate says:

    in the 2009 photos of nicole wearing the lavender dress she looks nothing like herself but exactly like kylie minogue. same pulled tight eyes and ginormous teeth.

  37. Amanda says:

    She looks better in the 2010/11 pics than she did in all the rest.

  38. Dingles says:

    Most of these are really unflattering pictures of her. I always loved her natural wild redhead look in Far and Away. However, girl never looked hotter than in Practical Magic. God she was gorgeous in that.

  39. buguiii says:

    Well… we have to admit it.. after all the surgeries… she looks good
    I dare to say… not many celebrities have great results like nicole…

    lucky, perhaps…
    or maybe she looks happy… and that makes her more beautiful than any other surgery

  40. kitty says:

    Nicole is a natural beauty. The changing looks are a trick of her trade, she is an actress, thus she must sample the wares a bit. Her husband and children will keep her grounded. I wish her all the best.

  41. lily says:

    She did have freckles in her earliest films. I wonder how they got rid of them?

  42. Sloane Wyatt says:

    Nic, please Hon, quit messing with your upper lip.

    In 2nd to last Pic, Love, love her with red hair and her own mouth back to natural upper lip. She looks kinda like Amy Adams!

  43. Jen34 says:

    The 2009 – 2010 look was horrific. She is such a beautiful girl. I would have never messed with that perfection if I were her; but then again, she probably looks in the mirror and sees flaws.

  44. Lauren says:

    Does Nicole wear blue contact lenses too? I suspect new teeth, new boobs, fillers, lip implant. The natural beauty died a long time ago.

  45. PrettyLights says:

    I love her in Moulin Rouge, she looks absolutely perfect and amazing in that movie and she still had her thinner lips then. The only thing that bothers me really is the upper lip implant and her occasionally too heavy makeup. And, just like Linnocent, she looks so much better with red hair and not blond. I hope she decides to finish aging naturally and stops with all the procedures before she winds up as a freak show, ala Meg Ryan.

  46. MJ says:

    @Mairead: Not Cape Fear, but Dead Calm. Both are thrillers that take place on boats :)

  47. Annie_Grey says:

    I’m on the “Bring back the Red” train, too. Her natural curls also make her look younger.

  48. anons says:

    she needs to stop toxin and keep the bangs to cover what is now a serious case of dolphin forehead.

  49. Camille says:

    She looked the most beautiful in the early 2000′s and she wore some amazing fashions back then too. Since she has hooked up with her newest husband it has been more misses than hits. I miss the old fashion forward beautiful Nicole.

  50. Annaloo says:

    No matter how much surgery a woman gets, the tells will be the neck and the hands. Always always always.

    Still love Nicole though.. she’s in the industry that won’t allow her to age gracefully. There’s no way to stay young in Hollywood unless you die young.

  51. trolleydolly says:

    She’s destroyed her lips with that vile upper lip implant/filler. It’s just repulsive. She however is gorgeous, do you think she could remove it?

  52. Jon K says:

    The cheek implants are the most prominent addition. You used to be able to see up her nostrils head on, nose tip was lowered and shaved. Brow lift. Fillers, fillers everywhere. I don’t think there is anything attractive about the Barbie look. Plastic looks like plastic, period. She probably would have aged in a very lovely, natural way, but now she’ll never know. Happy people don’t keep altering themselves.

  53. lucy2 says:

    She’s definitely done stuff to her face, but I don’t see the nose job. I still think she’s very pretty, at one point she was really stunning, but I think she looks much better with her natural hair color than the blond.
    I’m starting to think she doesn’t photograph well, because she always looks better on video – not to the SJP extent though.

  54. Danni says:

    Looking closely, she really doesn’t look that different at all ‘cept her face isn’t as full or round which happens to us all after 33 or so.
    I hate veneeers in general though and every friggin actor/actress gets them. Big teefs on a delicate frame does not go!

    Considering everything she has been through with her children and Scientology, she looks fabulous. I guess being stunning and tall to begin with helps.

  55. Enny says:

    Does anyone else notice that in the 2001 pic she looks just like a blond Katie? No? Creepy!

  56. Abby says:

    I love Nicole, she wears her happiness well. I actually like her lips fuller. I also love her hair in the natural way she was born with… red/curly. I would love to see her hair curly again, without blow-drying etc. I love the pic with the braid, that is so close to what she looked like prior to any cosmetic surgery. IMO.

    I feel she is so much happier in her life today. I’ve got absolutely nothing to say negative about her. I always felt so sorry for her how she was blindsided by TC. I don’t like him and honestly cannot recall his reasoning for breaking off their relationship. I can only recall her going into hiding for a long period of time.

    Anyone care to refresh my memory? Sorry for long post.

  57. Shay says:

    Poster girl for an entire catalog of cosmetic procedures…and yet has the audacity to say that she is ‘natural’.
    Put her in the sun and she’ll melt.

  58. Alecto says:

    Has anybody ever seen her sister? Her sister is a news anchor or something in Australia. That’s exactly what nicole would look like if she hadn’t been jacking with her face all these years.

    Her sister is absolutely gorgeous and ageing beautifully.

  59. jemshoes says:

    Happy belated birthday wishes, Nicole! :) I have a feeling the best is yet to come for her now that she’s just Happy Nicole.

  60. Charlotte says:

    So. much. work. done. She hasn’t always looked this bad. In her early years, when she was married to tom, the work actually looked good. From around 2006-07 ish, that lip started taking over. I enjoy her acting though. She’s crazy talented!

  61. mimi says:

    What “nose job”?
    Her nose is and was one of the “best noses” I’ve seen.

    It looks the same.

    The only thing I can tell is she has had botox and perhaps a little injections to her lips at one point.

  62. Chris says:

    Google Nicole Kidman BMX Bandits :)

  63. Ja says:

    Good to see nice comments. Almost nothing left to say guys :-) She does look happy!

  64. OtherChris says:

    Lighten up on the fillers and bring back the red hair. She’d look so amazing.

  65. apsutter says:

    She looks old for 44! Even in that pic from 1999…yikes! That was an old looking 32 year old

  66. Vera says:

    She’s looking a lot better this year than in the past couple. 2006 looked like a good year – the bangs really did a good job of making her look younger. All the slicked back and scalp exposing ones just makes her look older. Also, whenever the flash makes it overexposed, she looks older/her makeup looks really obvious and kinda bad. But overall, she’s aged well. It kinda helps that she has looked pretty old 10 years ago (for her age) and has looked the same since, so the past decade (aside from obvious botox) hasn’t been too hard on her looks.

  67. jo says:

    lip implants took place in 2006 (look at the middle of her lips when she smiles). lips look ok when her mouth is closed (pouty, plump), but terrible when she smiles. they also seem to have fluctuated in size— a lot of the time this is due to fluid retention.

  68. sierra says:

    Gorgeous, fascinating woman. I love her and she looks great in all of these different looks!

  69. Claire says:

    Her skin has been bleached – where are the freckles? Must admit she looks good in the 2011 shots. So much better!

  70. Shona says:

    I’m 34 and I have been getting botox since I was 29. If you feel better getting it then more power to you. I do. I think Nicole looks gorgeous

  71. pd says:

    @the real bellaluna
    yes, Australians are well-schooled in the use of SPF but I am the same age as Nicole and can tell you that the huge sun awareness campaign (backed by sunscreen manufacturers) did not happen until well into our school years: the girls at my school used to coat themselves with coconut oil and sit in the baking sun at lunchtime. :( The damage was already done. Most redheaded fair skinned women fare very badly under the Australian sun and often wrinkle before they hit 30. And by 50, end up looking like crumpled paper. BTW, now that we have been covering up for 30 years, vitamin D deficiency is rife and apparently may be linked to the development of, you guessed it, skin cancer.

  72. adeen says:

    She looked so much more beautiful before when she was younger and before the surgeries! But she is still beautiful and she should lay off the botox!

  73. Kath & Kim says:

    It’s weird but I could never see her so-called “beauty”.

  74. jensational says:

    Why do people ruin their natural smiles with freakin VENEERS? Veneers look so fake. Like horse teeth or something.

  75. Claire78 says:

    I like her best in the first 2011 photo. She knew exactly what she was getting into with Tom and the whole cult thing – it was so arranged – just like the deal with Katie now. I just don’t know about her – heard too many bad stories.

  76. womanfromthenorth says:

    If I had her money I would be tweeking everything 2 I guess. Time and gravity takes it’s toll.