THEN AND NOW: This Dutch artist photoshops celebrities meeting their younger selves

Ard Gelinck has been creating and sharing celebrity side-by-side images since early 2017.

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Ard Gelinck has been creating and sharing celebrity side-by-side images since early 2017.
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Dutch artist Ard Gelinck has been posting photo edits online for about 10 years but told Insider he wanted to “challenge” himself by creating a series of celebrity “Then and Now” comparisons.

“The ideas suddenly came up and the celebrities that I choose are often random. Sometimes an extra when I know when it is someone’s birthday, for example,” he told Insider.

Showing some spellbinding Photoshopping skills, Gelinck said he spends between one and four hours editing each side-by-side, which varies depending on the color, lighting, tones, and scale of each individual image.

But the artist masterfully merges the two before-and-after comparisons to look as if each celebrity is meeting their younger self for the first time.

And he’s even got the tick of approval from the sources of inspiration themselves.

Gelinck said he’s been flattered to see Madonna, Ricky Gervais, Sylvester Stallone, Michael Douglas, and Lionel Richie, to name a few, reshare his work via their own Instagrams.

While the Dutch artist isn’t interested in exhibiting or profiting from his images, he said he is “enjoying that I can create something that other people like.

“It’s nice to see that you can entertain people and show something that makes them laugh and make them think.”

From Keanu Reeves to the cast of “Friends,” check out 26 highlights from Gelinck’s “Then & Now” series below.


Leonardo DiCaprio

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DiCaprio started appearing in commercials aged 14.
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Lady Gaga

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Lady Gaga looks almost identical to her younger self.
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Amy Winehouse

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The late British singer would have turned 35 in July.
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Bruno Mars

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Mars has kept flamboyant style.
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Courteney Cox

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Cox is almost a mirror image beside her 90s shaggy do.
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Neil Patrick Harris

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Neil Patrick Harris would look much more credible playing a doctor now.
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Elton John

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John’s glasses have shrunk over time.
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George Clooney

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Clooney looks as if he’s finally grown into his eyebrows.
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Ricky Gervais

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Young Gervais opted for a much more daring wardrobe.
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Keanu Reeves

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Keanu before and after shaving?
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Jennifer Aniston

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Aniston doesn’t seem to have aged at all.
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Jimmy Fallon

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Young Fallon looks every bit as comfortable on the chair as he does now.
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Angelina Jolie

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Even way back, Angelina Jolie was casting sultry gazes with her famous pouty lips.
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Lisa Kudrow

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Kudrow still sporting her famous blonde Phoebe locks.
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Madonna

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Madonna turned 61 this year.
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Matt Le Blanc

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Joey meets Matt Le Blanc.
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Matthew Perry

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The episode where Chandler Bing meets Matthew Perry.
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Michelle Obama

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Michelle Obama turned 55 in January.
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Mick Jagger

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Mick Jagger clearly started practicing his rockstar poses from a young age.
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P!nk

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The resemblance between baby P!nk and her daughter Willow is uncanny.
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Reese Witherspoon

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Reese still has the same babyface at 43.
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Richard Gere

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Richard Gere has grown into his looks.
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Robin Williams

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The late Robin Williams will always be remembered for his iconic characters.
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Roger Federer

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Even young Roger probably wouldn’t have dreamt of being a 20-time Grand Slam winner.
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David Schwimmer

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Ross meets Ross.
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Will Smith

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The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air became the king of Hollywood.
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