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Lindsay Lohan will soon be transforming herself into Elizabeth Taylor for a TV movie -- but an even more dramatic transformation has been happening to the actress right before our eyes. A new viral video "morphs" photos of Lohan, 25, to show how rapidly she's aged over the past few years. Watch below, but be warned: It's actually quite disturbing.
The video, created by YouTube channel VJ4rawr, claims to show "the shocking effects of drugs and alcohol on one of Hollywood's brightest rising stars." But that's a bit of an oversimplification. At the beginning of the video, we see young Lindsay from her freckled Parent Trap days. She ages into the redheaded teenage star of hits like Mean Girls. Then the red hair turns blonde (and briefly brunette), and her skin becomes progressively more orange. So far, all we're seeing is the effects of hair dye and self tanner.
Then we get to the infamous 2007 photo of Lohan sleeping in her friend's car after her first DUI arrest and rehab stint. (She was a month away from turning 21.) Those are followed by her first glassy-eyed mug shots and the disturbing "brown teeth" photo. Another of the selected photos shows her crying in court. Basically, they're the most unflattering pictures of Lindsay Lohan you could possibly find. And yet, these moments were all captured on film because of terrible situations she put herself in. Cautionary tale, indeed.
And now we come to the last couple years, and Lohan's most extreme facial changes. In the video, you can clearly see her lips and cheeks become more prominent; there appear to be changes in the shape of her eyes and nose as well. Some of this might be an illusion of the video, but a lot of these changes became obvious during her SNL hosting gig. Chalk it up to plastic surgery, substance abuse, poor health, or any combination thereof -- but the Lindsay Lohan of today bears almost no resemblance to her younger self.
Yet despite her rapidly aging appearance, Lindsay is only 25 -- an age when many successful actresses are just starting to become known. Now that she's newly released from probation and starting work on Liz & Dick and a guest stint on Glee, Lohan hopes to make a fresh start. Here's hoping she morphs into a girl who's got her life together.