1985 ‘Ebony’ Magazine Tried To Predict What Michael Jackson Would Look Like in the Year 2000

It’s tough to say what a person will actually look like in the future. We’ve speculated what famous musicians who died far too young would look like if they were alive today, but there is no way of knowing how well (or poorly) they would age if they aren’t here for us to witness it.

In 1985, Ebony magazine attempted to predict what Michael Jackson would look like in the year 2000 and and commissioned Chicago artist Nathan Wright to create the image. The assumption was way off. The caption, from August of 1985, reads:

At 40, he will have aged gracefully and will have a handsome, more mature look. In number, his fans will have grown tenfold by the year 2000.

 

Is that you Billy Dee Williams? If anything happened to Billy Dee, Ebony‘s version of MJ would have been a spot on replacement for Lando Calrissian in any future Star Wars movies. Of course, Jackson’s Vitiligo, many plastic surgeries, and prescription drug abuse altered his complexion and the way he aged. As we likely remember. At the age of 42, this is what Michael Jackson looked like in the year 2000.

King of Pop Michael Jackson attends the Angel Ball G & P Foundation Gala for Cancer Research November 30, 2000 at the Marriott Marguis Hotel in New York City. (Photo by George De Sota/Newsmakers)

King of Pop Michael Jackson attends the Angel Ball G & P Foundation Gala for Cancer Research November 30, 2000 at the Marriott Marguis Hotel in New York City. (Photo by George De Sota/Newsmakers)

 

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