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Uma Thurman’s Beauty Evolution Through the Years: See Her Many Looks From the 1980s to Today!

Uma Thurman at "The Slap" premiere party at The New Museum on Feb. 9
Uma Thurman stepped out with slicked-back locks and an unrecognizable face in NYC on Feb. 9. Jim Spellman/

Uma’s got a brand-new look!

Uma Thurman stunned on the red carpet in NYC on Monday, Feb. 9, modeling slicked-back hair and an almost unrecognizable face.

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While the lack of eye makeup casts an entirely new light on the actress, her face is still one we’ve long-loved to look at. Thurman, 44, who transitioned from a model to an A-list actress in the mid-1980s, first took Hollywood by storm with her breakout role in 1988’s Dangerous Liaisons. From there, she went on to land memorable roles in Pulp Fiction (1994), Batman & Robin (1997), and, of course, her Oscar-nominated performance in Kill Bill: Vol. 1 and 2 (2003 and 2004).

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Now moving to the small screen with a role in the miniseries, The Slap (set to premiere on Feb. 12), Thurman is beginning a new era. Scroll down to see her beauty evolution through the years!


Uma Thurman - mid 1980s
Uma Thurman, mid 1980s Andrea Blanch/Getty Images

Before launching her movie career, Thurman modeled for Glamour and British Vogue. Through the years, the star has also modeled for Christian Dior, Louis Vuitton, and Givenchy.


Uma Thurman - 1993
Uma Thurman, 1993 Ron Galella/

The Boston-born actress (who was briefly hitched to Gary Oldman from 1990 to 1992) chose burgundy lips for the Great Miracle Prayer Festival Benefit Concert in New York City. “Fashion is the machine that drives the business. Style, on the other hand, is an unconscious gift that money can’t buy. It’s being comfortable not only in your clothes but in your own skin,” she told InStyle.


Uma Thurman - 1995
Uma Thurman, 1995 Jim Smeal/

The classic beauty, who was married to Ethan Hawke from 1998 to 2005, rocked a satin outfit and Old Hollywood curls to the Golden Globes in Beverly Hills.

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Uma Thurman - 2000
Uma Thurman, 2000 PASCAL GUYOT/AFP/Getty Images

The honey-hued blonde—who welcomed her first child with Hawke, a daughter named Maya, in 1998—lightened her locks to premiere The Golden Bowl at the Cannes Film Festival in France.


Uma Thurman - 2001
Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman, 2001 Jean Baptiste Lacroix/

Cuddled up with her husband, Thurman experimented with brunette locks at the opening of the American Pavillion at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes.


Uma Thurman - 2003
Uma Thurman, 2003 James Devaney/ for Miramax Films

With a fresh tan, the actress, who gave birth to her son, Levon, with Hawke in 2002, glowed in a tangerine dress at the Big Apple premiere of Kill Bill: Vol. 1.

On aging in the public eye, Thurman told InStyle, “It makes it easier having gone through working as a teenager and being told that there would be no career for me as a 20-year-old. And then working as a 20-year-old and being told that was it. And then having children and being told there wouldn’t be a career for me now. I feel fortunate to have been able to have a creative life during all those different periods.”

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Uma Thurman - 2006
Uma Thurman, 2006 Chris Polk/FilmMagic

The year after Hawke and Thurman split, the Gattaca actress simply sparkled in a beaded Atelier Versace dress on the red carpet at the Oscars in Hollywood.


Uma Thurman - 2008
Uma Thurman, 2008 Jim Spellman/

Thurman—who dated London-based financier, Arpad Busson, from 2007 to 2014; they share one daughter, Luna, 2—premiered The Life Before Her Eyes in a boho getup and loose curls in NYC. “I have always been attracted to beautiful—and beautifully made—things, but I prefer comfortable, simple clothes. I don’t want to wear something that makes me feel tortured, overexposed or uptight,” she has said.


Uma Thurman - 2010
Uma Thurman, 2010 Mike Coppola/FilmMagic

Still rocking those curls, the My Super Ex-Girlfriend star looked rosy-cheeked at the Room to Grow Anniversary Benefit Gala at Christie’s in Manhattan.


Uma Thurman - 2011
Uma Thurman, 2011 Ian Gavan/Getty Images

Thurman framed her pretty face with emerald chandelier earrings at the Opening Ceremony of the Cannes Film Festival in France. On her famous facade, the actress has said, “It’s the same with all actresses. Whether it’s their beautiful long, wavy hair or their extraordinary lips or their sparkling green eyes or warm laugh, they’re pegged to some physical attribute.”

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Uma Thurman - 2013
Uma Thurman, 2013 Ian Gavan/Getty Images

Returning to Cannes’ annual bash, the mom of three looked sleek in a plunging dress, teamed with a deeply parted updo. “There are plenty of challenges that come from being a tall girl. Nobody would have thought I would have a 20-year career in front of me when I started,” the six-foot-tall actress once said.


Uma Thurman - 2014 Cannes
Uma Thurman, 2014 Anthony Harvey/FilmMagic

Again at Cannes, Thurman looked radiant working strawberry blonde hair, styled in a romantic updo, and a white illusion dress. 


Uma Thurman - 2014
Uma Thurman, 2014 Samir Hussein/

The Bel Ami star flaunted her hourglass shape in a strapless black dress at the EE British Academy Film Awards, hosted at the Royal Opera House in London.

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