Angelina Jolie Says Motherhood Changes the Way You Look

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Does Angelina Jolie look any different to you? She does to me. To the untrained (i.e., non-parental) eye, Jolie may look simply a little older than she used to--and, well, she is. But, my husband has suggested in the past, and I agree with him completely -- as does Angie herself in an interview with Britain's You magazine -- that motherhood changes the way you look.

It certainly changed me. Many might not see it, but I swear to you I look totally different than I did before I was pregnant. OK, you say, well, that could be from the weight you gained that you didn't lose, or the weight you gained that you did lose that stretched out your face...or something. And that may be so. But, Angelina (and I) both propose that both a combo of age and becoming moms has indeed changed our features over time. Ange is still as beautiful as ever, but, frankly, when I look at her, she looks like a mom.

Beauty After Motherhood

    Angelina Jolie
    The actress and her partner Brad Pitt have three adopted children -- Maddox, 7, Pax, 4, and Zahara, 3 -- and three biological children -- Shiloh, 2, and baby twins Knox and Vivienne. "I know this is going to sound corny, but I first became happy with the way I look when I became a mother."

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    Halle Berry

    Berry and boyfriend French-Canadian model Gabriel Aubry have one child, Nahla Ariela, born on March 16, 2008. It was her role in the film, "Things We Lost in the Fire," that convinced her motherhood was for her. "I think it validated that I was meant to be a mother because every day I dealt with the character as a mother and thinking as a mother...It let me know that I must be a mother."

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    Gwyneth Paltrow

    Has two children, Apple, 4, and Moses, 2, named after a song her husband Chris Martin. "It's like being the most in love you've ever been...but mixed with the worst heartbreak...because one day you're not going to be together anymore."

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    Julia Roberts

    Julia Roberts and her husband Danny Moder, have 4-year-old twins, Hazel and Phinnaeus, and a boy Henry, 17 months. She told Vanity Fair: "At this point I'm having so much fun with them. You only have so much energy and you want to put so much energy into each child. I wouldn't know how to have five kids. And they're a really good trio, these three."

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    Jennifer Lopez
    her twins with husband Marc Anthony, Emme and Maximillian, were born 2008 by C-section. According to People, "Jennifer described it [motherhood] as the most magical time of her life. She said, 'You know what? You can win an Oscar, you can win a Golden Globe, and as an ambitious artist you strive for those things. But when you have a kid, all of that is irrelevant."

    Gwen Stefani

    She says that Zuma Nesta Rock and Kingston have brought her closer to husband Gavin Rossdale. Also, "I've gotten a little more feminine over the last few years. "As the years go by, you get more comfortable with looking more like a woman."

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    Uma Thurman

    She's says she's open to the possibility of having more children. "If it's meant to happen, it will. I love and adore being a mother." Thurman has two children with ex-husband Ethan Hawke, Maya, 10, and Levon, 6.

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    Thandie Newton
    The British actress, most recently starring in "W" as Condoleezza Rice, has two daughters, Ripley, 8, and Nico, nearly 4. "So many people thought I was a really cold person, but I was just painfully shy. But having a kid made me explore how I was going to guide another beautiful being in this world. I was released -- it doesn't happen for everyone, but it happened for me."

And it ain't just the endless over-exposure from the tabloids influencing me, either. The mother of six simply looks different, and I think she is truly a different person. Sure, the woman who used to french-kiss her brother and wear a vial of blood around her neck is still locked away in there somewhere, but having kids--being a parent and accepting the joy, love and responsibility of that--changes you inside, and you can see it on the outside.

Angelina goes on to say that she looks more like her mom as she ages. This makes total sense to me, too. Aside from the old adage that all women are destined to become their mothers, I think the way we look changes periodically over our lives and that we naturally resemble one or the other of our parents more and more as time goes on. After all, we ARE related to them. Ange still clearly is not over her mother's passing--Marcheline Betrand died last year from cancer--and is estranged from her dad, Jon Voight, so I doubt she'd be so free to admit it if she looked like her famous father.

Do you look different now that you have kids? I mean particularly in the face-not the bod! We all know that changes when you have a baby!

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