When I look at pictures of Michael as a child, then as a teen, a young man in his twenties, and then what he finally became at the end of his life, I am saddened. I see a person who so desperately wanted to change his appearance that he lost who he really was.
I think the majority of people would look at this pic from 1984 and say that Michael looks good. It appears that he had a nose job at this point, but nothing like the total reconstruction he endured in later years. If only he would have left well enough alone.
I know Michael had some health issues that caused his skin to lighten in spots, so that's what spurned the skin color change. But he had something much deeper going on. I am guessing that he didn't like himself very much. I think that -- and no doubt others do, too -- that's why he evolved and changed with such dramatic results.
It's a shame that Michael couldn't rejoice and take comfort in the fact that he had millions of fans that world over that loved him and his music. It's a shame that he couldn't leave his appearance alone instead of altering the way that he looked so much that he was unrecognizable from that sweet-looking child and young man that he once was.