Michael Joseph Jackson was born on August 29, 1958 to working-class African-American parents in Gary Indiana. Although musically talented, Michael's parents put aside their dreams to support their growing family.
Michael was the eighth of ten children in the Jackson family, he grew up with three sisters and five brothers.
He was just six years old when he made his professional debut in 1964 with older brothers Jackie, Tito, Jermaine and Marlon, as the youngest member of The Jackson 5.
The group was managed by their father, Joseph Walter "Joe" Jackson, who was a former boxer and steelworker. While his other sons described him as a disciplined man, later in life, Michael would reveal the traumatic abuse he suffered at the hands of Joe Jackson.
For years, Joe physically and emotionally abused young Michael during rehearsals - often saying that he had a "fat nose."
The physical and emotional abuse would take a serious toll on the young performer, as an adult, he described his childhood as lonely and isolating.
Later in his adult life, Michael would suffer from nightmares, chronic sleep problems and develop a deep dissatisfaction with the way he looked - all consistent with the effects of child abuse.
In happier moments, Michael was a charming, brilliant performer. In the pictures above, Michael Jackson and Tatum O'Neal danced the night away at an event on the evening of July 4, 1979. The Jackson's hit single 'Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)' was number 7 on the charts and rising.
In the 1980s, Michael's health and appearance would take a dramatic turn...
In the 80s, Michael would undergo such a dramatic transformation that fans couldn't help but wonder what was really going on with the King of Pop.
While he did suffer from vitiligo, a condition that causes the skin to loose color in blotches, experts suspect that there was something else behind his dramatic physical transformation.
Dr. Eda Gorbis, an expert in body dysmorphic disorder believes that Jackson suffered from the condition.
It is a a mental disorder whereby sufferers have an obsessive with correcting some aspect of their appearance. In their minds, this physical trait is severely flawed and requires exceptional measures to hide or fix it.
Experts deconstruct Michael's multiple surgeries to reveal what his natural could have looked like, see the image on the final page...
In the documentary film, 10 Faces Of Michael Jackson, plastic surgeons reveal the variety of surgeries Michael likely underwent to changes his appearance so dramatically.
Besides the work he admitted to (his nose job), he likely received many other procedures including: cheek implants, skin bleaching, chin reconstruction, Botox, fillers and lip augmentation.
The documentary finally reveals what experts believe he would have looked like without all of the surgery:
The image presented by the experts is a surprising contrast to the man we knew as Michael Jackson. It's almost hard to believe that, without all those surgeries, he might have been this handsome, contented man staring back at us in the image above.
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Bonus: Listen to Michael Jackson's Unreleased Rough Mix of P.Y.T (Pretty Young Thing)