21 Historical Figures You Didn’t Realize Were Smokin’ Hot in their Prime

By Trista

Thinking about historical figures often conjures up images of wizened old men and women staring gravely out of sepia photographs. Many of our famous historical people achieved notoriety later in their lives, so we often only know their face in their older age. For example, most only see the face of Joseph Stalin as a heavy-set older man in photos edited to hide his numerous smallpox scars. Few realize that, as a young man, he would have been right at home in the pages of a magazine as a male model. Numerous older icons and historical figures were quite lovely in their youth, even by our modern standards of beauty.

The presidential hopeful Senator John McCain when he was much younger. Buzzfeed/Library of Congress.