Mariska Hargitay's Changing Looks

2017
Photo: Nicholas Hunt/Getty

See the Law & Order: SVU star's transformation through the decades.

01 of 21

1982

Transformation - Mariska Hargitay - Beauty - Celebrity Before and After
Yearbook Library

18-year-old daughter of bombshell actress Jayne Mansfield and Mr. Universe Mickey Hargitay was crowned Miss Beverly Hills.

02 of 21

1986

Transformation - Mariska Hargitay - Beauty - Celebrity Before and After
Richard Corkery/Globe Photos

A short tousled cut showed off the Jocks star's beautiful bone structure.

03 of 21

1988

Mariska Hargitay - Transformation - Beauty - Celebrity Before and After
CBS/Courtesy Everett Collection

Hargitay wore her hair in a curly bob for her role on Falcon Crest.

04 of 21

1991

Mariska Hargitay
Kevin Winter/DMI/Time Life Pictures/Getty

The busy actress accented her smile with berry lipstick.

05 of 21

2000

Mariska Hargitay - Transformation - Beauty - Celebrity Before and After
Alec Michael/Globe Photos

The Law and Order: Special Victims Unit lead played up her chocolate brown eyes with silvery shadow and lots of mascara.

06 of 21

2001

Mariska Hargitay - Transformation - Beauty - Celebrity Before and After
Henry McGee/Globe Photos

Perhaps channeling her famously blond mother, Hargitay went platinum. "I definitely look like her, but only at certain angles," Mariska told People.

07 of 21

2003

Mariska Hargitay - Transformation - Beauty - Celebrity Before and After
Mike Guastella/WireImage

Hargitay sported a sexy shag.

08 of 21

2004

Mariska Hargitay - Transformation - Beauty - Celebrity Before and After
Steve Granitz/WireImage

The Emmy nominee added fresh flowers to her high-volume updo.

09 of 21

2005

Mariska Hargitay - Transformation - Beauty - Celebrity Before and After
Steve Granitz/WireImage

Mariska won a Golden Globe in a soft, layered caramel cut.

10 of 21

2006

Mariska Hargitay - Transformation - Beauty - Celebrity Before and After
Kevin Winter/Getty Images

"We did very smoky eyes," Dior makeup artist Matthew VanLeeuwen told People of the Emmy winner's look. "I tried to bring out the beautiful, delicious side of her. She said 'I feel gorgeous.'"

11 of 21

2007

Mariska Hargitay - Transformation - Beauty - Celebrity Before and After
Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage

The Emmy nominee rocked a sleek, face-framing bob at the awards show.

12 of 21

2008

Mariska Hargitay - Transformation - Beauty - Celebrity Before and After
Mathew Imaging/WireImage

Colorist Rick Wellman lightened the five-time Emmy nom's teased updo to better complement her canary gown.

13 of 21

2010

Mariska Hargitay - Transformation - Beauty - Celebrity Before and After
Kyle Rover/Startraks

The SVU actress appeared at the Academy Awards with a romantic loose updo.

14 of 21

2010

Mariska Hargitay - Transformation - Beauty - Celebrity Before and After
Frazer Harrison/Getty

Hargitay hit the Emmys in a style inspired by her recent anniversary. She told stylist Chris McMillan to give her a "similar thing" to her '50s retro wedding coif, gardenia and all!

15 of 21

2012

Mariska Hargitay - Transformation - Hair - Celebrity Before and After
Gregg DeGuire/WireImage

Now a mom of three (she and husband Peter Hermann adopted Amaya and Andrew in 2011), Hargitay wore her hair in easy layers for an NBC event.

16 of 21

2013

Mariska Hargitay
Jamie McCarthy/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank

Hargitay steps out with a short 'do and soft makeup at the NBC & Vanity Fair Toast in New York City.

17 of 21

2014

Mariska Hargitay
Angela Weiss/Getty Images

Rocking a cropped 'do with a smoky eye, the Law & Order: Special Victims Unit star stunned while attending the 41st Annual Annie Awards in Westwood, California.

18 of 21

2015

Mariska Hargitay
Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images

Hargitay was all class while attending the Third Annual Paul Rudd All-Star Bowling Benefit in New York City.

19 of 21

2015

2015 
Mike Pont/WireImage

Here, the fresh-faced actress rocked her signature bob and berry-red lips for an event in New York City.

20 of 21

2016

2016
AKM-GSI

Hargitay pulled up her signature brunette locks into a loose updo for the Women's Media Awards in N.Y.C.

21 of 21

2017

2017
Nicholas Hunt/Getty

By 2017, the Law & Order: SVU star had grown out her short cut into an on-trend lob, styling it in beachy waves.

Was this page helpful?
Related Articles