JonBenét Ramsey at 21: What would she have looked like today? (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

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Saturday would have been JonBenét Ramsey's 21st birthday -- had she not been killed in Boulder on December 25, 1996, precipitating one of Tabloid America's longest-running murder mysteries. And while interest in the case has ebbed since its late Nineties peak, plenty of people remain fascinated by what this beautiful little girl would have looked like had she lived.

Of course, this obsession is nothing new. The video below, uploaded in 2007, features a series of image reconstructions intended to picture JonBenét at age sixteen:

Then, last year, The Globe created a composite of a twenty-year-old JonBenét.

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Here's another recent attempt at imagining a grown-up JonBenét , presented on the JonBenetGurl tumblr page currently headlined "JonBenét is the Shit:"

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Other publications, like StyleForFree.com, have used what would have been JonBenét's 21st to reexamine the child-beauty-pageant phenomena. And over the years, sites have regularly compared competitors in such contests to JonBenét, almost always unfavorably. Take this post on a 2008 FreeRepublic thread, about an eleven-year-old British girl who spent £300 per month to make her look like Barbie:

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Wrote one commenter: "Let's take a look at them side by side. JonBenét Ramsey was a very pretty little girl with natural beauty, but this other one is very homely. IMO!"

Websleuths.com offered up something similar earlier this year:

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Granted, the comparisons aren't always positive. Some people imagine an adult JonBenét as a show horse who would have gone around the track too many times by now. Take this example from TheDirty.com:

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This photo's description reads: "This would have been what JonBenét Ramsey would look like now."

This past weekend, though, most new videos that cropped up were in the tribute mode. For the majority of people still obsessed with JonBenét, she represents not ruined beauty but endless possibilities. For instance:

More from our Calhoun: Wake-Up Call archive: "JonBenét Ramsey murder: Would the media have been obsessed with it if she'd been black?"

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Jordyn3070
Jordyn3070

she was so beautyful and so precious. i can't believe someone could murder a little girl like that. so cruel! i hope they catch the person who did this. i could never murder a little girl and keep it hiden for so long. shame on you all. she could have lived a long amazing life and she would have grown up so beautyful. just look at the picture. so beautyful. i feel so bad for her. god be with her soul.

TellYou
TellYou

well shes dead so it doesn't matter

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Maxine Gothia Gore
Maxine Gothia Gore

This is why little girls need to stay little girls for as long as they can

Shantal664
Shantal664

god wnated the best for her thats why he wanted her to stay in heaven away from this world just beside him as for the killer if he ran away from being punished in this life he wont be able to run from god.s punishment

Paco
Paco

Why reopen the case? the guilty perp is 6ft. under.

Guest
Guest

i think that this is the most disgusting disturbing article i've ever read..shame on you people for even posting such an article.

barry_gowland
barry_gowland

This should be a warning. While little girls have always wanted to try mum's or big sister's clothes on, or their make-up, these American kid beauty pageants seem, to a Brit like me, to just so much exhibitionism - trying to make them grow up too fast. Let children be children.If JBR had been allowed a normal childhood she would have been probably as beautiful is the oicture simulations make her - and she would have been spared all the heartbreak that pushy parents tend to inflict on kids not ready for such a role.

Uran Aytar
Uran Aytar

If they reopen the investigation they are going to have to find another Patsy to pin it on.

ZombyWoof
ZombyWoof

This is awful! Why would you make this post?

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Rdhrdamo
Rdhrdamo

Then if it doesn't matter?? why are you on this site.. That is a very sick and insensitive comment.. You must have a very dark heart...

ILoveYou!!
ILoveYou!!

The case been reopened a while ago.

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