Time magazine's list of the '100 most influential' people in world included more international figures this year than ever before. Remember these individuals before they snagged Time's spotlight?
In the photographs below, check out some of the list's world leaders looking fresh-faced and sepia-tinted (well, some of them) before they could call themselves 2012's most influential.
As always, not everyone made Time's list for good reasons; below, check out a portrait of Syria's Bashar Assad before he had the blood of 9,000 civilians on his hands.
Some of the other camera-shy international figures to receive Time's hat-tip who are missing from the gallery below include Christine Lagarde, Dilma Rousseff, and Kim Jong Un.
Bashar Assad in 2000. (LOUAI BESHARA/AFP/Getty Images)
Mullah Omar, undated photo. (Getty Images)
Hillary Clinton in 1965. (AP Photo, File)
Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in 1989. (ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images)
Angela Merkel in 2001. (SHAWN THEW/AFP/Getty Images)
Benjamin Netanyahu in 1987. (DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
Mario Monti in 1996. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
Barack Obama in 2000. (AP Photo/Frank Polich)