We’ve all had horrible pictures taken when we were younger. More often than not, they can be pretty embarrassing and perfect for a blackmail gag. There are many reasons why an old picture might be humiliating: outdated fashion, horrible haircuts, braces, awkward poses, pimples, baby fat, the list goes on and on. Most of us would rather hide such pictures in a shoebox deep in the closet, or better yet, burn them into oblivion. It’s much harder now days with Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to escape these haunting pictures, especially with trends like #throwbackthursday or #flashbackfriday. Luckily, even our favorite celebrities (including some that are now considered some of the most beautiful people in the world) were not able to escape some hilariously hideous photos of their youth. See if you can recognize these celebrities before they were famous:
Though this picture was taken long before glasses became so stylish, you can still see the potential beauty underneath. Take off the glasses, let down the hair, and you have the premise of She’s All That, but this time with real life beauty, Charlize Theron.
Some ladies may still be able to recognize that smile and those eyes, but the hair definitely dates this picture. He has definitely gone through some crazy hair phases, even in his celebrity years, but I think we’d all like to forget the hairdos of the 80s. Women want him and men want to be him. Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Brad Pitt.
The infectious smile is still there, but the bangs have got to go. Luckily, this Oscar-winning actress has made numerous fashion statements throughout her career. It didn’t take long for this girl next door to win over millions of hearts and become America’s sweetheart, Sandra Bullock.
This one may be a little more difficult. Still not seeing it? The picture was taken long before she became the bombshell from Baywatch and Playboy Magazine. Do you see it yet? That’s right, it’s Pamela Anderson.
Ah Prom. Whether we have fond or disastrous memories of that high school milestone, it’s almost a rite of passage for teenagers, even recent Oscar winner, Matthew McConaughey. He kinda lucked out with this pic; not as embarrassing as it could have been. Although the blue tie doesn’t help much with the white balloons and forest green carpeting. Luckily, he still cleans up pretty well.
What’s not to love about this picture? The outfit, the haircut, the hands perfectly positioned one over the other, it’s gold! These days, this starlet’s fashion sense makes a much bolder statement, not to mention striking looks, and a commanding stage presence. It’s none other than Katy Perry!
Before she was making her stamp on the pop rock scene, this simple girl was merely trying to survive her teenage years. Perhaps it was during this time that she fell for her first “Sk8er Boy.” You guessed it, it’s Avril Lavigne.
This young rocker may not be as familiar of a face to some, but those who love rock and roll music, and who know their rock history, may be able to guess this drummer turned lead singer. Still not seeing it? It’s Mr. Dave Grohl, former drummer of the revolutionary band Nirvana, and current frontman for the mega-hit band, the Foo Fighters.
It looks like this heartthrob was trying to win over the ladies even in his early days. It would be years before he made his way onto the big screen in hits like Step-Up and 21 Jump Street. Have you guessed yet? Mr. Channing Tatum.
You may be able to guess who this middle schooler turned out to be. I wonder if she’s telling her friend on the other end of the flip phone how she is going to be the queen of Hollywood some day. Well, if you know anything about Jennifer Lawrence, you know she’s way too humble to have ever thought she’d be where she is today. That’s why we love her.
He sure has come a long way since graduation day. Luckily, he ditched the Lionel Richie haircut on his way to becoming an Oscar winner for his performance as Ray Charles in the hit film, Ray. Not to mention his awesome turn as the vengeful Django in Tarantino’s smash, Django Unchained. Thank you, Jamie Foxx.
Many years before she moved into an apartment across the hall from some socially awkward geniuses, young Kaley Cuoco was just a regular girl next door. Now, she lullabies eccentric theoretical physicists when they’re sad or sick on the hilarious sitcom, The Big Bang Theory.
It’s not hard to see how this pretty little girl would turn into a strikingly beautiful woman. This amazingly talented singer was born to be a star. We all thank Rihanna for fulfilling that dream and sharing her voice with the world.
Those familiar with A River Runs Through It and Angels in the Outfield were already introduced to a fairly young Joseph Gordon-Levitt, but this picture may predate both of those movies. We’re just so thankful that young Joe kept his act together as he matured into a great actor. Hollywood can destroy some kids, but not ones as held together as Gordon-Levitt.
Before she ever teamed up with aforementioned Joseph Gordon Levitt in the charming comedy, (500) Days of Summer, young Zooey Deschanel was just trying to survive her adolescence like the rest of us. Thankfully, she figured out what to do with those bangs, and everyone has been trying to copy her ever since.