Before your favorite celebrities graced events such as the Met Gala, Oscars or Grammys with their designer looks they attended the less coveted "red carpet" event of prom. Yes, stars they're just like us, and the proof is in these gloriously awkward throwback photos of our favorite famous faces dressed to impress for this celebrated high-school tradition.

On this list you'll find some pretty staggering transformations from cringy to glamorous, whereas other lucky ducks were fortunate enough to avoid their awkward phase and look as if they haven't aged a day. Scroll down below to find your favorite stars throwback look and don't forget to vote!

#1

Jeremy Renner

Jeremy Renner

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Vanessa Galvan 2 months ago

Oh, that mullet! :D

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Prom is now synonymous with the high-school experience but the first recorded prom in history took place at Amherst College where male students invited female students from Smith College to dine and dance back in 1894. The dance evolved into a high-school tradition in the 1900s and was nationwide by the 1930s. 

#2

Ru Paul

Ru Paul

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Emir 2 months ago

Still looks fierce.

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#3

Barack Obama

Barack Obama

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KT Trondsen 2 months ago

Did he have two dates? lol

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One of the traditional etiquettes of prom is for the boy to give the girl a bundle of flowers called a corsage for her wrist or to be pinned to the top of her dress. In the past, the corsage was placed on the hip. The term “corsage” actually means “bodice” which dates back to the 19th century with French origins, so the former positioning makes more sense. 

#4

Will Ferrell

Will Ferrell

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Slinkman 2 months ago

Even a goofball nack then ;)

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#5

Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep

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Kaisu 2 months ago

Meryl has always had and still has this really gorgeous natural beauty

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Most celebrities had their prom experience before fame, but that was before the trend of inviting celebrity guests was born. In 1963, President Kennedy was not invited but unintentionally crashed the prom of John Burroughs High School. The politician scheduled a $1,000-a-plate fundraiser in the largest room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel but as it turns out, the students had already booked the same room two years prior. JFK gave up the larger room to the students and settled for a slightly smaller one for his event. In an act of goodwill, he stopped by to say hello to the teens accompanied by comedian Jack Benny. 

#6

Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie

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rai mei 2 months ago

she has always been gorgeous

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#7

Terry Crews

Terry Crews

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Sleep Meister 2 months ago

He ate his date and evolved into the tank he is now.

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While the average high-schooler may have to settle for a decked out gymnasium for their annual prom, the wealthier schools (where celebrities attend) might get glitzier options. In 1975, Susan Ford, the daughter of President Gerald Ford, got permission to throw her prom in the White House. The President was away in Europe at the time so the dance was chaperoned by the Secret Service.

#8

Ellen Degeneres

Ellen Degeneres

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Sreejith 2 months ago

age in reverse gear

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#9

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga

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Janine B. 2 months ago

Still beautiful.

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One can only imagine the amount of money celebrity teens are dishing out for prom but even for the average American, the costs can be outrageous. When you add up the tickets, dress cost, tux rental, limos, and other common prom expenses, parents have paid an average of around $900 for their high-schoolers to attend these events. In 2013, the average peaked at $1,139 - those are some red carpet numbers. 

#10

Sandra Bullock

Sandra Bullock

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Heather Brady-Connor 2 months ago

I don't think she ages. :)

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#11

Jimmy Fallon

Jimmy Fallon

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Moriarty2 2 months ago

From that angle it looks like he took Michael Cera in a wig to prom.

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#12

Jennifer Aniston

Jennifer Aniston

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Cuitlahuac Guerra 2 months ago

Is that dude chip mattews? Ross is so sad :(

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#13

Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba

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Ruby 2 months ago

Look how happy that guy is. He can't believe his luck.

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#14

Matthew Mcconaughey

Matthew Mcconaughey

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htbq 2 months ago

alright

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#15

Bruce Willis

Bruce Willis

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rai mei 2 months ago

Can't believe it's Bruce Willis

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#16

Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt

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Alusair Alustriel 2 months ago

I like him more as an older guy than a teen. Same happens with Harrison Ford, he looks bext from his 30-ties up for me :D

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#17

Robin Wright

Robin Wright

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Monty Is Fiennes 2 months ago

Gorgeous woman...

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#18

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift

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Elisabeth Bergbom 2 months ago

She was really pretty back then, and obviously she still is

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#19

Reese Witherspoon

Reese Witherspoon

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Luis Milian 2 months ago

she still as beautiful as ever

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#20

George Clooney

George Clooney

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Ryo Bakura 2 months ago (edited)

"Someday, I'm gonna be famous, and then I'll provide the barks for a cartoon dog, and my life will be complete. Marry a hot lawyer? That might come second to the cartoon dog."

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#21

Rihanna

Rihanna

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Valentina Lattante 2 months ago

no one is supposed to look that good in high school!

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#22

Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama

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Emir 2 months ago

Lookin like a queen.

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#23

Beyoncé

Beyoncé

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Hope Floats 2 months ago

I wonder how many times he's told the story of how he took Beyonce to their school prom and how many friends have held their heads in their hands after the 500089743200th time? Ha ha ha..

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#24

Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johansson

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Michael Naegele 2 months ago

she was always a hot lady. WoW

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#25

Ashton Kutcher

Ashton Kutcher

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QueenOlive 2 months ago

What are you guys talking about that's Kevin Malone.

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#26

Natalie Portman

Natalie Portman

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Jarno Flinkers 2 months ago

Absolutely stunning.

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#27

Amy Poehler

Amy Poehler

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Agnes Jekyll 2 months ago

Awesome. This is true Boston Suburb grad.

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#28

Blake Lively

Blake Lively

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Monty Is Fiennes 2 months ago

No touch hands...

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#29

Courteney Cox

Courteney Cox

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Alex K 2 months ago

wasnt she like, super fat at her prom? (just kidding)

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#30

Shane Dawson

Shane Dawson

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