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
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1 year 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
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1 year ago

Still looks fierce.

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#3

Barack Obama

Barack Obama

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KT Trondsen
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1 year 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
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1 year ago

Even a goofball nack then ;)

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#5

Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep

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Kaisu
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1 year 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
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1 year ago

she has always been gorgeous

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#7

Terry Crews

Terry Crews

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Sleep Meister
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1 year 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
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1 year ago

age in reverse gear

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#9

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga

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Janine B.
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1 year 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
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1 year ago

I don't think she ages. :)

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#11

Jimmy Fallon

Jimmy Fallon

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Moriarty2
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1 year 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
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1 year ago

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

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#13

Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba

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Ruby
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1 year 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
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1 year ago

alright

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#15

Bruce Willis

Bruce Willis

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rai mei
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1 year ago

Can't believe it's Bruce Willis

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#16

Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt

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Alusair Alustriel
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1 year 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
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1 year ago

Gorgeous woman...

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#18

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift

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Elisabeth Bergbom
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1 year ago

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

TheDivineMs.M
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1 year ago

She knows it too

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Ms.M
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1 year ago

That guy is so cringeworthy

TheNerdyOne
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1 year ago

Agreed 😐

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Ryo Bakura
Community Member
1 year ago

Her current boyfriend seems to be a step up from the others, especially this douche.

Aria Whitaker
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1 year ago

This pic is probably this guy's most cherished possession now

Sophia Quintanilla
Community Member
1 year ago

He's super cringe

Ben Smith
Community Member
1 year ago

Someone needs beat some sense into her date. What a tool.

Cute_Angel
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1 year ago

She was pretty but like her tan was weird

Mira Maier
Community Member
1 year ago

She looked like the kind of girl who would tell you to get lost if your jeans are the wrong brand.

Dem1977
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1 year ago

She'd probably sue you for a dollar. Just to shame you. I never did understand that.

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Hans
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1 year ago

I doubt this guy is proud about this gesture now...

Full Name
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1 year ago

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She looks embarrassed because he's advertising what he's going to do to her later.

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Klaudiia Sherbatzky
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1 year ago

what a douchebag

TheExtremeSmell
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1 year ago

This is pretty much what I expected

Tor Rolf Strøm
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1 year ago (edited)

Wow, now that is one hell of a BRO!

Celtic Pirate Queen
Community Member
1 year ago

Yeah, Ginger Boy - you a gangsta.

Free Scotland
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1 year ago

Guy looks like a douche

Nevi Løvfelt
Community Member
1 year ago

Do that guy have a condition with his hand?

Pete Andrews
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1 year ago

She's the same colour as Donald Trump.

Declan Gaughwin
Community Member
1 year ago

who is the goose that has been playing with supa glu?

Sunzilla
Community Member
1 year ago

Did she go with Ed Sheeran?

Akber Ahmed
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1 year ago

How can I unsee that hand symbol?

Mermaid Lover
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1 year ago

She is so so so so so pretty

Allyn Ziebarth
Community Member
1 year ago

Hope she wrote a scathing song about the guy she's with.

Jolee Koop
Community Member
1 year ago

Her date though, you can see in her eyes that she's already regretting her choice of date.

Monty Glue
Community Member
1 year ago

I think she could have done better, but the guy sure looks happy.

Dorothy Parker
Community Member
1 year ago

And what did she write about him later?

Breddit
Community Member
1 year ago

That fake tan, though...

Alex Craig
Community Member
1 year ago

Oh dear

Ka'uilani Data
Community Member
1 year ago

Oh, dear

Karly Codr
Community Member
9 months ago

I wanna be as pretty as she is she is so freaking beautiful

Mary
Community Member
1 year ago

wth? Is that a gang symbol that guy is doing in that pic?

Alex Craig
Community Member
1 year ago

And already writing and recording at that age. She is super talented and quite beautiful.

Tifferooski
Community Member
1 year ago

She regrets her choice in a date.

Yuccababy
Community Member
1 year ago

Dude in the sideways cap probably still can't believe his luck!

Curious Cat
Community Member
1 year ago

"yes dad, we know you took Taylor Swift to the Prom.. now can you help mom with the septic tank?"

Anita Holleufer
Community Member
1 year ago

She looks the same.

Marty BlackEagle-Carl
Community Member
1 year ago

i dont get the 'gang sign'

Christopher Houghton
Community Member
1 year ago

“MORE SELF-TANNER, MOM!!!”

Mo Poppins
Community Member
1 year ago

Nice sunburn.

Audra Granath
Community Member
1 year ago

Gorgeous girl & her date was a wannabe lol

Oliver Casasola
Community Member
1 year ago

And who is the "hommie"?

Nico Viola
Community Member
1 year ago

she didnt change much

TheKnightOwl
Community Member
1 year ago

Comments picking on the guy, he was young ffs. Lots of people judging him based purely on this one picture, it says a lot more about you than it does him. This guys probably a lot more grown up and mature now, which is more than I can say for the authors of those comments.

Benny Best
Community Member
1 year ago

At prom Nobody: Date: turns hat sideways and SMILES

Wanda Queen
Community Member
1 year ago

That is the whitest thing I've ever seen......and I'm pretty damn white.

Elisabeth Bergbom
Community Member
1 year ago

There's this girl in my grade who literally looks just like her when she was younger

Ashley Fernandes
Community Member
1 year ago

Still has crap taste in men.

Ryo Bakura
Community Member
1 year ago

Joe Alwyn doesn't seem too bad.

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htbq
Community Member
1 year ago

i thought she didn't go to prom. there was a whole tv show about it.

Brivid
Community Member
1 year ago

Where I am from in the southeastern US, a teen in their junior or senior year is eligible to attend. However, a freshmen or sophomore can attend if they are invited as a date by a junior or senior. So she could have gone to prom as a date, but not as a junior or senior.

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Angie Bell
Community Member
1 year ago

Seriously, you all carry on about her date looking like a douche but what does that actually say about her ?? She's no friggen angel people. I bet he was doing more than smiling by the end of that night.

James Risk
Community Member
1 year ago

Let me guess, there's a song about this guy

Fbomb
Community Member
1 year ago

The picture on the left is the whitest picture ever taken.

Kesam
Community Member
1 year ago

That baseball cap really suits her!

Albert G. Fernández
Community Member
1 year ago

Why people lie? she wasn´t pretty back then. xD

Tara B
Community Member
1 year ago

Taylor has a thing for Dbag guys

Lil Bare
Community Member
1 year ago

Meh. This lady is too vanilla for me. Her music is mediocre and her image is a tad non-brave. I prefer Annie Clark, Kate Bush and Rhianna

Crouching_Penn_Hidden_Teller@yahoo.com
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1 year ago

her music is worse than mediocre. it sucks

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Taylor has a thing for Dbag guys...lol

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#19

Reese Witherspoon

Reese Witherspoon

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Luis Milian
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1 year ago

she still as beautiful as ever

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#20

George Clooney

George Clooney

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Ryo Bakura
Community Member
1 year 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
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1 year 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
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1 year ago

Lookin like a queen.

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#23

Beyoncé

Beyoncé

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Hope Floats
Community Member
1 year 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
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1 year ago

she was always a hot lady. WoW

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#25

Ashton Kutcher

Ashton Kutcher

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QueenOlive
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1 year 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
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1 year ago

Absolutely stunning.

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#27

Amy Poehler

Amy Poehler

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Agnes Jekyll
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1 year ago

Awesome. This is true Boston Suburb grad.

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#28

Blake Lively

Blake Lively

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Monty Is Fiennes
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1 year ago

No touch hands...

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#29

Courteney Cox

Courteney Cox

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Alex K
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1 year ago

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

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#30

Shane Dawson

Shane Dawson

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Edward Doherty
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1 year ago

Who?

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