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

Renner4Real Report

Vanessa Galvan
Community Member
1 year ago

Oh, that mullet! :D

View more comments

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

RuPaul Report

Emir
Community Member
1 year ago

Still looks fierce.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#3

Barack Obama

Barack Obama

barackobama Report

KT Trondsen
Community Member
1 year ago

Did he have two dates? lol

View More Replies...
View more comments

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

celeb.prom.pics , Eva Rinaldi Report

Slinkman
Community Member
1 year ago

Even a goofball nack then ;)

View More Replies...
View more comments
#5

Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep

Montclair Film Report

Kaisu
Community Member
1 year ago

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

View More Replies...
View more comments

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

lovinglogs , Foreign and Commonwealth Office Report

rai mei
Community Member
1 year ago

she has always been gorgeous

View More Replies...
View more comments
#7

Terry Crews

Terry Crews

terrycrews , terrycrews Report

Sleep Meister
Community Member
1 year ago

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

View More Replies...
View more comments

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

edbyellen Report

Sreejith
Community Member
1 year ago

age in reverse gear

View more comments
#9

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga

ladygaga Report

Janine B.
Community Member
1 year ago

Still beautiful.

View More Replies...
View more comments

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

celeb.prom.pics , Eva Rinaldi Report

Heather Brady-Connor
Community Member
1 year ago

I don't think she ages. :)

View More Replies...
View more comments
#11

Jimmy Fallon

Jimmy Fallon

jimmyfallon Report

Moriarty2
Community Member
1 year ago

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

View More Replies...
View more comments
#12

Jennifer Aniston

Jennifer Aniston

I_dont_like_pie , Angela George Report

Cuitlahuac Guerra
Community Member
1 year ago

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

View More Replies...
View more comments
#13

Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba

jessicaalba Report

Ruby
Community Member
1 year ago

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

View more comments
#14

Matthew Mcconaughey

Matthew Mcconaughey

leahkpickett , McConaughey Report

htbq
Community Member
1 year ago

alright

View More Replies...
View more comments
#15

Bruce Willis

Bruce Willis

celeb.prom.pics , Gage Skidmore Report

rai mei
Community Member
1 year ago

Can't believe it's Bruce Willis

View More Replies...
View more comments
#16

Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt

bradpittoffcial Report

Alusair Alustriel
Community Member
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

View More Replies...
View more comments
#17

Robin Wright

Robin Wright

robingwright Report

Monty Is Fiennes
Community Member
1 year ago

Gorgeous woman...

View more comments
#18

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift

taylorswift Report

Elisabeth Bergbom
Community Member
1 year ago

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

View More Replies...
View more comments
#19

Reese Witherspoon

Reese Witherspoon

reesewitherspoon Report

Luis Milian
Community Member
1 year ago

she still as beautiful as ever

View more comments
#20

George Clooney

George Clooney

celeb.prom.pics , White House/Pete Souza Report

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."

View More Replies...
View more comments
See Also on Bored Panda
#21

Rihanna

Rihanna

badgalriri Report

Valentina Lattante
Community Member
1 year ago

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

Sarah Ngakaari Hammond
Community Member
1 year ago

People with darker skin tend to age pretty well. I mean, look at Grace Jones!

Load More Replies...
Laura Zaini
Community Member
1 year ago

I'm not sure this is really her prom... I mean, could it be that she took maybe a fan to his prom? I'm saying this because her haircut looks like the one of the umbrella era and she was already famous and older than the normal prom age

Not No one
Community Member
1 year ago

Wasn't rihanna the celebrity that attended a guys prom when she was a celebrity? Something like a long time ago on mtv or vh1?

Mona Khadra
Community Member
1 year ago

I doubt she went to her real prom. She was famous at like 16.

Load More Replies...
Felicia Murphy
Community Member
1 year ago

I'm pretty sure that this is from when a fan invited her.

KelsN
Community Member
1 year ago

This was from an episode of "Once Upon a Prom" ..she was already a celebrity at this point & went to prom with a fan.

Saulo Frota
Community Member
1 year ago

I'm pretty sure no one believes him when he tells people he was Rihanna's prom date

Alex Craig
Community Member
1 year ago

What's with the miserable look on the guys face? Like you said Valentina Lattante, no one is supposed to look so fantastic in high school ha ha But this is Rihanna we're talking about.

MingJai
Community Member
1 year ago

I'm sorry but Rhianna looks so far out of that guys league. WTF?

Noel Benavente
Community Member
1 year ago

The title clearly say "Awkward"...(?)

Tifferooski
Community Member
1 year ago

He must have an amazing personality.

Curious Cat
Community Member
1 year ago

she is creepy

Audra Granath
Community Member
1 year ago

Looks the same!

Nico Viola
Community Member
1 year ago

the boy looks like jackson from fuller house

Andrea Delden
Community Member
1 year ago

Her date looks so bored! Is he nuts?

Creative Username
Community Member
1 year ago

Is it just me or does she look exactly the same...?!

Odd1sout
Community Member
1 year ago

Everybody:Wrinkles Literally everybody: Eye bags Rihanna: Age? What's that?

Sarabelle Palsy
Community Member
1 year ago

I feel like she was already famous by then, wasn't she? I mean, Her first album came out in August of 2005, which would have made her 17. It wouldn't be much of a stretch to think she was getting the good gear compared to the rest on this list (sans Angelina Jolie maybe since her father was/is a respected actor)

Mainza Munsanje
Community Member
1 year ago

Boss Lady! 👑

Jessica Temple
Community Member
1 year ago

didn't she grow up in Jamaica?? I must have that incorrect, time to go check out Google's opinion.

DearOptimists
Community Member
1 year ago

Barbados*

Load More Replies...
Michael Famigletti
Community Member
1 year ago

There was is no difference

Yaz Cam
Community Member
1 year ago

Not her prom

Laura Zaini
Community Member
1 year ago

This comment has been deleted.

Laura Zaini
Community Member
1 year ago

This comment has been deleted.

Ed Souza
Community Member
1 year ago

she was really cute.

Klaudiia Sherbatzky
Community Member
1 year ago

When he tells someone: I was with Rihanna at the prom! No soul would believe this kid xD but he has the picture for proof!!

Linda Matheny
Community Member
1 year ago

Such a beautiful woman!

Ryo Bakura
Community Member
1 year ago

If they were ever a couple, I bet he rues the day he lost her.

Allison Woodfill
Community Member
1 year ago

The guy she’s with looks like he’s a wanna be hip hop artist. He’s nothing but a punk bitch.

Brooklynn H
Community Member
1 year ago

Well that is quite the assumption.

Load More Replies...
James Risk
Community Member
1 year ago

VAMPIRE ALERT!

Tara B
Community Member
1 year ago

she is cute him not so much

Benny Best
Community Member
1 year ago

ew his haircut

Ben Smith
Community Member
1 year ago

Her date looks like a school shooter

View More Replies...
View more comments
#22

Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama

michelleobama Report

Emir
Community Member
1 year ago

Lookin like a queen.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#23

Beyoncé

Beyoncé

beyonce Report

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..

View More Replies...
View more comments
#24

Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johansson

PageSix , Georges Biard Report

Michael Naegele
Community Member
1 year ago

she was always a hot lady. WoW

View More Replies...
View more comments
#25

Ashton Kutcher

Ashton Kutcher

aplusk Report

QueenOlive
Community Member
1 year ago

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

View More Replies...
View more comments
#26

Natalie Portman

Natalie Portman

natalieportman Report

Jarno Flinkers
Community Member
1 year ago

Absolutely stunning.

View more comments
#27

Amy Poehler

Amy Poehler

wikipedia Report

Agnes Jekyll
Community Member
1 year ago

Awesome. This is true Boston Suburb grad.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#28

Blake Lively

Blake Lively

blakelively Report

Monty Is Fiennes
Community Member
1 year ago

No touch hands...

View More Replies...
View more comments
#29

Courteney Cox

Courteney Cox

courteneycoxofficial Report

Alex K
Community Member
1 year ago

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

View More Replies...
View more comments
#30

Shane Dawson

Shane Dawson

shanedawson Report

Edward Doherty
Community Member
1 year ago

Who?

View More Replies...
View more comments
See Also on Bored Panda