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

Slinkman
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1 year ago

Back then two dates and later on a heckload of states ;)

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Hans
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1 year ago

All Republican voters: "do they have proms on Kenya?"

RollDdice
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1 year ago

A BOSS then, and a BOSS now.

M
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1 year ago

im getting serious ‘fantasy island’ vibes lol

Ms.M
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1 year ago

Oh how I miss him

Agnes Jekyll
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1 year ago

he looks sharp

MoonBeam
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1 year ago

Suave

Ma Jonalyn Montero
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1 year ago

he's having a lot of fun :D

Moriarty2
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1 year ago

I'm guessing his date was the girl with the matching light and dark blue dress.

Mary Rose Kent
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1 year ago

That dress does not fit her properly at all!

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Janine B.
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1 year ago

Funky!

sharron lynn parsons
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1 year ago

He had striking good looks then, and still has, I doubt there will ever be a president , that will come close to this great man !!!

Sophia Quintanilla
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1 year ago

Loven the fro

Jace
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1 year ago

I’m digging the evil grin on the woman at the left

Jo Choto
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1 year ago

Digging the 'fro!!

Twenty øne doggos
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1 year ago

Are those... vines?

Jennifer Hargett
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1 year ago

It's a Hawaiian custom. Similar to a flower lei.

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Mark Jaress
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1 year ago

So, two dates? The MAN

Benny Best
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1 year ago

damn he got two ladies

Luis Milian
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1 year ago

them jerry curls tho..

Chelsea Nicole
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8 months ago

That’s not Obama, thats daddy

Just saying
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1 year ago

"I did not have sexual relations with my 2 dates".

Sheila Shaffer
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1 year ago

Dude was a ladies man!

Sheila Shaffer
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1 year ago

Dude was a ladies man!

KT Pinto
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1 year ago

Hey look! There was a time when he did like white people!

Giovanna Nazer
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1 year ago

Super charismatic!

Eric Spence
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1 year ago

I had 2 prom dates at my Junior prom. I just took turns with each one.

THEPS
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1 year ago

How many prom dates does he need ?

John Bennick
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1 year ago

I wonder if he got lucky...he had twice as good of a chance than the other guys.

pony33
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1 year ago

That was a fun night Mr. President, huh???

Mel Jenkins
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1 year ago

He married a girl with a kick stand.

Mary Rose Kent
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1 year ago

I don’t understand your statement. Kick stand?

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Mary Ann Saunders
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1 year ago

Looks like one of the Jackson 5 brothers :-0

Scqrr
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1 year ago

Barack for the Ladiess!

Nico Viola
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1 year ago

obamas a player

Monty Glue
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1 year ago

Barry had it, has it, and will have it going on.

Tiny Dancer
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1 year ago

Barry was just too much man for one woman, lol!

Honey
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1 year ago

Ladies man!

Carmon Armstrong
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1 year ago

Did former President Barack Obama actually take Lady Gaga to the prom? I thought it was his daughters who insisted Lady Gaga perform at the White House, NOW we all know that it was as per the request of our former Commander In Chief, President Barack Obama. Thank you for your service sir!

Roberto Durante
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1 year ago

for sure fake as his entire life

Eddie
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1 year ago

Very Trump-like

Fireguy
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1 year ago

Who??

Oliver Casasola
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1 year ago

I called this interracial, lol

Full Name
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1 year ago

Yeah, when I think of awkward I think of having a big smile while having a beautiful women under each arm. Once again, terrible title to the article (or inappropriate pic for the article).

Anna Salerno
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1 year ago

UGH... he is still UGLY!!

Thomas MacLean
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1 year ago

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Two white girls??!! And a necklace of marijuana leaves!!

DLW
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1 year ago

they aren't pot leaves. jeez

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Ashley Wright
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1 year ago

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He’s still ugly. Inside and out,

I-3-LX
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1 year ago

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2 women? ick.

Monica Jane
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1 year ago

There was another guy who was cropped out. So, 2 couples. http://time.com/4355622/obama-prom-photos/.

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Ed Souza
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1 year ago

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Those girls wen't black... wonder if they came back.

TheExtremeSmell
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1 year ago

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They have proms in Kenya?!

Aria Whitaker
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1 year ago

No, but they do in Hawaii, you know, where he was BORN?

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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

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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
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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
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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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