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Before popular 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 photos of our favorite famous people dressed to impress 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 celebrity's prom photos and don't forget to vote!

Prom night 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. 

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. 

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Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep

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5 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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 doing a celebrity prom 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. 

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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.

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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. 

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Jimmy Fallon

Jimmy Fallon

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Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba

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Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt

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5 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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George Clooney

George Clooney

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5 years ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"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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Ashton Kutcher

Ashton Kutcher

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Courteney Cox

Courteney Cox

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Shane Dawson

Shane Dawson

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5 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

He is the biggest Youtuber and he is famous for changing the Youtube platform with his docu-series and won creator of the year at The Streamys last year and NO, he DID NOT molest his cat, that was a JOKE he made on a podcast.

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