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When we look at famous people, we sometimes forget that they aren't superhumans and that they actually stumbled through the awkwardness of childhood just like us at one point. Photos of our youth tell vivid stories of where we came from and provided a window into the styles and customs of a bygone era. Through these glimpses of young celebrities, we get an impression of how they lived and grew up before reaching the red carpet.

Funnily enough, they too did participate in awkward family photos and had the ugly duckling yearbook images taken at the gawky stages of puberty. Some of these now popular celebrities seem to have found the anti-aging elixir, while others changed almost beyond recognition. And we've gathered more than a hundred of these before and after celebrity photos, so proofs are aplenty.

Youth comes with its own unique beauty often depicted in awkward photos, but it's impossible to deny that just like a bottle of wine, some things (and people) genuinely do get better with age.

Try to spot your favorite famous celebrities, before they were famous below.

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Barack Obama

Barack Obama

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Leonardo DiCaprio

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James Floyd
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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You can tell the ones who were child actors (Gosling, DiCaprio, etc) cause their kid photos are headshots.

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Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch

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Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe

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Anna Wolf
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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

To be honest I don't this grown-up photo of her, you can see the sadness in her eyes

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Jennifer Aniston

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Agata Kopff
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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

At her child photo she looks like she's saying "Calm down, I got this!" :D

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Elijah Wood

Elijah Wood

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John Travolta

John Travolta

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Keira Knightley

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Rafael Tiba
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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I sometimes have troubles trying to picture her in a 21st century setting.

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Hugh Grant

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

Recognizable as hell! :D he has always been so...hugh grant!

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David Bowie

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Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor

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Aunt Messy
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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'm assuming the early photo was from National Velvet. She didn't change a lot. Put makeup on her as a child, and they're virtually the same.

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Bjork

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Edyta Złotucha
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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I love the fact that she always had that creepy-cute look, even as a child

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Whoopi Goldberg

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Robyn Denton
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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Wow! The little girl who played Delores as a child in Sister Act, REALLY resembled Whoopi as a child!

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Blake Lively

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Elvis Presley

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Robbie Williams

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Lady Gaga

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Olivia Horner
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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If you look at her without makeup, she looks very similar to her child self.

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Maisie Williams

Maisie Williams

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Sandra Bullock

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Justin Timberlake

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Zooey Deschanel

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Amanda Seyfried

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Eminem

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

He looks like that kid in school that would eat bugs on a dare... and probably just for fun.

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Jimmy Fallon

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

And he hasn't aged (mentally) a single year between those pictures. <3 Jimmy

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Lily Collins

Lily Collins

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Jim Carrey

Jim Carrey

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Selena Gomez

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Rafael Tiba
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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

no matter how hard they try to portray her as a grown-up woman, she'll always have that 12-years-old face

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Kristen Stewart

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

A little lighter hair and she could be a lookalike for one of the brothers in Hanson.

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Sarah Jessica Parker

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Sam Smith

Sam Smith

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Daria B
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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Left: He looks like he just farted; Right: He looks like YOU just farted.

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Cameron Diaz

Cameron Diaz

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