End-of-year balls are an important event in the lives of teenagers. They put a lot of money and time into their look. Girls try on multiple dresses for which they often saved for a very long time. They look at countless pictures to find the perfect inspiration. Boys trade their jeans for fancy suits and, if they are lucky, get to drive a fancy car. We can all remember feeling so special, spending hours to get ready for this special day, going to the hair salon, getting our makeup done and taking pictures in the yard. All this, often only to feel quite embarrassed years later when you look back at those old prom pictures. But this is often no different for high-status people.
Even some celebrities have gone through the process of this tradition. Wonder what they looked like at their prom? Here are 20 pictures of your favourite stars at their prom.
1. Taylor Swift
There is no doubt that Taylor used her high school experiences to write her first songs. However, one may wonder what songs were written about this boy. Never the less, the star definitely did not change much since her prom year. She was just as beautiful as she is now.
2. Amy Poehler
Amy is getting out of her prom limo. And she does it with style! While young Amy Poehler looks stunning on this picture and almost as elegant as a bride with her flower bouquet, the black and white picture betrays her age.
Not surprisingly, there’s nothing particularly embarrassing about Rihanna… except her date, maybe. The Barbados singer looks just like we remember her at the beginning of her career which isn’t surprising, as she started when she was only 16 years old.
4. Carrie Underwood
Before winning American Idol and becoming a famous country singer, she was just an ordinary girl from Checotah, Oklahoma. However, it is clear that the people who were in charge of her year-end album knew she would be a star!
5. Harry Styles
If this girl didn’t know how lucky she was that night, we bet she found out later! Our beloved Harry Styles looks very young on this picture, but if anyone remembers his The X Factor years, then they won’t be surprised at this baby face and lovely hair as he auditioned when he was only 16 years old.
6. Will Ferrell
It seems that Will Ferrell did not change much since high school. Except for his shorter hair, the actor looks almost the same as he does today… One thing is for sure, his sense of humour certainly did not change.
7. Jaden Smith
We love to see Jaden Smith break these gender norms! He wears the skirt with a lot of styles and his date also has a whole lot of style! Although Will Smith’s son is still very young and his prom wasn’t too long ago, we had to include it on our list.
8. Matthew McConaughey
He may not have been the stud he is today at his prom, but Matthew McConaughey and his date looked pretty classy. And yes, this is he and this is prom day. We know he looks nothing like Matthew. And we know he looks 12.
9. Lizzy Caplan
In the role of Janice Ian in Mean Girls, she wore a purple suit and straight hair at Spring Fling. Turns out it wasn’t such an unusual look for Lizzy Caplan after all! She was quite rock’n roll during her own high school years.
10. Meryl Streep
Classy, elegant and majestic, Meryl Streep looked magnificent in her short, white prom dress. However, we wonder if his date knew he was going to the ball with one of the greatest actresses of all time?
11. Lady Gaga
The thing is, Lady Gaga’s prom is one of the most “normal” looks we’ve ever seen from her. It’s weird, though, not to see her as a platinum blonde! Who knew she would become the queen of extravagant outfits back then as well as an extraordinary artist!
12. Michelle Obama
The former First Lady was just as royal and elegant then as she is now! But we can’t help but think this was quite a sexy dress and a look we are not used to see now. It is well balanced with the jacket though and she had every right to show some skin in an elegant way as a young graduate.
13. Demi Lovato
Demi was actually dating Nick Jonas at the time, but at the prom, she decided to keep the promise she had made to her old boyfriend, Nolan, at kindergarten. The Disney star escorted her date to her hometown of Dallas, Texas.
14. Brad Pitt
Bet Brad Pitt was a wonderful date when he attended the prom in 1982. He apparently taught his date to dance to Michael Jackson’s “Rock With You”. We must admit that this hair cut wasn’t his best…
15. Reese Witherspoon
Surprise! Reese Witherspoon wasn’t always “legally blonde”! It was originally brown, as you can see in this picture from the prom. SHe was just as beautiful back then as she is now, and her daughter is her exact copy.
16. George Clooney
Even in 1978, George Clooney was successful with the ladies! Yet, it seems that time has been a good thing for the actor. George looks even better now then he did when he graduated.
17. Jennifer Aniston
As always, Jennifer Aniston was elegant with a gorgeous black dress for her prom. She seems so young and innocent. And she probably had no idea that she was about to be part of one of the world’s most popular sitcom.
18. Taylor Lautner
The Twilight star went with a lot of hair gel for the big day. When he took this picture, he was already famous for playing Sharkboy in the movie The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3D.
19. Britney Spears
The pop princess was on fire at her high school prom in that flamboyant red dress. There was nothing “toxic” about her yet, it seems: she looks sweet and innocent here!
20. Jimmy Fallon
He has come a long way since his unfortunate and clumsy teenage years. Yet, Jimmy still looks so much like how he did on his prom day. We think it is part of his charm.