Before they were famous... how your favourite A-listers celebrated their big nights (big hair included)
Nothing quite beats a ‘before they were famous’ pic of our favourite A-lister doing something totally normal, in this case celebrating the end of secondary school with an awkward date at their school prom. Celebrity throwback pictures just don’t get better than that.
Before red carpets, glam teams and stylists, these famous faces were ordinary school kids, counting down the days until their Big Night with the date of their dreams, who probably still tells everyone they know who they took to prom (I mean wouldn’t you if your date was Jennifer Aniston or Brad Pitt?)
We’d rather not remember what we wore to our own prom and we’re guessing some of the stars in this gallery might not want to either. Big hair and strapless dresses feature heavily (though a lot of these pictures are from the 80s so that’s to be expected) and there are some pretty pouffy bridal ensembles in there too (hello Brad Pitt’s prom date).
Taylor Swift seems to have taken inspiration from her fairytale moodboard, wearing a white fitted bodice gown that makes her look a little bit like she’s going to her own wedding.
Meanwhile, Tyra Banks looks every inch the supermodel already, with her low-cut halterneck gown and long black gloves.
Sandra Bullock proves there was never a time when she looked anything less than gorgeous, with a beautiful black and white throwback shot in which she’s grinning from ear-to-ear with a handsome mystery man.
And that’s just the ladies… these prom photos prove George Clooney and Brad Pitt didn’t always have the groomed hair they do today. We love Brad’s Seventies-style powder blue tuxedo, though can’t say we miss those curtains.
We also can’t help but wonder what happened to these A-listers’ prom dates? Did they go on to boast about their associated brush with stardom? Or did they become famous stars in their own right (we’re looking at you, Jack Antonoff).
So in honour of the awkward poses, the former prom dates and really big hair, here’s our round-up of the greatest ever celebrity prom photos…
The suit. The wicker furniture. The hair. Brad’s prom photo is all kinds of wonderful.
Blake still manages to look lovely in her prom photo despite the Barbie tiara and pink rhinestone gown. Another winner for her style file.
She might be holiday-ing it up with Calvin Harris at the moment, but just a few years ago, Taylor was attending her Nashville prom with this anonymous gent.
Before she was an internationally renowned pop star and designing shoes for Manolo Blahnik, Rihanna was an ordinary girl from Barbados, sporting a low-cut blue dress to her prom. Imagine being the guy who went to prom with Rihanna?
Who knew these two dated?! Scarlett Johansson and Lena Dunham’s current squeeze, Jack Antonoff, actually went out in their teens and attended prom together.
Sandra put her natural curls into an updo for her big night, and seemingly couldn’t keep the smile off her face. Her date’s pretty hot too…
How sweet does Renée Zellweger looks here? We love the hair.
Clooney’s date looks very happy to be attending her prom with him (quelle surprise)
This shawl and gown takes us back to our own school prom – so Nineties in all the right ways.
Not one but TWO Brad Pitt prom photos! Don’t say we don’t spoil you…
The FLOTUS looks all sorts of amazing in her prom photo, wearing her natural fro and sitting on her own wooden throne.
Britney went all out in this red rhinestone number for her prom.
Proof that Will Ferrell was always completely lolz, as he steals his date’s tiara for the formal photo.
Check out the smize. Tyra was working that look early on.
This has got to be our favourite. THE HAIR!
Former Disney star Demi Lovato wore a fire engine red gown to her prom.
Brandy was just 17-years-old when she took basketball star Kobe Bryant as her date. She must have been the envy of every girl there.
The Mad Men star looks incredibly dashing in his prom photo. Is it just us or does his date look a little like Amy Poehler?
Janis Ian – uh, we mean Lizzy Caplan – channelled her Mean Girls persona with this curly up-do.
Dakota Fanning famously stopped acting to attend high school like a normal person, but judging from this photo it looks like she couldn’t keep her Twilight make-up at home.
Could this picture be any more 90s if it tried? Lance Bass and Boy Meets World star Daniella Fishel (aka Topanga) were each others’ prom dates.