Back-to-school season is almost upon us, and while those of us who are past our classroom years use this time as an excuse to fill our wardrobes with fall's best new clothes, others are prepping for their big moment: yearbook photos. To celebrate, we've rounded up the best pictures of celebrities from their teenage years, awkward moments and all.
Before she was an Oscar winner, Jennifer Lawrence was a young, lip-gloss wearing teen in Kentucky (above, left). And Justin Bieber didn't achieve his status as a heartthrob until a few years after that hilarious eighth grade yearbook photo was taken (above, right).
From triple threat Jennifer Lopez’s 1987 portrait, taken during her time at Preston High School in the Bronx, to Tom Cruise’s dapper senior picture, shot at Glen Ridge High School in 1980, we love these stars' throwback looks. Even better? The snap of Beyoncé as a freshman in 1996—her side part is peak high school.
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Click through our gallery to see the hilarious photos of your favorite stars before they became famous. Some of them are almost unrecognizable—and some haven't changed one bit.