The presence and support of cheerleaders is an integral part to the success of many sports team. It has become tradition that schools and sports teams have their own cheerleaders to fire up the fans. One of the main reasons for this is that the team feeds off the energy coming from the bleachers. With an intensely powerful cheer coming from the cheerleaders, the attending crowd will surely react and give off a resounding roar that will no doubt energize the team to go for one more goal, to get that winning point or to just play harder and better. This is the essence of cheerleading and those who are chosen and bestowed this honor are respected by their peers and relied upon. Cheerleading then holds a big responsibility to the team playing and the fans who cheer them on.
If you want to become a cheerleader, you need to have the charisma of a movie star, the moves of a pop star, the voice of a leader and the congeniality of a politician running for office. You need all these to work up the crowd. Maybe it comes as no surprise that many of our favorite movie stars, performers and even one powerful politician, were once cheerleaders in their younger years.
12. Sandra Bullock
Sandra Bullock, the German speaking star of Gravity and Ms. Congeniality, looks so much younger than her age. She was already a cheerleader for her Alma Mater, Washington-Lee High School back in 1982 but her old cheerleading uniform could probably still fit her svelte body perfectly today. In a naughty response, Bullock said that she still has her uniform and could perhaps use it for a “sexy night.” She also added jokingly that she wants to be “buried in it.” Her lighthearted way of talking about her cheerleading past and its raunchy implications today is very much worthy of someone who was chosen by her graduating class as the person who will “most likely brighten your day.”
11. Cameron Diaz
Cameron Diaz, the blonde blue-eyed bombshell plays roles that play up her sexy side. This is of course because the former Charlie’s Angel has the athletically lean and sexy frame of a model, and that certainly came in handy when she cheered for Long Beach Polytechnic High School back in her sophomore year. When talking about her high school years, she even joked (or was it confessed?) that she bought weed from one Mr. Snoop Dogg who was a year older than she was. The There’s Something about Mary star also described how she got into fights with girls in locker rooms which comes as no surprise because people usually envy the popular kids, and with those legs, she was well on her way to becoming a star.
10. Lindsay Lohan
Lindsay Lohan was a very sweet and innocent girl before she went into a spiraling nose dive. Back when she was still a pre-teen, she commanded a lot of attention and fandom because of how sweet and charming she was on screen. Her charisma came through the silver screen and her movies Mean Girls, The Parent Trap and Freaky Friday, were box office hits. This natural talent to draw people to her was not ignored when she went to Sanford H. Calhoun High in New York. Even though her stay there was relatively short, she began homeschooling when she was in Grade 11. She will surely be remembered as one of their more popular cheerleaders. Having a few movies gross a few hundred million will tend to do that.
Madonna, the Queen herself, apparently has always been in the limelight. Now, even in her 50s, the golden haired prototypical diva still enjoys going on tour and is still as controversial, respected and equally detested as ever. Whenever Madonna performs, something will surely be written about her online, either of support or in criticism. The latest onstage act of hers to receive such a response was her onstage kiss with Drake at the 2016 Coachella Festival. The fans reacted positively enough at the beginning of the kiss and were only offended after Drake seemed to recoil in disgust afterwards. Her knack for being really polarizing must have been set to “love” back when she cheered for Rochester Adams High School, as she was clearly already one of the queens there.
8. Eva Longoria
Eva Longoria has already made a name of herself with her stint as the sultry vixen, Gabrielle Solis, in Desperate Housewives. In the show, she has an especially steamy affair with a much younger gardener. Her beauty and overall appeal has made everyone notice and because of this, she was named as one of the most beautiful Hispanic women in entertainment. It’s clear now that she has always been this beautiful even back when she was still a teenager. This is backed by the fact that at Roy Miller High School, she was one of the popular girls on the cheer squad.
7. Megan Fox
Megan Fox, the 2008 FHM‘s Sexiest Woman starring opposite Shia Labeouf in the first two Transformers films, immediately caught people’s attention with her overall sexiness. She already had a slamming body to begin with and Michael Bay’s gratuitous camera work sealed the deal with the fanboys. Her dark hair and femme fatale looks makes her famous now in Hollywood, but she has said that it wasn’t always like this, and that back in Morningside Academy, Florida, “everyone hated [her],” especially the girls and most of her friends were guys. Could this have something to do with her hogging all the boys’ attention? Even with that, it’s still hard to believe her self deprecating claims when you consider the fact that she was a smiling, sweet teen cheerleader.
6. Halle Berry
Halle Berry was courting success right from the beginning. In her high school years, she amassed accolades left and right as a bright beautiful young woman. She was the Bedford High School paper editor, an honor student and the prom queen. Her high school life definitely was a precursor of things to come. Halle Berry won the Ms. Teen All American Pageant in 1985, was the first runner-up in the 1986 Ms. U.S.A. Pageant and won the Ms. World Pageant in the same year. She soon crossed over to modeling, TV and movie appearances that led her to win the Best Actress Oscar award for her role in Monster’s Ball.
5. Paula Abdul
Paula Abdul‘s most recent claim to fame was as one of the pioneering judges on American Idol. She enjoyed a full 8 years as a judge on the show and prior to this she was a famous pop star who sang and danced her way into the hearts of millions, even beating out Madonna and Janet Jackson as the Favorite Female Musical Performer in People’s Choice Awards. Her success as a graceful dancer, singer and performer come as no surprise when you take into account her initial career as a Lakers Girl. She started when she was only 18 years old and only a couple of years later, she was discovered by no less than The Jacksons themselves, who hired her to choreograph the music video for their single, Torture, after seeing her perform at a Lakers game. This chance encounter launched her career in show business.
Fergie is best known as the blonde singer from the group, Black Eyed Peas. It was only upon her addition to the group in 2002 that BEP found their current sound. This was also the time when they released the song that launched them as a successful musical quartet, ‘Where is the Love?’ While still with the band, she had also nurtured her own solo career with the release of her album, The Dutchess, which cemented her position as the 2007 Pop/Rock Favorite Female Artist for the American Music Awards. Her presence on stage must have come naturally for her, because this sexy blonde singer was also a Straight-A cheerleader at Glen A. Wilson High School.
3. Mandy Moore
Mandy Moore debuted her pop sound with her smash single, Candy, at just 15. She presented herself as a breakout artist by climbing up the Billboard Top 100 and peaking at number 41. Her career soon took off after that. What made her career interesting was that she didn’t allow herself to be crammed into one specific mold. Her sound evolved as she grew up and so did her career. She starred in A Walk to Remember, based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks. She also starred as Lana Thomas, the cheerleading main antagonist in The Princess Diaries. Like her character, Mandy Moore was also a cheerleader, though she was so much younger than her character when she was waving pom-poms around.
2. Alicia Silverstone
Alicia Silverstone rose to prominence with the instant teen movie classic, Clueless. In her breakout role, she plays the ultra rich teenager, Cher Horowitz, who is rather clueless about what the “real” world is about. It is perhaps with this role, and her tagline in the movie that she can be easily pictured as a cheerleader. As if! But, she wasn’t as clueless as her character because during her high school years, she wasn’t only a cheerleader for San Mateo High, but was also an emancipated minor at 15. It is reported that she sought emancipation during the production of the movie The Crush, so that she would be able to work late hours – which was not allowed for child actors. It is also good to point out that the movie dealt with overtly sexual themes and violence that would be inappropriate for child actors to participate in. Alicia however, not only participated, she killed it. In 1994, she won two awards for the movie, the MTV Best Breakthrough Performance and the MTV Movie Award for Best Villain.
1. George W. Bush
People love to rag on George W Bush. One of the criticisms that actually sticks and is evident in many of his interviews is that he is dumb, though this is challenged somewhat by what David Brooks, NY Times columnist, has said about the former president’s smarts. Brooks told Playboy that the President is only putting on a “Texas act” and that he really is “60 IQ points smarter” when not in the critical eye of the public. Since being dumb is now off the table, maybe his haters will dig a little deeper into his history and latch on to when he was the head cheerleader back when he was a senior at Phillips Academy.