Everybody has those awkward teenage years that cause you to cringe in horror as you’re looking back through old pictures. Images of your old teenage self usually lead to questions like, “what the hell was I thinking,” or statements such as, “I’m glad that part of my life is over.” Luckily, most of us get past our teenage years and turn into uniquely beautiful adults. Even so, looking back at our teenage selves can be a fun and harmless way to look at just how far we’ve come. The same goes for celebrities. Many celebrities are praised for their undeniable beauty. So when we get a rare glimpse at a celebrity’s awkward phase, it can be oddly refreshing. The fact that celebrities were not always as beautiful as they appear should give us all hope for the future (especially if you’re going through those awkward teenage years). So to show you that celebrities weren’t always their present beautiful selves, below is a list of ten celebrities who made it through their awkward phases to become some of the most beautiful people in the world. Let's hope all of us have handled our teenage awkward years as well as these celebrities.
10 Ryan Seacrest
If you were given the childhood picture on the left and asked to name the celebrity it belongs to, chances are, you wouldn't say Ryan Seacrest. The television host and producer has changed so much since he was a child that his childhood picture is basically unrecognizable. Not only did Seacrest grow up well in the looks department, he’s also killing it in his career life. He hosts American Idol, American Top 40 and On Air with Ryan Seacrest. The star has even won an Emmy for producing Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution. It definitely seems like Seacrest has overcome his awkward days and turned into a star.
9 Avril Lavigne
The singer who would eventually have everybody singing, “Sk8er Boi,” had some pretty awkward years. However, today the singer is renowned for both her beauty and her music. At just 17, Lavigne entered the music world with her debut album, Let Go. From then on, things only went uphill for the singer career-wise. Lavigne’s second album reached number one on the U.S. billboard 100 and her third album reached number 1 on the UK Albums Chart. The singer has also scored six number one singles worldwide. Today, Lavigne is busy with her clothing ling, Abbey Dawn. She also continues to work in the music business although as of recently, Lavigne has chosen to stay out of the public eye.
Kesha is another celebrity on this list whose childhood picture is virtually unrecognizable. The singer had a pretty tough life growing up. A single mother who relied on welfare and food stamps to get by raised her. She has claims that she has no knowledge of her father’s identity. Even though Kesha had a tough childhood, the singer managed to make a name for herself in 2010, when she released her debut album Animal. The album debuted at number one in the United States and that wasn't the end of the singer’s commercial success. Kesha went on to have a string of top ten hits and one of the best selling digital singles in history.
7 Rashida Jones
Rashida Jones had some very questionable wardrobe choices as a child. But today, Jones is a well-respected actress whose beauty and superb style is undeniable. The star is known for appearing in shows such as Parks and Recreation, The Office, and Boston Public. She has also appeared in movies like Our Idiot Brother, The Social Network, The Muppets, and I Love You, Man. But Jones isn't only known for her acting credits, she is also a comic book author, a screenwriter and once in a while, she sings. It seems like Jones has gotten over her awkward phase and has become a woman of many talents.
6 Zooey Deschanel
Actress Zooey Deschanel grew up in Los Angeles, California. She is the daughter of director Caleb Deschanel and actress, Mary Jo Deschanel. Even though Deschanel had some big shoes to fill when she decided to try to make it as an actress, Deschanel has managed to make quite a name for herself in Hollywood. The actress is known for starring in movies like The Good Girl, Almost Famous, Elf and (500) Days of Summer. The actress even stars in her own TV show entitled, New Girl. In addition to acting, Deschanel is a singer. She has a band called She & Him, alongside M. Ward. The group has released four albums in addition to a Christmas album.
5 Taylor Swift
Even though Taylor Swift is known for her impeccable style, the star made some very questionable hair choices when she was younger. Today, Swift’s career is on fire and her hair has never looked better. Swift’s fifth album 1989, was released in 2014 and sold more copies during its opening week than any other album in the previous 12 years. Swift’s other accomplishments include seven Grammy Awards, 16 American Music Awards, 11 Country Music Association Awards, seven Academy of Country Music Awards, and 34 Billboard Music Awards. The Nashville Songwriters Association and the Songwriters Hall of Fame have also honored her.
4 Megan Fox
Megan Fox is probably better known for her looks than her acting skills but even she had her awkward days. Fox made her big screen debut in the film Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen. From there, Fox gained worldwide fame after starring opposite Shia LaBeouf in Transformers. Recently, Fox starred in the movie Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and was cast in the film adaptation of Zeroville. Even though Megan Fox is known for her beauty, the actress has expressed a desire to appear in roles that are less about her looks. Of being a role model to young girls, Fox said, “if you want your girls to feel strong and intelligent and be outspoken and fight for what they think is right, then I want to be that type of role model.”
3 George Clooney
George Clooney has been named one of the sexiest men alive by multiple media outlets, but you certainly wouldn't know it by looking at his childhood photo. The actor is extremely accomplished in his career. He has received three Golden Globes, and two Academy Awards. Clooney made his acting debut as Dr. Doug Ross on ER. From there, Clooney starred in movies such as Batman & Robin, Out of Sight, and Three Kings. Clooney also works as a humanitarian. The star is involved with the Not On Our Watch Project, and he helped organize a telethon called Hope For Haiti Now.
2 Matthew Lewis
Matthew Lewis is a prime example of puberty done right. The actor, who gained fame after playing Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter films, has grown up so well that it’s hard to actually believe he’s even the same person. Besides his work in Harry Potter, Lewis has also appeared in films such as The Sweet Shop and Wasteland. In 2013, the actor was cast in the BBC Three comedy drama, Bluestone 42. Although Lewis has no current big projects lined up, the star has said he would jump at the chance to play Neville Longbottom again.
1 Dwayne Johnson
The picture of Dwayne Johnson donning a fanny pack and a pretty awesome hairstyle is probably one of the best celebrity pictures of all time. Johnson, who is also known in the WWE world as The Rock, is an actor, producer, and a professional wrestler. Rock’s first leading role was in The Scorpion King, in 2002. From there, Johnson went on to star in movies like The Rundown, Get Smart, The Other Guys, Fast Five and Fast & Furious 6. In addition, The Rock is considered to be one of the best wrestlers of all time. In 2014, it was revealed that Johnson will play Buck Adam in a film about Shazam.