Before they were beautiful people, even Hollywood’s brightest stars took embarrassing photos. Some celebrities were just geeky, others were going through awkward growing pains. Take a look at RadarOnline.com’s cringe-worthy gallery of shots Hollywood’s beautiful people may want to leave in their distant past.
tina fey commercial
Before she was a svelte comedy queen who also moonlights as the face of L’Oreal, Tina Fey looked a lot more…normal…as stills from a 1995 commercial she did for Mutual Saving Bank prove. Nerdy, overweight and with a bad haircut, she looked a lot more like the rest of us and a lot less like the glamorous brains and star of 3.
EXCLUSIVE:Dwayne Johnson The Rock circa 1997 rocks a fanny pack and a Kid ‘n Play styled hair cut
Before the world could smell what he was cooking, Dwayne Johnson's fashion sense simply stank! But The Rock says he's not embarrassed by his fanny pack days. When asked about this pic, he laughed, "Look how far I've come!"
Taylor Swift braids
Taylor Swift is quite happy to share her awkward moments with her fans, including a photo of her as a 12 year old wearing cornrows adorned with beads. The “Shake It Off” singer shared that snap with her Instagram followers in 2014, writing, “The last time an album sold as many copies as 1989 did first week, it was 2002, I was 12, and going through my ‘braids phase’. #nofilternecessary.”
Ryan Seacrest Yearbook
Dapper and trim Ryan Seacrest looks nothing like the chubby, bespectacled youth of his school days. Now square-jawed, with straight teeth, the future media-mogul posed for one yearbook photo wearing braces that only served to complete his nerdy look.
Michelle Obama Prom
What did Michelle Obama wear to her high school prom? A champagne-colored lingerie style floor-length dress with a slit that went sky high, right up her thigh. If that outfit wasn’t embarrassing enough, she posed with her date while sitting in a wicker chair. In a 2013 interview with Ellen DeGeneres the First Lady admitted, “I don’t know if I’d let my kids go out in a split that high.”
Meg Ryan Burger King Commercial
Long before she was America’s sweetheart, Meg Ryan appeared in a very cheesy Burger King commercial. Donning a brown, yellow and orange uniform – complete with a matching hat – the When Harry Met Sally actress starred in the 1982 advertisement and asked America to play the “Aren’t You Hungry for a Whopper?” game.
Jennifer Aniston The Leprechaun
Before The Rachel, there was The Leprechaun. Jennifer Aniston would probably prefer to forget this fashion moment from the 1993 film.
ellen degeneres prom
Speaking of Ellen DeGeneres, the chat show host wore an ankle-length diamond-patterned dress to her prom. Never one to take herself too seriously, DeGeneres joked about the cringe-worthy photo while interviewing Michelle Obama, saying, “That was a table cloth at one point.”
brad pitt pringles commercial
Recently unearthed pictures of a teenage Angelina Jolie pouting and posing for an early photo shoot may be embarrassing for the actress. But in the ‘80s her current husband, Brad Pitt, appeared in some of the era’s cheesiest ad campaigns and shoots while he was struggling to make it as an actor in Hollywood. In fact he co-starred in a 1980s Pringles commercial as a beefy, topless hunk.