I wanted to start this article off with one of my all time “before they were stars” photos. By now, most of us have seen the photo above but it still makes me smile every time I see it. That would be a young Eminem wearing a pink Alf shirt, holding a birthday cake. It’s just such a contrast to who we know Eminem to be now and I think that’s why I love it so much. While this may be my favorite ‘before they were famous’ pictures, there are lots of surprising photos of famous celebrities before they were celebrities and one need not look any further than high school yearbooks. Some of my favorite celebrity high school photos are shares below for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy!
10: Kelly Brook
Kelly Brook is, by far, one of my favorite lingerie models currently working in the industry. I think she’s absolutely beautiful and I love the fact that she isn’t a stick thin, emaciated looking woman. She’s a fuller figured woman and she owns those curves every time she steps in front of the camera. That confidence is undeniably sexy to me. It’s hard to believe Kelly started out so innocent looking. She looks so meek in her high school picture, certainly not like someone who would one day be one of the top lingerie models in the world.
09: Dita Von Teese
I freaking love Dita Von Teese in ways too numerous to even begin listing here. She’s such a stunningly beautiful woman but more than that, she’s a truly unique beauty. There’s just something so old school Hollywood about her and I find that endlessly appealing. I can’t believe she hasn’t always looked the way she does now. In all honesty, she looks gorgeous in her high school picture, but she also looks like the kind of girl that would have mercilessly teased me throughout our school days.
08: Marilyn Manson
Oh Marilyn Manson. It’s hard to take the Antichrist Superstar seriously as the Dark Prince of the Night after you’ve seen his awkward high school photo. He looked exactly like about five different guys I went to high school with. How does such a normal looking young man turn into the androgynous, makeup loving man-monster the world knows today? Well, if you’ve read his book, The Long Hard Road Out of Hell, as I have, you probably know the answer to that question. I have always been a Marilyn Manson fan and probably will be as long as he continues making music – just a little hard not to look at him a little differently after seeing this photo.
07: Justin Timberlake
I know we’ve all seen pictures of JT when he was young but this picture cracks me up too much not to share it. The smile! The curls! It’s just all too adorable. It’s hard to believe this kid grew up to be the guy that sings about bringing sexy back. I’ve never been the biggest Justin Timberlake fan but this picture really did soften my attitude toward him. He was just such a little cutie! How could someone not love that little face? Too much.
06: Sean Penn
Sean Penn has always been a rebel – just look to his high school picture for proof. He was one ‘rebel’ looking kid, wasn’t he? The scowl, the long hair – yes, Sean has always been the kind of guy that is going to do things his own way. That’s one of the things I respect most about him. He is who he is and he doesn’t make any apologies for it. Apparently that’s nothing new. He’s been that way since he was in high school. I love this guy and I love this high school photo.
05: David Schwimmer
I’m not really sure David Schwimmer is someone people still talk about but when I think about hilarious celebrity high school pictures I think of this photo of the former Friends star. High school pictures of Courtney Cox, Jennifer Aniston and Lisa Kudrow are out there as well but none are even close to as funny as this photo of David. The hair! The hoop earring! I have to admit though, he does seem like he was a pretty happy guy in high school and back then, I’m sure the look really did him a lot of favors with the ladies. Am I being sarcastic? I don’t even know anymore.
04: Alice Cooper
Do kids these days still know who Alice Cooper is? Ah well. It doesn’t really matter, I suppose. I absolutely had to include this shot on my list because I know who Alice Cooper is and that makes this picture one of my all time favorite celebrity high school pictures. Just look at that sweet, innocent face! Is that a puppy he’s cuddling with? The only Alice Cooper picture I’ve ever seen that’s stranger than this one is the photo of him hanging out with Colonel Sanders (for real – Google it).
Um … what? I don’t even know where to start with this one.I don’t often think as Prince as the rugged, manly type. Talented? Certainly. Some of his songs are among my all time favorites. That doesn’t change the fact that I was a little more than shocked to see his high school picture. Definitely not what I was expecting.
I laugh out loud every time I see this picture. I’m a huge Eminem fan. I adore nearly everything he’s ever put out there in terms of music. His high school picture doesn’t change that for me. Neither does the photo of him I used in the intro – you know, the legendary Eminem pink Alf shirt picture. It’s just weird to think that the gawky little guy in those photos grew up to be Eminem, isn’t it? I have to give him credit for owning his past though. That couldn’t have been easy with a rep like his to uphold.
01: Ryan Seacrest
Maybe I’m alone on this one, but I think Ryan Seacrest was adorable in high school. Just look at that face! I wanna squeeze those cheeks! The fact that he grew up to be one of the most famous television hosts of all time (not to mention one of the most attractive) is still no small surprise though. I had to check several different websites to confirm that yes, this is actually Mr. Seacrest. What a difference a few years can make. You just know some girl that wouldn’t give him the time of day in school is kicking herself over this one!