Five Celebrity School Photos Before They Found Fame

We've unearthed some pretty amazing school snaps...


It’s hard to imagine that our favourite A-Listers went through the same awkward teenage phases as we did, their shy smiles a world away from their honed-to-perfection red carpet poses of today. Yes, there was a time when these icons were once just fresh-faced, unassuming schoolgirls before success came a knocking. Here’s our favourite top five... 

Alicia Keys 

This high school photo is pure 90s nostalgia, from the wet-look perm to the red-brown lipstick. And it’s clear how Ms Keys’ immaculate complexion even survived her hormonal adolescence (dammit!) No wonder she has zero qualms about going make-up free these days...

Missy Elliot 

With her elegant matching pearl earrings and necklace and composed smile, it’s hard to believe this is the same lady who taught us to “get our freak on” and hold her own in the male-dominated world of hip-hop. Which makes us love Missy that little bit more.


Believe it or not, this was Jenny From The Block as a teen, before music and movie stardom beckoned, pre-Diddy, “Bennifer” and dalliances with Drake. She swapped the 80s bouffant for her trademark blond-brown ombré locks and has given Mariah a run for her money for title of “world’s greatest diva” ever since.

Michelle Obama 

The formidable Mrs O seems much more comfortable in front of the camera now than she did as a teen. However, the young Michelle LaVaughn Robinson probably had more important things on her mind, such as studying to get into the prestigious Princeton University and later Harvard Law School, on her way to becoming the mighty force for political change she is today.

Zoe Saldana 

In this high school snap, the Star Trek actor looks worlds away from the red carpet vixen and more like the girl next door we’d ask to help with our maths homework. There’s the pencil-thin 90s brows, a tomboyish haircut and some interesting sort of sweater vest. It’s an adorable look but certainly a far cry from the Versace frock and diamonds she wore to the Oscars in 2015


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