Justin Bieber, a naturally occurring phenomenon known to induce screams in teenage girls, crashed the senior prom at Southern California’s Chatsworth Charter High School spring. Unsurprisingly, the latter-day Brat Pack member was warmly received.
It may hard to believe, in this age of cringey promposals and corsage delivery via drone, but some celebrities actually attend their own proms as pre-fame civilians. That’s right, Justin: these brave, noble souls went to prom back when they had to walk 10 miles to the school gym in head-to-toe chiffon, and long before they had 24-hour professional stylists to surveil the state of their brows from the shadows.
Scroll down to see what more than two dozen very recognizable faces looked like before stardom—with a few notable exceptions, including Lance Bass and Danielle Fishel’s exquisite Boys Meets World-*NSYNC formalwear fusion—but after squeezing into the Jessica McClintock strapless dress that Mom spotted on clearance at the outlet mall.
“Baby One More Time” was released as a single when Britney was just 16, but for prom, she’d wisely nix the schoolgirl outfit in favor of a cute dress. Use the Next/Previous buttons to navigate between pages.