21 Celebrities When They Were Young

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Looking at childhood photos usually brings back fond memories and some embarrassment; our parents often dressed us in awkward clothing and gave us some questionable haircuts (remember the 90s bowl cut?)

So, if you’re wondering whether your favorite celebrity spotted a similar ‘do, then you’ve come to the right place! We want to assure you that these famous faces weren’t always pretty and perfect.

We’ve decided to open that dusty old box and dig out some old-school photos. Here we uncover 20 rare photos of celebrities when they were young, including Beyoncé, Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande.

1. Bruno Mars

Bruno looks like he could melt better in this photo with his angelic eyes and sweet smile. We are in awe of his 90s denim outfit, too. Definitely one of the least embarrassing snaps out of the lot.

young bruno mars
brunomars | Instagram

2. Beyoncé

After looking at this picture, it’s safe to say that Blu Ivy Carter got it from her mama! Beyonce looks super cute in this childhood photo, and we have to say that she hasn’t really changed much! She still has those killer eyebrows and a cheeky grin.

young beyonce
beyonce | Instagram

3. Taylor Swift

For her 30th birthday, Taylor Swift posted this adorable photo and we are OBSESSED! She looks exactly the same as she does now with luscious blonde locks, and has a super cute outfit to match her mischievous glare.

taylor swift young
taylorswift | Instagram

4. Ariana Grande

Wearing her signature hairstyle, Ariana hasn’t aged a bit since her school photo. If anything, she had a stage in between where she branched out with wild hairstyles as a teen, but now she’s back to her childhood roots with a slicked-back, high pony.

ariana grande as a child
arianagrande | Instagram

5. Katy Perry

Katy Perry is unrecognizable in this adorable photo of her cuddled up to the Easter Bunny. It looks like she could steal plenty of hearts with her cute smile and luscious bangs. We just hope her daughter takes after her, too!

katy perry young
katyperry | Instagram

6. Justin Bieber

Forget bowl cuts, because Justin Bieber had a mullet when he was a toddler, and he even managed to pull that off! Biebs looks adorable in this striped shirt and we’re dying to know if his future kids will look anything like him.

young justin bieber
justinbieber | Instagram

7. Drake

Who knew that Drake was a man of many talents? Here’s a photo of him as a child posing with a guitar – it’s safe to say that Drizzy had swag from a young age! Check out his clothing and his cheeky grin! Cutie!

young drake
champagnepapi | Instagram

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8. Kendall & Kylie Jenner

This sweet photo of Kendall and Kylie makes the celebrity sisters look like cherubs – with funny costumes and hairstyles the pair look so cute. And how much does Stormi look like her billionaire momma as a baby?

kendall kylie jenner as kids
krisjenner | Instagram

9. Kim Kardashian

Northie, is that you? Kim isn’t one to shy away from her childhood pics and is always gracing up with pictures of the entire Kardashian fam! In this particular photo the selfie queen is posing with her cabbage patch doll (which were the rave) for a car snap.

kim kardashian as a child
kimkardashian | Instagram

10. Chris Brown

This sweet boy in the photo grew up to be one of the nation’s heartthrobs and you can tell that he was set out to be a star from such a young age. While we can tell it’s Breezy in the photo, he’s definitely grown into his features since a child! (The tattoos were obviously added into the photo later on)

chris brown as a kid
chrisbrownofficial | Instagram

11. Rihanna

RiRi looks like she hasn’t aged since this photo – she still has the same flawless skin, beautiful features and stylish hair! We can’t wait to see what she looks like in the next 20 years – we are guessing that it won’t be much different.

young rihanna
badgalriri | Instagram

12. Jay-Z

Here’s a great pic of Hova before he was famous! While Jay’s features have changed over the years, his style has remained the same. He’s still sporting a gold chain and grills in this photo and is wearing his signature color.

jay-z young
badgalriri | Instagram

13. Miley Cyrus

These pictures of Miley celebrating Halloween are just adorable. She looks like a true diva in the first snap, while in the second you can already see her unique style and attitude developing.

young miley cyrus
mileycyrus | Instagram

14. Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran is unrecognizable in this adorable child photo. I think we’ll be eternally grateful that he shared this cool photo with the world!

young ed sheeran
teddysphotos | Instagram

15. Will Smith

Will looks like a true 70s kid in this picture with a high-neck sweater and big hair. While his style has developed over the years, his face has stayed exactly the same. He still has that warm and inviting look as he did as a child.

young will smith
willsmith | Instagram

16. Kevin Hart

Kevin Hart looks like he had a lively personality from a young age. While he looks more mature in the picture on the right, you can see that he had funny bones from the moment he was born by looking at the picture on the left.

young kevin hart
kevinhart4real | Instagram

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17. Cardi B

Cardi carries as much sass as a five-year-old as she does now, proving that her attitude has been around since day one! We also love her super cute outfit and stylish hairdo! Needless to say this snap has evolved into a viral meme…

young cardi b meme

18. Nicki Minaj

Even though she’s had a handful of surgery in her adult years, we can still see the Nicki we know today in this photo. She seems super happy and carefree as a child, which is a rare image that we get to see of Nicki Minaj now.

young nicki minaj
nickiminaj | Instagram

19. Selena Gomez

Resurfacing these age-old snaps is so fun! Selena Gomez looks like a photo frame portrait in this adorable photo, which was taken around the days where she appeared on Barney – and we just can’t get enough of it!

young selena gomez
selenagomez | Instagram

20. Jennifer Aniston

We love this comparison that Jen Aniston posted wearing a similar hat to her childhood photo, and the frown that she’s adopting as a child is EVERYTHING! It definitely makes us feel better about our grumpy pics.

young jennifer aniston

21. Amber Rose

Amber Rose was unrecognizable back in the day. Check out this throwback photo she once shared on her Instagram account. Before fame, her signature blonde buzz cut was out of sight! 

amber rose when she was young
amberrose | Instagram

Although these celebs live a luxurious lifestyle now, these childhood pictures prove that they were just young and innocent kids – like the rest of us!

Whose celebrity childhood photo made you laugh (or cringe) the most? Let us know by leaving a comment in the section below!

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  • Joanna Zambas

    Joanna has a history in the fashion world; having studied lifestyle and fashion journalism at BA and MA level, she then proceeded to work in the hustle and bustle of fashion PR. These days you can find her working in the marketing sphere, content writing and religiously following the ins and outs of the entertainment world. She’s obsessed with celebrity style and the Kardashians – but who isn’t?!

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Darryl Evertse
1 year ago

It was so good to read about movie stars and to see pictures when they were young especially the one of Will Smith that pic took me back in the 70’s .I was actually looking for a picture to drow …every week I make one sketch of someone it dust matter to develop my skill so ja I have chosen one but it’s not what you think. But it is one of the selebs and I’m gone have a fun time asking that sketch. PEACE ✌️ OUT!! and live this history that I stumbled on .