Before they were posing on the red carpet, they were posing in front of limos. That’s right:
Gwen Stefani, Tom Brady, and Matthew McConaughey all attended proms, formals, or homecomings, just like the rest of us plebeians. Don't believe us? Well, we have the photos to prove it.
We've assembled a round-up of incredible prom photos of celebrities that are just as awkward as all of ours. Which means, no sweat if there was a bug in your hair or a weird run in your tights on prom night — you, too, could be a celebrity if you work as hard as Taraji P. Henson.
Of course, some of them do look exactly the same. But there are also plenty of bejeweled gowns, questionable hair 'dos, and amazing throwback pairings. Ahead, the best celebrity prom moments. John Stamos, is that you?
Danielle Fishel & Lance Bass This photo, of Girl Meets World and Boy Meets World star Danielle Fischel and Lance Bass, of *NSYNC fame, perfectly encapsulates our '90s teen dreams: chunky, platform high heels, a saucy slit in a dress, and a date with perfectly frosted tips. Photo: Via @LanceBass . More
John Stamos That hair! The classic prom pose! The awkward half-smile! Yep, that was our prom, too. Photo: Via @johnstamos. More
Matthew McConaughey Before he won an Oscar, McConaughey was posing in front of a cut-out moon and star for his high school prom. Photo: Leah Pickett/Splash. More
Josh Duhamel Before he married Fergie, Josh Duhamel rocked a green bowtie and looked dazed for the camera at his high school prom. Photo: Via @joshduhamel. More
Ellen DeGeneres Everything about Ellen's prom photo is flat-out incredible. The patterned dress, the wide, white collar, and her date's hair, bowtie, and jacket combo? So much swag. Photo: Via @theellenshow. More
Jimmy Fallon We'd recognize that smile anywhere. "My date went tanning the night before. I did not. I looked like Powder. #awkwardpromstory," Fallon wrote on Twitter. Photo: Via @jimmyfallon. More
Taraji P. Henson Henson definitely slayed in high school, too, rocking a dress she designed herself with incredible shoulder accents. Her hashtags? "#Prom #YESIdesignedthedress #IbelievedIcouldfly #StillcouldntTellmeShiat" Photo: Via @tarajiphenson. More
Gwen Stefani True to form, Gwen Stefani made her prom dress, inspired by Grace Kelly's dress in Rear Window, with her mother. Photo: Via @gwen_stefani. More
Tom Brady He may not be an actor, but Tom Brady (ahem, Gisele's husband and Patriots quarterback) it turns out, was always a stud. Proof? This incredible TBT post. Photo: Courtesy of Tom Brady’s Facebook. More
Gigi Hadid The sunny supermodel posted this adorable collage of all her friends for her prom in 2013, rocking a stellar cat-eye and a gorgeous red dress. Even better? Here's proof that she's all about the funny-faced pose. Photo: Via @GiGiHadid. More
Paris Jackson Paris Jackson posted an adorable photo of her prom, for which she showed off a new look: electric-blue hair. "Only true friends dye their hair to match their gal's prom gown," she wrote on Instagram. Photo: Via @parisjackson. More
Amandla Stenberg & Jaden Smith Meanwhile, coolest couple of the year Amandla Stenberg and Jaden Smith showed off their killer prom looks on Instagram, with the caption: "here's to highschool." Photo: Via @amandlastenberg. More
Bella Thorne Thorne's perfectly adorable prom date in 2014 was all kinds of romantic. "You could say he picks me up a lot?" she wrote in an Instagram caption. Photo: Via @bellathorne. More Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here? BTS Were Turned Into Dolls & The Internet Is Still Laughing Justin Bieber Writes That He Loves Selena Gomez, But Is Fully Committed To Hailey Bieber Real Talk: How Tall Are The Kardashians?