Awkward Celebrity Prom Photos That Are Too Amazing Not to Obsess Over

Enjoy these incredible celebrity throwbacks, which were taken during that glorious teenage awkward phase

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Ellen DeGeneres

Ellen Degeneres prom
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The Ellen DeGeneres Show host sent a positive note on National Prom Day (March 31) to students who are missing their prom due to the coronavirus pandemic.

"If your prom was supposed to be this weekend, I wanna see your gorgeous prom outfits. This was mine, so the bar is low," she quipped on Instagram. "Post yours with #ellenprom. I promise you'll wear them to prom soon."

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Nick Kroll

Nick Kroll prom

The comedian took part in @whenweallvote and @mtv's #promchallenge to help students and teachers find creative ways to register voters. "If you'll turn 18 before Election Day, make sure to register to vote now!" he said.

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Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama Prom
Michelle Obama/Instagram

Before there was Barack Obama, there was Michelle Obama's prom date, standing next to her while she sat in a large wicker chair.

"Throwing it back to my 1982 prom night and this pink satin, polka-dotted dress," Obama wrote of the snap on Instagram.

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Paul Scheer

Paul Scheer
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"Did I rock a Gummi Bear Corsage for my High School prom? You're damn straight I did," the comedian wrote of his delicious prom accessory.

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Tracee Ellis Ross

Tracee Ellis Ross
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"18 year old me in 1990 ready for my prom in this @giorgioarmani dress, bangles and shoes," the black-ish star captioned a series of throwbacks on Instagram.

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Kerry Washington

Kerry Washington
Kerry Washington/Instagram

Washington stopped and smelled the roses on her way to prom ... well, one of the proms she attended.

She smugly reminded us in the photo's caption, "I'm throwin' it back…to prom! Well, one of em. I went to a few. Tee hee."

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Jimmy Fallon

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The Tonight Show host poked fun at himself by tweeting a photo of his #awkwardpromstory with the caption, "My date went tanning the night before. I did not. I looked like Powder."

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Will Ferrell

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The comedian wore a tiara to his prom because of course he would.

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Matthew McConaughey

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Before all of the Oscars, the actor dressed to the nines for his prom and adorably coordinated his royal blue bow tie with his prom date's dress.

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Brad Pitt

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If a young Pitt showed up to your doorstep with feathered hair and that charming smile to ask you to prom, how could you say no?

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Josh Duhamel Duhamel/Twitter
Josh Duhamel/Twitter

Before the fame and high-profile marriage to Fergie, Duhamel was just a young, dazed teen who rocked a green bow tie to his high school prom.

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Candace Cameron Bure

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Candace Cameron Bure/Instagram

The Full House actress took her then-TV boyfriend Scott Weinger (a.k.a. Steve) to her real-life senior prom.

*Cue the awwwws from the live studio audience*

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John Stamos

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Who could resist that hair? Stamos posted this epic throwback on Instagram, which just goes to show that once a heartthrob, always a heartthrob.

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Taylor Swift


The singer lived out her "normal life" fantasy by participating in MTV's Once Upon a Prom. She made high school senior Whit Wright the star of the night and revealed that the whole experience was "the coolest thing!"

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Halle Berry

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All hail the queen! Berry snagged her high school's prom queen crown during her senior year.

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Taylor Lautner

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The Twilight star enjoyed his own high school prom experience, complete with a cool striped dress shirt and spiked hair with lots and lots of gel.

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Sandra Bullock

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The actress danced the night away with adorable French braids and ribbons in her hair. So cute!

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Paris Jackson

Paris Jackson/Instagram
Paris Jackson/Instagram

The late King of Pop's daughter went all-out with the teal theme. Jackson wore a teal tie and rocked teal hair to match her date's teal satin dress.

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Bethenny Frankel Frankel/Instagram
Bethenny Frankel/Instagram

The Real Housewives of New York City star posted this a-ma-zing throwback on Instagram and asked her followers, "Who else rocked the 80s puff sleeved prom dress look?!"

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Tom Brady

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This handsome stud posing awkwardly in his living room would later blossom into the six-time Super Bowl champion he is today.

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Danielle Fishel & Lance Bass

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The two stars, who dated for one-and-a-half years as teens, went to prom together and Bass later revealed, "It was terrible!"

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Alex Guarnaschelli

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The Chopped judge posted this throwback on Twitter to say, "Prom night baby. #wow #pinkdress #fashionalert"

She killed it with that fabulous perm and powder pink dress.

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Meg Ryan

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The actress was caught staring into the eyes of her dreamy prom date.

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Gwen Stefani Stefani/Instagram
Gwen Stefani/Instagram

The singer posted a sweet throwback on Instagram of herself at 17, wearing a prom dress her mother had made for her. The beautiful gown was inspired by Grace Kelly's dress in the 1954 film Rear Window.

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