Reality #TBT: Do You Recognize These HGTV and Bravo Stars Before they Were Famous?

Take a trip down memory lane with your favorite home renovators

Jonathan Scott throwback photo
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Jonathan Scott

Jonathan Scott throwback photo
Jonathan Scott/Instagram

It's all about the hair for this Property Brothers star! "These two cuties have travelled the world with me and been by my side for an eternity 🥰 Can you tell by the hair, when this pic was taken? 😆 #TBT," he wrote alongside a throwback photo on Instagram.

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Erin Napier

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Erin Napier/Instagram

The Home Town co-host certainly had more of an edgier look during her college days! In a series of throwback posts on her Instagram Story, Napier showed off a spiky haircut with dark brown bangs that she used to rock while studying at the University of Mississippi. "My experiment w brown bangs," she wrote above the photo.

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Ty Breaker's Ty Pennington

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Ty Pennington Instagram

That bowl cut, though! The Trading Spaces alum and HGTV host, 57, shared this hilarious school photo from his childhood in the '70s. "When the hostess says it's gonna be 1.5hr wait….. #nobrunchforyou," he joked in the caption.

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Home Town's Ben and Erin Napier

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Ben and Erin Napier. Ben Napier/Instagram

Ahead of their upcoming book release, Erin shared this babyfaced throwback photo of herself with her Home Town costar and husband, whom she met when she was 19. "17 years since the week we met and fell in love after 6 days of knowing each other," she wrote in the caption, also including an excerpt from the book about their early love story.

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Jasmine Roth

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This blonde-haired cutie ended up winning Rock the Block, writing a book, and starring in not one but two of her own HGTV shows! And she still "loves a good swing," she wrote in the caption of this Instagram photo.

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Fredrik Eklund

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Could this dapper little dude (now a star of Million Dollar Listing) have one day predicted he'd grow into the extraordinarily busy jetsetter he is today (as outlined in the Instagram post that accompanied this throwback photo)?

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Nicole Curtis

Nicole Curtis
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Batter up! "The last time I went with what was trendy — look where it got me 🥴," the Rehab Addict designer joked, sharing a photo of the '80s hairstyle she rocked underneath her baseball cap.

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Ty Pennington

Ty Pennington
Ty Pennington/Instagram

This Ty Breaker star has always been exhibiting model behavior! "And this is why I only did catalog work 😂 What would you call this face??!" the longtime HGTV designer captioned this black-and-white photo from the '90s, adding the hashtags "#beforetvtherewasmodelling," "#badmodelling" and "#bluesteel."

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Nate Berkus and Ty Pennington

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"#TBT with the always great @thetypennington on @oprah in like 1895. Okay it was 2005, but it might as well have been 100 years ago," joked the Nate and Jeremiah by Design star, sharing a 15-year-old photo of himself with the host of the upcoming HGTV show Ty Breaker.

"1895 😂😂 sure feels like it!" Pennington commented on the post, while HGTV's Alison Victoria wrote, "Oh my god. Baby faces 🖤."

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Property Brothers' Jonathan Scott

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Jonathan Scott/Instagram

Holy '90s! "Who else has prime pics like this from the 1990s?" the contractor asked his Instagram followers, showing off a photo of some designs he was sketching back in the day.

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Christina Anstead

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This house flipper is throwing it back to her high school graduation in 2001 — which she calls the "year of tanning beds and over plucked brows."

"Does anyone else's mom randomly send them old photos?!" the mom-of-three said, adding, "just noticed it looks like I'm slyly giving someone the [bird] 🤦🏼‍♀️."

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Chip Gaines

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Chip Gaines

"In college one of my lifelong dreams of playing baseball didn't quite play out how I'd hoped it would," the home renovation expert captioned this throwback graduation photo in front of the Baylor University sign. "But had it not been for that Baylor baseball team, I never would've fallen in love with Waco, Texas. And without Waco, I never would've met Jo."

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Property Brothers' Drew and Jonathan Scott

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From children's book readers to children's book writers! Jonathan shared this adorable throwback of he and Drew snuggling up with a book (and a teddy bear!) in front of the fire place.

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Christina on the Coast's Ant Anstead

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"A reminder of how far I have come," wrote Christina Anstead's husband and the Wheelers Dealers star. "For a start I used to be blonde!"

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Flip or Flop's Tarek El Moussa

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Toddler Tarek! The home renovation expert shared this very '80s photo of himself with his mom, writing: "My mom has always been there through thick and thin and we never realize how important parents are until we become one!! Mom I love you to the moon and back!!"

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Flip or Flop's Christina Haack

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When Christina shared this photo of herself at 16 with her first car, her Instagram followers couldn't help but notice one thing: She's a spitting image of her oldest daughter, Taylor!

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Property Brothers' J.D. Scott

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The newly-married, third Property Brother shared this hilarious photo for a Flashback Friday on Instagram. "Oh, you know, just working hard today. Grindin. Movin & shakin," he joked in the caption.

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Fixer Upper's Chip and Joanna Gaines

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This black-and-white collage of Chip and Joanna Gaines on their wedding day will have any Fixer Upper fan saying "aww." And if the photo doesn't do the trick, Joanna's caption will: "Thank you for the 12 good years of laughter, leadership, and adventure," she wrote on their anniversary in 2015. "No one makes me laugh harder than you do. You are strong and fearless yet kind and tender hearted. Thank you for teaching me to be brave and for loving me well."

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Joanna Gaines

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Joanna was making a statement on camera long before HGTV found her. "Easter outfit 1979," she captioned this cute baby pic.

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Chip Gaines

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Chip isn't ashamed by his "dad bod" now, and never was! "And for some eye candy.. How about those legs.. I mean hard wood floors!" he joked.

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Property Brothers' Drew and Jonathan Scott

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Identical twins Drew and Jonathan have a bevvy of throwback photos on social media, but this one particularly captures their competitive spirit (and sharp dressing skills). "I'm blowing out candles and [Jonathan] is impersonating a monkey," Drew wrote.

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Jonathan Scott

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Jonathan Scott/Instagram

Before he made it big as a contractor, Jonathan persued his first passion: magic! "I've always been able to put on a good show," he said of this still from one of his teenage performances.

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Drew Scott

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"Yes, those are lightly frosted tips," Drew admits on this photo from his archives. "Don't be jealous [Justin Timberlake]."

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Flip or Flop's Tarek El Moussa

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Check out the pre-teen mug on Tarek El Moussa! " Straight #thuggin since #93," he wrote of this picture day special.

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Flip or Flop's Christina El Moussa

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Christina El Moussa has herself quite the girl gang in this find from her senior year of high school in 2001.

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Rehab Addict's Nicole Curtis

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Nicole Curtis and her eldest son Ethan cozy up in this photo from the early days of Rehab Addict. "Can't believe he was this little when we started the show!" she said, adding that in the 8th season, airing now, "He's taking on one of our biggest projects this Spring."

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Erin Napier

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Not to be outdone by her husband, Erin shared this baby photo of herself posing with a teddy bear. "I still feel like that on the inside," she wrote.

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Ben Napier

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Ben posted another throwback from his high school days, donning layered T-shirts and some unmistakable overalls.

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Good Bones' Karen E. Laine and Mina Starsiak

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The mother-daughter duo behind Good Bones are already the sweetest, but this photo shared by Mina from when she was a baby amps up the cute factor. "Your energy is unmatched, your spirit wild and free, and your love and lust for life inspires us all to be more positive," she wrote of mom, Karen.

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Natalia Senanayake
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Natalia Senanayake is an Editorial Assistant, Lifestyle at PEOPLE. She covers all things travel and home, from celebrities' luxury mansions to breaking travel news. Before joining PEOPLE, she freelanced for Reclamation Magazine and taught English at a high school in Barcelona, Spain. Natalia studied Journalism and Media at Rutgers University and enjoys documenting her travels on Instagram in her free time.

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