For all those going through an awkward phase, 'never give up hope'

By Colleen Kratofil
Updated April 15, 2016 03:52 PM

It’s hard to believe Victoria’s Secret models ever had to endure any awkward middle school phase like us mortal humans. Surely they bypassed all bad haircuts, painful headgear and embarrassing outfits and just reached adulthood ready for their “wings,” right? Victoria’s Secret Angel Sara Sampaio just posted an amazing throwback pic to prove our theory wrong — and to reassure all girls having growing pains that this, too, shall pass.

Sara Sampaio throwback funny photo
Source: Sara Sampaio/Instagram; Getty

For #ThrowbackThursday the 24-year-old lingerie model (and body-positive activist) shared a collage of herself in what has to be her early-2000s heyday (note bandana shirt, tinted frames and temporary tattoo) with the caption, “You guys are very welcome!”

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While we can all relate to a pre-braces smile and life before hair products, we also can’t help but note all the signs that she was destined to be a supermodel. Just look at that pose — hips popped, head tilted. She had that smize down long before gracing the pages of Sports Illustrated in a swimsuit.

Even her “cheesing hard” pose still comes in handy today.

And she may have upgraded the frames, but her sunglass-wearing shade game is still strong.

Thoughts on Sampaio’s throwback pic? Share them in the comments below.

— Colleen Kratofil