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#TBT The Prom Edition: 22 Celebrity Prom Pics From Back in the Day

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Hey there curly queens! Now that it is May, prom season is officially in full swing! The idea of commemorating the conclusion of high school and subsequently the end of one’s teen aged years, with the formal event of Prom, has evolved into a pop culture phenomena, paralleling that of highly publicized red carpet award shows. The common attitude towards this tradition is prom is more than just the average high school dance; it is a social milestone celebrating the transition from childhood to adulthood, and is an expected rite of passage for every high school teen to experience. For many teens, prom presents them with their first opportunity to make a real formal fashion statement, followed by an amazing fun night filled with laughter, dancing, and happy memories worth cherishing forever. One is expected to bring the right date, wear the right, show stopping attire, arrive in style, essentially using the evening as an opportunity to make a final impression on peers and educators. My prom was about ten years ago, and while I can recall believing every aspect of my meticulous prom plans, from my look to my evening itinerary, was a 10+ on the scale of fabulosity at the time, looking back, it’s funny to see how my tastes have shifted as I have matured. (It was the 2000s- aka lots of sparkles, kitten heels, flat ironed/ crimped hair, and white escalade limos.)

In anticipation of Prom 2015, I thought it would be a great to dig up the prom photos of some of our favorite celebrities and public figures, to see how they celebrated this rite of passage. Check out these cultural icons, during their last moments as average high school kids, before skyrocketing to success.

Class of the 1970s

1. Angela Bassett

Now

Photo Credit: Getty Images
Source: usmagazine.com

Back in the Day

source: lipstickalley.com

2. Ellen DeGeneres

Now With wife, Portia de Rossi

Photo Credit: Getty Images
source: popsugar.com

Back in the Day

Photo Credit: Getty Images
source: people.com

3. Will Ferrell

Now

Photo Credit: Getty Images
source: examiner.com

Back in the Day

source: teamjimmyjoe.com

4. President Barack Obama

Now

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza
source: whitehouse.gov

Back in the Day

source: ranker.com, via Time Magazine and Kelly Allman-Contact Press Images

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