The world of glitz and glam has always been something that intrigued us. We just can't seem to ever get enough of our favorite celebrities, and we want to know as much about them as we possibly can. But one thing we often don't think about is that those stars who walk the red carpets, party on yachts, and earn millions of dollars used to be just normal, regular kids. Yes, some of them may have gotten famous at an early age, but even those usually had a couple of fame-free years at first.
So today we decided to take a look at some of our current favorite celebrities and take a trip down memory lane with them. Yes, today we are going to look at old celebrity pics from days when they were not famous. From successful rappers like Cardi B and Drake... over to iconic movie stars like Anne Hathaway and Ryan Reynolds... to stunning models like Kendal Jenner and Gigi Hadid — we've got them all!
Alright, now here they are: 25 of today's biggest celebrities as kids. Be ready for loads of "awwws" and a few genuine bursts of laughter (we may or may not be talking about George Clooney)!
Let's kick the list off with everyone's favorite reality TV star, Kim Kardashian! In the photo above you can see young Kim all excited to play soccer, and fast forward to now: The 38-year-old mother of three admitted she loves being a soccer mom. According to Elle, Kim loves taking her eldest daughter, North, to soccer practice and cheering her on. And anyone who follows her on social media has surely seen some proud momma pics of little North kicking it like Beckham, as well!
We all pretty much saw Kendall and Kylie Jenner grow up on the cult reality TV series Keeping Up With The Kardashians, but now that the two are fully grown — Kendall is 23 and Kylie is 21 — we thought it would be nice to look at a throwback photo of the two from a red carpet event. Both of them have always been such cuties, and we never had any doubt they'd grow into some of the most influential young celebrities of the day!
Alright, while we're talking about the Kardashian/Jenner clan, let's also give a shoutout to rapper and fashion designer Kanye West. Like him or lump him, nobody can deny that he was one adorable kid! The now-41-year-old who grew up in Chicago clearly also always had a great eye for fashion because his look for school picture day absolutely is spot on! It's sophisticated, clean and quite ~jeezy~ if we may say so. Who would have thought that this cutie pie would become one of the biggest and most controversial rappers of our time?
Speaking of school yearbook pics, singer Rihanna is looking totally cute in this one, with her high updo and bow. According to an interview she gave for The Guardian, Rihanna said that growing up in Barbados, she did not always love school. She went further on to say, "It can feel like a grind, especially when you’d rather be singing, playing sports or doing pretty much anything other than homework. I realize now that I often took it for granted that I was even able to go to school." Yes, Rihanna is one relatable and smart lady we all admire!
This list would not be about the currently biggest celebs without singer Justin Bieber. While he may not have released any new hits recently, the 24-year-old is definitely still a staple in the world of glitz and glam and has recently been the talk of media because of his marriage to model Hailey Baldwin (now Bieber). In the pic above you can see him right before his big breakthrough with "One Time." Yes, he did bleach his hair, and considering he did it a couple more times after this, he must be loving the look!
Alright, one thing many of you who are not swifties might not know is that Taylor modeled at a young age. Yes, the Daily Mail wrote a piece about celebrity portrait photographer Andrew Orth taking photos of Taylor at the young age of six. You're wondering how this happened? Well, Taylor was lucky enough to live next door to Andrew, so he decided to take some cute photos of the girl next door. Or should we say he was the lucky one, having had the chance to take pics of one of the most famous pop/country stars ever?
Ryan Reynolds became one of the most lovable male actors in Hollywood, mainly due to the fact that he has an impeccable sense of humor, and frankly, we are totally obsessed with this pic of him as a child on a fishing trip. Just look at little Ryan being super proud of what he caught, as he should be. You can tell that he was always a hard-worker, and if he wanted something, he'd get it done. That is the only mentality that can make anyone reach their goals.
Another celebrity that we have all seen grow up in front of the camera is Miley Cyrus. The singer and actress was fourteen when she had her debut as Disney Channel's Hannah Montana, and we've been following her success ever since. In the pic above we can see her pre Hannah Montana, as an adorable cheerleader. It's quite obvious that with a smile like that, plus her amazing singing skills, Disney had to choose her for the role of Hannah.
Okay, now let's move on to style queen Lady Gaga. The singer and newly-found actress is known for her iconic and sometimes rather odd outfits, and as you can tell from the pic above, she always had a thing for expressing herself through fashion. Little Stefani Germanotta probably had no clue at that time how big she would eventually become, and what an impact on the industry she'd have. In the photo, she's just a little girl with some very big dreams.
Next on our list is Academy Award winner Leonardo DiCaprio. Judging from the photo, the 44-year-old star still looks very much like he did back in the days, and even without telling you this was him, you'd probably be able to guess it yourself. Leo, who grew up in Los Angeles, California, clearly had two very loving parents. According to Popsugar, Leo says his parents were "bohemians in every sense of the word," and we can definitely see that from this pic!
Look at actress Emma Stone giving us such theater-kid vibes! The Academy Award-winning actress was only hoping she'd had a real chance at acting back then, and look at her now! Plenty of critically acclaimed movies, plenty of awards, and more importantly, lots of fans who love her not only for her acting skills but also for her bubbly personality. And this is how it all started — with over-the-top outfits and theater plays. Emma is living proof that hard work does make one's dreams come true.
Oh my God, look at Chris Pratt as a kid — dressed up as an Easter bunny! How adorable is he? Just when we thought we wouldn't be able to like the actor anymore, we come across this photo of him as a bunny. The star posted the photo on his social media, and captioned the image, "Here a young Chris Pratt poses on the red carpet wearing designer bunny ears and blue vest by Goodwill of America." Honestly, Chris, please never change!
Queen B is definitely still running the world, and judging from the pic above, she always has. Young Beyonce is getting her hair done, and she looks just as flawless as we know her nowadays. The 37-year-old singer posted the photo above on her social media, along with a photo of her daughter Blue Ivy, and the resemblance was uncanny. The two look pretty much exactly alike, which makes us wonder if little Blue will be just as good of a singer as her famous mom!
Now let's have a look at siblings and Hollywood stars James and Dave Franco. The two have slowly but surely become staples in the film industry, and both have been starring in amazing and successful films. In the photo above, however, they are just being good ol' regular teens. And what did teens in the '90s do a lot? Yes, they played video games all day and all night. Guess celebrities growing up really weren't that much different from us, right?
According to Billboard, 25-year-old singer Ariana Grande recently became the first artist since The Beatles to hold the top three spots on Billboard's popularity charts. Yup, and that also means Ari became the first solo artist to ever achieve that. But little Ariana already knew she was going to be a gift to this world at a very young age, which is why we can see her put gift bows on herself in the pic above. How adorable is she?
Cardi B was one of this year's most successful and talked about celebs. The 26-year-old shared this pic of herself striking a pose as a child, and honestly, we can tell that she was ready for big things. According to Harpers Bazaar, the rapper grew up surrounded by multicultural influences in Highbridge, South Bronx with parents from Trinidad and the Dominican Republic. We bet growing up like that very much influenced her artistic style, and we can't wait to see what she has prepared for us this year!
Okay, this is definitely the funniest photo on our list, and we probably don't even need to tell you why, but just in case you're not seeing it, let's talk about it for a second: George Clooney's haircut. We get it, the '70s were a strange decade hair-wise, but honestly, this photo has us in tears. Mainly because who would have thought that from a geeky teen like this one of the hottest and most desired actors of our times would emerge. The universe is an odd place sometimes!
Hollywood actress Anne Hathaway looked absolutely adorable for her fifth birthday party, and we can definitely say that, just like fellow actor Leonardo DiCaprio, we'd immediately recognize her. The actress has an impressive list of successes behind her, with snatching awards such as the Academy Award, a Golden Globe, a U.K. Academy Film Award, and a Primetime Emmy Award, but in the photo above, she's just a regular five-year-old who is absolutely ready for munching on her delicious birthday cake!
Singer Adele clearly always knew she wanted to be a musician. Yes, that's her in the photo above, playing with a guitar toy probably thinking of some of her first lyrics. Nowadays, the 30-year-old is raising her son Angelo, who we must add, looks quite a bit like his mother as a child. Seriously, if you don't believe us, look him up. But anyways, Adele is another celebrity on our list who definitely knew early on what she wanted to do with her life!
Here's an adorable 2-in-1 pic: a young Ryan Gosling and a young Justin Timberlake. According to The Sun, these two celebs used to be together in the Mickey Mouse Club with fellow celebs Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera! Ryan joined at the age of 13, and Justin was 12 when he first became a member. Both of the stars have been a part of the Mickey Mouse Club all throughout 1993 and 1994, which means there's tons of footage of young Ryan and Justin at this age!
Look at young J-Law behind the steering wheel. Yes, we all agree, she has not changed much since her teen years, except for the fact that she is now an Academy Award winner and one of the most successful young actresses of our time. One thing that surely contributed to her fame is the fact that Jennifer has always been totally relatable, from cracking funny jokes to tripping on red carpets, J-Law won our hearts over a long time ago!
Can we all just take a moment and agree that Angelina Jolie nowadays looks pretty much exactly like her beautiful mother Marcheline Bertrand when she had Angie? And one thing is clear, Angelina always had those perfect pouty lips, even as a baby. According to InStyle Magazine, Angelina's mom heavily influences the way Angelina is raising her kids, even though Marcheline passed away in 2007. In the interview, Angelina says how she frequently thinks of her mom and asks herself what Marcheline would do or how she would guide her.
Gigi and Bella Hadid have become two of the biggest models in the industry these past couple of years, and the sisters are undeniably stunning. The photo above is from 1996 when little Bella was born, and sister Gigi was clearly thrilled to not be an only child anymore. Also, can we just take a moment to admire little Gigi's pigtails? Such an adorable classic '90s kid look. Who would have thought that these two would rule the catwalks worldwide?
And last on our list is everyone's favorite boy from Canada (sorry Justin), the one and only Drake! Here he is on the ice field, playing hockey because what else do you do in Canada, eh? Jokes aside, Drake is definitely one of the biggest rap stars currently, but in the pic above he's just a little boy with some very big dreams. There you have it, it's kind of inspiring to see all these celebrities when they were just regular little kids who hoped to one day pursue their passions!
How adorable did singer Camila Cabello look as a child! You can totally tell from the pic that even back then she was one fierce and sassy little lady, and that has not changed. Camila, who spent her early years between Havana and Mexico City, relocated to Miami, Florida, with her family when she was five. As a teen, she auditioned at X-Factor, and well... the rest is history! We can't wait to see what else this young pop diva has in store for us!