- Over the years, celebrities have shared photos of their high school prom looks.
- Stars who attended school in the ’80s and ’90s had puffy dresses, big hair, and ruffles.
- Younger stars who went to prom in the 2000s, like Ariel Winter and Bella Thorne, rocked more modern looks.
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For many teenagers, prom is a rite of passage. It’s a night filled with corsages and boutonnieres, dresses and tuxedos, and plenty of photo-worthy moments.
Even though some of your favourite stars attended their high school prom long before the age of Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat, they have shared throwback photos that give an idea of what the event looked like when they were teens.
Models Gigi Hadid and Bella Hadid went to prom together and had a blast.
Gigi and Bella are two of the most famous models. But back in 2013, they attended prom like other people their age. Based on the collage Gigi shared online, it’s safe to say they enjoyed the event.
Ellen DeGeneres shared the ultimate throwback from her high school prom.
Long before DeGeneres had her own talk show and won plenty of awards, she attended her high school prom in the ’70s.
In a photo shared on Instagram, the comedian clarified that the person wearing a plaid dress with a white collar is in fact her.
Demi Lovato fulfilled a childhood promise that she made.
As Demi Lovato rose to fame with her roles on Disney Channel shows and movies, she carved out time to attend prom with a childhood friend.
“A promise made in kindergarten finally coming true … Prom with @nolannard!!! :)” Lovato wrote on Twitter.
“Avengers” star Jeremy Renner rocked a mullet and white tuxedo.
Renner wore pale pink accessories to match his date, and he didn’t seem too pleased about it.
“Well glad this tux was a rental. Why did my get up have to match her dress again?” Renner wrote on Twitter.
Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber’s son, Presley Gerber, shared a pre-prom photo with a dog (who we’re assuming wasn’t his date).
In 2016, the model headed to prom with appropriate footgear.
“When your parents (and your dog!) make you change your socks for #Prom,” Crawford wrote on Twitter.
“Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon shared his prom fail on Twitter.
Many dates like to coordinate their prom appearances so they match, but Fallon and his date missed the memo.
“My date didn’t tell me she was getting a tan and high heels for the prom. Standing next to her I looked so pale and so small. #PromFail,” Fallon joked.
Harley Quinn Smith and Lily-Rose Depp attended prom together.
In 2016, the two friends and costars went to prom, and according to Kevin Smith, they were on their best behaviour.
“@harleyquinnnn_ & @lilyrose_depp had dates of course but (ever on guard for thee) they were there strictly to chew bubble gum and squish Bratzis! And from all reports, they were all out of bubble gum …” Smith wrote on Instagram.
Singer Gwen Stefani modelled her prom dress after an iconic one worn by Grace Kelly.
In an Instagram post, Stefani showed off her old prom outfit, which was handmade by Stefani and her mother.
Stefani said that her off-shoulder dress was inspired by one worn by Kelly in the 1954 movie “Rear Window.”
Paris Jackson proved that she’s a truly dedicated prom date by dying her hair to match her friend’s dress colour.
When Jackson attended prom, she went all out to make sure she colour-coordinated with her date. From her teal hair to matching tie, Jackson nailed her look.
“Only true friends dye their hair to match their gal’s prom gown,” she captioned the photo.
“Boy Meets World” star Danielle Fishel and NSYNC member Lance Bass went to prom together.
“Gotta love my platinum hair and oversized tux,” Bass said of the photo he shared on Twitter.
Even though Fishel and Bass were all smiles in their pre-prom photo, Bass revealed that they didn’t enjoy the event because the girls who attended were “jealous and catty.”
“It was terrible,” Bass told Cosmopolitan in 2013. “We only stayed for 20 minutes.”
Elle Fanning couldn’t attend her high school prom, so her friend brought the party to her.
In 2016, Fanning couldn’t attend her prom because she was in France attending the Cannes Film Festival. Luckily, her friend flew to Europe to give her the prom experience with classic photos and a corsage to match her gown.
“Reliving my Senior Prom! Thank you, @basquitwat for flying out since I could not be home and making our prom night one to remember forever! #ProminCannes #PromontheRedCarpet,” she wrote on Instagram.
TV imitated real life for “Full House” stars Candace Cameron Bure and Scott Weinger.
“Full House” fans remember when Steve surprised DJ and took her to her senior prom – but the costars actually went to their real-life prom together as well (and the photo shared by Bure is too sweet).
Before briefly attending UCLA, Ariel Winter attended her senior prom.
Winter wore a lacy, black and white mermaid dress to the event.
She also shared photos with then-boyfriend Laurent Claude Gaudette as well as her father.
RuPaul was a trendsetter at his 1983 prom.
In 2012, the “RuPaul’s Drag Race” star shared a photo from his prom, and it proved that he’s always been determined to express his unique style.
Jaden Smith accompanied “Hunger Games” star Amandla Stenberg to her prom.
“It’s just really cool to me that I get to think about what I’m going to do in the future more,” Stenberg told Teen Vogue in July 2015, as she started her senior year. “I want to continue acting for sure, but I also want to direct eventually, so I’m thinking about going to film school.
“Real Housewives of New York” star Bethenny Frankel had the perfect ’80s look.
The reality TV star shared a throwback photo on Instagram from her 1984 prom and her ensemble was perfect for the decade.
“In honour of prom season, here’s my #promtbt – who else rocked the ’80s puff-sleeved prom dress look?!” Frankel wrote.
Bella Thorne wore a blue dress when she went to her first prom.
Fifth Harmony’s Dinah Jane stunned in a bright red, ruffled gown.
At her 2015 prom, Jane wore a Madeline Gardner dress – and many fans said that she looked like Beyoncé. Even though her whole look flawlessly came together, Jane said that she almost had a dress crisis.
“I was just, like, stressing out about it I was, like, ‘What do I do? What do I wear? I don’t have anything to wear,’ and he [Bobby Wesley, Fifth Harmony’s stylist] just said, ‘I probably have something,'” she told MTV. “It was such a beautiful dress and right when I tried it on, my mum and all my friends, like the [5H] girls, they were like, ‘Dinah, that is the one. You have to wear that one.'”
John Krasinski looked dapper at his prom in a printed tie.
Krasinski attended Newton South High School in the ’90s. In 2020, the “Office” star shared a throwback photo of himself in his prom attire and said that he’d be hosting a virtual prom for people who missed out on their experience due to the coronavirus pandemic.