32 pictures of celebrities as teenagers you need to see, from Reese Witherspoon to Kate Moss

These pictures of celebrities as teenagers show just how much the stars - from Kim Kardashian to Beyoncé - have transformed...

Pictures of celebrities as teenagers
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While they may often seem like they're from another planet, the best pictures of celebrities as teenagers are proof that they are actually just like the rest of us. Indeed, while they may have natural good looks and plenty of talent, the rich and famous also once had to endure the awkwardness of youth.

On our trip down memory lane, you'll see the fresh-faced stars you know so well before they stepped into the spotlight or just as they were finding career success. From a 15-year-old Kim Kardashian looking uncomfortable at a showbiz party to Gwyneth Paltrow on the red carpet as her then-better-known mother's plus one, you'll be amazed at the transformation.

What's more, there are some stars - from Pamela Anderson and Bella Hadid to Demi Moore and Naomi Campbell - who you will hardly even recognise. We're particularly loving the throwback fashion...

The best pictures of celebrities as teenagers

1. Kate Moss

Kate Moss during Kate Moss Calvin Klein Boutique Personal Appearance at Saks Fifth Avenue Store in Beverly Hills, California, United States in 1995

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Kate Moss was scouted at JFK International Airport at the age of just 14 and started modelling professionally two years later aged 16 - when her star quickly soared. She appeared at the Beverly Hills outpost of Calvin Klein - a brand she famously appeared in campaigns for - at the age of 19 in 1995. 

2. Gwyneth Paltrow

Blythe Danner and daughter actress Gwyneth Paltrow attend "The Prince of Tides" Century City Premiere on December 11, 1991 at Cineplex Odeon Century Plaza Cinemas in Century City, California

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As the daughter of actors Bruce Paltrow and Blythe Danner, it was in some ways obvious that Gwyneth Paltrow would become a Hollywood star in her own right. The actress was pictured at a Los Angeles premiere - for her mother's film The Prince Of Tides - aged 19 in 1991.

3. Olivia Wilde

Olivia Wild attends the Lysistrata Project a worldwide theatre event for peace including 739 readings of Lysistrata in 42 countries on March 3, 2003 in Venice, California

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Olivia Wilde made her TV debut as a teenager in 2003 in the series Skin - and the following years went on to appear in the show The O.C. and film The Girl Next Door. The actress was pictured, aged 19, attending a theatre event in Los Angeles.

4. Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift during 41st Annual Academy of Country Music Awards - Arrivals at MGM Grand Theater in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States in 2006

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From the age of 12 years old, Taylor Swift was writing her own songs and learning to play the guitar. The singer was 15 when signed her first record deal and attended the Country Music Awards in Los Angeles aged 17 in 2006.

5. Zendaya

Zendaya arrives at the Premiere Of Touchstone Pictures' "Gnomeo And Juliet" held at the El Capitan Theatre on January 23, 2011 in Hollywood, California

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Zendaya found fame as a Disney Channel star at the age of just 14 and became the youngest person to compete in Dancing With The Stars aged 16. The actress was pictured, aged 15, at a premiere in Los Angeles in 2011.

6. Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian in 1995

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With her dad Robert Kardashian's involvement in the OJ Simpson trial and then-step-dad Bruce Jenner a celebrated Olympian, Kim Kardashian was in the spotlight from a young age. She was pictured looking a little uncomfortable at an event in 1995 - aged 15 - but seemed to embrace fame as friend Paris Hilton's assistant a few years later.

7. Jennifer Aniston

Jennifer Aniston's 1987 yearbook picture from LaGuardia High School of Music and the Arts

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Jennifer Aniston is immediately recognisable in her 1987 yearbook picture from LaGuardia High School of Music and the Arts, taken when she was 18. Her father was an actor, appearing in the soap Days Of Our Lives, and she had started performing on stage while at school.

8. Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie poses for a portrait in 1991 in Los Angeles, California

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It was perhaps unsurprising that Angelina Jolie - the daughter of actors Jon Voight and Marcheline Bertrand - would go on to find success in Hollywood. She began acting professionally from the age of 16, and sat for a portrait that same year in 1991.

9. Drew Barrymore

Drew Barrymore in 1992

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Drew Barrymore famously came to public attention as a child star in Steven Spielberg's 1982 film E.T. By the time she had reached her teens, the actress - who posed for a series of portraits in 1992 aged 17 - was a household name.

10. Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonardo Dicaprio At 17 When He Appeared In The 1991-92 Season Of "Growing Pains" As Luke, A Homeless Boy Who Moves In With The Seaver Family

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While his breakout role would be in Baz Luhrmann's film Romeo and Juliet in 1996, Leonardo DiCaprio already had screen credits under his name as a teen. He starred, aged 17, in the 1991 to 1992 season of show Growing Pains.

11. Emma Watson

Emma Watson arrives at the "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" premiere at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on July 8, 2007 in Hollywood, California

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Emma Watson was just ten when she began shooting the first Harry Potter franchise, and spent much of her teens on film sets and red carpets. She was just 17 at the Los Angeles premiere of the Order of the Phoenix instalment in 2007.

12. Pamela Anderson

Pamela Anderson (Back Row Far Left), Age 16, Poses For Her 1984 High School Yearbook Photo In Canada

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While Pamela Anderson would become known as a blonde bombshell in Baywatch and on the cover of Playboy, she was a short-haired brunette growing up. The star was pictured looking almost unrecognisable, aged 16, in her 1984 yearbook picture from her high school in Canada.

13. Blake Lively

Blake Lively at the Nickelodeon's 18th Annual Kids Choice Awards in 2005

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Blake Lively was catapulted to fame with the series Gossip Girl, which began in 2007. However, the actress already had several films under her belt by the time she was pictured at Nickelodeon's 18th Annual Kids Choice Awards in 2005 aged 18. 

14. Demi Moore

Demi Moore in GENERAL HOSPITAL in 1981

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Demi Moore was just 19 years old when she first broke into acting. The actress starred in the teen drama Choices and was cast in the soap opera General Hospital in 1981 - the same year she had her portrait taken.

15. Paris Hilton

Paris Hilton, 19, a year older than screen legend Elizabeth Taylor when Elizabeth married Paris'' grandfather, Conrad "Nicky" Hilton Jr, poses in Las Vegas, September 1999

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While still a teen, Paris Hilton was already making a name for herself as a hotel heiress on the Hollywood party scene. The future reality TV star was pictured, aged 19, at an event in Las Vegas in 1999.

16. Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence at the 15th Annual Movieguide Faith and Values Awards in 2007

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Jennifer Lawrence was still looking for her big break when she attended the Movieguide Faith and Values Awards, aged 17, in 2007. The actress would go on to make her film debut in Garden Party just a year later.

17. Britney Spears

Britney Spears at the 1999 Teen Choice Awards in Los Angeles. at the 1999 Teen Choice Awards at in Los Angeles, California

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When her debut single 'Baby One More Time' soared to number one in 1999, Britney Spears was just 17 years old. The singer was photographed that same year at the Teen Choice Awards in Los Angeles.

18. Brooke Shields

ANIMALS ARE THE FUNNIEST PEOPLE -- Air Date 11/24/1983 -- Pictured: Actress Brooke Shields in 1983

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Brooke Shields started modelling at 11 months old before gaining widespread attention aged 12 for her leading role in the controversial film Pretty Baby. By her teens, she was a household name - and was pictured aged 18 in 1983.

19. Zac Efron

Zac Efron - Breakfast with the Cast and Crew of "High School Musical" - December 16, 2005

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The world was properly introduced to Zac Efron as a teenage heartthrob in the High School Musical franchise. The actor, who already had some TV credits under his belt, was pictured - aged 18 - at an event in 2005, a year before the first film came out.

20. Beyoncé

Beyonce Knowles performing on stage in 1998

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Beyoncé Knowles famously first began her singing career as a member of the girl group Destiny's Child, and was part of the band from 1990 until 2006. She was seen performing on stage with the group in 1998 at the age of just 17.  

21. Bella Hadid

Bella Hadid attends the David Foster Foundation Benefit Concert at Allstream Centre on December 5, 2013 in Toronto, Canada

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We were first introduced to model Bella Hadid when her mum Yolanda Foster starred on the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills in 2012. A year later, aged 17, she was pictured attending her step-dad's David Foster Foundation Benefit Concert in Toronto.

22. Scarlet Johansson

Scarlett Johansson arrives for the screening of the film "Ghost World" at the 36th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival July 13, 2001 in Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic

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Scarlet Johansson's breakthrough role was in Lost In Translation in 2003. However, before that, the budding actress was pictured - aged 17- at a screening of the film Ghost World in the Czech Republic in 2001.

23. Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus arrives at the UK film premiere of 'Hannah Montana: The Movie' held at the Odeon, Leicester Square on April 23, 2009 in London, England

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The world was introduced to Miley Cyrus - the daughter of country singer Billy Ray Cyrus - aged 13 when she was cast in the Disney Channel series Hannah Montana. She was pictured on the red carpet of Hannah Montana: The Movie in London in 2009 at the age of 17.

24. Katy Perry

Katy Perry at LA Fashion Week in 2003

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Katy Perry released her iconic first single 'I Kissed A Girl' in 2008. However, the then-budding singer was pictured at LA Fashion Week in 2003 when she would have been 19 years old.

25. Naomi Campbell

Naomi Campbell wears a look from the Calvin by Calvin Klein Spring 1988 Sportswear collection, in New York City

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It was at the age of just 15 years old that Naomi Campbell was scouted in London. She went on to become one of the most celebrated models of the 1980s and was pictured in a Calvin Klein campaign aged 18 in 1988.

26. Cheryl Cole

Cheryl Tweedy of girl group "Girls Aloud" poses for photos after winning "Popstars - The Rivals" on November 30, 2002 in London

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Cheryl Cole was just 19 when she soared to fame on TV talent show Popstars: The Rivals in 2002. The singer won the series as part of the band Girls Aloud, who would go on to experience huge pop success.

27. Priscilla Presley

Sixteen year old Priscilla Beaulieu sits before a portrait of a uniformed Elvis Presley as she writes the singer and film star a letter. Beaulieu, the daughter of an Air Force Captain, had dated Presley during the six weeks prior to his departure from Germany for his discharge from the United States Army on March 3, 1960. Wiesbaden, Germany

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At just 16 years old in 1960, Priscilla Presley had already come to widespread attention for her blossoming romance with Elvis Presley - and was pictured while he was away fighting in the army. The couple, who had a ten-year age gap, eventually married in 1967.

28. Reese Witherspoon

Reese Witherspoon in 1993

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Reese Witherspoon was pictured at an event aged 17 in 1993. The actress made her screen debut as a teen in the 1991 film The Man In The Moon; however, her breakthrough wouldn't come until 1999's Cruel Intentions.

29. Helena Bonham-Carter

Helena Bonham Carter, 11th April 1986

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If there is one celebrity who has hardly changed over the decades, it's Helena Bonham-Carter. The actress, who made her acting debut in a TV commercial aged 16, posed for a portrait as a teen in 1986 - the year of her first lead role in the film Lady Jane.

30. Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are launching a pocket planner designed specifically for girls, November 2000

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Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are two of the most famous child stars of all time. By their teens, the actresses were household names, and they were pictured promoting a new pocket planner in 2000 at the age of 15.

31. Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor, the 17-year-old star of MGM studio who skyrocketed to film fame as a child star in such animal epics as National Velvet and Lassie series, is quite a collector of pets herself in 1940

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Elizabeth Taylor found fame as a child star in the films National Velvet and Lassie. The actress was pictured, aged 17, while bathing her dog Amy shortly after starring in the 1949 film Little Women.

32. Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez attends A Time for Heroes Celebrity Carnival Sponsored by Disney, benefiting the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, held at Wadsworth Theatre on June 7, 2009 in Los Angeles, California

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The world was first introduced to Selena Gomez as a teen star in the Disney Channel sitcom Wizards of Waverly Place. The actress and singer was pictured at a charity event in Los Angeles, aged 17, in 2009.

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