Recoup a Bit of That Prom Season Magic With These Throwbacks of Stars at the Big Dance

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If the world of pop culture and everyone who loves and follows it (that'd be you, E! News reader) were a high school, celebrities would undoubtedly be the cool kids.

Just think how breathlessly we consume the minutiae of their daily lives. We cheer for the class couples (hi, Chrissy Teigen and John Legend!), speculate over who is most likely to succeed (at the Oscars, on the Met Gala red carpet, throughout television's fall schedule) and campaign for who we'd like to see as president. (So, Oprah Winfrey, that's a firm no?) 

And we're forever declaring someone queen. See: Zendaya, Ariana Grande, and, as always, Beyoncé

So no shock here that in real life, future celebs were already being crowned in high school with everyone from Meryl Streep to Halle Berry honored by their classmates from New Jersey and Ohio. (Also, Will Ferrell just straight up snagged his date's tiara, which we're absolutely here for.) 

And while pretty much no high schooler is able to go to prom this year, unless it's the virtual kind or a backyard date put together by the sweetest babysitting charge you ever did see and there are many heavy, entirely imperative conversations happening, we can all still enjoy a bit of levity with these throwbacks of your favorite stars at the big dance. Because while some promgoers were every bit as impossibly chic as you'd imagine (though, to be fair, Yara Shahidi was a high school senior in Ungaro all of three years ago) others fell victim to the same trends we all tried. (Remember two-piece formalwear?) 

Also, if you need more convincing, we'll leave you with two words: '80s hair. 

John Stamos, Prom

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Taraji P. Henson, Allure, Prom Pic, Before and After

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Lance Bass, Danielle Fishel

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Jaden Smith, Amandla Stenberg, Instagram

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Formal Dance Gallery, Britney Spears, James Spears

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Formal Dance Gallery, George Clooney

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Formal Dance Gallery, Reese Witherspoon

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Formal Dance Gallery, Carrie Underwood

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Jaden Smith, Prom, Batman

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Formal Dance Gallery, Dianna Agron

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Formal Dance Gallery, Amanda Seyfried

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Formal Dance Gallery, Elizabeth Banks

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Formal Dance Gallery, Fergie

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Formal Dance Gallery, Paul Rudd

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Formal Dance Gallery, Sandra Bullock

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The Oscar-winning actress looks elated as she dances with her senior year homecoming date. 

Formal Dance Gallery, Renee Zellweger

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Formal Dance Gallery, Halle Berry

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Formal Dance Gallery, Kellie Pickler

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Formal Dance Gallery, Kim Kardashian

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Formal Dance Gallery, Kristin Chenoweth

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Formal Dance Gallery, Lance Bass

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Formal Dance Gallery, Lindsay Lohan

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Formal Dance Gallery, Brooklyn Decker

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Formal Dance Gallery, Ryan Seacrest

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Formal Dance Gallery, Snooki

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Formal Dance Gallery, Debra Messing

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Formal Dance Gallery, Lizzy Caplan

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Formal Dance Gallery, Faith Hill

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Formal Dance Gallery, Meryl Streep

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Formal Dance Gallery, Montel Williams

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The talk-show host shows off some serious swag on his senior prom night. 

Formal Dance Gallery, Meg Ryan

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Formal Dance Gallery, Will Ferrell

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Formal Dance Gallery, Randy Jackson

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Before his days as a judge on American Idol, the singer was busy showing off his best tough guy ‘tude in his senior prom pic. 

Formal Dance Gallery, Stacy Keibler

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Formal Dance Gallery, Magic Johnson

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