The stunning actress was already famous at the time of this photo. Natalie Portman began her film career at the ripe old age of 12, and though fame infiltrated her early life, Natalie was still able to enjoy the simpler things like going to prom.
We don’t know who her date was, but we’re sure he had a hard time comparing to some of the heartthrobs that Portman was paired with on-screen. She chose a sparkly, strapless blue dress, and the look was sealed with a sheer shawl and glittery silver bag. Natalie looked happy to just be a normal girl for a night!
Before she was a member of Destiny's Child and later an iconic solo artist, Beyoncé was simply the daughter of a small-town preacher from Texas. She went to the event with her longtime boyfriend (who, apparently, later made a horrible mistake and cheated on her). Beyoncé rocked a halter-neck dress with cut-outs and a funky colorful pattern.
Her hair, makeup, and jewelry are also flawless, as you would expect. But Beyoncé, who clearly would even look beautiful in a potato sack, looked like she was enjoying this night. Little did she know the bright future ahead of her, and we’re pretty sure her date is counting his losses now.
Sure, she and her husband Ryan Reynolds often look like deities on screen. But, like everyone else, she's had her awkward moments too. And this photo proves that Blake Lively, who's often on everyone's list of best-dressed, is a human being and was once as awkward as you. Still, we can't blame her, given the time period, she undoubtedly looked super trendy.
The pink sequins of her dress and that tiara tell us this happened in the early 2000s. Also, those side bangs! In any case, the smile on Blake's face tells us she had a blast at her prom. And ultimately, that's all that matters!
Here, Jen doesn’t look anything like the Hollywood megastar that she is today. But she still looked ready to have a great time at prom with her brown updo, timeless black dress, and simple, elegant jewelry. It's fun to think that here, she was a regular teenager (though, we're sure she was extremely popular), and in a few years' time, she would become one of the most recognizable faces in Hollywood.
And her date (who quite frankly has strong Ross Geller vibes) kept it traditional with a tux and bow tie. We can't help but wonder where Jennifer's prom date is today and if he ever thought that his prom date would eventually become one of Hollywood's biggest sweethearts.
About this blast from the past, Jimmy Fallon said, “My date didn’t tell me she was getting tan and high heels for the prom. Standing next to her, I looked so pale and so small.” We hate to agree, but he does, in fact, look a little underwhelming compared to his lovely date.
It’s always a good idea to coordinate with your prom date, but this planning mishap surely made for an unforgettable photo! At the very least, his boutonniere matches his date's corsage, so they've got that going for them. Poor Jimmy, though he's grown into himself quite a bit since then.