Celebs Who Said They Went Through Very Awkward Phases As Teens
Still cringe when you think about your junior high years? These gorgeous celebrities want you to know that everyone went through an awkward phase — even them!
Kerry Washington was always fashionable, but sometimes her style icons led her astray:
“I definitely had a Punky Brewster phase. She was a bit of a style icon for me as a little girl. I’m sure that had its awkward moments.”
Kim Kardashian remembers the struggles of developing faster than others:
“I was the first girl in my class to wear a bra. I remember crying in the bathtub. All my friends were super-skinny. I took a washcloth, made it hot, put it over my chest and prayed, ‘Please don’t let them grow any bigger. They’re embarrassing me.'”
Luckily, Kris Jenner stepped in to give her daughter some valuable advice:
“She helped me with my outlook: I have curves and that’s never going to change, so I’d better start embracing them.”
On an episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show in 2011, Justin Timberlake revealed that he “got picked on all the time” because of his bad acne and “weird hair.”
But then he learned to embrace his unique look:
“When you’re a kid I think you try so hard to fit in and when you get older you realize that fitting in isn’t really the thing that’s more interesting… I would not be here if I would have listened to the kids who told me I was a terrible singer and I was a sissy… Be different.”
Beyoncé told Essence that she was so “awkward around other kids” that she didn’t really have any real friends in school.
But the singer said that if it weren’t for that awkward phase, her fans wouldn’t have the Beyoncé they all know and love:
“I know when you grow up, when you learn a few things, you’re no longer afraid of letting go. You’re no longer afraid of the unknown. You’re no longer afraid of going to certain places in your body and your mind and your soul, that may make you feel uncomfortable.
It all starts with if you can look at yourself in the mirror and say ‘I like that person,’ you know? If I hadn’t gone through some of the painful experiences in my life, I would not be me.”
The 29-year-old actress and writer said she’s still in her awkward phase:
“The paparazzi never catch me walking into a grocery store looking tousled and delightful. It’s always me in nine prints, with my dog mid-poop.”
The Orange Is the New Black star told Allure that her awkward phase taught her to focus on her acting chops rather than her looks:
“My experience was painful, so painful. There was a period of time I had very short hair, and I had glasses, and I was very tall for my age.
[Now,] I don’t feel bound by my face or my body. I don’t feel like that’s the biggest gift I have to offer the world. I feel like there are more parts of me to offer than that.”
Actor Michael Ealy told Meredith Viera that although no one believes it when he tells them, he did go through a very awkward stage:
“When I was in junior high school and high school, I had really bad acne. I had big black heads, not just zits. That just affected my self-esteem… I couldn’t make eye contact. I’d get close and then I’d have to look away because I didn’t want the girl to see my acne. I was paralyzed by it, actually.”
That is hard to believe…
Bridesmaids star Kristen Wiig didn’t always have a comedienne’s confidence:
“There was definitely a phase when I didn’t feel so great. Oy, yeah. I was really, really scrawny and skinny, had a perm for days, Sun In, the whole deal.”
Even model Iman went through a pretty serious “ugly duckling” period.
“My whole teens were an awkward phase. Everything—I was tall, I was gangly, with a high forehead, a long, skinny neck. All the stuff that made me a supermodel.”
Did the gorgeous The Starter Wife star have an awkward phase?
“Hells yes. Oh, it was so ugly. I would have to say it was a mullet. It was a permed mullet.
I think at the time, I thought the short hair by the ear would show some cheekbone, but now I look back, and I looked like some kind of terrible poodle.
I wasn’t really introduced to a tweezer until I was about 21, so that didn’t help things either.”
Orange Is The New Black star Laverne Cox said that transitioning came with its own very awkward moments:
“Oh, yeah, many years in an awkward phase. My progression or transition. I started in a very gender-nonconforming, androgynous space. And now I look back and think, ‘Ooh, what was I thinking?’ It’s just who I was at the time.
But I don’t think of it as an awkward phase. I just think of it as always evolving and transitioning and getting better at this.”
Bravo’s Andy Cohen said that his awkward phases had a lot to do with his hair:
“I had an awkward phase during junior high, and in high school I had bad glasses. And then in senior year, I was like, ‘Oh, wait a minute. I might be cute.’
But then I grew my hair out, and I had a ponytail. I had a ponytail for the early ’90s, and I thought it was really hot, and it was so bad. And then I finally got it cut in ’94, and then I started to get a little better. But it took a long time.”
Amber Rose had her own “it gets better” moment with her Instagram followers when she posted this adorkable throwback photo with an inspiring message.
Rashida Jones’s adorable throwback Twitter moment is what everyone’s awkward middle school years looked like.