8 Celebrities Who Went Through a Seriously Awkward Phase

12/30/2013 at 10:00 AM EST

Photos of Hilary Duff and more celebrities when they were young and awkward
Joe Manganiello
Courtesy Awkward Family Photos; Astrid Stawiarz/Getty
Joe Manganiello had an awkward phase. We have the photo proof.

Many "flawless" celebrities soldiered through an adolescence marked by lanky frames, unruly hair, rebellious teeth and questionable style choices. Just like us.

Awkward Family Photos helped unearth these stars' endearingly dorky pasts.

The results are not only hilarious, but an ideal reminder that, as the new year starts, we are all capable of impressive transformations. (Looking for more awkward fun? Buy AFP's book here.)

1. Hilary Duff

8 Celebrities Who Went Through a Seriously Awkward Phase| Hilary Duff, Joe Manganiello, Kristen Stewart, Simon Cowell

Hilary Duff

Courtesy Awkward Family Photos; Justin Campbell / Startraks

Glamour shots: Heavy on the hairspray ... a little hit and miss on the glamour.

2. Matthew Lewis

8 Celebrities Who Went Through a Seriously Awkward Phase| Hilary Duff, Joe Manganiello, Kristen Stewart, Simon Cowell

Matthew Lewis

Warner Bros.; Leon Nealleon Neal / AFP / Getty

Abraca-dapper! The actor who played Neville in the Harry Potter movies is a true wizard at growing into his looks.

3. Adrian Grenier

8 Celebrities Who Went Through a Seriously Awkward Phase| Hilary Duff, Joe Manganiello, Kristen Stewart, Simon Cowell, Actor Class

Adrian Grenier

Courtesy Awkward Family Photos; Splash News Online

Grenier's middle school entourage evidently cared about two things: deep conditioner and dressing like cater waiters.

4. Chelsea Handler

8 Celebrities Who Went Through a Seriously Awkward Phase| Hilary Duff, Joe Manganiello, Kristen Stewart, Simon Cowell, Actor Class

Chelsea Handler

Courtesy Chelsea Handler; Jason Merritt / Getty

Leave the accessories, keep the attitude.

5. Simon Cowell

8 Celebrities Who Went Through a Seriously Awkward Phase| Hilary Duff, Joe Manganiello, Kristen Stewart, Simon Cowell

Simon Cowell

Courtesy Awkward Family Photos; Jordan Strauss / Invision / AP

"Mechanic" Cowell's greatest achievement? Fixing that facial hair.

6. Kristen Stewart

8 Celebrities Who Went Through a Seriously Awkward Phase| Hilary Duff, Joe Manganiello, Kristen Stewart, Simon Cowell

Kristen Stewart

Gregg DeGuire / WireImage; Cooper Neill / Getty

It's amazing what puberty and a few twinkly vampires can do for your look.

7. Joe Manganiello

8 Celebrities Who Went Through a Seriously Awkward Phase| Hilary Duff, Joe Manganiello, Kristen Stewart, Simon Cowell

Joe Manganiello

Courtesy Awkward Family Photos; Astrid Stawiarz / Getty

If you look closely, beyond Manganiello's game face, you can see the faint whispers of a mullet ready to party.

8. Matthew Gray Gubler

8 Celebrities Who Went Through a Seriously Awkward Phase| Hilary Duff, Joe Manganiello, Kristen Stewart, Simon Cowell

Matthew Gray Gubler

Courtesy Awkward Family Photos; Donato Sardella / WireImage

Criminal Minds star Gubler exhibits how the regal turtleneck has the power to boost or curb one's appeal. Use it wisely.



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