"I'd have to guess I was eight here or maybe ten, either way it was the late 90s and I was dressed like a bat, a sparkly bat. Don't worry, this wasn't how I normally dressed (at least not yet anyway), this was a costume for a dance recital which meant that a dozen or so other girls were wearing the exact same thing, less embarrassing that way right? Wrong. You see, those other girls still had spindly little kid bodies and here I was with "womanly" hips and thighs the size of tree trunks (at least that's how it felt), wrapped in black spandex for all the world to see (cue self-consciousness/body issues).
"As I see it now, I'm pretty sure this photograph marks the beginning of my descent into adolescent awkwardness, it captures the very moment I stopped being a cute kid and started my transformation into ugly duckling. Okay, perhaps that is bit dramatic, but the next five or six years were pretty terrible. After this photo things got remarkably worse- acne, frizzy red hair and a stubborn determination to 'be different' lead to a lot of teasing which eventually lead to me wearing a lot of black and playing the part of the pariah I felt I had been cast as."
"This one was taken when I was in 7th grade. As a kid I spent years begging my mother to shave my head (she refused). Our compromise was this sort of fuzzy pageboy look that was accomplished with a flowbie. The icing on the cake were those two butterfly clips just sort of holding back the absurdity as best as their little plastic jaws could manage. Tack on my extreme love of The Far Side, as explained by my shirt, and you've got one hell of an ugly duckling... quack." --Mary
"Oh yes... I truly thought I should have been a member of Flock of Seagulls! I had to put together a collage just to show the true bit of fabulousness that I thought I was in 1986. I spent many hours trying to get my hair as high as possible! Oh, and I am not sure that there was enough make-up on the planet!" --Lissa
After the jump: Lissa today with two of her "best friends"...
"Here's me at 16 (1991) rocking the 10 times too big for me NBA
basketball jersey. I am being ambushed by a clown for some reason.
There's a story behind this but it's better left untold. I look
awkward, uneasy, and full of anxiety. I was skinny with a bowl cut... Can't get any worse than
"This picture was taken after my brother and I played a little catch. The style at the time was Eddie Murphy pleather style zip-up jackets with lots of zippers, the gray one I am wearing in the closest my parents would let me get the style of that time. Clearly the thick-framed colored glasses were in, and I sported them with pride." --Mike
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