"I present you, me, start of 6th grade: Sweater and pedal pushers, home-made by my mom. Ann Jillian haircut, that I just HAD TO HAVE! And beneath the droopy kneesocks I am wearing TOP-SIDER SHOES! Really, it does not get any hotter than this." -Gayle
"Well, clearly it was a TRANSITIONAL time... Here I am in second grade in Houston with my second pair of glasses and my first (failed) attempt at Charlie's Angels wings. To be fair, it's actually just a grown out Dorothy Hamill. For my first pair of glasses, I insisted on selecting my own style. So I copied the ones my brother wore. Think John Denver: small, round, boyish. Mom was eager for me to go more feminine with my second set, so she steered me to these. She also had the bright idea to choose lenses that miraculously turned from light to dark when stepping outside - 2 pairs in one! Yes, those 'transitions' lenses (aka Foster Grants) were encased in pre-Sally Jesse Raphael red frames. (Thanks a lot, Mom!) Problem was, they didn't really work. So I looked like I was wearing shades all the time. Even inside. Nothing is hotter than THAT in second grade! Sigh." --Amy
"It's okay if you think I was a boy; lots of people did. A fond memory of mine is a lady at a toy store telling me it was 'cool' for boys to like to play with Barbies while browsing with my Mother. At age 11, the day before picture day, it was my bright idea to ask my (then beauty school student) mother to cut my hair to look like Halle Berry. If I was 10 years older, had my ears peirced and wore makeup it may have worked.
"This is my awkward photo, the only one that is still around, stolen from my mother and hidden in a box in my storage under the stairs. When I saw this website I HAD to dig it out. It is hard to see past my haircut, my geeky turtleneck, my strawberry birthmark under my right eye (which thankfully went away) and if you could see closely, my faint uni-brow. However, today I am a 21-year-old wife and new mother with long luscious hair. Gone is my awkward scrawny body, replaced with some curves (a few unwanted, but hey, I'm not complaining) It DOES get better, but for all you young people out there- it is impossible for an 11 year old to look like Halle Berry! Learn from my mistake."
"I was 12 years old when this photo was taken in fall 2003 in Toronto. As you can tell by my grade seven school photo, I was blessed with endless geeky charm at the time! Just check out the slightly crooked glasses with plastic frames, the thick and oversized knit turtleneck sweater from Sears, mismatched jewelry, and the frizzy, tightly pulled back hair. This was the beginning of the most awkward pre-pubescent stage ever! Looking at me at age 12, it's hard to believe I grew into a style and beauty writer after high school. I'm currently a 19-year-old journalism student with aspirations of becoming a fashion editor one day, and write for online as a freelance contributor. From middle school nerd to ambitious fashionista, there must have been hope for me all along!" --Fatima
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