"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."
"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
"This one was taken in 1980, when I was 2. I believe that is a velour hoodie with Paddington Bear embroidered on the front, and the bathing suit speaks for itself. This was near the pool at our beach club in New Jersey." --Rob
"The year was 1992, and if you take a nine out of that you should get something close to my weight. I was a fat little kid somewhere around 200 lbs at 5'5 and wearing God knows what. Oh wait, that's the shirt with the fishing lures on it. I went to school like that -- I'm pretty sure that was hell. People told me time and time again that I would grow into it, I guess they were right." -Charlie
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