Usher: Here he stands

Usher now

Though he was born in Texas, Usher (aka Usher Terry Raymond IV) spent most of his childhood in Chattanooga, Tennessee. But not long after his grandmother noticed that the boy could sing, the family reloacted to Atlanta, Georgia to give Usher more chances to pursue a singing career.

Usher is now one of the top-selling artists in US history, with over 23 million sales just in America — adding to the total for 65 million worldwide.

Usher then

And here’s how super-adorable little Usher looked his school portrait, before anyone knew he was going to be a star:

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More Ryan Reynolds yearbook pictures

Ryan Reynolds lost his shirt

Before Ryan looked like this in black and white…

… he was considerably less ripped. Check out these two pictures of Ryan Reynolds from his junior year of high school at Kitsilano Secondary School in Vancouver, BC, Canada, in 1993.

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Ryan Gosling: Hey, girl – I was young once

 

Ryan Gosling

Before this Hottie McHotterson and meme celebrity Ryan Gosling was known around the planet for his roles in movies like 2004′s The Notebook, Ryan was a child star who appeared with Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera on Disney’s The Mickey Mouse Club:

Justin Timberlake and Ryan Gosling on The Mickey Mouse Club:

Justin Timberlake and Ryan Gosling on Disney's Mickey Mouse Club

And now, that young Canadian star is all grown up, and is a hearthrob to millions of swooning admirers, and magazine cover material, as seen in the cover of a 2011 issue of GQ magazine.

Hey, girl – do you like my tie? It’s fifty shades of grey:

Ryan Gosling in 2011 on the cover of GQ

And here’s how Ryan looked in the days after Mickey but before The Notebook

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Sarah Jessica Parker growing up

Sex & the City star Sarah Jessica Parker ended up living the dream of almost every girl’s growing up in the ’80s: she got famous, she got rich, and she married Ferris Bueller himself, Matthew Broderick.

Here’s the modern-day SJP on the cover of Marie Claire in 2010:

As you can see from this photo of Sarah Jessica from when she was about 9 years old, she is still very recognizable!

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January Jones’ senior year of high school

Although she’s played parts in movies ranging from Anger Management to X-Men: First Class, actress January Jones is best known for her role as Betty Draper/Betty Francis in the TV series Mad Men. Here she is — on the left, at the Emmy awards, and on the right, as her Mad Men character, Betty:

 

Before the glamour

But before she moved to New York to start her career, she was a just another student at a high school in South Dakota. We got our hands on a couple copies of her class yearbooks, and found some pictures for you.

These photos of January Jones were taken during 1995 and 1996 — her senior year — at Theodore Roosevelt High School in Sioux Falls. And as you can see, she didn’t blossom after high school… the girl was apparently gorgeous from birth.

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Brad Pitt skipped “that awkward stage”

Before he hooked up with Angelina Jolie and Jennifer Aniston — and even before Thelma — Brad Pitt attended Kickapoo High School in Springfield, Missouri. (Yes, Kickapoo. And no, I’m sure they haven’t ever imagined whatever little Beavis & Butthead moment just came to mind.)

Okay, the hair is pretty bad — but the center part with the feathered ‘do was all that back in 1982.

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