Next to graduation, prom is one of the highlights of just about every high schooler’s experience. What’s not to love about getting dressed up, taking lots of pictures, and dancing the night away with your crush or your BFFs?
Even some of Hollywood’s biggest celebrities have their own prom night stories to tell. Before they got used to making real-life red carpet appearances, some of your favorite celebs went to prom — and their dates just happened to be budding stars as well.
From the adorable to the awkward, we’ve rounded up a star-studded gallery of prom pics that you have to see to believe.
Brandy and Kobe Bryant
What high school senior wouldn’t want to go to prom with a Grammy-award winner who also happens to have her own hit TV show? Back in 1996, 17-year-old Kobe Bryant was able to make his teenage dreams come true. The future NBA star fanned out when he met Brandy at an award show and asked her to be his date. It turns out, Brandy had a pretty good time dancing with Bryant. She told TMZ that she kept her corsage as a souvenir.
Danielle Fishel and Lance Bass
Before the days when you could make your relationship social media official, “Boy Meets World” star Danielle Fishel and NSYNC alum Lance Bass were an adorably legitimate couple. Fishel looked gorgeous in a long, white gown with an open back, while Bass was dapper in a traditional black tux. Bass shared their throwback pre-prom pic on his Twitter feed.
Jon Hamm and Sarah Clarke
Long before he was sexy Don Draper, “Mad Men” star Jon Hamm was a normal high school student in his hometown of St. Louis, Missouri. His prom date was then-girlfriend, Sarah Clarke who “Twilight” fans will recognize as the actress who played Bella Swan’s mom. The story gets even more interesting when Hamm gets some competition from actor, Paul Rudd, who was also crushing on Clarke, as Clarke’s brother, who was also Rudd’s college roommate, told Vanity Fair.
Amandla Stenberg and Jaden Smith
Back in 2015, the son of Will and Jada Pinkett Smith went to prom with Amandla Stenberg, better known as Rue from “The Hunger Games.” Always one to push the envelope with fashion, Jaden danced the night away in a white dress, black leggings, and fingerless gloves, as People mentioned.
Kim Kardashian and TJ Jackson
The world knows her now as Mrs. Kanye West, but reality star Kim Kardashian dated someone with some pretty major connections to the music industry in her teens. The social media maven went to prom with TJ Jackson, son of Tito and nephew of Michael, according to the NY Daily News.
Scarlett Johansson and Jack Antonoff
Learning that Scarlett Johansson is one of your boyfriend’s exes might be hard to handle, but Lena Dunham took it in stride. Browsing one of her favorite blogs, Old Loves, the actress learned that her then boyfriend, Jack Antonoff of the band .fun had been involved with Scarlett Johansson. ScarJo and Antonoff were classmates at the Professional Children’s School in New York City. The two dated briefly and went to prom together back in 2002, according to Page Six.
Candace Cameron Bure and Scott Weinger
“Full House” stars Candace Cameron Bure and Scott Weinger weren’t just onscreen loves, the two went to prom together in real life. Bure posted a throwback prom pic on Instagram in 2016 to get fans excited for the second season of “Fuller House.” Whether or not you’re rooting for Steve and DJ to rekindle their romance in the “Full House” reboot, it’s hard to deny how cute they looked together in the nineties.
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