Puberty, the most awkward time in a person’s life.
The uncontrollable acne, the raging hormones, the *cough* questionable haircuts… It’s certainly an interesting time in one’s life. As such, most of us wish to forget (or repress) our teen years, but that’s become pretty difficult given Twitter and its various user-made challenges. Many site trends have users revisiting their past and sharing the most embarrassing, hilarious and endearing parts of it, and that’s exactly what’s happened with the recent #PubertyChallenge.
Our favourite YouTubers are always quick to jump on these trends, something we’re incredibly happy about, considering the tweets that result. With this challenge, they dug deep, allowing embarrassing and adorable photos from their younger years to once again make an appearance. Let’s join them in taking a look back at selfies past!
Is this the same person?
— Roly (@RolyUnGashaa) January 8, 2019
You’re right, Roly West, not much has changed… Except, perhaps, everything.
A hat is everyone’s best friend
— Calum McSwiggan (@CalumMcSwiggan) January 8, 2019
Calum McSwiggan eventually learnt the lesson all of us with wild hair are taught at some point in our lives: if it can’t be tamed, hide it under a hat. Also, a smoulder makes any photo 10 times hotter.
One strong businesswoman
When you go from being a moody, brow-shaven toe who resorts to using cabbage leaves for acne after school to a happy businesswoman with glo’d-up skin and the patience for semi-regular brow tints 😂 #PubertyChallenge pic.twitter.com/qzJ88x6rIm
— Melanie Murphy (@melaniietweets) January 8, 2019
We’re sure if teenage Melanie Murphy could see where she is now, she’d be absolutely shook! This girl is one heck of a businesswoman who’s shown both the world and YouTube she’s got what it takes to succeed, and we couldn’t be more proud!
P.S. We don’t think we’ve ever heard someone describe themselves as a “moody, brow-shaven toe” before.
You can’t fight the travel bug
— Ollie Walker (@_OllieWalker) January 8, 2019
Sure, these photos were taken 11 years apart and Ollie Wood has grown into a pretty stellar adult, but you know what hasn’t changed? His love for travel and sunny destinations!
How were these taken 12 years apart?
— Joseph Harwood (@JosephHarwood) January 8, 2019
Joseph Harwood, is there any way you could let us in on your anti-aging secret? These two photos look like they could have been taken only a minutes apart!
Backstreet’s back, alright!
— Gary C (@oohgaryc) January 9, 2019
Is it just us, or does Gary C look as if he could have been a member of either a K-Pop group or some super cool 1990s boyband? That haircut screams Backstreet Boys!
Becoming comfortable in your own skin
— Jamie Raines (@jammi_dodger94) January 8, 2019
One of our favourite things about going through the #PubertyChallenge tag is seeing people having come into their own and become comfortable with who they are. Nothing makes us happier, Jamie Raines!
Remember when we all had emo hair?
Me in 2009 VS Me in 2019 pic.twitter.com/rqpK117xH7
— Ben Bayliss (@Ben_Bayliss) January 8, 2019
We doubt there’s anyone who grew up in the 2000s who didn’t go through an emo or scene phase, and we can pretty much guarantee the majority of us rocked a hairstyle similar to Ben Bayliss‘ back in the day.
The swoopy fringe with some awesome hair dye? We looked SO cool!
— Leadley (@iamleadley) January 9, 2019
We like to call this: the transition from musicalbethan to Leadley.
Our faves have aged like a bottle of fine wine.
We know puberty isn’t exactly the best time for the majority, but we think we can all agree that it’s not the end of the world and things always get better once we surpass those awkward teenage moments. (However, we’ll admit that doesn’t stop the embarrassing flashbacks happening from time to time, but that’s what lying on the floor and having an existential crisis is for.)
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