No one is safe from the danger that is the infamous awkward phase. Between the metallic braces, the untamed hair frizz, and the totally out of proportion body type, the stage is bound to hit everyone as they're growing up. But for some people, the awkward phase hits really — and we mean REALLY — hard.

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The awkward phase has basically become a rite of passage for everyone, everywhere. We're a little comforted to know that even the most beautiful and successful stars have gone through some seriously unfortunately pubescent years.

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Back in the day, Lucy Hale had unmanageable curls. For a period of time, Taylor Swift had cornrows and crooked teeth. Around the same age, Niall Horan had an overgrown OG J Biebs hairstyle that either made him look like a skater boy or a boy who didn't listen to his mother when she told him to get a haircut (we can't decide which).

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Click through the gallery to see 10 then-and-now pics of stars who managed to survive their awkward phase.

This post was originally posted on July 24, 2014. It has since been updated with new information.