Can you recognise who these celebs are from their teenage photos?

PHOTO: Instagram/G.E.M.

We have all seen countless photos of our favourite starlets like Zoe Tay and Jolin Tsai but what about pictures of them in their adolescent years, before the proliferation of social media?

Check out these teenage pictures of some of today's most famous celebrities - a few of these snapshots will probably take you by surprise.

Rainie Yang

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The 33-year-old Taiwanese singer posted this throwback snap to celebrate her "Youth Lies Within" concert tour. She captioned the shot, "did your youth lie within me? The highly anticipated third leg of my concert is finally here.

The Taipei Arena concert held on March 23, 2013 was the third stop of my "Love Voyage" tour. Time really flies, I was in my twenties then, now I am already in my thirties." Even though it has been more than 17 years since her debut as a member of girl group 4 in Love, Rainie still looks like herself, proving that she doesn't seem to age.

Jolin Tsai

Photo: Instagram/Jolin Tsai

Fellow Mandopop sensation Jolin Tsai also jumped on the throwback bandwagon. She took to Instagram to post a picture of the album "1019" which launched her career 19 years ago.

The 37-year-old singer who released her first album at the tender age of 18, wrote, "10 is no longer (accompanied by) 19. It's unbelievable!" The fashionable Taiwanese singer made her debut as a singer after winning an MTV singing competition in 1998. She has won numerous awards and accolades for her efforts including four Golden Melody Awards, an MTV Asia Award and an MTV Video Music Award.


Photo: Instagram/Angelababy

The Hong Kong-based model-actress looks just as beautiful today as she did in 2009. The "Mojin: The Lost Legend" might have retired her furry hat and her Twiggy-esque eye makeup, her gorgeous bone structure and luscious pout is definitely the same.

The actress who made her first big screen appearance in the 2007 movie "Trivial Matters" catapulted to fame after joining the cast of "Keep Running", a spinoff from the hit South Korean variety show "Running Man".

Charlene Choi

Photo: Instagram/Charlene Choi

We can't think of a time when the Hong Kong actress doesn't look glam. Alright, so maybe that one time when she ditched her girlish good looks to play a young lizard imp in the 2005 movie "A Chinese Tall Story".

The actress and half of the duo Twins is always challenging herself creatively and pushing herself to be her best. In an Instagram post, Charlene reminisced about her career and posted a series of flashback photos along with this caption, "It's been 17 years since I made my debut, thank you for always supporting me. It turns out I've been a part of so many films. How many of these films have you seen?"


Photo: Instagram/G.E.M.

We are so happy this Hong Kong-based singer-songwriter jumped on the #whenIWas18 bandwagon. Along with a snapshot of her 19-year-old self, the singer posted this caption "I heard after tomorrow, those born after the 1990s would have come of age! Let me join in on the fun and share a picture of myself when I was 18 #WhenIWas18."

G.E.M became a singer in 2008 when she was only 16. She rose to stardom after appearing on two of the most popular Chinese singing competition programmes "I Am a Singer (season 2) and "Greater China".

Zoe Tay

Photo: Instagram/Zoe Tay

The veteran local actress looked as stunning as ever in this headshot for renowned celebrity hairdresser David Gan's salon that was taken when she was only 18. Zoe and David first became friends in 1986 on the set of a Go Magazine cover shoot in maritius.

Since 1986, their bond has only gotten stronger. This sweet snap proves that the besties go way back. Here are nine other pairs of our favourite celeb besties.

Angela Zhang

Photo: Instagram/Angela Zhang

It seems G.E.M isn't the only one who hopped on the #whenIWas18 bandwagon. Taiwanese singer Angela Zhang shared this snap of herself in her teenage years along with the caption, "I might be born before the 1990s but I would like to join in on the fun."

While her style has definitely changed over the years, those big round eyes and blemish-free skin are exactly the same. The pint-sized singer rose to fame after she became the leading lady of the hit Taiwanese drama "My MVP Valentine", where she starred alongside Taiwanese boy band 5566.

Vivian Hsu

Photo: Instagram/Vivian Hse

Like mother, like daughter. The Taiwanese singer-model bears an uncanny resemblance to her mother. How cute is this picture of 19-year-old Vivian Hsu and her mum! The 42-year-old celebrity captioned this snap, "On this particular day, my mum took time off to keep me company at work."

Vivian has always been a hard worker. She was only 14 when she made her foray into show business after winning first place in a "Talented Beautiful Girl" competition. The highly successful singer once revealed that she never plans to stop working and she wants to continue working till she hits 70.

This article was first published in Her World Online