Celebrities Are Sharing Their Awkward Teen Photos for a Good Cause

Awkward Photos Puerto Rico Relief

We all have awkward photos from our youth. No matter who you are, it’s impossible to escape puberty’s wrath. Celebrities, with their lives on display, know this all too well. But now, they are now casting aside any embarrassment for a good cause. After Puerto Rico was devastated by Hurricane Maria, comedians Stephen Colbert and Nick Kroll came up with an ingenious way to raise money for the U.S. territory—#PuberMe. They’ve set up a hashtag challenge for our favorite celebrities to share pictures of their braces, bad haircuts, and unfortunate outfit choices from long ago. Each humiliating photo earns a donation towards relief in Puerto Rico.

The idea came about organically during a recent episode on Colbert’s show, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Kroll was there promoting his new animated Netflix series Big Mouth, which also tackles the universal topic of pubescent teen years. “That time is so awkward [and] I think there's catharsis in sort of showing who we were and what we became,” Kroll laments. Colbert encouraged celebrities to also show their less-than-glamorous shots, adding that it’d help those who need our help.

So, how does #PuberMe work? It’s simple—a fact that's allowed it to easily go viral. For each celebrity who shares (on social media) a picture with that hashtag as well as #PuertoRicoRelief, Colbert will donate $1,000 from his AmeriCone Dream Ice Cream Fund and Kroll will match it, too. All money raised will go to One America Appeal, a charity started by all five living former U.S. presidents that helps with hurricane relief.

Check out some of the best awkward photos below!

Comedians Nick Kroll and Stephen Colbert are raising money for Puerto Rico, which has been ravaged by Hurricane Maria.

Stephen Colbert

Nick Kroll

For every celebrity that shares an awkward photo of themselves from their youth, Kroll and Colbert will each donate $1,000.

Jack Black

#puberme #puertoricorelief

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It's part of a brilliant campaign called #PuberMe.

Jimmy Kimmel

Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Awkwarddddddddddddddd :oI #PuberMe #PuertoRicoRelief @stephenathome @nickkroll

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Sarah Silverman

Lindsay Sloane

Ruby Rose

#puertoricorelief #puberme Straight baller

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John Oliver

Conan O'Brien

Kristen Bell

Lin-Manuel Miranda

Andy Cohen

Josh Gad

America Ferrera

Ryan Seacrest

Patton Oswald

Kumail Nanjiani

James Corden

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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