Behind The Awkwardness: She Bangs

January 24th, 2013

“The day before school pictures 1984 my mom was complaining that I wore black too often (all the time). So after making myself beautiful on school picture day I grabbed an old white sweater vest out of her closet and wore it to school. She still was not pleased with my school photos. Wonder why?”

(submitted by Mara)


45 Responses to “Behind The Awkwardness: She Bangs”

  1. yoyodyne says:

    You look freaking beautiful and if I’d gone to your school I would have been totally in love with you. I would have been the scrawny guy with Cure hair, braces, black coat and Skinny Puppy t-shirt. And you would have broken my heart. And I would have written a song about it.

  2. rissa says:

    Personally i think you look AWESOME

  3. Sheryl says:

    I think it’s one of the best school pics I’ve seen. And it was the 80′s, it was go big or go home.

  4. Sharron Drugan says:

    I was 13 in ’84 and looked much the same. Nothing awkward about this you look great :)

  5. Toni says:

    Before they were famous….. Jennifer Lawrence! Joking aside, you are beautiful!

    • Mimi says:

      I have had a few friends say that. I guess I don’t see it because I am a 43 year old and not a 20 something anymore. Thanks for the compliment!

  6. Cera says:

    This photo looks exactly like my daughter today….not a single member in our family noticed this picture was NOT her. This has caused quite an Interest in who you are,what do you look like today!

  7. mark says:

    I had a friend that looked just like you, helped me learn to play Gary Numan’s Gynopedies on piano back in the 80′s. Beautiful woman, great photo!

  8. Fabio says:

    Whoa! I graduated in 2005, and in 1984 I was 3 years old.
    But still I think your looks were nice for any year.
    In fact, the thing we can see more clearly is that behind that wall of hair, you had a pretty face! Congratulations!

  9. Matt says:

    I graduated in 1984, I definitely would have asked you out! That was a hot look back then. ;)

  10. Master Shake says:

    I just ran, I ran all night and day…

  11. Paldy says:

    Shame I was only 6 years old at the time. Absolutely lovely.

  12. Sonya says:

    Please…this pic is not awkward at all…I was 12/13 in 1984…My school picture was way more awkward than this…I had very limp brown wanna be feathered hair. Too blah for this site. Every year after that I had a dratically different hairstyle.

  13. billabong says:

    Man I miss the 80′s!!!

  14. Ill Figure says:

    Super Hot in an 80′s way

  15. Klutch says:

    You are utterly charming… and lovely. A beautiful ode to an era!

  16. scooter says:

    Aaah the 80′s fun times had by all.

  17. MFS says:

    This is a great photo of a pretty girl. As a girl from that era myself, I would have loved to have had one of my mismatched 80s earrings be a Nefertiti earring. Kudos for the Art History touch.

  18. Rob says:

    She was hot! I was in high school during that era. I’d like to see what she looks like now!

  19. Cheryl says:

    I would LOVE to see what you look like now!

  20. Rubyshoes00 says:

    Can you imagine how hard it was for the teacher’s with a classroom of girls filled with hairstyles like this to actually teach and not crack up laughing!!! Sorry, I’m from that over the hill generation and would die laughing at what looks like a beat up stuffed animal on your head! But thanks for the giggle, it rocks!

  21. Carrie says:

    I think she is completely rocking this look! Not at all awkward – just full of 80′s awesome.

  22. mara says:

    It was a wonder I could see! Haha, yes The Cure, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Joy Division. Good times.

  23. Ginger says:

    SO 80s, I love it! I graduated in 84 and I wish I’d had the nerve to do what you did! Someone said The Cure, and I’d like to add A Flock Of Seagulls! The most daring thing I did was wear non-matching earrings. I went more for the Molly Ringwald look, but I secretly wanted to be Madonna.

  24. Bradscope says:

    Wow!! This has to be the best, prettiest pic on this site!! You have a definitive style, pushed to the edge, without going too far.

  25. Anne Marie mannisto says:

    You were ahead of your time! That eye is so Amy Winehouse.

    • Zenn says:

      Hon, this cat-eye look was around since the late 50s. Mara, you wear it well! This picture is sooo cool, reminds me of good music and good times!

  26. Kristie says:

    You have beautiful skin ….. that counts, too! :)

  27. Simon says:

    Did your unipolar vision ever get you into trouble?

  28. Manders says:

    I think you mean “pretty eye.” LOL!

  29. texairhead says:

    Pretty eye. Saves a lot of time in the morning, not having to make up both eyes.

  30. Josh says:

    She looks nice.

  31. Angela says:

    Someone must have loved The Cure. That has Robert Smith written all over it.

  32. acc says:

    I think you mean pretty eye.

  33. Josh says:

    Because your earrings don’t match?

  34. glasstabletop says:

    Pretty eyes.

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