Inspired by a comment from My Name Breaks the Rules, I went looking for pictures from Bop and Tiger Beat to take a look back at the embarrassing poses that stars of today were forced to assume in yesteryear.

I have a theory that male actors and boy bands and the like are intentionally presented with a feminine overlay to make them seem less sexually threatening/aggressive. But, some of these images really make me think I might be on to something. Also, I crushed on only a single person included here.

Ryan Gosling mastered blonde, pouting, and quizzical early in life.


I wish I could find a larger version of this Fred Savage image because the pose (Draw Me Like One of Your French Girls While I Wear My Mom's Sweater) is one of my favorite things ever.

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Did someone actually tape this seemingly vulnerable and almost crying John Stamos to their bedroom wall? It literally looks like the first image in a very uncomfortable series.

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Johnny Depp also has some near tears photos for young people, but he looks more hung over and annoyed.

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No, that isn't a tiny actress who played a younger sister on some sitcom you never watched. That's Aaron Carter and his Beanie babies.

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Stylists: What if for the JTT shoot, we dress him up like a newly divorced dad whose last memories of getting laid by strangers happened when Miami Vice was the number one show on television?

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There should be a million Leo DiCaprio pics here because he transitioned from amiable boy next door to truculent straw user to uncomfortable amounts of chest really quickly.

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ETA: I just realized as I was scrolling through to edit that in the first image for some unknowable reason DiCaprio is exposing giant clown boxers. What the what?

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And speaking of chests and discomfort, here is Andrew Keegan (who I only remember from 10 Things I Hate About You) dressed like one of The Outsiders with an accessories problem.

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Also a star in 10 Things I Hate About You, Joseph Gordon Levitt prays this picture never gets published.

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Lastly, does anyone remember when Kirk Cameron modeled himself after AC Slater? MadPiglet does (see comments).

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OK, I left out a lot of goodies, so exercise your Google mastery to find teen hearthrobs that you lusted after or forgot existed. And don't forget the ladies. Even I am shocked that I didn't include Alyssa Milano in here. I predict a lot of images of people clutching their lapels and/or with bare feet for no clear reason.

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ETA: If you have not seen this, you should.