See these early photos of some of the most famous celebrities
They were young, they were anonymous or at the beginning of their careers and they were happier than ever. These early photos of Kurt Cobain, Elvis, Lady Gaga and many more, would bring you back in time, before fame and life left marks on them.
1 Elvis Presley
Elvis Presley was only a pretty faced teen when he first showed up at photographer William Speer’s studio in 1954. Speer became known as “the man who shot Elvis” but, he was already a professional photographer who took his influence from the black and white movie glamour shots he saw in his youth. He knew Elvis was special the moment he walked in. “It felt like an electrical charge in the room. He had an electric charge, an animal magnetism – and a charisma,” the wife Vacil Speer recalled. “You can tell the famous ones or the ones who are going to be famous. They stand out in a room without you even knowing who they are”. They were right. Elvis gain world fame and is still the one and only King.
2 The very first photo of the three guys who were later known as Nirvana
This was Nirvana’s first shoot with their new drummer Chad Channing. The photo was done by the photographer Charles Peterson.
“This is a back to nature shot with Nirvana for a promo shoot for their first LP ‘Bleach.’ They found the idea very silly and Krist (Novoselic) started acting out, cracking up Kurt (Cobain),” said Peterson. They were practically kids.
3 Stefani Germanotta before she transformed in Lady Gaga
In 2005, Lady Gaga was just Stefani Germanotta, a 19-year-old girl who worked as a waitress in a West Village restaurant. She worked alongside bartender and budding photographer, Malgorzata Saniewska. While the two weren’t really close, Saniewska knew Gaga was talented and offered her a photo shoot. Saniewska shot around 200 photos and Gaga was pleased with the result – she used some of them for her promotional materials at that time. Five years later, the former co-workers ran into each other on the street in New York’s East Village. Saniewska said of the now world famous star: “She’s still the same girl. The fact that we ran into each other and she came up to me – she didn’t say ‘Hi’ and run off. She stood there for 15 minutes, just chatting. She remembered my name, she remembered who I was, and she had so much to say. She’s still the same person to me”.
4 Iggy Azalea once was just an Australian country girl
The famous Australian rap artist Iggy Azalea who put the world on fire with her hits “Fancy” “Black Widow” only few years ago didn’t even believe that she’d become worldly famous. Over the years, she has made quite the transformation musically as well as image-wise, as this still from her first photo shoot shows. In 2008, Azalea was 18 when she posed for photos taken in the Australian beach town of Byron Bay, two years after she left school. Iggy, who’s real first name is Amythest, dropped out of her school in the New South Wales country town of Mullumbimby at the age of 16. She made her way to Miami where she supported herself by cleaning houses, and has since gone on to become the first artist since the Beatles to achieve the first and second place spots in the Billboard charts with the hit songs “Fancy” and “Problem”. It was definitely worth it.
5 Madonna before she become Madonna
Photographer Richard Corman recalled meeting Madonna in the summer of 1982 when she was 24 years old, at her apartment on the Lower East Side. During the spontaneous shoot, the young singer poised in and around her apartment with her boombox, a few kids and elderly locals. Corman later described her as “absolutely the pied piper of the neighborhood, and all of the kids sang and danced with her on the rooftop almost daily. She carried her boombox up to the roof – the kids would hear the music playing and run upstairs to dance with her as she sang, and listened to her demo tapes”. She definitely knew how to gain and entertain a crowd.