Katy Perry Throws It Back to a Time When Things Were Pretty Awkward

Singer shares photo of herself when she was a 13-year-old aspiring pop star

By Meg Swertlow Sep 09, 2017 9:32 PMTags

Talk about awkward!

Looking like she's in the video for "Last Friday Night," Katy Perry threw things back to her awkward youth when she shared an Instagram post of her teenage self with her 67 million fans. The headline-making singer, who has a hairstyle that Meg Ryan might envy, appears to be recording music a decade before her first hit single.

The photo shows a blonde Perry, who was then known as Katy Hudson, rocking some oh-so-'90s jeans, a grey top and what looks like a pony-hair belt.

Along with the hilarious photo, the "Swish Swish" star wrote, "13 year old me. Wannabe popstar."

She may have been a wannabe back then but she's anything but that now! It wasn't long before the kid with stars in her eyes became a full-fledged pop star.

13 year old me. Wannabe popstar. ??

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At first the California Gurl pursued an ill-fated music career in gospel music. The "Hot and Cold" singer even released a self-titled solo album called Katy Hudson back in 2001. But it wasn't until she went secular and revamped her squeaky clean image to become the bad girl we know and love that she made it huge.

At the age of 23, Perry lit up the charts in 2008 with her hit "I Kissed a Girl." She 's had some major successes and failures since that tune took the world by storm, but there's no denying her star power nowadays.

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