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To look at Justin Timberlake now and his success in music (The 20/20 Experience), movies (The Social Network) and TV (Saturday Night Live), you would never guess he was that guy sporting bleach-blonde curls on the covers of teenybopper magazines as part of 'NSYNC. But Justin wasn't the only star to have quite an idol following back in the day. Check out 13 of our favorite covers from the teen world past.
John Stamos & Scott Baio - 16 (February, 1985)
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Then: With those flowing locks, Stamos was starring as Blackie on General Hospital, and Baio was taking control of the kids on Charles in Charge -- and both had teens going gaga for them.
Now: Stamos is still making girls swoon with his stint on The New Normal, while Baio has taken on daddy duty on See Dad Run.
Molly Ringwald - Seventeen (March, 1986)
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Then: With her trademark red hair and floppy hats, Ringwald was the queen of the '80s, starring in brat-pack films like Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club and Pretty in Pink.
Now: The actress has been spending the past five years starring as the mother of a teen mom on The Secret Life of the American Teenager.
Ralph Macchio - 16 (October, 1986)
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Then: Wax on, wax off: The Karate Kid took Macchio to the top of teen girls' celebrity crush lists -- and, luckily for them, onto the covers of teen magazines everywhere.
Now: Macchio, who recently starred in the film Hitchcock, barely looks like he has aged -- even though he is now the same age as Mr. Miyagi was in the movie, 51!
Kirk Cameron, Jon Bon Jovi, Chad Allen and Michael J. Fox - Superteen (August, 1987)
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Then: The late '80s may have been the heyday of teen mags, and these boys -- from the casts of Growing Pains, Our House and Family Ties to rocker Jon Bon Jovi -- were all over the covers.
Now: Allen and Cameron have mostly faded away from that kind of stardom, but Bon Jovi and Fox still have active careers, much to the delight of fans who originally picked up these magazines!
Corey Haim - Teen Machine (April, 1989)
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Then: Haim was just one half of the Coreys twosome that was everywhere in the '80s, starring alongside Corey Feldman in beloved buddy comedies like License to Drive and Dream a Little Dream.
Now: Sadly, the actor battled drug addiction throughout the years and died of pneumonia in 2010 at the age of 38.
New Kids on the Block - Teen Beat (February, 1990)
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Then: What New Kids on the Block fan wouldn't pick up a magazine with the headline "Deluxe Tux Centerfold"?! We love the pictures of Joey McIntyre, Donnie Wahlberg, Jordan Knight, Jonathan Knight, Danny Wood in their sexiest formal attire.
Now: Their teen fans are now grown up, but that hasn't changed how much women adore NKOTB -- the band is back on the road and still making the ladies scream.
Vanilla Ice - Big Bopper (August, 1991)
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Then: Who can forget the rapper's hit, "Ice Ice Baby," and that crazy hairdo? It was a definite departure from the boy-band craze of the early '90s. For the music fans who were dying for something different, Ice was their man.
Now: Ice is a rapper no more -- he is now part of the real estate world and has been busy flipping houses with his own show on the DIY Network called The Vanilla Ice Project.
Jason Priestley and Luke Perry - Tutti Frutti (September, 1991)
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Then: When the doors of West Beverly High opened in 1990 and introduced us to a new set of heartthrobs, we couldn't get enough. Priestly and Perry were the hunks from the cast of Beverly Hills, 90210 and quickly become pin-up stars with their turns as Brandon Walsh and Dylan McKay.
Now: Both guys have aged well and are still acting. Perry recently appeared on Community and Raising Hope, while Priestley has been busy starring on the sitcom Call Me, Fitz in Canada.
Reese Witherspoon and Mark Wahlberg - Sassy (May, 1996)
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Then: That sure is a lot of denim covering Witherspoon and Wahlberg as they promoted their stalker romance film, Fear.
Now: Well, these two actors sure have come a long way from this guilty- pleasure flick: They moved onto much more prestigious movies, such as Walk the Line (Witherspoon) and The Departed (Wahlberg), leading both of them to have multiple awards on their mantles!
Backstreet Boys - Bop (July, 1997)
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Then: The start of the new boy band explosion began in the summer of 1997 with a group of five mop-topped boys that promised to "never break your heart." And girls all over the world fell head over heels for the Backstreet Boys, made up of Nick Carter, Brian Littrell, Kevin Richardson, Howie Dorough and A.J. McLean.
Now: The boys recently got back together, toured with NKOTB and now are plotting the release of a new album.
Hanson - Tiger Beat (June, 1998)
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Then: This group from Utah, made up of brothers Zac, Taylor and Isaac, were "Mmm-Bopping" their way up the charts in the late '90s.
Now: The Hanson boys faded away from the limelight when they got married and starting having tons of kids, but they still have a devoted following who shows up whenever they have time to hit the road.
Britney Spears - Teen (August, 1999)
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Then: It seems like such a long time ago when Spears was still innocent, just flirting with JT and scoring hit after hit with her debut album Baby... One More Time. It wasn't long before she was gaining the title of Pop Princess.
Now: Our princess has gone through many ups and downs, including a much-publicized breakdown in 2007. Happily, she has gotten her life back together and is enjoying some much calmer time with her sons, Sean and Jayden.
'N Sync - YM (July, 2000)
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Then: After BSB opened the door, the boys of 'NSYNC -- Justin Timberlake, JC Chasez, Joey Fatone, Lance Bass and Chris Kirkpatrick -- slid right on in and proceeded to take over the charts. As they got bigger, so did their main man, JT -- and we're not just talking about his hair.
Now: Timberlake's career has blown up in every way possible, and he has become one of the most respected artists in Hollywood. The other boys haven't become as huge as they had hoped to be, but we are still hoping for a reunion one day -- it's all in JT's hands!