Pop singing legend, Céline Dion, has just released a new clothing line for kids and it has sparked great attention. No longer do kids have to confine to the rules of girls in pink and boys in blue, as Dion’s new range is free from gender constraints.
Dion’s gender-neutral line has been dubbed as Celinununu, a collaboration of her own designs with the children’s boutique Nununu, a Tel Aviv-based company that is available in the United States. There is no doubting that this range offers some seriously cool looks for kids.
The “My Heart Will Go On” singer launched Celinununu on social media this week with a video in which she enters a pink and blue nursery and blows some sparkles in the air to magically re-dress the babies in stylish new gender-neutral attire. “I’ve always loved nununu and what they represent,” she wrote alongside the video, “Partnering with them to encourage a dialogue of quality and possibility makes so much sense. – Céline xx.” The singer has since been credited for her impressive acting skills.
The new line features over 70 ‘stereotype-free’ styles for newborns all the way through to age 14. The pieces will range in price from $29 to $290. But one thing is for sure, there will be no gender stereotypical pinks and blues. In fact, there are no colors, just the simplistic black, white, and gray scheme. Imagine an edgy teenage emo phase.
Although the video may seem obscure and strange, the message is clear. With the hope to free children from stereotypical clothing choices, there is no better time to start than when they are small. “The message I’m trying to get across is you raise your children the way you want to raise your children,” Dion said. “You have to decide what’s right for them. We’re just proposing another way to take away the stereotype.”
Shocking Yearbook Photos Of Celebrities Before They Found Fame
Before they became famous, they were high school kids taking awkward yearbook photos. Let’s see what our favorite celebs looks like back in the day…
Before she became a Playboy centerfold, Baywatch star, and the object of Borat’s obsession, Pamela Anderson was a student at Highland Secondary School in Comox, British Colombia, where she excelled as a star athlete on the volleyball court. Anderson graduated in 1985 and moved to Vancouver in 1988 to work as a fitness instructor. In 1989, while attending a BC Lions Canadian Football League game, Anderson was featured on the Jumbotron, inadvertently launching her career as a model. The rest is history.
Before he became Tyrion Lannister on HBO’s hit series, Game of Thrones, Peter Dinklage was just a regular kid growing up in New Jersey. Dinklage first found his passion for acting when he starred in a fifth-grade theater production of The Velveteen Rabbit. Dinklage honed his acting skills at Delbarton School, a boys-only Catholic preparatory school in Morristown New Jersey. He then went on to study drama at Bennington College and moved to New York City to chase his dream.
Tina Fey knew she wanted to become a comedian by the time she was in middle school. Fey grew up in a town called Darby, Pennsylvania, where she attended Cardington-Stonehurst Elementary School, Beverly Hills Middle School, and Upper Darby High School. In high school, Fey was an honors student, member of the choir, drama club, and tennis team, as well as the co-editor of the school’s newspaper. After graduating, Fey would go on to study play-writing and acting at the University of Virginia.
Peter Gene Hernandez, AKA Bruno Mars, was born in Honolulu, Hawaii to Peter Hernandez and Bernadette San Pedro Bayot. Mars’ entire family was musically talented, which exposed him to a variety of different styles at a young age. He would later explain in an interview that “Growing up in Hawaii made me the man I am. I used to do a lot of shows in Hawaii with my father’s band. Everybody in my family sings, everyone plays instruments… I’ve just been surrounded by it.”
Meryl Streep has been called the “best actress of her generation.” Before all the fame and success, Streep was just a regular kid growing up in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. Her first experience with acting came when she starred in her Junior High play called The Family Upstairs. In high school, Streep was described as a “gawky kid with glasses and frizzy hair.” Even throughout her awkward years, Streep never gave up on her dream of becoming a big-time actress.
When George Clooney was approaching his teenage years, he developed a condition called Bell’s palsy, which causes the face to become partially paralyzed. Thankfully, he was better within a year. Clooney later spoke of the condition, saying, “It’s probably a great thing that it happened to me because it forced me to engage in a series of making fun of myself. And I think that’s an important part of being famous. The practical jokes have to be aimed at you.”
Before she became an award-winning actress, Julia Roberts was a clarinet player in her high school band with aspirations of becoming a veterinarian. Both of Roberts’ parents were involved in the performing arts, and their passion must have rubbed off on Julia because she would later drop out of school at Georgia State University to pursue an acting career in New York City. Her first appearance on the big screen came in 1988’s Satisfaction, as a band member in search of a summer gig.
The oldest son of the Baldwin clan, Alec Baldwin grew up in the Nassau Shores neighborhood of Massapequa, New York with three younger brothers. Baldwin attended Alfred G. Berner High School, where he played on the varsity football team under Coach Bob Reifsnyder. After working as a busboy for three years at disco Studio 54 in New York City, Baldwin began school at George Washington University, later transferring to NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he found his passion for performing.
Tom Cruise had a difficult upbringing, describing his abusive father as “a merchant of chaos.” Cruise also stated that “He was the kind of person where, if something goes wrong, they kick you. It was a great lesson in my life—how he’d lull you in, make you feel safe and then, bang!” Cruise attended 15 schools in four years. He eventually ended up at Franciscan seminary, with dreams of becoming a Catholic priest before deciding to pursue a career in acting.
As the daughter of two school teachers, Amy Poehler never got a chance to be a class clown in her youth. Once she went to Boston College, Poehler finally got a chance to spread her comedy wings by getting involved in an improv comedy troupe called “My Mother’s Fleabag.” After graduating from BC, Poehler moved to Chicago where she studied at Second City and met Tina Fey. She finally got her big break when she joined the cast of Saturday Night Live in 2001.
Before Jerry Seinfeld became a household name with his self-titled sitcom, and before Comedy Central named him the “12th Greatest Stand-up Comedian of All Time,” he was just a Jewish kid growing up in Massapequa, New York. Seinfeld must’ve gotten his comedic talents from his father, Kalman Seinfeld, who found his passion for jokes while serving during World War II. Before graduating from Massapequa High School on Long Island, Jerry spent some time working as a volunteer at Kibbutz Sa’ar in Israel.
By the time Tom Hanks was 10-years-old, he had already lived in ten different houses because his family was always on the move from during his childhood. In high school Hanks wasn’t exactly a popular kid. He described himself by saying, “I was a geek, a spaz. I was horribly, painfully, terribly shy. At the same time, I was the guy who’d yell out funny captions during filmstrips. But I didn’t get into trouble. I was always a real good kid and pretty responsible.”
David Schwimmer was born in Flushing, Queens, New York City, but moved to Los Angeles, California at a young age. As Schwimmer was approaching his high school years, his family, once again, moved, this time to Beverly Hills. Schwimmer described his experience at Beverly Hills High School by saying, “When I was there I always felt: ‘This is not me, I’m surrounded by people with a different value system. And I just wanted to get out of California.'”
Before becoming an A-list actress, Elizabeth Banks was just a kid from Massachusetts who loved to play baseball. After her career came to an abrupt end thanks to a broken leg, Banks auditioned for the school play. The rest was history.
Before he shocked the world with his Magic Mike dance moves, Channing Tatum was a star athlete who admitted that “girls were always [his] biggest distraction in school.” As a kid, Tatum excelled in football, soccer, track, baseball, and martial arts but struggled in the classroom due to ADHD and dyslexia. At Tampa Catholic High School, Tatum won the superlative of most athletic. After dropping out of Glenville State College, he began working as an exotic male entertainer.
Stacy Ann Ferguson, AKA Fergie, was born and raised in California, where she attended Mesa Robles Middle School and Glen A. Wilson High School. Fergie demonstrated her talent and work ethic from a young age as she was very involved with extra-curricular activities. In addition to being a straight-A student, Fergie was a spelling bee champion, cheerleader, and Girl Scout. After high school, Fergie began studying dance and performing as a voiceover actress before transitioning to a music-focused career.
Back before John Mayer wrote hits such as “Your Body Is a Wonderland,” “Waiting on the World to Change,” and “Slow Dancing in a Burning Room,” he was just another student at Fairfield High School in Connecticut with big dreams. Mayer actually predicted his success in his high school yearbook by writing, “I know that school never did anything for me. It never made sense to me. I knew when I was 13 what I wanted to do- to be a musician.”
Paul Rudd was born in Passaic, New Jersey to British-born parents. At the age of ten, Rudd and his family moved to Lenexa, Kansas, and later to Anaheim, California. In 1987, Rudd graduated from Shawnee Mission West High School and went on to major in theater at the University of Kansas. Before getting his big break, Rudd earned some money working as a Bar Mitzvah disc jockey. We can see how he tried to emulate Adam Sandler’s look in The Wedding Singer.
Born in Houston, Texas, Beyonce Giselle Knowles found her true calling at a young age. While attending St. Mary’s Montessori School, the young Beyonce took dance classes, where an instructor overheard her singing and suggested she pursue a music career. At seven years old, Knowles beat out fifteen 16-year-olds at a local talent show. After putting together a group with Kelly Rowland and three other girls, Beyonce auditioned for Star Search but failed to win. Beyonce would remain persistent, however, and eventually became a huge superstar.
Owen Wilson was born in Dallas, Texas and grew up as the middle child. Rather than attending a regular public high school, Wilson enrolled in the New Mexico Military Institute (which explains the uniform in the yearbook photo). Following his high school graduation, Wilson moved on to study at the University of Texas at Austin, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. He would go on to act in movies like The Royal Tenenbaums, Zoolander, and Wedding Crashers.
Blake Lively’s mother was a talent scout, while her father was an actor. It’s safe to say that performing was in her blood. That’s why Lively got started early, landing her first role at age 10, appearing in the film Sandman, which her father directed. While attending Burbank High School, Lively was the senior class president, cheerleader, and member of the championship choir. She even managed to film scenes for The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants between her junior and senior years!
Eva Mendes was born in Miami, Florida, but spend most of her younger years growing up in Glendale, California, a suburb of Los Angeles. Mendes graduated from Hoover High School and went on to study marketing at California State University. Mendes ended up leaving school before finishing her degree so she could pursue acting under the guidance of Ivana Chubbuck, a well-known acting coach. Eva’s gamble would pay off as she is now one of the most recognizable faces in Hollywood!
Zac Efron grew up in Arroyo Grande, California. According to Efron, he was a good student, while at the same time being a class clown. At the age of eleven, Efron’s father suggested he try acting, so Efron got involved in various school productions. He graduated from Arroyo Grande High School in 2006 and ended up deferring his acceptance to the University of Southern California. His big break came that same year when he starred in Disney’s High School Musical.
Before he became a household name, Chris Pratt was a star wrestler at Lake Stevens High School. After graduation, he moved on to community college but dropped out shortly after. He then spent some time working as a discount ticket salesman and exotic male entertainer before becoming homeless in Maui, Hawaii. While Pratt was working as a waiter at the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company, an actress and director spotted him and decided to give him an audition, launching his acting career.
A Brooklyn native, Steve Buscemi grew up with three brothers in a Roman Catholic family. Buscemi went to Valley Stream Central High School, where he wrestled on the varsity team and participated in the school’s drama troupe. Buscemi graduated from high school in 1975 and went on to a short stint at Nassau Community College before moving to Manhattan and enrolling in the Lee Strasberg Institute. Buscemi spent four years as a New York firefighter before pursuing a career as an actor.
Born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, Courteney Cox didn’t discover her passion for acting until she went off to college. As the daughter of businessman Richard Lewis Cox, Courteney wanted to study something practical after graduating from Mountain Brook High School. She began studying architecture at Mount Vernon College but soon realized that acting was her true calling. After years of working her way up in the acting world, she finally landed her breakout role as Monica Geller on Friends in 1994.
Ben Affleck was born in Berkeley, California but moved to Falmouth, Massachusetts with his family at the age of three, where he developed his signature Boston accent. Affleck’s first experience as a professional actor came at the age of seven. A year later, he met Matt Damon while enrolled at Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School, and the two became lifelong friends. While Affleck was a naturally smart student with high SAT scores, he struggled with focus and attendance in his younger years.
Jennifer Aniston was born in Sherman Oaks, California, but moved to New York City at a young age. When Aniston was 11-years-old, she enrolled at the Waldorf school and found her passion for the performing arts. She would eventually graduate from Manhattan’s Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, where she took part in school productions such as The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window by Lorraine Hansberry and Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov.
Back in his glory days at Kickapoo High School in Springfield, Missouri, Brad Pitt was quite the jock, playing on the gold, swimming, and tennis teams. He also took part in school debates, musicals, as well as both the Key and Forensics clubs. In 1982, Pitt moved on to study journalism and advertising at the University of Missouri, but dropped out just two weeks before graduating to move to Los Angeles and pursue his dream of becoming an actor.
As a kid, Michael Douglas went to The Allen-Stevenson School in New York City before moving and enrolling in the Eaglebrook School in Deerfield Massachusetts. He eventually graduated from The Choate Preparatory School in Wallingford, Connecticut and headed to the University of California, Santa Barbara to get his bachelor’s degree in drama. Following his graduation in 1968, Douglass moved back to the east coast to study acting with Wynn Handman at The American Place Theatre in New York City.
Growing up in Kentucky, Jennifer Lawrence suffered from hyperactivity and social anxiety in her youth. When she first discovered the performing arts, she realized that she could use acting as an outlet to relieve her anxiety. Lawrence was discovered at the age of 14 by a talent scout in New York City, and eventually dropped out of school that same year (against her mother’s wishes) and made her way to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting.
Before Johnny Depp became a famous actor, her was actually interested in music. At the age of 12, his mother gave him his first guitar and he began playing in various garage bands. He even dropped out of school to follow his dream of becoming a rock-star with his band called The Kids. The band would sadly split up before landing a record deal. Depp eventually met Nicolas Cage who suggested he pursue a career in acting. He hasn’t looked back ever since.
At just 5-years-old, Leonardo DiCaprio was kicked off the set of a children’s show called Romper Room. Luckily, this didn’t jeopardize young Leo’s career too much, as he went on to be featured in numerous commercials and educational films as a child actor. Leo attended the Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies for four years before moving on to high school. He eventually dropped out before graduating, but earned his GED. By 1990, Leo was already appearing on television regularly.
Born in San Diego, California, Cameron Diaz grew up in Long Beach with an older sister. She later attended Long Beach Polytechnic High School alongside future rapper Snoop Dogg. When she was just 16-years-old, Diaz began modeling with Elite Model Management, working on contracts for companies like Calvin Klein and Levi’s. She got her big break as an actress when she was cast as jazz singer Tina Carlyle in The Mask. Diaz was 21-years-old when she auditioned.
Even though Joey Tribbiani was a New Yorker through and through, the actor who portrayed the Friends star, Matt LeBlanc, was born in Newton, Massachusetts. In 1985, LeBlanc graduated from Newton North High School and began to work as a model in New York. His first acting roles came in a 1987 Heinz Tomato Ketchup commercial, a show called TV 101, as well as a recurring part in Married… with Children. LeBlanc’s breakout role came in 1994 when he joined the cast of Friends.
Victoria Beckham was born in Essex, United Kingdom and raised in Hertfordshire. Beckham was the oldest of three kids and became interested in music after watching the film Fame in 1980, so her parents enrolled her at the Jason Theatre School. In 1991, Beckham began studying at Laine Theatre Arts. The future Spice Girl attended St. Mary’s High School where she was reportedly embarrassed about her parents’ wealth and often asked her father not to drop her off in his Rolls Royce.
After narrowly missing out on a contract with Capitol Records at age 14, Carrie Underwood almost gave up on singing for good. “After high school, I pretty much gave up on the dream of singing. I had reached a point in my life where I had to be practical and prepare for my future in the ‘real world,'” she said. Luckily, after graduating from Northeastern State University, she decided to give it another go and audition for American Idol.
Before she became Jess on New Girl, Zooey Deschanel spent her youth traveling due to her father’s occupation as a cinematographer and director. She later spoke about her childhood, explaining that she “hated all the traveling … I’m really happy now that I had the experience, but at the time I was just so miserable to have to leave my friends in Los Angeles and go to places where they didn’t have any food I liked or things I was used to.”
Jennifer Garner was born in Houston, Texas in 1972. At the age of three, she moved to Charleston, West Virginia, where she grew up alongside an older sister and a younger sister. Garner describes herself as the typical middle child. At George Washington High School in Charleston, Garner was a member of the school’s marching band and served as the water girl for the football team. While she didn’t have a flawless report card, Garner was involved in just about every school production.
Angelina Jolie was born to be an actress. Both of her parents worked as actors, in addition to her brother. Jolie initially attended Beverly Hills High School in California, where she felt like an outsider and was often teased for being skinny and wearing glasses and braces. She then transferred to Moreno High School, where she transformed into what she called a “punk outsider.” Jolie later admitted that she struggled with psychological, as well as substance abuse, problems before becoming a successful actress.
“The Biebs” got his start in the music industry at just 12 years old after his mother, Patricia Mallette, began posting videos of her son singing on Youtube. It didn’t take long before Justin was discovered by Scooter Braun, a former marketing executive of So So Def Recordings and R&B superstar Usher. Bieber signed to Raymond Braun Media Group, where he released his first album, entitled My World, including the hit single “One Time.” Thus began the age of “Bieber Fever”
Before Miley Cyrus took over the world as Hannah Montana and eventually launched a successful solo career, she was just the daughter of Billy Ray Cyrus, a successful singer, and songwriter known for his hit, “Achy Breaky Heart.” Destiny Hope Cyrus (AKA Miley) was born in Tennessee in 1992. The future star went to Heritage Elementary School, but once her popular Disney show took off, she enrolled at Options for Youth Charter Schools and began learning with an on-set private tutor.
Born in Corpus Christi, Texas, Farrah Fawcett grew up with an older sister. Back when she was a student at W. B. Ray High School, Fawcett was voted “most beautiful” by her peers all four years. After graduating, Fawcett moved on to attend the University of Texas, where she studied microbiology for three years before deciding to change her major to art. Once again, Fawcett was voted as “one of the ten most beautiful coeds on campus” during her freshman year.