31 Iconic Moments From The Beginning Of One Direction

It’s been FOUR YEARS since One Direction started on the X Factor. FOUR YEARS.

1. When each of their tiny baby faces auditioned for the X Factor UK with no idea they would become the sensation they are today.

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2. And, in particular, when Harry Styles made this very important squirrelly audition face.

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3. When they all wore these chic matching black outfits.

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4. When all of their precious young faces appeared on stage, looking innocent and pure and bashful and excited all at once.

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5. And especially their little faces whenever they got a compliment.

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6. When Harry rocked this iconic combination of a collar-popped polo, cardigan, baggy pants, and floppy shoes.

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7. Every single dramatic Niall close-up on the X Factor.

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8. Every single glistening, tear-filled, nervous twitch.

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9. When they all looked like this.

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10. The time they spelled Niall’s name wrong and he looked like a tiny, broken doll.

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11. When they dressed like a team of chic zombies for Halloween.

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12. This iconic hug.

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13. This iconic group shot.

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14. All of these iconic fashions.

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15. And especially this iconic T-shirt.

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16. When they all casually walked down the street together and all of their pants were actually loose enough to allow oxygen inside.

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17. When they all looked like swooshy-haired dolls at some Pokémon event.

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18. When they all crowded around baby Niall for this iconic Zaynless group shot.

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19. When Niall wore this iconic combination of accessories.

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20. When Liam’s swoopy hair covered half of his tiny face.

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21. When pre-stubble Zayn still looked pretty much just as flawless as he does today.

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22. When they all insisted on wearing jackets and sweaters and cardigans and scarves.

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23. When this was the most they dressed up.

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24. When Louis never went anywhere without a scarf wrapped around his tiny neck.

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25. When all just walked around with Cher Lloyd looking like this.

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26. When all of their tattoo-less bodies went to the beach.

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27. Any of their precious young X Factor interviews.

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28. The iconic nervous Harry face.

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29. The iconic moment they found out they would be a band together.

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30. Their first official photo as a group.

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31. And the iconic moment they left the X Factor and went on to become the men they are today.

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