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    Sep 29, 2018

    These 19 Emo Kid Glow-Ups Will Blow Your Mind

    ~*Once an emo kid, always an emo kid.*~

    We recently asked members of our BuzzFeed Community to show us what they were like as emo kids vs. what they're up to now, and they DID NOT disappoint. Here are some of the best responses:

    1. "You can take the girl out of the scene, but you can’t take the scene out of the girl!"

    The left is me at 17 and the right is me now, at 28. I was obsessed with all things emo back in the day. It's still one of my favorite times in my life. Now I’m an adult who has an adult job and has to pay adult bills.


    2. "I'm a senior in college studying Geography and Environmental Studies."

    While I spent a decent amount of my young days going to punk shows, these days I spend most of my time in class. Being an emo kid taught me to never limit myself in what I could enjoy, in what I could do, and in who I could be. And now I’m really happy with myself and where I am in life!


    3. "I’m finishing my last semester as an undergrad, and I currently work at a pharmacy."

    But I'm still going hard on my emo throwback playlists after all these years!


    4. "While my mother was right about the aesthetic part being a phase, at 23 I still feel like an emo kid at heart."

    Even though the huge Q-Tip hair days are over, I still indulge in a good 2008 screamo binge now and again. Oh, and I’ll always miss Myspace!


    5. "Now I spend more money on hockey tickets (go Caps!) than concert tickets."

    On the left is 10th grade me featuring the MCR fingerless gloves that I wore every day (yikes), black nail polish, and a bit of a raccoon eye vs. college senior me. Still, I listen to MCR on the daily, no shame!


    6. "Adult(ish) me has a bachelor's degree and is in the military."

    Here's teenage me in high school, hair dyed blue with Kool-Aid, never showing my full face in photos. Like, this is literally the best picture that exists from this time in my life.


    7. "I’m now 32, working as a staging coordinator for an A/V events company and living with my boyfriend."

    I was at my peak emo phase while in college on Long Island. While a lot has changed, I still pre-ordered (and loved) Fall Out Boy's last album and Mayday Parade will forever be on my playlist.


    8. "My outer looks have definitely matured, but I’m still a proud emo kid at heart."

    The top two are me during my 8th and 9th grade years. I've grown up quite a bit!


    9. "I’m still not a fan of showing my teeth in photos, apparently!"

    Back in my sophomore year of high school, I cut my bangs into the “scene” style, was obsessed with teasing it everyday, and was ALWAYS repping these Black Veil Brides tees. Eventually I cut (almost) all of my hair off and started wearing brighter colors.


    10. "Now I'm a teacher who loves snapchat filters."

    Back then I was just a college student who loved black eyeliner and weird camera angles.


    11. "Thank the gods for camera phone quality improvement in the last decade, am I right?"

    Back in 2007 when I was a groupie of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, doing a vast majority of my clothes shopping at Goth-n-Go shops (Hot Topic), and blasting Tsunami Bomb on repeat. Cut to 2018, now a semi-functional adult/international volunteer who STILL listens to "The Best Damn Thing" on repeat, but relates to it a lot less.


    12. "Ironically, I'm a hairstylist now!"

    When I was 14 I wanted to look like Sasuke from Naruto so bad. Don’t ask me why.


    13. "Since I’m a nurse, I don’t wear necklaces often because of my stethoscope."

    My emo days included layered, fried hair, band tees, and (for some odd reason) I thought it was cool to wear a bajillion rubber bracelets and necklaces. Nowadays I replaced my wristbands with an Apple Watch and my hair doesn’t have to be pin straight everyday. Safe to say my style has matured with the times!


    14. "Now, I’m a free-spirited touring actor."

    Those good ol’ times from my middle school emo phase: Tokyo Hotel, hair in face, and teenage angst. Now, I don't wear TOO much eyeliner (unless it’s for a role).


    15. "Still kept the nose ring, though."

    These photos were taken 11 years apart. I exercise for fun now.


    16. "I’m married with a son!"

    I do still indulge in some early 2000’s emo rock every once in awhile!


    17. "The only thing that's changed are the facial piercings."

    Oh, and I learned how to do hair and makeup.


    18. "I’m not even embarrassed anymore because I was young and loved the style."

    I was so emo from the time I was 13 to 16, but now at 20, I can’t help but cringe.


    19. "I'll admit it: I do miss my snake bites."

    Here's 16-year-old me on the left and 28-year-old me on the right. I still have all of my old band t-shirts and I refuse to give up listening to the emo bands of my youth!


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    Some entries have been edited for length or clarity.

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