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    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.

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

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

    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.

    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.

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

    9. When they all looked like this.

    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.

    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.

    27. Any of their precious young X Factor interviews.

    28. The iconic nervous Harry face.

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

    30. Their first official photo as a group.

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


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