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Attention All Awkward Girls: Supermodel Sara Sampaio's Throwback Pic Is Proof It Gets Better

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It’s hard to believe Victoria’s Secret models ever had to endure any awkward middle school phase like us mortal humans. Surely they bypassed all bad haircuts, painful headgear and embarrassing outfits and just reached adulthood ready for their “wings,” right? Victoria’s Secret Angel Sara Sampaio just posted an amazing throwback pic to prove our theory wrong — and to reassure all girls having growing pains that this, too, shall pass.

Sara Sampaio throwback funny photo
Source: Sara Sampaio/Instagram; Getty

For #ThrowbackThursday the 24-year-old lingerie model (and body-positive activist) shared a collage of herself in what has to be her early-2000s heyday (note bandana shirt, tinted frames and temporary tattoo) with the caption, “You guys are very welcome!”

#tbt you guys are very welcome!!! 😂😂😂 #thanksmum #nevergiveuphope

A photo posted by Sara Sampaio (@sarasampaio) on

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While we can all relate to a pre-braces smile and life before hair products, we also can’t help but note all the signs that she was destined to be a supermodel. Just look at that pose — hips popped, head tilted. She had that smize down long before gracing the pages of Sports Illustrated in a swimsuit.

💃🏻💃🏻

A photo posted by Sara Sampaio (@sarasampaio) on

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Even her “cheesing hard” pose still comes in handy today.

On Easter be a bunny! Happy Easter 🐇🐇 @andrewdaystudio

A photo posted by Sara Sampaio (@sarasampaio) on

And she may have upgraded the frames, but her sunglass-wearing shade game is still strong.

Sunny chill Cali ❤️☀️

A photo posted by Sara Sampaio (@sarasampaio) on

Thoughts on Sampaio’s throwback pic? Share them in the comments below.

— Colleen Kratofil