China's Embarrassing Childhood PhotosS

Chalk it up to growing pains, but everyone has embarrassing photos. Some people's are just more embarrassing than others. Here's a proud look at some of China's delightfully awkward childhood photos.

Recently on Chinese micro-blog Sina Weibo, people have been uploading their most painful pics, using a tag which translates in English as, "showing off some embarrassing photos of our childhood." This is awkward photo pride, and people are amusing each other with their painful pics!

The photos are from the 1980s and 1990s, and show kids dressed up in too much make-up and wearing adult clothes (think China's take on Glamour Shots). Snapshots aside, the studio pics look to be for festivals, marking special occasions, or simply for fun.

Some parents dressed their kids in outfits reminiscent of Chinese classics like Journey to the West and Legend of the White Snake. Others dress their kids as Red Army troops or as miniature adults.

Here's a look at some of the most memorable pics that the internet shall never forget—nor shall we! (Note: The red dots on the children's head are for beauty or good luck, especially, but not always, during festivals.)

China's Embarrassing Childhood Photos

I feel like watching Full House for some reason.

China's Embarrassing Childhood Photos

Embarrassing? No, no. This is wonderful.

China's Embarrassing Childhood Photos

Shine on, kiddo, shine on.

China's Embarrassing Childhood Photos

Dramatic lighting!

China's Embarrassing Childhood Photos

Really dramatic lighting!

China's Embarrassing Childhood Photos

So dramatic!

China's Embarrassing Childhood Photos

I often have days like this.

China's Embarrassing Childhood Photos

Never like this, though.

China's Embarrassing Childhood Photos

The key motif is ONE GIANT EARRING.

China's Embarrassing Childhood Photos

You're never too young to smoke.

China's Embarrassing Childhood Photos

Or smoke and join the military.

China's Embarrassing Childhood Photos

Or carry a gun.

China's Embarrassing Childhood Photos

Or shoot a gun.

China's Embarrassing Childhood Photos

Or enter a nunnery.

China's Embarrassing Childhood Photos

USA! USA! USA!

China's Embarrassing Childhood Photos

I don't think this kid is wearing enough make up.

China's Embarrassing Childhood Photos

And this kid isn't wearing enough sweaters.

China's Embarrassing Childhood Photos

I'm sure this was a good idea at the time.

China's Embarrassing Childhood Photos

Aw, this is too cute! Needs more embarrassing!

China's Embarrassing Childhood Photos

There we go. Thanks, comrades.

China's Embarrassing Childhood Photos

Nice glasses.

China's Embarrassing Childhood Photos

This isn't a wig. It's 80s hair.

China's Embarrassing Childhood Photos

This might be a wig.

China's Embarrassing Childhood Photos

Wig!

China's Embarrassing Childhood Photos

Online in China, the awkward photos have been causing amusement, and Chinese state controlled media, like XinhuaNet, have covered the trend as well as sites like Tech in Asia.

Photos: 想知道现在你好不好, 西子湖畔, 四海网, NY, pvppve, u148, b2b, NorthNews, Weibo, SouFun, Huaban, XinhauNet, CK101, Dipsy, Sinaimg, Douban, Gaoxiaoo, Liba, Weibo

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