It’s probably safe to say most of us have photos from when we were around 12 or 13, just as we were going through puberty, that we’d rather not see ever again. And whenever they do surface on social media or while you’re flipping through old photo albums, we start to shudder and think, “How did I ever look like that?” Well, Nick Kroll and Steven Colbert are banking on that. That’s why they started the trending hashtag #PuberMe to raise funds for Puerto Rico’s hurricane relief.
When Kroll appeared on Colbert’s show Thursday night he discussed his upcoming Netflix show Big Mouth, a cartoon series about characters in the midst of puberty. He’d already created the hashtag to encourage celebrities to share the cringe-worthy photos of their early teenage years so the rest us can see that we really weren’t alone. But Colbert took Kroll’s idea one step further when he announced that his AmeriCone Dream Foundation would be partnering with Kroll to promote the hashtag.
“I’m happy to announce that for every celebrity—and I get to determine who’s a celebrity—who posts their awkward teenage photos with the hashtags #PuberMe and #PuertoRicoRelief, the AmeriCone Dream Foundation will donate $1,000 to One America Appeal,” Colbert announced. That’s the fund set up by former Presidents Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Jimmy Carter to raise money for hurricane relief.
Kroll promised to match whatever amount of money is raised.
So far Twitter and Instagram have been blowing up with celebrities sharing their pubescent photos. Some are pretty hilarious and others are totally unrecognizable. Keep scrolling to see some of our favorites.
It’s been amazing to see the outpouring of love and support from celebrities like Beyoncé who released a remix of “Mi Gente” by J Balvin and Willy William and will donate the proceeds to relief charities and Jennifer Lopez who donated $1 million to Puerto Rico’s hurricane victims.
If you don’t happen to be a celebrity or have a million dollars to spare but still want to help those affected by the hurricane, here are some great resources to get you started.