I Was a Senior Hottie, Redux

It’s that time of year again. The flowers are blooming, t-shirts have replaced sweaters in the dresser, and high school seniors all across the country are preparing for prom and graduation.

You know what that means…



And this time, it’s even better!

For those who are new to this big-banged, hairspray-filled blogosphere link-up, “I Was a Senior Hottie” is all about posting old photos of ourselves when we were high school seniors. Last year, the #SeniorHottie link-up included over 100 participants and spurred at least half a dozen other similar link-ups through the summer.

Basically, it was one rad party.

Since there were so many who took part last year, I needed to change it up for this spring. So “I Was a Senior Hottie” has become “I Was a Senior Hottie: Then & Now“.

For this year’s link-up, we’re going to post 1 or more photos of ourselves in high school along with 1 or more photos of ourselves now.

Wait – there’s more!

I’m also going to have a few contests, employ a few judges and offer a few fun gifts to the winners.

The esteemed panel of judges for I Was a Senior Hottie: Then & Now are none other than…

Kristin Zaslavksy

Amanda Austin


Details on dates and official contest categories are still to be determined, but think along the lines of “Hasn’t Changed Since High School“, “Should Have Been Prom Queen” and “Wow, Your Hair Looks Different!“.

Please share your ideas in the comments to help us assemble a list of contest category ideas. The funnier, the better!

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56 Responses to I Was a Senior Hottie, Redux
  1. Alison@Mama Wants This
    April 16, 2012 | 6:15 am

    So fun!! What about a category for “What Was I Thinking?”

    • liz
      April 16, 2012 | 6:21 am

      Ooooh, that might be a really great one to include!! Because it’s so damn funny! 🙂

    • Cynthia M
      April 19, 2012 | 1:52 pm

      I love that idea!

  2. Kmama
    April 16, 2012 | 7:18 am

    This is going to be awesome.

    • liz
      April 17, 2012 | 7:05 am

      Damn right! Woot! 🙂

  3. Not a Perfect Mom
    April 16, 2012 | 7:20 am

    Oh Lord…I had blue hair and 27 piercings in high school…and never wore a bra…
    like I need to relive those days…ha!

    • liz
      April 17, 2012 | 7:06 am

      But that’s what makes it that much more awesome!

      • Jayme
        April 25, 2012 | 8:08 pm

        Oh Holly I need to see those photos!

  4. Kristin @ What She Said
    April 16, 2012 | 7:30 am

    I don’t want to get too full of myself, but I figure I’m a shoo-in for that “Wow, Your Hair Looks Different!” category. Step off, bitches – it’s already in the bag. 😉

    • liz
      April 17, 2012 | 7:06 am

      Snort! You might be in a dead heat with Elaine. Did you see her bangs from back then? You could use a ruler to measure their height.

  5. Amy
    April 16, 2012 | 7:40 am

    So fun! I wonder if I can find a picture that is anywhere near as priceless as the last. Hmmm, the comparison will be interesting!

    • liz
      April 17, 2012 | 7:14 am

      But include last year’s and then one of the fabulous you, current day.

      You glamour girl, you! 🙂

  6. Eve
    April 16, 2012 | 7:52 am

    This sounds like fun!

    • liz
      April 17, 2012 | 7:07 am

      It was a blast last year. Seriously. And I think adding the contests and judging this year will be even better.

  7. tracy@sellabitmum
    April 16, 2012 | 8:12 am

    I cannot wait! Most improved hair?

    • Jackie
      April 16, 2012 | 8:36 pm

      Hmmm…. I don’t know… my hair looked pretty damn good in my senior pic!

    • liz
      April 17, 2012 | 7:06 am

      I love that Jackie is already trash talkin’! 🙂

  8. Katie
    April 16, 2012 | 8:26 am

    Yay! Last year was so fun! I am definitely IN for this year! Already plotting my pictures!

    • liz
      April 17, 2012 | 7:07 am

      Woohoo! Boom.

  9. Leigh Ann
    April 16, 2012 | 8:44 am

    Has it been a year already? It’s like a reunion! Time to bust out my favorite brass studded leather chair again!

    • liz
      April 17, 2012 | 7:11 am

      It IS like a reunion! Good call, Leigh Ann!

  10. Christine @ Quasi Agitato
    April 16, 2012 | 8:53 am

    “Would I let my daughter leave the house like this?” perhaps? Or maybe “Battles my parents chose NOT to have?”

  11. SassyModernMom
    April 16, 2012 | 8:58 am

    ha ha Can’t wait to see the pics people come up with!

  12. Rusti
    April 16, 2012 | 9:04 am

    ohhhhh YEAH BABY!! 🙂 I had a blast with this one last year, I’m SO in again!! time to start looking back through some old pics 🙂

  13. Coffee Lovin' Mom
    April 16, 2012 | 9:06 am

    I love this! This was so much fun last year – I can’t wait to see what people do this time!

  14. Greta
    April 16, 2012 | 9:16 am

    Awesome! I missed out last time, but I might have to go for it this time!

  15. julie gardner
    April 16, 2012 | 9:18 am

    Oooohhhh…I posted mine a week late last year (always last to the party) but I think I was the only one who had pictures of myself and my mom wearing the same homecoming dress…

    So I guess that means this year, I’ll have to find the shot of my dad wearing the same prom dress.

    (And I’m not kidding even a little bit.)

    • liz
      April 17, 2012 | 6:58 am

      You are in a category all your own, Julie C.

      What I wouldn’t buy you for a photo of your dad in the same prom dress…

  16. Dana K
    April 16, 2012 | 9:42 am

    Love love love

    I have pretty much looked the same since I was 5 years old, for the record.

    Best goth/emo/etc

    • liz
      April 17, 2012 | 6:57 am

      Dude, then you’ll be in the running for that category of awards.

  17. Ashley @ It's Fitting
    April 16, 2012 | 9:58 am

    WOOHOO! Love it! Can’t wait to join the party again.

    • liz
      April 17, 2012 | 6:57 am

      YAYAYAYAYAY! Glad to hear it!

  18. Hutch
    April 16, 2012 | 11:06 am

    I still can’t believe it’s been a year! I’m so excited to put my Judgy McJudgerson hat on!

    • liz
      April 17, 2012 | 6:46 am

      You will be quite discerning, and I’m sure will be hit up a lot to sway your vote.

  19. Julie
    April 16, 2012 | 11:24 am

    I’m astounded that’s it’s been a year. I have Senior Hottie to thank for introducing me to some of my most awesome friends, both IRL and in the blogosphere!

    My 15-year reunion is coming up and I’m actually looking forward to it. But maybe not as much as I’m looking forward to this link up!

    • liz
      April 17, 2012 | 6:45 am

      It is pretty crazy that Senior Hottie was a year ago. I’m really excited that you not only are going to join us again, but that you met so many people through it, too!

  20. Life As Wife
    April 16, 2012 | 11:40 am

    My pictures wouldn’t be funny… I look the exact same.

    Excited to see what everyone comes up with!

    • liz
      April 17, 2012 | 6:44 am

      But that may be what helps you win one of the contests! You should join us!

  21. Jenny
    April 16, 2012 | 12:02 pm

    I don’t remember this from last year but sounds fun! All I can think of is…pinched rolled jeans and crimped hair!

    • liz
      April 17, 2012 | 6:39 am

      Yes! I can already imagine your Senior hotness with the crimped hair!

  22. Sunday Stilwell
    April 16, 2012 | 1:02 pm

    Hahahahaha! This is awesome! I think I might have to play along!

    • liz
      April 17, 2012 | 6:39 am

      You might have to? You DO have to. This will be epic.

  23. Jen
    April 16, 2012 | 1:08 pm

    This makes me wish that I had more photos of myself in high school. They all lost at my mom’s house.

    • liz
      April 17, 2012 | 6:43 am

      That’s really sad Jen. I’m sorry.

  24. Elaine
    April 16, 2012 | 1:28 pm

    How ’bout “Most Improved”?? HA HA HA!

    Love it! 😀

    • liz
      April 17, 2012 | 6:36 am

      Elaine, I think you are a front-runner for at least a couple awards. Those BANGS are still ingrained in my brain!

  25. The Flying Chalupa
    April 16, 2012 | 4:26 pm

    I loved this last year! Granted, my participation was lacking but it was so much fun looking at others’ photos. Hooray! And will we have Senior Skip Day?

    • liz
      April 17, 2012 | 6:37 am

      If it makes you or the Chalupa happy, then a Senior Skip Day there shall be!

  26. Jackie
    April 16, 2012 | 8:37 pm

    Sounds like fun! I’m totally in!

    • liz
      April 17, 2012 | 6:39 am

      Yahoo! So glad to hear it, Jackie!

  27. Galit Breen
    April 17, 2012 | 7:16 am

    Ohmygoodness FUN!!

  28. Charlotte
    April 17, 2012 | 7:53 pm

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea. Okay, I didn’t participate last year (no scanner and where in the hell are those extras hidden at my parent’s house??) but I really would like to participate this year. Also because Hutch, one of my very favorites, is one of the judges. How awesome is THAT?

  29. JDaniel4's Mom
    April 18, 2012 | 6:41 am

    Last year’s party was such fun! This looks like it will be a blast.

  30. Ali
    April 19, 2012 | 6:56 am

    This was so much fun last time. Can’t wait.

  31. Bruna (@beeswithhoney)
    April 19, 2012 | 12:44 pm

    How fun! Gotta start planning now …

  32. Cynthia M
    April 19, 2012 | 1:58 pm

    I hope old ladies are welcome in this. I was a senior in 1977. No big hair here, but I had some awesome gauchos.

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