This is her: Mandy Moore's best childhood throwbacks

Mandy Moore — for whatever reason, maybe because she’s been famous and in the spotlight for so long or because she was such a cute kid — is never too embarrassed to share candid snapshots from her younger days. Braces, permed hair, and giant bows are all prominent in the amazing throwbacks that Moore gifts her social media followers on the regular. As the newly engaged actress‘s hit show This Is Us returns for a second season, take a look inside her real-life family album.

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As a young ‘un, Moore had serious beauty goals, she joked. Just look at the pic: “Further evidence that even in 4th grade, I was ready for my @garnierusa campaign. ALSO, I had those stinking braces for a whopping 6 months and they did absolutely nothing for my teeth. I remember being mostly excited to do red and green rubber bands for the holidays.” (Photo: Mandy Moore via Instagram)

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She was so tiny! The adorable mini Mandy was just a few years away from fame when she cheesed it up for this one. “7th grade fake smile,” she explained. (Photo: Mandy Moore via Instagram)

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“Back in the good ol’ days,” she captioned this one, “before I realized that I was wildly uncoordinated and that cheering wasn’t great for my vocal [cords].” That time obviously came after the awesome parking lot dance in her “Candy” video, which she’s referred to as “abysmal.” The clip is pure 2000s gold! (Photo: Mandy Moore via Instagram)

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Decades before Mandy played Rapunzel in Disney’s Tangled, she fell in love at first sight with Minnie Mouse. She was, as she said, “Livin’ that Disney life.” (Photo: Mandy Moore via Instagram)

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Moore shared her first headshot, which shows her with the kind of voluminous ‘do that a lot of teenage girls rocked in the days of scrunchies and perms. “Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise; permed bangs are always a good idea,” she joked. (Photo: Mandy Moore via Instagram)

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Every teen’s crush back in the ’90s was the same as Moore’s: Justin Timberlake. The difference, of course, is that she actually got to know him. “Summer of 1999. Abercrombie tshirts and bucket hats. Opening for this guy and his band. Look at my nervous smile!” (Photo: Mandy Moore via Instagram)

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“Mood. Bring on the weekend. #fbf,” she captioned this one. ‘Nuff said! (Photo: Mandy Moore via Instagram)

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Once again, Moore reminded us with this one that she prefers being behind the mic or standing in front of the camera to busting moves. “More evidence that I am NOT a triple threat,” she wrote. (Photo: Mandy Moore via Instagram)

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Don’t you wonder which Disney movie Moore and her brothers, Kyle and Scott, were watching? “Happy #nationalsiblingday to my 2 goofy brothers. Love you so much. #middlechild.” (Photo: Mandy Moore via Instagram)

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No matter her age, Mandy was always photogenic. She quipped that this photo was proof she had always loved “a striped shirt and [bangs].” (Photo: Mandy Moore via Instagram)

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Mandy referred to her “mullet” in this snapshot, but our eyes were on her already burgeoning singing skills. (Photo: Mandy Moore via Instagram)

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Mandy was strong-armed into the permed-hair craze of the ’90s by her mom, but she confessed that the glimmers of red and green in her braces were all her. “I took full advantage of the colored rubber bands for the holidays,” she mused. (Photo: Mandy Moore via Instagram)

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Basically, Mandy was born to be an MTV star. (Photo: Mandy Moore via Instagram)

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Mandy documented her love for a certain movie with this one. “Me and the first Milo in my life (named after the movie Milo and Otis, duh),” she wrote. Another Milo? Her This Is Us TV husband, Milo Ventimiglia. (Photo: Mandy Moore via Instagram)

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Little-known fact: Mandy had a career as a makeup artist before stepping in front of the camera. (Photo: Mandy Moore via Instagram)

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Jazz hands were one of young Mandy’s signature moves. (Photo: Mandy Moore via Instagram)

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She also mastered the hula. (Photo: Mandy Moore via Instagram)

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Wait, is that the same umbrella we posed with? Either Olan Mills or Sears Portrait Studios did a fantastic job on this one. (Photo: Mandy Moore via Instagram)

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On Mother’s Day, Mandy bravely shared this image of herself with her mom and late grandma as well as, gulp, crimped bangs. We all did it, Mandy! (Photo: Mandy Moore via Instagram)

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“To simpler times and shorter hemlines,” Mandy joked about this classic Christmas pic with her brothers, Scott and, well, as you can see in the photo, Kyle. (Photo: Mandy Moore via Instagram)

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