social media has got pretty strange this year. So far we’ve seen a humble stock image of an egg beat Kylie Jenner’s record of the most-liked photo on Instagram, and before that Netflix movie, Bird Box had people running around blindfolded.
Now there’s a new trend you’ve probably spotted on your feed: #10YearChallenge, which has been picking up speed on Instagram and Twitter with thousands of people, including plenty of celebrities.
Here’s everything you need to know about the challenge – along with a few of our favourite posts, from Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth through to Jameela Jamil, and a very sweet one from Romeo Beckham.
What is the 10 year challenge?
The 10 year challenge goes by many names: the #HowHardDidAgingHitYou challenge, the aging challenge and #GlowUp challenge, though the trend has picked up the most speed as the 10 year challenge. Participants simply post two images – usually side by side – which were taken at least ten years apart. The overall message? Self love and showing the world how you’ve “glowed up” (or, you know, showing how you haven’t aged a day).
How to do the 10 year challenge on Facebook or Instagram
Participating in the challenge is pretty easy. All you have to do is share two side by side photographs of you ten years apart, then post it to your Facebook/Instagram account with the hashtag #10YearChallenge, though some people just choose to post a single throwback shot.
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- How to Link Instagram to facebook
Funny celebrity glow up challenges
Naturally, a lot of people have been putting their own funky spin on the challenge. We’re looking at you, Amy Schumer, Diplo and Chelsea Handler who faked theirs by subbing in other people (in Schumer’s case it was a shot of Charlize Theron playing serial killer Aileen Wuornos in the 2003 movie Monster).
Sarah Silverman and Jameela Jamil simply repeated the same photo, while other stars seemed to age in reverse, like those Benjamin Buttons Jessica Biel and Trevor Noah.
— Reese Witherspoon (@RWitherspoon) January 15, 2019
The star of Big Little Lies joined the challenge and proved she basically hasn’t aged at all.
Jessica Biel posted a side by side comparison of herself which you’d struggle to tell apart – other than the darker hair she essentially looks the same. Could she drop her skincare routine ASAP?
Miley shared a throwback shot with her new husband Liam Hemsworth. The stars, who met while filming The Last Song, messed around in a picture taken in 2009.
Chrissy took to Twitter on Monday night to discuss the 10 year challenge, where she focused less on herself and more on her husband John Legend. She posted a photo from the same night as the one above, captioning it, “googled myself in 2009. HOW IS JOHN GONNA LOOK EXACTLY THE SAME”.
The actress and comedian posted her own challenge, featuring a set of pregnancy spanx and a pair of sunglasses. The image on the left is of Charlize Theron portraying American serial killer Aileen Carol Wuornos in the film Monster.
The star of Jane the Virgin posted a side by side of himself with Cole Sprouse as his before, captioning it with the hashtag #haterswillsayitsfake. Cole pitched in and commented, “Glad to know I finally get facial hair”.
Ten years of smizing clearly does a woman good. Tyra Banks posted a photo of herself at 18 years old on a Paris runway, contrasting it with a picture of her today.
Janet Jackson’s 10 year challenge featured actres Keshia Knight Pulliam, who will actually be playing her in an upcoming biopic. Keshia’s casting was clearly a long time coming…
Chance the Rapper
There aren’t too many guys who’ve jumped on the challenge bandwagon, but Chance the Rapper was one of them. He joked around by putting himself next to a still from the Ice Cube film Are We There Yet?, which was of a totally different child.
Nick Cannon took the opportunity to show off those ageless abs…
Gabrielle Union took things to the next level, with a ten and twenty-year challenge. Meanwhile, Sarah Silverman commented, “You are ridiculous.”
Sarah Silverman posted her own take on the challenge, with the same image of herself from 2009 twice, writing, “GOD I’M SO OLD!!!”
Jameela followed in Silverman’s footsteps with two identical images from 2018. The photo she used was from her #Iweigh takedown of celebrities who promote detox teas and the – er – unfortunate consequences.
Diplo posted a photo of James Van Der Beek from years ago alongside a photo of himself. “You looked like the guy from Saved By The Bell” Van Der Beek responded.
The star of Confessions of a Shopaholic posted her take on the 10 year challenge. “I was stretchmark/spanx/diaper free a decade ago” she wrote.
The actress used her 10 year challenge to not only celebrate her glow up, but to stress the fact that she is “much happier now”.
Elizabeth Banks posted her “a little over #10YearChallenge”, adding that, “blondes do have more fun.”
Comedian Chelsea Handler reshared Elizabeth Banks’ challenge as her own.
Armin van Buuren
The celebrity DJ’s challenge was a leap into the future. He posted a side by side photo of himself and chef Gordon Ramsay. This is potentially our favourite.
Ruffalo posted a rather touching tribute to his wife, Sunrise Coigney, who he married in 2000.
Sarah Hyland reflected on past decisions – and the staying power of hoop earrings.
Ryan Seacrest shared a (very) old throwback – definitely do swipe right.