Michael Stipe is one of the world's most famous musicians. As the lead vocalist for R.E.M., Stipe was an instrumental force in the band's three decades of politico-social activism. He also had a hand in managing the band's image, a factoid that's unsurprising to those familiar with Stipe's strong personal style.
But while he's known for minimalist looks that compliment his now-shaved head, Stipe didn't always rock such a simple hairstyle. In fact, he had quite the afro. Check out his 1977 yearbook photo:
And here's Stipe now:
But Stipe isn't the only celebrity with an afro hiding in his past. Our friends at Snakkle have a whole gallery of well-coiffed celebrities, available for your perusal here. More "before they were famous" goodies are available in the gallery below.
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