| February 28, 2014

Food Network’s leading lady Giada De Laurentiis didn’t always look like a model. Just like the rest of us, the 43-year-old had a serious awkward stage.

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The Italian-born chef and television personality revealed an Instagram photo for “Flashback Friday” and it’s her most shocking yet.

The less-than-flattering images shows De Laurentiis like you’ve never seen her before. The then-teen sported a retro blazer while flashing a mouthful of braces, bushy eyebrows, and Flock of Seagulls hairstyle. '80s baby, anyone?

“#FlashbackFriday My 80’s look,” De Laurentiis captioned the photo.

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The married mother of a 5-year-old daughter has since blossomed into one of the most stunning stars in the culinary world. She previously told FOX News Magazine her secrets to staying fit and glowing.

“Snacks are important,” says De Laurentiis. “In my bag, I always have almonds. Sometimes, I’ll even make popcorn and season it the way I want. The idea is to carry a snack that’s filling and portable. Fruit is great, but it can also get bruised easily in your bag or go bad. Nuts and popcorn are much easier to carry around.”

The Daily Mail is reporting that when she first began hosting “Everyday Italian,” the Food Network allegedly received criticism from viewers, accusing the channel of hiring a model instead of a real chef.

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As for De Laurentiis’ flawless features? She credits that to slathering olive oil everywhere.

“It’s a fat I grew up eating and I do believe it gives my hair, skin and nails a really nice glow,” explains De Laurentiis. “It’s part of how I’ve learned to grow old graciously.”

“I also put it on my fingers, my hands, my nails, and sometimes on my face when it’s cold and I’m feeling very chapped,” she adds. “It seems like my skin really enjoys that flavor. I also put it on the ends of my hair when I’m traveling when it feels very dry from all the blow drying and curling irons.”

Now, she's looking pretty sizzling. See for yourself below: