Wait until you see TOWIE’s Joey Essex with blond hair on the Costa del Sol…

Joey Essex might have just shared one of the greatest throwback pictures EVER.

The 25-year-old reality star posted an absolutely hilarious snap on Instagram last night taken when he was just 12 years old on the Costa del Sol and added a caption that made us LOL quite a bit.

‘Fashion inspires me. COSTA DEL SOL 2002,’ Joey jokingly wrote alongside the retro photo.

Young Joey sports a blond hairdo in the picture and strikes a Blue Steel-esque pose for the camera – clearly always a natural in front of the lens!

The former TOWIE star completes his, um, eye-catching look with a bright red T-shirt. Nice.

Joey’s nostalgic photo is held in a Costa del Sol tourist frame, proving that he was a visitor to the Spanish coast long before the whole ‘carbs before Marbs’ thing came along!

Unsurprisingly the Essex boy’s fans found the throwback shot very amusing. One jokingly commented on the post: ‘Puberty game was strong’

Another wrote: ‘Hahahaha not bad hair style’ Hmmm, we think we prefer your mane nowadays Joey!

Who’d have thought back then that this, er, ‘fashionable’ young boy would turn into the legend that is Joey Essex, who has his own clothing range called Fusey? Not to mention a collection of hair styling products and numerous other ventures.

The TV star has clearly always been a fan of Spain though. He’s visited the country many times since that amusing childhood snap was taken, particularly with his trips to Marbella with the TOWIE team.

More recently the Essex lad – who departed the reality show in 2013 – has been hanging out in Ibiza whilst celebrating his birthday and earlier today posted a sunny picture from the beach.

Joey’s been joined on his vacation by new girlfriend Charlotte Stuchfield and the two have been packing on the PDAs during the trip.

We wonder what Charlotte thinks to THAT throwback snap of her new man…

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