Check out this and more cute/embarrassing/tear-inducing #throwback snaps from the TOWIE cast past and present!

Joey Essex It’s not Thursday, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy a really good #throwback snap!

Joey Essex is the latest celeb to indulge us with a look back at his family album, sharing a shot that proves once and for all that he went blond waaaaay before Justin Bieber did!

The former TOWIE star has been accused of copying the Biebs’ look ever since revealing he’d dyed his hair a bold shade of blond earlier this week.

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However, now Joey has hit back at claims that he’s modelling himself on the What Do U Mean? hitmaker, posting this too-cute snap and writing: ‘Trend setting since day… This hair style is my time… It’s nothing new to me… It’s like going back in time.’

Well, we guess that settles it once and for all! Although we don’t know that it’ll make his fans like his new ‘do – they had a pretty strong reaction to it that went along the lines of ‘WTF!?’.

Of course, Joey isn’t the only TOWIE cast member to indulge in a #throwback moment…

Lauren Goodger shared a whole load of vintage pictures just last week from the decade that style forgot, the 80s, giving a glimpse into what she looked like as a child – and it’s pretty darn cute!

One shot of the former TOWIE star sees her wearing a yellow lifejacket and a smirk, long before she discovered fake tan, contouring and lippie.

She captioned the shot: ‘Who is that!!!’

Meanwhile, proving that he’s always been pretty buff (although maybe not quite so much as in his latest Insta snap), a greasy haired Mark Wright appears alongside cousin Elliott in a grainy snap that sees him rocking some very dubious white jeans.

Questionable hair styling is a running theme too, with Mario Falcone sporting a fluffy ‘do in his #throwback snap, whilst Billie Faiers and Ferne McCann‘s locks are straightened to within an inch of their life in a cite shot of the young friends.

Elsewhere, James ‘Arg’ Argent and Lydia Bright are the definition of love’s young dream in a shot of them in the earlier days of their long-term relationship.

Check out these and more of the best snaps shared by The Only Way Is Essex cast mates past and present below!