Face it: too few of us looked good in high school. But if the hot teens heating up our TV screens each week are any indication, times have certainly changed. If you were never to see any actual adolescent again, and had only the CW's shows as a point of reference for teenage aesthetics, you'd never realize that human teenagers are supposed to be dealing with acne and braces and hopelessly broken hearts. Instead, one quick scan of the channels will probably have you swooning every which way over alleged teen superhero levels of buffness, impeccable clothing and gorgeous faces.
The good thing is, you don't have to feel awkward about fancying the pants off them! The reason these teen characters who are way too sexy are just that sexy is because they're in their mid-twenties and spend hours in the gym just working on their fitness. The hot teen characters who make you feel weird are yours to appreciate. Just don't go looking for hot actors on Skins – those guys are actually teenagers. Just don't.
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The teachers at the Constance Billard School for Girls must have known that Serena van der Woodsen was not actually a teenager: they definitely wouldn't have let her walk around in her altered school uniform when she was actually 16. More than a few viewers probably felt a tad weird watching Serena attend school in some sort of Britney Spears "Baby One More Time" uniform homage.
But it's all good – Blake Lively was actually 20 years old at the start of the series. The only people that should feel weird in this case are the costume designers who thought Serena wouldn't get chased down by a measuring tape wielding teacher screaming about dress code rules.34856Are they attractive?
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Ah, Hanna Marin! So sexy that her supposed "frump" costume in flashbacks was rendered null and void: Ashley Bensen looked just as gorgeous with a pillow stuffed up an oversized jumper as she did in the more "fashion-forward," shall we say, selections the Pretty Little Liars costume department deemed fit for viewing. And lucky for the viewers at home, you wouldn't have to feel weird about an ineffective frump costume because Benson was 21 at the time the first season aired. You're in the clear!23572Are they attractive?
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Emily Fields probably caught the attention of a lot of queer women when Pretty Little Liars first aired in 2007. But older queer women watching the show just for representation might have felt a little weird about finding this "teenage" girl attractive. Ah - Not to worry: Shay Mitchell was actually 23 at the time!23389Are they attractive?
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No teenager has the right to be able to pull off that strong a headband game without coming away with a severe case of forehead acne. That's how you know Blair Waldorf was not a teenager but a strong, sexy woman! And that means it's also totally acceptable to have been into her during her Gossip Girl days. Here's why – Leighton Meester was actually 21 during the first season of Gossip Girl. Nothing weird about that!19973Are they attractive?