Ree Drummond, Food Network’s The Pioneer Woman, shared an epic throwback photo to Instagram in honor of her birthday. The pic, which appears to be a huge hit with her three million followers, gave fans a glimpse at Ree’s past that they most likely have never seen before.
The cooking superstar, who is one of the leading personalities on the network, is celebrating her 51st birthday today. In honor of her special day, she posted a photo taken when she was just 13-years-old, well before she became the wife of a cattle rancher and the mother of four children — Alex, Paige, Bryce, and Todd.
In the photo, Ree is seen sporting a common look from 1983 — heavy bangs, blown-out hair with a trendy flip at the bottom, and her long, red tresses held down with a plastic headband.
She had braces on her teeth and showed off her smile for what is likely a school photo. Ree wore a yellow sweater, pearls, and gold hoop earrings in the picture.
In the caption of the throwback pic, Ree explained that today was her birthday so she decided to post a pic from when she was 13. She listed her favorite things at that time, which included the film Tootsie, a tune by the band Dexy’s Midnight Runners, and singer Billy Idol.
Fans were delighted by the image and couldn’t wait to share their birthday wishes and thoughts on the pic in the comments section of the fun photo.
“Happiest Birthday Alex…..I mean Ree. Am I the only one who sees it?” said one of the celebrity chef’s Instagram followers, noting how much her oldest daughter Alex resembles her mother.
“Happy Birthday! Hope your day is extra special!” said a second fan of the Food Network personality.
“Happy Happy Birthday still Gorgeous have a wonderful day!!” said a third fan of Ree’s.
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My silly dog. My daughter’s college graduation. The ice cream shop I opened. A wedding I crashed in New Orleans. Oh…and my husband’s muscles. These were high points of 2019! No food photos made the cut, unless you count the Fuego queso Alex is eating in her graduation portrait.????#topnine2019
Ree is a blogger, author, food writer, photographer, and television personality who lives on a working ranch outside of Pawhuska, Oklahoma with her husband Ladd and their four children. She has built a business empire on the strength of fans that follow her television series, which she films at home. Fans seem to adore how relatable she is and her show is one of the most highly-rated on the network.
Since the show’s debut in 2011, Ree has written six cookbooks, a biography of her life with Ladd called The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels: A Love Story, and a series of children’s books called Little Ree and Charlie the Ranch Dog.
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I wanted to share some photos of our place at Christmastime.???? I know big city Christmas lights can be very exciting, but there is something about our little town this time of year. It’s a sweet little holiday dream! Come see us this weekend if you are in the general vicinity of Oklahoma! ???? I’ll be popping into the store Saturday to sign cookbooks for last minute gifts, and there are lots of other fun goodies to help complete your Christmas list. Hope you’re all having a beautiful holiday season!????❤️
Ree and her husband also own and operate The Mercantile, Charlie’s Sweet Shop, P-Town Pizza, and The Pioneer Woman Boarding House, all in the tiny town where the family lives.