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There are moments in our puberty, aka blunder years, that we are not exactly proud of. Like that one school pic in your parents’ photo album that you dread equally much as falling ill ‘cause your health insurance policy may tell you "see u later, alligator."

But hey, we’ve all been there and it’s totally fine and honestly, quite cute. And there’s even some real-life evidence that shows that some people have literally blossomed so much that they're now beautiful swans both inside and out.

So this time, we are looking at some of the most incredible “ugly duckling” transformations that prove there’s some justice after all in the looks department. Shared on the "Ugly Duckling" subreddit, these crazy before and afters will make you think twice about that shy boy in baggy sweater and braces who you sat next to in the 8th grade. And after you’re done scrolling through this post, be sure to check out more jaw-dropping transformations in our previous posts here, here, and here.

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Age 18 To 23, Used To Look Up In Photos To Try To Hide My Substantial Double Chin

Age 18 To 23, Used To Look Up In Photos To Try To Hide My Substantial Double Chin

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23 vs. 31 - Lost The Weight (160lbs) 7 Years Ago. My Hair Moved From The Top Of My Head To My Face And I’m Still Trying To Find My Look, But I Felt Good Today

23 vs. 31 - Lost The Weight (160lbs) 7 Years Ago. My Hair Moved From The Top Of My Head To My Face And I’m Still Trying To Find My Look, But I Felt Good Today

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Being an ugly duckling, which takes its name from Hans Christian Andersen’s tale, refers to glowing up and developing into an attractive and successful person as opposed to what one has been before in their early days. But many people grew up with the idea of being an “ugly duckling” when they were kids and for some, it still follows them into their adult life.

As a result, even if this is a positive and celebrated transformation, many people can suffer lasting emotional effects. For example, ugly duckling syndrome can be a reason why so many of us can’t take compliments and see stares from people of the opposite sex as insults.

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#4

19 To 27 - 220lbs Down Due To Gradual And Sustained Change Over A Long Time

19 To 27 - 220lbs Down Due To Gradual And Sustained Change Over A Long Time

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15 - 19 I’d Like To Thank Accutane And Losing 90lbs

15 - 19 I’d Like To Thank Accutane And Losing 90lbs

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David K
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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I had to look up what Accutane is (probably because I never had troubles with acne), but now I see what effect she has on her mind. The girl looks gorgeous with her new look.

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[16-17] Two Selfies, Before And After Double Jaw Surgery

[16-17] Two Selfies, Before And After Double Jaw Surgery

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Moreover, those who have ever seen themselves as ugly ducklings can struggle to realize the power of their natural beauty. It may also be a good thing, since it helps to develop an inner strength that later carries us in our lives.

Most importantly, people who glowed up later in their lives are now much more likely to judge a book by what’s inside rather than its cover. Appreciation of inner beauty is a beautiful thing that enriches humans in profound ways.

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In the end, looks come and go, and if you build your personality solely on your outer traits, you may well struggle to cope with your identity in the event that you lose them.

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18 To 28 - Lost The Glasses, Found Some Hair, Kept The Nerdiness And Over-Optimism

18 To 28 - Lost The Glasses, Found Some Hair, Kept The Nerdiness And Over-Optimism

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2019-2020. Went Through A Bad Year After A Horrible Failed Toxic Relationship (2014-2018) Gained A Bunch Of Weight Then Got It Together Finally

2019-2020. Went Through A Bad Year After A Horrible Failed Toxic Relationship (2014-2018) Gained A Bunch Of Weight Then Got It Together Finally

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Raine Soo
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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The fact that your "horrible toxic relationship" failed was a blessing in disguise. You look and feel great now, right?

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#9

14 vs. 18 M / Used To Get Bullied So Hard I Still Get Insecure

14 vs. 18 M / Used To Get Bullied So Hard I Still Get Insecure

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22-31 Gained A Pair Of Glasses, Some Weight, And A Few Tats

22-31 Gained A Pair Of Glasses, Some Weight, And A Few Tats

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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This looks like it could have been taken later that same day

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12-27. Childhood Was A Rough But It Makes For A Good Personality

12-27. Childhood Was A Rough But It Makes For A Good Personality

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Raine Soo
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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Aww, you were adorable as a kid. I won't deny that you are a stunner now.

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#13

19 -> 25 Found An Interview I Did At My First Internship About 6 Years Ago

19 -> 25 Found An Interview I Did At My First Internship About 6 Years Ago

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14-26 I’m Becoming More Comfortable With Myself Now, But I Still Have A Lot Of Work Left To Do. Learning To Love Myself Has Been Hard, But I Like The Person I’m Becoming

14-26 I’m Becoming More Comfortable With Myself Now, But I Still Have A Lot Of Work Left To Do. Learning To Love Myself Has Been Hard, But I Like The Person I’m Becoming

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#15

15 To 27. Was Bullied A Lot

15 To 27. Was Bullied A Lot

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David K
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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

She looked lovely at the age of 15. People who bully someone are just hiding the fact that themselves are missing something and such display of their behavior makes them in fact look ridiculous and weak (which they however do not realize until after few years, sometimes never).

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19 To 23

19 To 23

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Raine Soo
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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I think that you looked fine in the before photo, just that your clothes were a bit frumpy, and aged you.

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(15-31) Got Mildly Better At Grooming Over The Years

(15-31) Got Mildly Better At Grooming Over The Years

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Always Dreamed Of Owning A Motorbike, Made It Happen 14 Years Later And Had A Glow Up Along The Way [14-28]

Always Dreamed Of Owning A Motorbike, Made It Happen 14 Years Later And Had A Glow Up Along The Way [14-28]

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#21

18-26: I Finally Figured Out What To Do With My Hands!

18-26: I Finally Figured Out What To Do With My Hands!

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My Body And Style Have Changed From 12 To 30, But I Still Listen To An Embarrassing Amount Of Brand New

My Body And Style Have Changed From 12 To 30, But I Still Listen To An Embarrassing Amount Of Brand New

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13 To 26. For The First Time In My Life I Feel At Peace With Myself

13 To 26. For The First Time In My Life I Feel At Peace With Myself

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Anita Marx
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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Feeling the peace inside is always the best thing! No matter what you look like.

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#25

May, 2019 To Me Just Yesterday. Lost 65lbs This Year Since February

May, 2019 To Me Just Yesterday. Lost 65lbs This Year Since February

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#26

Freshman Year - 6th Year Senior

Freshman Year - 6th Year Senior

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Raine Soo
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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That facial hair is doing wonders for you. I also like what you did to your hair. You look so sharp now.

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#27

From Senior Year Of High School, To Senior Year Of College

From Senior Year Of High School, To Senior Year Of College

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17 To 26 - I Kept That Bob For 7 Years Unfortunately. Got Lasik, Cleared Up The Acne And Gained Confidence

17 To 26 - I Kept That Bob For 7 Years Unfortunately. Got Lasik, Cleared Up The Acne And Gained Confidence

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#29

(17-22) To Be Fair, I Did Have A Great Time Fishing

(17-22) To Be Fair, I Did Have A Great Time Fishing

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15yr Old To 26yr Old. I Used To Cut My Hair Short So I Looked Like A Guy And Food Was My Comfort Blanket

15yr Old To 26yr Old. I Used To Cut My Hair Short So I Looked Like A Guy And Food Was My Comfort Blanket

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