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.

#1

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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Raine Soo
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2 months ago

Nice transformation. You're model material now.

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#2

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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Canadian in Cornwall
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2 months ago

looked like a middle aged man in the before pic !

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#3

Mid 20’s To Mid 30’s

Mid 20’s To Mid 30’s

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Anita Marx
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2 months ago

Sweetheart now, but don't grow your beard longer than this "3 days uncut" please.

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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.

#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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Daria Z
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2 months ago

Awesome! 👍

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#5

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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Anita Marx
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2 months ago

Wow. Looks like two different people.

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#6

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

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

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Lara Löwenherz
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2 months ago

Happy for you. Your beautiful!

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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.

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.

#7

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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Raine Soo
Community Member
2 months ago

Cute! That new haircut suits you.

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#8

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
Community Member
2 months ago

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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Boopie Dew
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2 months ago

Sometimes helping others that may be being bullied now may help you become more secure and help them see being bullied isn't for life. It will get better.

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#10

Lost 100lbs And Now I Model Full Time!

Lost 100lbs And Now I Model Full Time!

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Hańka
Community Member
2 months ago

Wow!

Zophra
Community Member
2 months ago

nice cheekbones!

Bored In B-Lo
Community Member
2 months ago

It's a shame you have to lose 100lbs and look malnourished to become a model

penguin
Community Member
2 months ago

I'm happy for him, but I like him better beforehand (if I were his age), his eyes were more impressive

MJ Scooter
Community Member
2 months ago

I know, went from cute boy next door to nascent serial killer

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GeneralZod
Community Member
2 months ago

That is some fierce Blue Steel!

Boopie Dew
Community Member
2 months ago

Those cheekbones!! Overall looking great!

Rannveig Ess
Community Member
2 months ago

I want your cheekbones! (and that coat...)

Awesome horse lover
Community Member
2 months ago

Dem cheekbones

Lisa
Community Member
2 months ago

fierce

rosid rukmana
Community Member
1 month ago

You look like Cara Delevingne

Terry Reauxper
Community Member
2 months ago

Sad...

BabaBizzle
Community Member
2 months ago

Cheekbones for days!

Peppy Mozzani
Community Member
2 months ago

Good job! Great look!

AnRi
Community Member
2 months ago

I liked the before picture a lot more. You were handsome.

kjorn
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2 months ago

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and became a robot for as much i can tell...

Ray Githinji
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2 months ago

That's his model face 😁

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#11

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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Edward
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2 months ago

He trimmed his beard and got a beanie

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#12

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
Community Member
2 months ago

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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Jeffrey Alexander
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2 months ago

wow outdone yourself!

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#14

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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Caged Beer
Community Member
2 months ago

You look great. Easy to love a guy like you.

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#15

15 To 27. Was Bullied A Lot

15 To 27. Was Bullied A Lot

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magnadar
Community Member
2 months ago

Why bullied?

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#16

19 To 23

19 To 23

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Raine Soo
Community Member
2 months ago

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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#17

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

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

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Marc
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2 months ago

His eyes changed from red to blue. *cough*

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#18

Grades 2,4 & 6 To Age 27 And 28

Grades 2,4 & 6 To Age 27 And 28

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Lara Löwenherz
Community Member
2 months ago

Beautiful woman

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#19

17 To 22

17 To 22

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Daria Z
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2 months ago

I kinda like the "before" look, too :)

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#20

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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Anita Marx
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2 months ago

We need more women driving the bike of her dreams.

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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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Avery S Alberico
Community Member
2 months ago

you put a ring on it! Congrats!

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#22

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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Anita Marx
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2 months ago

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You give me a hopeful sign: my daughter is 14, looks like you at 15 with that rainbow hair.

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#23

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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2 months ago

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

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#24

2010 (18) vs. 2020 (28)

2010 (18) vs. 2020 (28)

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Caged Beer
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2 months ago

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You are a work in progress. A little less make up and you will be gorgeous.

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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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Stella Chen
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2 months ago

Did he become a genie?

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#26

Freshman Year - 6th Year Senior

Freshman Year - 6th Year Senior

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Raine Soo
Community Member
2 months ago

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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Aria Whitaker
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2 months ago

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Can someone help me see the transformation? It looks like he just dyed the front of his hair a bit and got some glasses....

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#28

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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Anita Marx
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2 months ago

Looks pretty in both pics, in the first more natural.

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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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Ben Smith
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2 months ago

I don’t believe this one qualifies.

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#30

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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I'm a makeup addict
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2 months ago

she's so beautiful!!!

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