Danish poet and author Hans Christian Andersen published The Ugly Duckling in 1843, and a huge reason why the fairy tale is popular to this day is because of how relatable it is. It's a heartwarming story about personal transformation for the better, revolving around inner beauty just as much as it does around its outer counterpart.


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To prove that the Ugly Duckling Syndrome is an intrinsic part of life, people are constantly sharing their personal before-and-after photos. Viewing these images, it's clear that you never know what time has prepared for you. Even though these late bloomers had to wait a little longer than others to fully grow into their looks, the results seem totally worth it. Scroll down to check out their stunning before-and-after images and upvote your favorites!

#1 I Must Say, Being An Ugly Duckling (Both Self-described And By The Perception Of Others) Made Me A Much Better Person Than I Might Have Been Had I Always Been "Pretty"

I Must Say, Being An Ugly Duckling (Both Self-described And By The Perception Of Others) Made Me A Much Better Person Than I Might Have Been Had I Always Been "Pretty"

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Jeza Bel 1 year ago

Love the caption

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#2 So Much Can Change In Few Years

So Much Can Change In Few Years

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Enn Geecee 1 year ago

Longbottoming alert 🚨

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#3 Taking The Cake On This One

Taking The Cake On This One

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Anne Bustyvel 1 year ago

I dont think the kid is ugly just because he is a bit chubby. He looks like a creative boy. Cute kid! Handsome man!

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#4 My Sister, Before And After

My Sister, Before And After

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SamC 1 year ago

Stunning

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#5 Oh, I So Got This One

Oh, I So Got This One

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Cathy Binder 1 year ago

proof a mullet will make anyone look bad.

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#6 Here's Freshman Year Of College (17) Vs. Now (25)

Here's Freshman Year Of College (17) Vs. Now (25)

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Sherry Straus 1 year ago

Don't think he was ugly before.

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#7 Puberty Hits

Puberty Hits

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Ronja Rövardotter 1 year ago

This guy reminds me of the famous Neville Longbottom transformation :-) I don't know but they kind of look alike. :-) Both handsome now o:-)

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#8 So This Is Me In 8th Grade And This Is Me Now As A Senior

So This Is Me In 8th Grade And This Is Me Now As A Senior

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Johhn3443234523 1 year ago

Left or right?

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#9 Holy Freckles Batman

Holy Freckles Batman

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Yvonne Sanchez Rodriguez 1 year ago

He wasn't an ugly duckling to start with.

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#10 Freshman 20 And 3 Years Later

Freshman 20 And 3 Years Later

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Ildiko Okido 1 year ago

Someone has been working out...

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