Danish poet and author Hans Christian Andersen published The Ugly Duckling in 1843, and a huge reason why the fairy tale is famous to this day is that 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 when the duckling turns into a beautiful swan.

Now, no matter how pretty you might've been since the day you were born, we all go through that awkward stage in early puberty. The puberty stage when your body proportions might sadly relate to ones of a manatee. Pair it with a haircut enhancing none of your good features, add braces and some questionable fashion choices, and voila - you've got yourself something to be ashamed of years later. Luckily, when the body transformation is completed, a beautiful swan, just like from the Ugly Duckling emerges.

To prove that the Longbottoming Syndrome (named after an actor from the Harry Potter series, Matthew Lewis) is an intrinsic part of life, people are sharing their personal before and after pics. Viewing these amazing photos, 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 grow into their looks fully, the results seem totally worth it. Scroll down to check out their stunning before-and-after images!

#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
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3 years 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
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3 years 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
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3 years 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
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3 years 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
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3 years 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
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3 years ago

Don't think he was ugly before.

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#7

Puberty Hits

Puberty Hits

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Ronja Rövardotter
Community Member
3 years 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
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3 years ago

Left or right?

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#9

Holy Freckles Batman

Holy Freckles Batman

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Yvonne Sanchez Rodriguez
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3 years 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
Community Member
3 years ago

Someone has been working out...

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#11

Before And After

Before And After

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Meike Henneman
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3 years ago

He's so much more in focus now!

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#12

The Before Vs. The After. I Feel Like I've Improved A Bit

The Before Vs. The After. I Feel Like I've Improved A Bit

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Marie-claude Favier
Community Member
3 years ago

Pretty. She just grew into her nose, teeth and ears ..!

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#13

Me Age 15 And Me Age 21

Me Age 15 And Me Age 21

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Bridgette David
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3 years ago

Congratulations on beating your acne. I know how painful and hard to control it is.

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#14

People From High School Usually Recognize Me Just Enough To Ask If I Have A Younger Brother

People From High School Usually Recognize Me Just Enough To Ask If I Have A Younger Brother

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Amanda Cariker
Community Member
3 years ago

Helllloooo!!!

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#15

Still Don't Think I'm Quite Over The Syndrome, But I Do Know I'm Heaps Better

Still Don't Think I'm Quite Over The Syndrome, But I Do Know I'm Heaps Better

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Serena Wolff
Community Member
3 years ago

Omg you grew up so cute! Like a fairy.

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#16

My Prepubescent Grandma-esque Appearance Is Still The Butt Of Many Jokes From Friends And Family Today

My Prepubescent Grandma-esque Appearance Is Still The Butt Of Many Jokes From Friends And Family Today

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Bridgette David
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3 years ago

You were a child. You were supposed to look that way.

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#17

Me In Grade 9 Vs. This Summer At My Cousin's Wedding

Me In Grade 9 Vs. This Summer At My Cousin's Wedding

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Frimpong Poku-Dankwa
Community Member
3 years ago

he grew younger!

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#18

I Went Through A Mega-Awkward Stage

I Went Through A Mega-Awkward Stage

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Stacy Rae
Community Member
3 years ago

So pretty!

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#19

Man, I Was Good Looking

Man, I Was Good Looking

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Sarah Pascoe
Community Member
3 years ago

That smile tho . . . 😍

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#20

Bowl Cut + No Eyelashes + Lipstick On A 1st Grader

Bowl Cut + No Eyelashes + Lipstick On A 1st Grader

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AcousticGString
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3 years ago

gah! She turned into a cat!!!

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#21

Me At 13, And Again At 22

Me At 13, And Again At 22

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Olivia W
Community Member
3 years ago

13?! He looks 15 in that picture. But a great transformation

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#22

Who Would Have Thought That First Guy Would Ever Reproduce

Who Would Have Thought That First Guy Would Ever Reproduce

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Psotny Puk
Community Member
3 years ago

That caption made me laugh, congrats on your baby! <3

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#23

Before, Depressed, In The Closet, Overweight And After, Doing My Thing In Chicago

Before, Depressed, In The Closet, Overweight And After, Doing My Thing In Chicago

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Griselle Lugo
Community Member
3 years ago

Great job!! Very handsome!

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#24

Here's Me Then; Shy, Socially Awkward, Big Eared And Unlucky With The Ladies And Here's Me Now; Shy, Socially Awkward, Big Eared And Unlucky With The Ladies

Here's Me Then; Shy, Socially Awkward, Big Eared And Unlucky With The Ladies And Here's Me Now; Shy, Socially Awkward, Big Eared And Unlucky With The Ladies

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Ellen Lynne
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3 years ago

If Alan Cummings and Ryan Gosling had a baby

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#25

Chubby Kid With Afro Vs. After

Chubby Kid With Afro Vs. After

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Jordy Jubilance
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3 years ago

He's got those Jake Gyllenhaal eyebrows.

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#26

I Got This

I Got This

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Daria B
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3 years ago

Dash. You either know nothing, or you hang out specifically in those places where you don't really trick them, you just pay them, so it's more like they trick you... Greetings from S. Korea. ♥

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#27

1999, 2005 And Now

1999, 2005 And Now

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Lucypwet
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3 years ago

You seem younger now than in 2005, amazing! :)

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#28

I Think I Got Less Creepy Over Time

I Think I Got Less Creepy Over Time

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Skunk Drunk
Community Member
3 years ago

"It took you 12 minutes to get home. Google Maps said it would take 8. WHO IS SHE?"

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#29

Took About 8 Years Of Not Being A B*tch But I Think Things Turned Out Okay

Took About 8 Years Of Not Being A B*tch But I Think Things Turned Out Okay

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AcousticGString
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3 years ago

"Took 8 years of not being a bitch?" What does that even mean?

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#30

How I Looked At The Start Of 2006 And That's Me At The End Of 2011

How I Looked At The Start Of 2006 And That's Me At The End Of 2011

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Aga Medrala
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3 years ago

Washed Hair?

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#31

Needless To Say, Middle School Was A Rough Time

Needless To Say, Middle School Was A Rough Time

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Bridgette David
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3 years ago

It was rough for pretty much everbody regardless of how "cool" they looked from other kid's perspectives. Adolescence sucks.

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#32

Three Ugly Ducklings Then And Three Full Fledged Geese Now

Three Ugly Ducklings Then And Three Full Fledged Geese Now

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Flower
Community Member
3 years ago

cute :)

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#33

Before And After

Before And After

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Susie Stock
Community Member
3 years ago

Much more hair product.

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#34

It Took Me Some Time To Finally Become A Man!

It Took Me Some Time To Finally Become A Man!

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Ruth Meszaros
Community Member
3 years ago

Aw, he was a cutie in middle school too.

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#35

Myself At The Wonderful, And Never Awkward, Age Of 15. And Here's Me 6 Years Later At 21 Years Old. Perhaps It Wasn't "Ugly Duckling," As Much As It Was "Kind Of Overweight Duckling."

Myself At The Wonderful, And Never Awkward, Age Of 15. And Here's Me 6 Years Later At 21 Years Old. Perhaps It Wasn't "Ugly Duckling," As Much As It Was "Kind Of Overweight Duckling."

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Ronja Rövardotter
Community Member
3 years ago

Great job!!

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#36

I Don't Think I'm Anything Special Now But The Before Picture Cracks Me Up

I Don't Think I'm Anything Special Now But The Before Picture Cracks Me Up

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Amanda Jayne
Community Member
3 years ago

XD both pictures are cute!

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#37

25 Years Of Transformation...dear Teens, You're Fine Just As You Are!

25 Years Of Transformation...dear Teens, You're Fine Just As You Are!

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jacluckycat
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3 years ago

I like his caption. The rest of these people are killing me with the hypercritical negativity towards themselves as children.

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#38

Here's Me At About 14 And Here I Am A Few Months Ago

Here's Me At About 14 And Here I Am A Few Months Ago

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Cathy Binder
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3 years ago

nothing ugly about the first pic.

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#39

Ugly As F*ck Duckling Vs. Now

Ugly As F*ck Duckling Vs. Now

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Amanda Cariker
Community Member
3 years ago

Beautiful then and now!

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#40

Middle School Vs. Now

Middle School Vs. Now

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Psotny Puk
Community Member
3 years ago

Now that is a lovely smile you have! <3

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#41

First Pic (fat One) Grade 9. Second Is First Year University

First Pic (fat One) Grade 9. Second Is First Year University

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Jace
Community Member
3 years ago

I see two photos, not three. Anyway, good work on taking charge of your physique.

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#42

I Really Can't Explain The Quote. I Had A Profound Admiration For Antionio Banderas

I Really Can't Explain The Quote. I Had A Profound Admiration For Antionio Banderas

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Petra Rola Cole
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3 years ago

Haha "Antionio Banderas"

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#43

I Was Always The "Ugly" Friend And Never Had Guys Like Me Until Years After High School. I Had Cystic Acne Since Age 13 And Was Bullied Immensely In High School

I Was Always The "Ugly" Friend And Never Had Guys Like Me Until Years After High School. I Had Cystic Acne Since Age 13 And Was Bullied Immensely In High School

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Skunk Drunk
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3 years ago

I don't see any acne in the left image...

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#44

5 Years Ago Vs 6 Months Ago...

5 Years Ago Vs 6 Months Ago...

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Jace
Community Member
3 years ago

You reimagined yourself as an anime character ;-)

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#45

Before And After

Before And After

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Emily Whittaker
Community Member
3 years ago

All this makes me sad. Everyone is awkward looking going through puberty. Each and every one of you are pretty/handsome before and after. You just needed to find your style.

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#46

A Sad Insecure Girl Into A Happy Less Insecure Woman

A Sad Insecure Girl Into A Happy Less Insecure Woman

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Chanya Roye
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3 years ago

Happiness is most important

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#47

The First Pic Is Me In The Swimsuit, Playing Some Game At Summer Camp, WEARING MY HEADGEAR. Goddamn I Was Devoted To Wearing That Shit 20 Hours A Day. Major Loser. Then, After Some Awkward, Fat, Lesbian, Weird-hair Phases, We Arrive At The Second Picture

The First Pic Is Me In The Swimsuit, Playing Some Game At Summer Camp, WEARING MY HEADGEAR. Goddamn I Was Devoted To Wearing That Shit 20 Hours A Day. Major Loser. Then, After Some Awkward, Fat, Lesbian, Weird-hair Phases, We Arrive At The Second Picture

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Amanda Jayne
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3 years ago

2nd picture looks pretty, but the self-loathing in the caption is awful. Lesbian shouldn't be a negative word either. Good grief.

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#48

I Cringe At My Before Picture. What A Handful Of Years Can Do

I Cringe At My Before Picture. What A Handful Of Years Can Do

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AcousticGString
Community Member
3 years ago

Amazing

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#49

So This Is Before In High School And This Is Me Now

So This Is Before In High School And This Is Me Now

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AcousticGString
Community Member
3 years ago

Fond of keeping that left hand in your pocket, eh?

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#50

3rd Grade Vs. Senior Year

3rd Grade Vs. Senior Year

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E Menendez
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3 years ago

She was cute as a child. I find it sad that a lot of these seem to portray looking "childlike" is ugly.

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#51

I'm Still Really Awkward And Make Idiotic Faces In Most Of My Pictures But At Least I Have Boobs Now

I'm Still Really Awkward And Make Idiotic Faces In Most Of My Pictures But At Least I Have Boobs Now

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Jace
Community Member
3 years ago

Well you pretty much admitted to this awkwardness thing being entirely under your control... ;-) As for "I have boobs now", I realize the American ideal is all "curves and big boobs", but it's an arbitrary standard, has no universality (attractiveness is subjective, and there is plenty of variety in tastes), and small breasts are not a bad thing whatsoever.

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#52

My Own Transformation - From Fat Bastard To Marathon Runner In Just 4 Years...

My Own Transformation - From Fat Bastard To Marathon Runner In Just 4 Years...

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Jace
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3 years ago

Congratulations on taking control of your physique. Try not to be so harsh on yourself, though.

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#53

I Had A Rough Childhood

I Had A Rough Childhood

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Ronja Rövardotter
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3 years ago

I think she wasn't ugly. I think she is quite cute in her childhood pic. She turned into beautiful young lady. Nice hair :-)

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#54

2008/2016

2008/2016

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Eva Albertová
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3 years ago

I like both!

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#55

I Had To Wear Headgear At Night/braces/other Dental Things Because My Teeth Were So Bad, And I'm Pretty Sure I Had A Moustache At The Time The First Picture Was Taken

I Had To Wear Headgear At Night/braces/other Dental Things Because My Teeth Were So Bad, And I'm Pretty Sure I Had A Moustache At The Time The First Picture Was Taken

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Jace
Community Member
3 years ago

The photo doesn't strike me as ugly

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#56

13 Yo Vs 28 Yo

13 Yo Vs 28 Yo

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Dorottya Hévizi
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3 years ago

that haircolor really suits you.

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#57

Before When I Was 12, Nowadays At 22

Before When I Was 12, Nowadays At 22

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Jace
Community Member
3 years ago

Well, you grew up. Child doesn't = ugly duckling

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#58

Just A Few Years Apart

Just A Few Years Apart

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Allison Lacy
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3 years ago

you looked good in both

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#59

One On The Left Vs. Now

One On The Left Vs. Now

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Jace
Community Member
3 years ago

I see ducklings in the photo on the left, but no ugly ones. You looked fine.

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#60

Then And Now

Then And Now

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Weird Theater Geek
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3 years ago

I thought she looked good in both...

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#61

Then And Now

Then And Now

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Jace
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3 years ago

Meh, blame the photographer!

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#62

Me 3 Years Ago Vs Now.

Me 3 Years Ago Vs Now.

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Jace
Community Member
3 years ago

Congratulations on taking charge of your physique, lifestyle, and habits. You weren't ugly, though.

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#63

Why Do Parents Give Bowl Haircuts On Girls?!

Why Do Parents Give Bowl Haircuts On Girls?!

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Jace
Community Member
3 years ago

I don't know. I had one too. Hated it. But it does not an ugly duckling make.

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#64

Before And After

Before And After

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Allison Lacy
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3 years ago

pretty in both

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#65

Me About 3 To 23 , My Mom Calls Me The Ugly Duckling That Turned To Swan (not Sure If I'm A Swan Or A Sheep)

Me About 3 To 23 , My Mom Calls Me The Ugly Duckling That Turned To Swan (not Sure If I'm A Swan Or A Sheep)

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Dorottya Hévizi
Community Member
3 years ago

lol that cheeky smile in the first pic :D

#66

12 Vs. 22 Years Old. Still A Proud School Nerd.

12 Vs. 22 Years Old. Still A Proud School Nerd.

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Jace
Community Member
3 years ago

No ugliness in that duckling. Maybe try to find a much worse photo to convince us ;-)

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#67

From 🐷 To 🦄

From 🐷 To 🦄

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Dorottya Hévizi
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3 years ago

Love your hair!

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#68

Here's A Timeline Of My Ugly Duckling-ness

Here's A Timeline Of My Ugly Duckling-ness

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Psychedelic
Community Member
3 years ago

That looks like a guy on the left. Good transformation she looks beautiful now.

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#69

So Embarrassed....

So Embarrassed....

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Allison Lacy
Community Member
3 years ago

you were never ah ugly duckling

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#70

14yo Vs 24yo

14yo Vs 24yo

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