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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Jessica Bertram
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4 years ago

Cheers to you, i love your caption and outlook!!

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#2

So Much Can Change In Few Years

So Much Can Change In Few Years

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Yvonne Sanchez Rodriguez
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4 years ago

Is this one #10 & #14?

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#3

Taking The Cake On This One

Taking The Cake On This One

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Melody Lanzatella
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4 years ago

WOW!

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#4

My Sister, Before And After

My Sister, Before And After

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SamC
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4 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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4 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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AcousticGString
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4 years ago

NICE

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#7

Puberty Hits

Puberty Hits

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Ronja Rövardotter
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4 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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4 years ago

Left or right?

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#9

Holy Freckles Batman

Holy Freckles Batman

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AcousticGString
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4 years ago

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He resorbed his twin, and used her strength to become a stronger, more handsome man.

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#10

Freshman 20 And 3 Years Later

Freshman 20 And 3 Years Later

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Amanda Cariker
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4 years ago

Well I guess!!!! wow!!

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#11

Before And After

Before And After

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AcousticGString
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4 years ago

Holy! WOW!

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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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AcousticGString
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4 years ago

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curious if her hair still hides her ears, or she's had them fixed, also she's not smiling so hard to tell about the front teeth situation

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#13

Me Age 15 And Me Age 21

Me Age 15 And Me Age 21

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Skunk Drunk
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4 years ago

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That left image tho...

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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
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4 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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phattiusmax
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4 years ago

You're cute in both!

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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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Samantha Cross
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4 years ago

You look gorgeous now.. such an improvement you would never know!! You should be so proud!

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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
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4 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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Tomasz
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4 years ago

Great eyes :P

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#19

Man, I Was Good Looking

Man, I Was Good Looking

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Selenlna
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4 years ago

cute af cute af cute af

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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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4 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
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4 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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Linds
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4 years ago

Great transformation but looks like he could be related to Tom Green. lol

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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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Aga Medrala
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4 years ago

Wow! New crush

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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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Amanda Codlin
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4 years ago

Ouch! Lol

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#25

Chubby Kid With Afro Vs. After

Chubby Kid With Afro Vs. After

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Amanda Cariker
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4 years ago

Polynesian?

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#26

I Got This

I Got This

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dash
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4 years ago

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My favourite type of girl when I'm in Phuket or Angeles City.

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#27

1999, 2005 And Now

1999, 2005 And Now

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Lucypwet
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4 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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Petra Rola Cole
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4 years ago

Maybe less creepy but crazier ;)

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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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4 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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4 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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4 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
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4 years ago

cute :)

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#33

Before And After

Before And After

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Susie Stock
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4 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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Amanda Cariker
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4 years ago

Corn cob pipe! Best man transformation lol

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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
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4 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
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4 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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B. Tsvetkoff
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4 years ago

Wow

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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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4 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
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4 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
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4 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
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4 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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4 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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4 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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Liliana V
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4 years ago

Just a bad picture ( the first one). But don't get me wrong you look great!! :)

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#45

Before And After

Before And After

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Emily Whittaker
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4 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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Diane Patrick
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4 years ago

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Tights aren't trousers.

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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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Josie Morris
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4 years ago

What's the headgear she mentioned? I can see it in the pic, but what is it called, and what's it for? She blossomed into a beautiful adult.

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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
4 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
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4 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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4 years ago

She wasn't ugly at all. It is sad that she feels that looking like a child was"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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Chanya Roye
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4 years ago

Ahahaha! Gaining weight after 30 was weird, i was flat as a board before that

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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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4 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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AcousticGString
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4 years ago

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She looks lost in both pics

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#54

2008/2016

2008/2016

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Lucypwet
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4 years ago

wouaw

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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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Chanya Roye
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4 years ago

Ahahaha! Headgear, bifocals, bowl haircuts my mom gave me, velcro sneakers bought for me until middle school! It was rough!

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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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4 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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Rajani Sarasan
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4 years ago

You don't look 22

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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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4 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
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4 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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4 years ago

I thought she looked good in both...

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#61

Then And Now

Then And Now

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Rajani Sarasan
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4 years ago

Omg puberty can do wonders!

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#62

Me 3 Years Ago Vs Now.

Me 3 Years Ago Vs Now.

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NeatAndNice
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4 years ago

But how?

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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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Sasy
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4 years ago

the same reason they give them to boys, cost and care about at least having a straight cut, there is pride in doing it right, even if you have to do it yourself.

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#64

Before And After

Before And After

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Bart Vink
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4 years ago

Glad the cute smile stayed :)

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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
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4 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
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4 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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4 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
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4 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....