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 (check out part I of this list here) their personal before-and-after photos in the uglyduckling subreddit. 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 Lost 50kg (110lbs) In 18 Months After A Rugby Injury, Started Rowing For My University, Got My Msc In Mathematics

Lost 50kg (110lbs) In 18 Months After A Rugby Injury, Started Rowing For My University, Got My Msc In Mathematics

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Cherie O 7 months ago

those chiseled cheekbones....

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#2 I Don't Even Look Like The Same Person Anymore. 17 To 22

I Don't Even Look Like The Same Person Anymore. 17 To 22

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MagicalUnicorn 7 months ago

from jack to lumberjack

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#3 19 To 21

19 To 21

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#4 In 25 Months. Found A True Before Pic, Face Gains, Mission Goal Weight In 2018

In 25 Months. Found A True Before Pic, Face Gains, Mission Goal Weight In 2018

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ALIYAH ALLEN 7 months ago

she looks younger as well

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#5 4 Years Between The Photos. Used To Really Dislike How I Looked But Slowly And Bit By Bit I Started To Treat Myself A Lil Nicer, Didn't Realize The Difference Till I Saw It Like This

4 Years Between The Photos. Used To Really Dislike How I Looked But Slowly And Bit By Bit I Started To Treat Myself A Lil Nicer, Didn't Realize The Difference Till I Saw It Like This

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Starr 7 months ago

Awww she is cute in both I think

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#6 11-21. My Dad Used To Call Me Ugly Betty, And I Took It As A Compliment

11-21. My Dad Used To Call Me Ugly Betty, And I Took It As A Compliment

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Danny Giusa 7 months ago

What a nice father.... NOT.

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#7 13 And 30. They Used To Make Fun Of Me For Coding. Now I Get Paid For It

13 And 30. They Used To Make Fun Of Me For Coding. Now I Get Paid For It

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Starr 7 months ago

Well then .... 😍

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#8 Grew Into My Chin... And My Ears... And Pretty Much My Whole Face (12yo Me Vs. 22yo Me)

Grew Into My Chin... And My Ears... And Pretty Much My Whole Face (12yo Me Vs. 22yo Me)

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Elise Mon 7 months ago

wow !! stunning

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#9 12 To 20. I Promise I Was Always A Girl

12 To 20. I Promise I Was Always A Girl

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Elise Mon 7 months ago

what a beauty

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#10 What 10 Years Of Makeup, Self Esteem, And Effort Can Do To 2 Ugly Twins

What 10 Years Of Makeup, Self Esteem, And Effort Can Do To 2 Ugly Twins

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foxlover05 7 months ago

Their shirts in the first pic...

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