People Who Used To Be “Ugly Ducklings” Share Their Transformations, And We Can Barely Recognize Them (New Pics)
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.
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 (and puberty, of course) has prepared for you. Even though these late bloomers had to wait a little longer than others to grow into their beautiful people looks fully, the body transformations seem totally worth it. Scroll down to check out their stunning from-ugly-to-pretty images and upvote your favorites!
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Lost 50kg (110lbs) In 18 Months After A Rugby Injury, Started Rowing For My University, Got My Msc In Mathematics
I Don't Even Look Like The Same Person Anymore. 17 To 22
19 To 21
In 25 Months. Found A True Before Pic, Face Gains, Mission Goal Weight In 2018
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
11-21. My Dad Used To Call Me Ugly Betty, And I Took It As A Compliment
13 And 30. They Used To Make Fun Of Me For Coding. Now I Get Paid For It
Grew Into My Chin... And My Ears... And Pretty Much My Whole Face (12yo Me Vs. 22yo Me)
12 To 20. I Promise I Was Always A Girl
What 10 Years Of Makeup, Self Esteem, And Effort Can Do To 2 Ugly Twins
Age 15 To 21
They Used To Call Me "Pretty" As A Joke
17-23. No One Calls Me Bieber Anymore
I Think 16 To 21
From Sundaes To Runways. I Grew Up Quite A Bit From 17 To 21
Lost The Weight But Damn I Miss That Hair
That first pic portrays a haircut scientifically designed to get the maximum amount of hair poking into your eyes at any given time.
Today At 25, I've Lost 120 Lbs And Put On Some Muscle!
14 To 23. It’s Been An Awkward Decade For Me
Early 20's To Yesterday At 30
From 18 To 23. Who Knew A Jawline Would Be Hidden Under All Of That
16 To 20. What A Difference 4 Years Make
4th Grade Me & 22 Year Old Me. The Photographer Even Made Me Push My Glasses Up Because I Liked To Wear Them On The Tip Of My Nose
My Friends Transition From 12 Pudge To 22 Year Old Stud (8th Grade - Postcollege)
When You're So Homely You're Kind Of Cute. From 9 To 24
14 To My 19th Birthday. Grew Up A Little Bit
17 To 19 In 6 Seconds
16 To 23. I Was A T-Shirt, Baggy Jeans, And Scowl Face Kind Of Girl. My Mom Saved A Lot Beautiful Clothing For Me
17 To 22. My Hair Doesn't Look Like A Bad Wig Anymore
Twenty Years Later. Still Need The Big Glasses
Those sure are some big...uhm.. glasses? Yeah, glasses.
Personally, I think you look awesome in every one of your pictures.
From Headgear Girl With 4 Bangs To Teacher Miss Morgan. To All Former And Current Ducklings: Keep Smiling!
Your teeth are beautiful now because of all that head-gear lol! Sorry you had to put up with that mess!
I'd Like To Think The Past 9 Years Have Been Kind To Me. From 15 To 24
12 To 21. Weight Loss And A Set Of Braces Later, I Am Still An Insecure Person, But I Feel Much More Comfortable In My Body
15, Awkward And Rejected By All My Crushes To 22, Dating The Love Of My Life For 2,5 Years (And Much Happier)
I Guess A Lot Happens In 3 And A Half Years
15 To 21. I Was That One Kid In High School Who Still Had A Roller Backpack
14 To 26. I Was So Proud Of That 'Moustache'
14 To 24
14-24 My Best Friend (Left) And I (Right). Thanks Puberty
15 To 21 My Former Bullies Have Asked Me Out Not Even Realizing We Went To The Same School For Four Years!
In Grade Two, I Looked Like A 40 Year Old Librarian With 6 Cats At Home
3rd Grade - Now
I'm pretty sure we were all a little uglier when we were 8.. This is not an "Ugly Duckling" story. You simply grew up.
My Boyfriend Doesn't Even Look Like The Same Person (16 To 21)
14 To 21 Transformation. Indian Peter Griffin To Überdoüche
12 Vs 19. Never Got Taller, But I Got Contacts And Lost A Bunch Of Weight
doesn't seem like you really needed to lose a bunch of weight...
Most of these weren't ugly to begin with, some people have strange standards.
Sadly, the ones with these "strange standards" are usually the loudest ones and the quickest to point fingers. I agree most, if not all, of them were beautiful in the before picture too, but I can totally see why they were "the ugly ducklings". Besides that, as you know, the duckling becomes a swan in the end. But ducks are cute animals, while swans are gracious and elegant. That's symbolic.