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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

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

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    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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    #6

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

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    #7

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

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    #8

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

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    #10

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

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    #12

    They Used To Call Me "Pretty" As A Joke

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    #13

    17-23. No One Calls Me Bieber Anymore

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    #15

    From Sundaes To Runways. I Grew Up Quite A Bit From 17 To 21

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    #16

    Lost The Weight But Damn I Miss That Hair

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    Jef Bateman
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    6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    That first pic portrays a haircut scientifically designed to get the maximum amount of hair poking into your eyes at any given time.

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    #17

    Today At 25, I've Lost 120 Lbs And Put On Some Muscle!

    Today At 25, I've Lost 120 Lbs And Put On Some Muscle!

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    #18

    14 To 23. It’s Been An Awkward Decade For Me

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    #19

    Early 20's To Yesterday At 30

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    #20

    From 18 To 23. Who Knew A Jawline Would Be Hidden Under All Of That

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    #22

    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

    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

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    Cesi Baca
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    6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    4th grade u looks like a pretty adolescent girl....no ugly duckling there.

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    #23

    My Friends Transition From 12 Pudge To 22 Year Old Stud (8th Grade - Postcollege)

    My Friends Transition From 12 Pudge To 22 Year Old Stud (8th Grade - Postcollege)

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    #24

    When You're So Homely You're Kind Of Cute. From 9 To 24

    When You're So Homely You're Kind Of Cute. From 9 To 24

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    #25

    14 To My 19th Birthday. Grew Up A Little Bit

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    #27

    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

    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

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    #28

    17 To 22. My Hair Doesn't Look Like A Bad Wig Anymore

    17 To 22. My Hair Doesn't Look Like A Bad Wig Anymore

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    #29

    Twenty Years Later. Still Need The Big Glasses

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    #30

    ?-14-18-26

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    Bored Fangirl
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    6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    Personally, I think you look awesome in every one of your pictures.

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    #31

    From Headgear Girl With 4 Bangs To Teacher Miss Morgan. To All Former And Current Ducklings: Keep Smiling!

    From Headgear Girl With 4 Bangs To Teacher Miss Morgan. To All Former And Current Ducklings: Keep Smiling!

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    Sierra Batten
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    6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    Your teeth are beautiful now because of all that head-gear lol! Sorry you had to put up with that mess!

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    #32

    I'd Like To Think The Past 9 Years Have Been Kind To Me. From 15 To 24

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    #33

    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

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    Fee
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    6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    You're so cute, in both pictures. Never feel insecure.

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    #34

    15, Awkward And Rejected By All My Crushes To 22, Dating The Love Of My Life For 2,5 Years (And Much Happier)

    15, Awkward And Rejected By All My Crushes To 22, Dating The Love Of My Life For 2,5 Years (And Much Happier)

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    Kiss Army
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    6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    You two look so cute together! Congrats on finding happiness!

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    #35

    I Guess A Lot Happens In 3 And A Half Years

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    #36

    15 To 21. I Was That One Kid In High School Who Still Had A Roller Backpack

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    Nini
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    6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    You were already cute back then, I don't see any difference...

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    #39

    14-24 My Best Friend (Left) And I (Right). Thanks Puberty

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    #40

    15 To 21 My Former Bullies Have Asked Me Out Not Even Realizing We Went To The Same School For Four Years!

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    Mel
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    6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    I had the same experience. Transformed then the boys that were mean, started flirting and asking me out. Rejected! Good job girl!

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    #41

    In Grade Two, I Looked Like A 40 Year Old Librarian With 6 Cats At Home

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    3rd Grade - Now

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    Madison Taylor
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    6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    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.

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    #43

    My Boyfriend Doesn't Even Look Like The Same Person (16 To 21)

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    Nini
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    6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    Yes. A smile can change everything. And it's free to top it off 😁

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    #44

    14 To 21 Transformation. Indian Peter Griffin To Überdoüche

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    Nini
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    6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    Lol from blurry to auto focus xD I see more improvements in technology I'm so sorry x'D

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    #45

    12 Vs 19. Never Got Taller, But I Got Contacts And Lost A Bunch Of Weight

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    #49

    19 To 26. Lost Weight, Figured Out A Hairstyle I Liked

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    I Didn’t Do Anything Special, But I’m Not Ugly Anymore

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    #51

    11 To 25 - It's Always The Hair (Standard Asian Bowl Cut)

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    7ish To 25, That Hair Cut Is A Crime Against Humanity

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