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 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year ago

Their shirts in the first pic...

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#11

Age 15 To 21

Age 15 To 21

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Saint Victoria 1 year ago

hiiiii

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#12

They Used To Call Me "Pretty" As A Joke

They Used To Call Me "Pretty" As A Joke

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Juana 1 year ago

No one's laughing now!

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#13

17-23. No One Calls Me Bieber Anymore

17-23. No One Calls Me Bieber Anymore

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Tiari 1 year ago

Really pretty in both pics imo.

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#14

I Think 16 To 21

I Think 16 To 21

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Ingrid Tsai 1 year ago

What a transformation! CONGRATS!

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#15

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

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

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Cherie O 1 year ago

nice jawline and chin. very handsome

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#16

Lost The Weight But Damn I Miss That Hair

Lost The Weight But Damn I Miss That Hair

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Jef Bateman 1 year ago

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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Kimberly Robinson 1 year ago

He looks a little bit like John Hamm.

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#18

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

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

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Laura Zaini 1 year ago

you even look younger in the second pic, very very cute

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#19

Early 20's To Yesterday At 30

Early 20's To Yesterday At 30

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Erin Sheppard 1 year ago

you turned into quite the cutie.

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#20

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

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

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Sierra Batten 1 year ago

Jawline for days....

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#21

16 To 20. What A Difference 4 Years Make

16 To 20. What A Difference 4 Years Make

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ALIYAH ALLEN 1 year ago

he looks like a super model

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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 1 year ago

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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Saint Victoria 1 year ago

You have a really kind face

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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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Shruti Naik 1 year ago

The first pic is awrsome!

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#25

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

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

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HappyLilHobbit 1 year ago

you were 14 in the first pic? you look no older than 8

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#26

17 To 19 In 6 Seconds

17 To 19 In 6 Seconds

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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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Bella Smith 1 year ago

Awesome changes it shows what goals can do!

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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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Cherie O 1 year ago

And your makeup is gorgeous

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#29

Twenty Years Later. Still Need The Big Glasses

Twenty Years Later. Still Need The Big Glasses

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Scarpednoodles 1 year ago

Those sure are some big...uhm.. glasses? Yeah, glasses.

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#30

?-14-18-26

?-14-18-26

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Bored Fangirl 1 year ago

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 1 year ago

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

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

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CS Vulcan 1 year ago

There's something ultra-attractive about guys who care about wildlife.

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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

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 1 year ago

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 1 year ago

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

I Guess A Lot Happens In 3 And A Half Years

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Weslord 1 year ago

Wow, you went from a baby to that in three years?!

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#36

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

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

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Nini 1 year ago

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

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#37

14 To 26. I Was So Proud Of That 'Moustache'

14 To 26. I Was So Proud Of That 'Moustache'

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Petra Christovová 1 year ago

That thing in the ear though ...

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#38

14 To 24

14 To 24

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Carmen Elena 1 year ago

Looks like Carlos Ponce.

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#39

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

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

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Merilyn Horton 1 year ago

It just takes time

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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!

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 1 year ago

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

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

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Poseidon Cheez 1 year ago

why did this crack me up so much??

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#42

3rd Grade - Now

3rd Grade - Now

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Madison Taylor 1 year ago

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)

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

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Nini 1 year ago

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

14 To 21 Transformation. Indian Peter Griffin To Überdoüche

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Nini 1 year ago

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

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

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Gwinevere von Ludwig 1 year ago

doesn't seem like you really needed to lose a bunch of weight...

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#46

10 To 26

10 To 26

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Friedlander Rosenzweig 1 year ago

Fresh air and healthy lifestyle!

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#47

Crippling Tomboy Stage 12 To 20

Crippling Tomboy Stage 12 To 20

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PyroarRanger 1 year ago

You're beautiful either way

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#48

I Always Knew Deep Down I Was A Blonde (12 Vs 15 Vs 20)

I Always Knew Deep Down I Was A Blonde (12 Vs 15 Vs 20)

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Attara Atari Ashioto 1 year ago

The wonders of fillers

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#49

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

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

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PyroarRanger 1 year ago

Awesome! Slay!

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#50

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

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

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Elise Mon 1 year ago

looks like SHIA LaBeouf

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#51

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

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

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PyroarRanger 1 year ago

I had that Asian bowl cut too, you look stunning!

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#52

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

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

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Ms. Understood 1 year ago

"Adventure is out there!"

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#53

Puberty Is So Kind

Puberty Is So Kind

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Haylee Evans 1 year ago

wow

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