“Ugly Ducklings” Share Their Transformations and They are Hardly Recognizable

Growing up can be really stressful and weird sometimes. Your body is still developing and may be covered in spots. Our fashion awareness may be just right for our bad posture. Sometimes, the embarrassment does not stop with the advent of our teenage years and this situation can continue into your twenties and thirties, too.However, over the years, some people have undergone incredible changes. Starting from the “ugly duckling”, they have become beautiful swans that almost no one can recognize. One of the places they share their `before and after` photos is the ‘Ugly Duckling’ subreddit. Do not forget to check the subreddit for more photos.

Everybody knows that being a good person is more important than having an amazing look. However, if given the opportunity, many people will choose both. (h/t: Jonas & Greta)


16-19: Started Shaving and Escape The Neckbeard

16-19 Or: How I Learned To Start Shaving And Escape The Neckbeard


11-25: Used braces, skin cleared up, practiced my make up skills and learned how to fill my brows.

From About 11ish(?) To 25. My Skin Cleared Up, I Got Braces, Learned How To Make Up And Fill In My Eyebrows. I Was Made Fun Of/Very Lonely Growing Up, And I Feel The Way That I Looked Had A Big Impact On Why I Am The Way That I Am Now. “Be Kind”


16-20: I am sure this counts(?)

16-20. Does This Count?

The “Ugly Duckling” subreddit is a community of more than 116000 “enthusiasts” who “turned into butterflies” over the years.


14-19: Weight loss + Confidence =Age 14 To 19. Lost Some Weight And Gained Some Confidence Along The Way


12-24: Even my own friends does not recognize my old days

12 - 24 Even My Family Doesn't Recognize Me These Days, It's Nice


25-40: and the life begins..

Life Begins At 40! 25 to 40

“There is one way to become precocious, but there are countless ways to become precocious. Moreover, the more complex the characteristic, the more ways children become late maturers of that characteristic. This means that the most admired ability in society, For example, creativity and leadership are rarely fully demonstrated at a young age,” Kaufman explained.

He added that although society tends to celebrate child prodigies, early blooming does not guarantee that you will continue to succeed. Dedication, hard work, and progressive achievement of goals are as important (or even more important) as talent.


13-25: Lovely hair, contagious smile and groom perfectly.

13 - 25


13-34: W h a t!

Left-13, Right-34


17-24: Bullied then, respected now!

Age 17-24, Was Bullied A Lot Growing Up


12-29: The glow up is astronomical

12 And 29. Still With The Short Hair And Glasses, Some Things Never Change


11-28: Learned how to smile and lost some excess fat!

11 vs. 28, Lost That Baby Fat And Learned How To Smile


12-24: That hair/stubble/clothes! and that jaw..

Left 12, Right 24


2015-2019: Cleaned herself up and started over! And looks so healthy and happy now with a pretty smile.

2015 - 2019. Basically, I Cleaned Myself Up And Started Over!


Then: 320 Lbs, angry at life, face usually red, cant live without punk rock.

Now: 250 Lbs, healthier skin, love life, punk rock is still good but can live without it. Life is good.

Then: 320 Lbs, Face Always Red, Angry At Dad, Ready To Die For Punk Rock. Now: 250 Lbs, Skin Healthier, Love My Dad, Punk Rock Is Pretty Ok But Being An Adult Is Pretty Ok Too


13, 15, 20 and 27 y.o

13, 15, 20 And 27 Years Old


I Did not Peak In Highschool, Haha

(Spoiler Alert) I Didn't Peak In Highschool Lol



Age 12 To Age 26... Still Feel A Lot Like The Kid On The Left


11-30: Miracle of braces

11—>30 Braces Were Good To Me


19-20: Thanks to my dermatologist

19 To 20. I Would Like To Thank My Dermatologist


When Blink-182 hits too hard.

A Slight Change


17-24: 50 Lbs lost + went through terrible cystic acne + broke up with abusive bf +  got braces…

17-24, Went Through Horrible Cystic Acne, Lost 50 Lbs, Got Braces, And Dropped An Emotionally Abusive Boyfriend


15-21: Losing some weight makes wonders.

Age 15 To 21. Lost Some Weight, It Sucks My Eyes Didn't Get Bigger


12-27: Chin gone, smile achieved!

12-27. Lost A Chin, But Gained A Smile


11-20: Thanks to my hairline growing forward + Contacts + Braces + Eyebrows

Age ~11 To 20 - I Owe A Lot To Contacts, Braces, Filling In My Eyebrows, And My Hairline Somehow Growing Forward


2014-2018 Mother and Son

Mother’s Day With My Momma 2014-2018


13-23: Great change

10 Year Different. Ages 13 & 23


17-18: Very short time but very huge difference!

From 17 To 18, I Don't Even Know


15-30: Braces and Lasik made wonders + Beard

Always Felt So Geeky In High School. I Even Went Through A Period Where I Wanted To End My Life In Middle School Because Of My Weight And Look. Now I’m In My 30’s And Feeling The Most Confident I’ve Been In My Life. Big Thanks For Braces And Lasik


16-46: A long journey

16 vs. 46. Took Awhile To Get Here, Lol.


13-21: Puberty hit him hard and now he is 6ft8

13-21 Puberty Really Hit Me Hard And Shot Me Up To 6ft8


18-23: A totally new person now.

From 18 To 23. A Completely Different Person Now


7 years difference between two photos.. A HUGE! difference.

7 Years Can Make A Crazy Difference



Found An Old School Photo (14/29)


12-20: Was bullied so bad in middle school but now… So beautiful

12 vs. 20. Had To Stop Riding The Bus+change My Classes In Middle School Because I Was Bullied So Bad For "Being Ugly"


3 years difference of gym + skin care

3 Years With A Lot Of Time In The Gym And Taking Care Of My Skin



Me, Early 20’s Looking Troll Man To More Normal Looking Dude In His 30’s


15-23: Both photos have no makeup.

15 To 23. No Makeup For A Better Comparison


2 years of dedication and hard work.

Nearly Two Years Of Hard Work And Dedication. I Won’t Ever Stop!


13-21: Only regret is that I do not have the hat anymore!

My One Regret Is Losing The Hat


7 Years Difference

7 Years Apart


15-26: Huge difference

15 → 26, From Strange Genderbender To Recognizable As A Woman


18-23: Turned into Butterfly at last

18 vs. 23 Just A Late Bloomer I Guess



18 To 24


21-29: Lost 100lbs

21 vs. 29.. Losing 100lbs Has Definitely Helped!


23-24: One year can make a huge difference when you have a gym membership, a skincare routine and self respect

One Year Transformation. 23 To 23 (Almost 24 Hahaha). What A Gym Membership, Self Love And A Skincare Routine Can Do For You


19-26: Weight loss + new haircut = nicely done

Grew Into My Face A Little(19 vs. 26)


18-23: Magic of the puberty!

18 To 23. Puberty Hit Me Like A God Damn Freight Train.


14-20: Weight loss + longer hair + self care!

14 To 20, Lost Weight, Took Care Of Myself And Stopped Cutting My Hair



11 To 21. Wear Your Sunblock, Folks

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