40 “Ugly Ducklings” You’ll Barely Recognize After Their Amazing Transformations

Published 4 years ago

Goofy haircuts, questionable style choices, and a forehead full of pimples – looking back at our childhood and high school pictures still makes many of us cringe even to this day. But as cringy as those pictures may look, it’s always funny to look back at them and see how far you’ve come.

Turns out there’s even a whole subreddit dedicated to these transformations and it might leave you pleasantly surprised. Its users are sharing before and after pics of their “ugly duckling” transformations, and you can barely recognize some of them – check out the photos in the gallery below!

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#1 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”

Image source: FayeTealeaf

#2 Age 14 To 19. Lost Some Weight And Gained Some Confidence Along The Way

Image source: BismuthBi

#3 16-20. Does This Count?

Image source: DavidEntertains

#4 16-19 Or: How I Learned To Start Shaving And Escape The Neckbeard

Image source: ampe_sand

#5 Life Begins At 40! 25 –> 40

Image source: Jbcarter77

#6 Left-13, Right-34

Image source: vrnkafurgis

#7 13 – 25

Image source: Alex_J_Newman

#8 12 – 24 Even My Family Doesn’t Recognize Me These Days, It’s Nice

Image source: asionahaya

#9 Age 17-24, Was Bullied A Lot Growing Up

Image source: Fonzevil

#10 12 And 29. Still With The Short Hair And Glasses, Some Things Never Change

Image source: b_normal_y

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

Image source: reddit.com

#12 A Slight Change

Image source: jeckbirry

#13 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

Image source: vicebjj

#14 Left 12, Right 24

Image source: BlackSharkoon

#15 Age 12 To Age 26… Still Feel A Lot Like The Kid On The Left

Image source: tylerjkillion

#16 2015 – 2019. Basically, I Cleaned Myself Up And Started Over!

Image source: a_midlo

#17 11—>30 Braces Were Good To Me

Image source: u_bit

#18 (Spoiler Alert) I Didn’t Peak In Highschool Lol

Image source: BlackDDDynomight

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

Image source: AcuteYellowFever

#20 13, 15, 20 And 27 Years Old

Image source: PUSSYFiED

#21 19 To 20. I Would Like To Thank My Dermatologist

Image source: ezmi

#22 4 Years Later (16-20)

Image source: IntrepidCommission

#23 From 17 To 18, I Don’t Even Know

Image source: chrono28

#24 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

Image source: trebor88

#25 17-24, Went Through Horrible Cystic Acne, Lost 50 Lbs, Got Braces, And Dropped An Emotionally Abusive Boyfriend

Image source: meganam38

#26 12-27. Lost A Chin, But Gained A Smile

Image source: emergencyx0x

#27 Mother’s Day With My Momma 2014-2018

Image source: MavrickOcean

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

Image source: MissBrightside13

#29 10 Year Different. Ages 13 & 23

Image source: caffeinequeenxo

#30 From 18 To 23. A Completely Different Person Now

Image source: Miss_Keys

#31 7 Years Can Make A Crazy Difference

Image source: redditsucksdiscs

#32 16 vs. 46. Took Awhile To Get Here, Lol.

Image source: reddit.com

#33 12 vs. 20. Had To Stop Riding The Bus+change My Classes In Middle School Because I Was Bullied So Bad For “Being Ugly”

Image source: himechans

#34 13-21 Puberty Really Hit Me Hard And Shot Me Up To 6ft8

Image source: mrphenylalanine

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

Image source: rryanchow

#36 3 Years With A Lot Of Time In The Gym And Taking Care Of My Skin

Image source: gorbakim27

#37 Found An Old School Photo (14/29)

Image source: kitakel

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

Image source: 7fingersphil

#39 My One Regret Is Losing The Hat

Image source: FuturisticUterus

#40 15 To 23. No Makeup For A Better Comparison

Image source: curriespice

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