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People Are Sharing Their 'Ugly Duckling' Transformations And It's Shocking

Growing up is tough, especially because it sometimes feels like the transformation is never going to happen. If you're going through puberty and it's terrible, just know there's another side to it and that is on full display in the subreddit /r/uglyduckling.

The subreddit is for anyone who has undergone a transformation, so not everybody is in that period in college where you finally figure out how to dress. But, many people tend to skew young and the changes they make are pretty simple. Like growing their hair out:

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. from r/uglyduckling

How did she do it? By embracing the little things.

Making little changes in your life can transform you in all sorts of ways, even if it's the decision to avoid the salon. Every journey begins with one step!

Below are some of the most astounding changes people went through. Some have elaborate stories, some just grew out of their awkward phase, and some just woke up one day and realized they'd changed.

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 -_-
13 and 30. They used to make fun of me for coding. Now I get paid for it! from r/uglyduckling
Lost 50kg (110lbs) in 18 months after a rugby injury, started rowing for my university, got my MSc in mathematics from r/uglyduckling
17-23. No one calls me Bieber anymore. from r/uglyduckling
From 300lbs at 18 to 240 at 23 with an engineering degree from r/uglyduckling
Best guy friend and I at 17 vs 25. He lost the headband and wings, I lost 80 pounds. from r/uglyduckling
i always knew deep down i was a blonde (12 vs. 15 vs. 20) from r/uglyduckling
Age 11
Age 23
17 to 22. My hair doesn't look like a bad wig anymore.
From 18 to 23. Who knew a jawline would be hidden under all of that.
14-23 it’s been an awkward decade for me
16-22, got a haircut, got braces and a new wardrobe! from r/uglyduckling
Headgear girl with 4 bangs --> Teacher Miss Morgan. To all former and current ducklings: keep smiling! from r/uglyduckling
What 10 years of makeup, self esteem, and effort can do to 2 ugly twins. from r/uglyduckling
19 to 21 😬 from r/uglyduckling
Comment from discussion 19 to 21 😬.

Okay, I'm going to start using moisturizer today. What's your small change?