Glowing-up! People who used to be ‘ugly ducklings’ share their unrecognisable before-and-after snaps


People who used to be ‘ugly ducklings’ have been sharing their incredible before-and-after photographs – with some youngsters appearing completely unrecognisable. 

Social media users from around the world have taken to the Ugly Reddit subreddit in order to share their fantastic transformations from awkward teenagers into budding young adults.

And now BoredPanda has compiled an online gallery of some of the most impressive makeovers.

While some appear to simply involve trimming badly shaped beards, carefully cutting hair and losing a little weight, others look like totally different people.

Social media users from around the world have taken to the Ugly Reddit subreddit in order to share their fantastic transformations from awkward teenagers into budding young adults (pictured left, one man pictured aged 16, and right, aged 20)

Social media users from around the world have taken to the Ugly Reddit subreddit in order to share their fantastic transformations from awkward teenagers into budding young adults (pictured left, one man pictured aged 16, and right, aged 20) 

One woman, believed to be from the UK, said even her family find it hard to recognise her as she shared a photograph as a 12-year-old and one aged 24

One woman, believed to be from the UK, said even her family find it hard to recognise her as she shared a photograph as a 12-year-old and one aged 24

One woman, believed to be from the UK, said even her family find it hard to recognise her as she shared a photograph as a 12-year-old and one aged 24

One man revealed how learning to shave and 'escape the neck beard' had helped him transform as a teenager

One man revealed how learning to shave and 'escape the neck beard' had helped him transform as a teenager

One man revealed how learning to shave and ‘escape the neck beard’ had helped him transform as a teenager (pictured left, at 16, and right, at 19) 

10 years difference:

10 years difference:

10 years difference: One woman shared a snap of herself aged 13 wearing glasses and braces, while a decade on she is unrecognisable (left, aged 13, and right, 23) 

Another woman, believed to be from the US, shared a beaming no-makeup selfie to create a 'better comparision' with her teenage self (pictured left, aged 15, and right, aged 23)

Another woman, believed to be from the US, shared a beaming no-makeup selfie to create a 'better comparision' with her teenage self (pictured left, aged 15, and right, aged 23)

Another woman, believed to be from the US, shared a beaming no-makeup selfie to create a ‘better comparison’ with her teenage self (pictured left, aged 15, and right, aged 23) 

'Still feel a lot like the kid on the left': One American man posted a shot as he enjoyed Scouts club as a twelve year old, as well as a photograph now (right, aged 26)

'Still feel a lot like the kid on the left': One American man posted a shot as he enjoyed Scouts club as a twelve year old, as well as a photograph now (right, aged 26)

‘Still feel a lot like the kid on the left’: One American man posted a shot as he enjoyed Scouts club as a twelve year old, as well as a photograph now (right, aged 26) 

One woman, from the US, documented her makeover from 11-years-old to 20, saying she 'owed a lot' to contacts, braces, and filled in her eyebrows

One woman, from the US, documented her makeover from 11-years-old to 20, saying she 'owed a lot' to contacts, braces, and filled in her eyebrows

One woman, from the US, documented her makeover from 11-years-old to 20, saying she ‘owed a lot’ to contacts, braces, and filled in her eyebrows 

'I learned how to smile!' One woman, whose location is unknown, posted two selfies next to one another and taken 17 years apart (left, aged 11, and right, aged 28)

'I learned how to smile!' One woman, whose location is unknown, posted two selfies next to one another and taken 17 years apart (left, aged 11, and right, aged 28)

‘I learned how to smile!’ One woman, whose location is unknown, posted two selfies next to one another and taken 17 years apart (left, aged 11, and right, aged 28) 

Six years difference! One man revealed how losing weight had transformed his appearance from teenage life into adulthood

Six years difference! One man revealed how losing weight had transformed his appearance from teenage life into adulthood

Six years difference! One man revealed how losing weight had transformed his appearance from teenage life into adulthood 

What a glow up! Another woman, believed to be from the US, was barely recognisable after changing her look completely from the age of 13 to age 34

What a glow up! Another woman, believed to be from the US, was barely recognisable after changing her look completely from the age of 13 to age 34

What a glow up! Another woman, believed to be from the US, was barely recognisable after changing her look completely from the age of 13 (left) to age 34 (right)

One man, from Florida, said puberty 'really hit him hard' and he ended up 'shooting up to 6ft 8in (pictured left, before, and right, after)

One man, from Florida, said puberty 'really hit him hard' and he ended up 'shooting up to 6ft 8in (pictured left, before, and right, after)

One man, from Florida, said puberty ‘really hit him hard’ at the age of 13 and he ended up ‘shooting up to 6ft 8in (pictured left, before at 13, and right, after at 21) 

What a difference a decade makes! One person, believed to be from the UK, was unrecognisable from his teenage photograph (pictured left, aged 13, and right, aged 25)

What a difference a decade makes! One person, believed to be from the UK, was unrecognisable from his teenage photograph (pictured left, aged 13, and right, aged 25)

What a difference a decade makes! One person, believed to be from the UK, was unrecognisable from his teenage photograph (pictured left, aged 13, and right, aged 25)  

One man, 24, whose location is unknown, said he had been 'bullied a lot growing up' as he shared a side-by-side aged 17 and now (pictured left, as a teenager and right, now)

One man, 24, whose location is unknown, said he had been 'bullied a lot growing up' as he shared a side-by-side aged 17 and now (pictured left, as a teenager and right, now)

One man, 24, whose location is unknown, said he had been ‘bullied a lot growing up’ as he shared a side-by-side aged 17 and now (pictured left, as a teenager and right, now) 

What a transformation! Another man revealed the difference several years and a different hair cut could make to your appearance

What a transformation! Another man revealed the difference several years and a different hair cut could make to your appearance

What a transformation! Another man revealed the difference several years and a different hair cut could make to your appearance (pictured left, aged 16, and right, at 20) 

And it's not just the kids doing it! One woman, from the US, shared a snap from her twenties as she insisted 'life begins at 40' with her updated photograph

And it's not just the kids doing it! One woman, from the US, shared a snap from her twenties as she insisted 'life begins at 40' with her updated photograph

And it’s not just the kids doing it! One woman, from the US, shared a snap from her twenties as she insisted ‘life begins at 40’ with her updated photograph (pictured left, aged 25, and right, aged 40)

Wow! One man shared a photograph taken during a charity run when he was just 12 years old  with some saying he was unrecognisable as a 24-year-old

Wow! One man shared a photograph taken during a charity run when he was just 12 years old  with some saying he was unrecognisable as a 24-year-old

Wow! One man shared a photograph taken during a charity run when he was just 12 years old (left) with some saying he was unrecognisable as a 24-year-old (right)

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