12 'Ugly ducklings' share their incredible before-and-after transformations

12 'Ugly ducklings' share their incredible before-and-after transformations

While the old platitude informs us that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, western society clearly prizes some conceptions of attractiveness above others. Certainly, with the endless amount of models we see on the daily - all of whom sport long, lithe limbs and are retouched to perfection - it's easy to feel as if you fall short. And it looks like it's going to stay this way... well, until the technology gods create a round-the-clock face-tuning filter.

However, some of us should be thankful that we even improved since childhood. Puberty can be a wonderful thing; after all the angst, breakouts and hormones have calmed down, you can end up being more of a butterfly than a caterpillar. I mean, just take a look at these 12 former "ugly ducklings", who definitely don't necessitate the use of a Snapchat filter, anymore.

1. "Being an ugly duckling made me a much better person than I might have been had I always been 'pretty'"

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2. So much can change in a few years

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3. Oh, hello there

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4. What a difference! 

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5. A mullet is never a good look 

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6. "Here's the freshman year of college, versus now" 

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7. God bless puberty 

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8. This all took place within the space of three years...

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9. "Me at 13, and again at 22" 

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10. Wow! 

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11. "I got this" 

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12. "I don't think I'm anything special now, but the before picture cracks me up" 

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Well, there's no doubt that these individuals "blossomed" into beautiful adults. If only we were all so lucky, eh?

In other news, Zac Efron has had a bizarre makeover for a role in his new film.