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We at The Loop love a good glow up. Lucky for us, Reddit’s Ugly Duckling subreddit is chock full of ’em. Encouraging people to post before and after photos from teendom into adulthood, these pictures prove that there is light at the end of that acne-filled, puberty tunnel. Come marvel with us.

She always knew deep down, she was a blonde.

i always knew deep down i was a blonde (12 vs. 15 vs. 20) from r/uglyduckling

He toned down his fashion sense.

Age 12 to 26 from r/uglyduckling

The braces came off.

Grew into my chin… and my ears… and pretty much my whole face (12yo me vs. 22yo me) from r/uglyduckling

“No longer missing two teeth.”

Age 18 vs Age 25. 50lbs lighter and no longer missing two teeth. from r/uglyduckling

She got braces.

3 years and a set of braces later (17 – 20yrs) from r/uglyduckling

Dude turned into Christian Slater.

24 to 26 from r/uglyduckling

This is a straight-up movie transformation.

12 vs. 22. Middle school was a rough time. Luckily the lack of attention from boys helped me focus on school and get straight As! from r/uglyduckling

We mean, her before is cute too.

14-29. from r/uglyduckling

Those lovely brows!

My boyfriend told me about with subreddit and to post my glow up, so here it is! Age 13 to 21 from r/uglyduckling

But our absolute favourite glow up, would have to user Teddyzander’s.

We can’t stop looking.

Lost 50kg (110lbs) in 18 months after a rugby injury, started rowing for my university, got my MSc in mathematics from r/uglyduckling

and for you non-believers out there…

Yep, we went ahead and did the Insta-research for you.

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For more jaw-dropping transformations, head on over to Reddit. Who knows, maybe you’ll be inspired to post your own?