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Everybody experiences an awkward stage at least once in their life. A stage where they're just not happy with the way they look or find themselves unable to interact "normally" with other people. For most, that awkward stage happens when they become a teenager. People can go in looking one way and come out completely changed, both physically and mentally. The following people, however, underwent a total transformation when they hit puberty, and ended up almost unrecognizable.
Finding Your Glow
This young woman managed to somehow completely transform herself and after looking at these two photos, we are extremely happy for her. We think she looks great in the photo on the left, but we're not so sure that she would agree. She doesn't look very happy in the photo and is kind of looking at the photographer as if she's wondering why they're taking a photo.
That vibe is completely gone in the photo on the right. She looks so much more confident and while she's still not smiling, you can definitely tell she knows she looks good.
That Hair Though
Here's another photo that just proves many of the child-like traits we have when we're young will eventually disappear completely. The girl's chubby cheeks shown in the photo on the left are completely absent after her transformation. However, that's not the only thing that's gone. The entire hairstyle is completely different and we're definitely into the new look. If you've ever watched or read anything to do with the X-Men, then you know what we are talking about.
It's crazy to think of the ways a few attributes can completely change your look. We're glad she decided to keep the same style of lashes, which really go with the look in the second photo.
These photos actually took us a second to wrap our heads around. For some, their awkward years can start much earlier than their teens. While the girl on the left looks like a pretty normal, happy kid, the girl on the right is a complete transformation. The two photos are even pretty opposite in tone, with the photo on the right being much more serious, while the one on the left looks like a normal family photo.
The girl on the right absolutely emanates confidence, too. In fact, the photo on the right is giving us ballerina vibes for some reason. Maybe it's just the outfit though.
A Wholesome Photo All Around
While subjects in some of the photos on this list definitely look like they do not want to be photographed, this is not one of them. The girl in these two pictures is smiling through and through. And it really makes it kind of wholesome. The girl looks just as happy being a teenager as she does being an adult, which certainly isn't true for everyone at that age.
We're also really liking her wardrobe choice, in both photos. The polka dots and pearls match her sunny demeanor in the photo on the left, while the wardrobe on the right is bright and summery.
Maturity Isn't Just A Character Trait
People often go on about how someone is acting when characterizing them as mature. However, what you wear and how you present yourself plays a large role in maturity, too. This girl is a prime example and it looks as though she decided to up her style and hair at one point or another. The result is actually kind of mind-blowing and we're not sure we'd be able to recognize the two as the same person were these photos not side by side.
The blonde hair and 1990s aesthetic are really working here as well. We're digging the flannel in the second photo, while also wondering if we can get her advice on some of our own outfits.
From Straight To Curly
When looking at a photo of someone when they're young, it's often hard to tell what they might look like in a couple of decades' time. But, we definitely have a theme in these two photos. Apparently, this girl has always treated her hair as a priority. The pink hair is actually really cool, and while we're not sure if the photo on the right is an improvement over that, it's definitely a more grown-up look.
It would also be cool to combine the two and give the curly styling a bit of flare. On another note, attention to hair isn't the only thing this girl is fond of. Just take a look at those flannels.
Simple Changes Can Make All The Difference
Sometimes the simplest changes can make all the difference. We've certainly seen that principle in action in a couple of photos we've looked at so far, and this transformation is no different. The girl in the photo managed to achieve a lot just by dying her hair a different color. While not everybody can pull off purple hair, she definitely does and it makes her look like a completely different person when compared to the photo on the left.
The purple hair also really compliments her skin tone. And let's not forget about the nose ring. Put these two simple changes together and we have an entirely new look.
A Jaw-Dropping Change
It's actually pretty hard to believe the two people in these photos are actually the same person. However, this just goes to show what somebody can achieve when they really dedicate themselves to it. While we aren't sure exactly why this young man decided to change up his look, he certainly appears more confident and in better shape in the photo on the right.
He's even sporting some pretty cool tattoos in the photo on the right. Literally, nothing about the guy looks the same as it did when he was a teenager. We just wish we could have been at his high school reunion.
A Bright And Sunny New Look
Sometimes the best thing you can do to improve your look, (and your photos), is to brighten everything up a bit. While the photo on the left is nice, it's also a bit dark and soft. This young lady seems to have figured that out and brightened up her entire look with new red hair, sunshine, and pops of brightly colored clothing. It goes a long way in the photo and honestly makes the two photos look like completely different people.
The photo on the right also portrays an air of confidence, which is no doubt helped by all the pops of color. While we can match the facial features in these two photos, it would be hard to tell these two were the same person if they weren't side by side.
Was Not Expecting That
In another photo that nearly left us speechless, this girl went through a pretty crazy transformation. The kid on the left looks like a normal, light-hearted soul. We would never have suspected that this person would grow up to look like the woman in the photo on the right. And we're sure people close to her couldn't have suspected it either. Not only did her appearance drastically change, but her attire is massively different as well.
It is kind of crazy to think these are photos of the same two people. But, as we've seen in a couple of other comparisons, you can't tell how someone will turn out later in life.
Graduating Your Teens
Unlike most of the photos on this list, these two photos don't seem to be taken too far apart. But, that just makes this transformation all the more surprising. While the young woman looks happy and vibrant in both photos, it appears as if she definitely make a decision to change up her look at some point. She dyed her hair, changed her style, and switched to contact lenses.
Can we also just take a minute to focus on the father in these photos. It's clear where she gets her positive vibes by the looks of it. Everything about these two photos is really just heartwarming.
The Difference One Change Can Make
One of the worst things about being a teenager is often the acne that pops up during this stage of life. This is especially true for young women and can cause huge drops in confidence even though they have no control over it. This appears to be what happened to the girl in this photo. While we think she looks great in both photos, it's clear to see the confidence shining through in the photo on the right.
And she should be. The photo on the right is a clear example for anyone out there suffering from acne that the teens can just be an awkward set of years for anyone.
Another Unbelievable Transformation
Speaking of awkward stages in one's life, this young woman managed to completely transform herself as well. You can almost feel the anxiety in the photo on the left. Her positioning is off and she does not seem to be enjoying herself. However, the photo on the right is the complete opposite and we don't know what happened in the time between these two photos were taken but we're sure it involved a lot of hard work.
Whatever happened, we're really glad she managed to find all that confidence she's showing off in the second picture. Everything from the earrings to the dress looks very well put together.
From Sweet Kid To Confident Young Woman
Before we get into these two photos, we just want to say that the ice cream in the photo on the left looks absolutely great. Matter of fact, everything about the photo on the left looks really wholesome and happy. While the photo on the right is definitely stunning, it just gives off totally different vibes. However, we mean good vibes when we say that.
The woman in the photo looks confident as any on this list. She also looks like she would be someone that isn't afraid to speak their mind and we really admire that trait in a person.
Some Are Born With It And Others Work For It
Perhaps one of the most surprising things about this list is the transformations we've seen from the men so far. Here is another example of what can be accomplished if you're willing to work for it. This guy had a completely wild transformation and once again the only reason we believe these two people are the same person is becuase the two photos are right next to each other.
Like so many people on this list, it really is inspiring to see the transformation this guy was able to pull off. We bet he's so much happier after putting in the work and finding himself.
Casual And Confident
The pose the girl is doing in the second photo really shows just how far she has come since the photo on the left. It almost makes it look effortless and we're absolutely sure her transformation was not. While we think she is absolutely beautiful in the photo on the left, she certainly seems more confident in the photo that was taken at a later date. We mean, just look at her outfit in the second photo.
We're also really into her style. Those white converse and that black t-shirt are a classic combo and are a cool addition to the effortlessly confident look she's showing off.
Happy Is A State Of Mind
These types of photos are the ones that really put a smile on our faces. When a person looks happy even before their transformation it really shows what kind of person they are, and the young girl in the photo on the left looks like any other typical, happy kid. Which makes it all the better when they grow up to look as stunning as she did in the photo on the right.
She also looks really confident in the photo on the right and we're digging her outfit. The pink pulls everything together and looks great with the blue background and pose.
Before And After
It's as if this young woman knew she was destined to look stunning in the future and prepared by taking a selfie. Even her facial expression looks as if she's saying something to that degree. While we think she looks great, she doesn't look very happy in the photo on the left. It's good that all changes in a couple of years in the photo on the right.
She ditches the glasses and embraced a much more mature wardrobe and hairstyle. She also looks much more confident and that's always heartwarming to see.
Embrace Who You Are
This photo is a bit different from most of the others on this list, but it also has one of the strongest lessons. The person in the photo on the left looks anything but happy. They look really insecure and it's honestly kind of sad. However, their transformation to the photo on the right shows a completely different person. They look 10 times more confident and comfortable in their own skin.
It's great that they finally learned how to be themselves and we're really digging the tattoos. The eyelashes are also really cool and all in all, this is a really heartwarming comparison.
It's All In The Pose
Once again, it's amazing what a little sunshine and a simple pose can do for a photo. In the picture on the left, the girl clearly looks like most of us did when we were younger and had to sit there and wait for someone to take a photo that we didn't want to be in. Her smile is there, but you can tell her heart isn't
However, the photo on the right gives off completely different vibes and she looks so much more confident. It also helps that there's some sun in the photo. Not to mention that her style is on point in the second photo. The purple dress really looks good with her skin tone.
Creating A New Persona
While most of the changes we've seen on this list are physical, this guy changed up not only his appearance but his entire style as well. The kid on the left looks like any other normal kid you might see on the street. However, he obviously found his own style in the photo on the right and we're really into it. One of the hardest parts of any transformation is changing not just the way you look but what you wear.
He seems to have dyed his hair blonde, which looks really good, and we're liking the rings he's wearing in the photo on the right. The bandanna is also a unique addition that he pulls off well.
Is it just us, or do people who surf and spend a lot of time near the beach all look really similar somehow? Like, this guy could have taken his photos anywhere else and we would have gotten the same vibes. Anyway, the younger version of himself certainly looks happy playing in the waves and it's making us miss the beach. He carries that over in the photo on the right and the sunset is really nice, too.
However, this one really isn't that surprising considering how young he is in the photo on the left. It's so hard to tell how someone might turn out at that age.
Those Eyes Though
We're sure everyone out there has seen at least one person with similar-colored eyes as the girl in this photo at some point. That was the first thing that caught our attention when looking at this photo, but to be honest that kind of shortchanges the entire transformation. Not only did the girl in these photos change her hair color, but she also changed up her entire look.
In fact, without the eyes, we wouldn't even be able to tell these two people were the same person. She changed her hair color, wardrobe, and even her eyebrows, which look great in the second picture.
Finding Your Key Facial Characteristics
Sometimes the best thing someone can do to improve their look is to identify and then show off their most distinct features. For this kid, that feature happened to be his jawline, which is completely hidden in the first photo. While we've definitely been there, we're glad he was able to get a bit healthier and managed to improve his look. The slight beard also helps draw attention to the jawline in the second photo.
He also looks much more confident in the second photo, which really shows when comparing his facial expressions in the first and second photos. It just goes to show that people rarely come out of high school looking the same as they did when they went in.
We think this young lady looks stunning in both of these photos, and we're really liking how bright her smile is in the photo on the left. However, she looks like a completely different person in the photo on the right. Not only that, but her makeup is on point. While that's not the only reason she looks different, (her hair is a different color and it appears as if she's lost a bit of weight), it's definitely what drew our attention.
She looks like she just stepped out of a fairytale and her glow is amazing. The talent it takes to put this entire look together is just beyond us and we're glad we saw this transformation.
A Complete 180
This photo would be really hard to believe were it not for the stunning jawline present in both photos. While we really like the look in the photo on the left, we're just as in love with the transformation and style in the photo on the right. Everything from the hair to the glasses to the jacket just screams cool. The plain white t-shirt also screams effortless and we might be adopting a few of these into our wardrobe rotation.
The person in the photo also looks a lot more comfortable with themselves after the transformation. You can tell they feel a bit awkward from the pose and facial expression in the picture on the left.
A Confidence Boost
This photo might just be the best example of what a boost in confidence can do for someone. This girl definitely does not look like she is enjoying herself in the picture on the left. We're left wondering why, but we're also glad she finds a boost in the photo on the right. She seems to have completely changed in demeanor as well and her confidence shows in the way she is posing for the camera.
The smile helps, but so does the wardrobe. The black dress, jewelry, and nails really pull the whole shot together and left us wondering what event she's getting ready to go to.
Never Lose Your Smile
While a lot of the people on this list seem to have found their smiles after their transformations, this girl never truly lost her's. The girl's smile in the photo on the left is really wholesome and it looks like she's trying to hold in a laugh. However, that might just be her natural smile as it seems to carry over in the picture on the right.
Apart from that, she really hasn't changed much about her look. She ditched the glasses for contact lenses but besides that, it looks like she just matured a bit in the time between the two photos.
Always Keep The Curly Hair
Curly hair gets a bad rap. This guy shows that curls are actually really great and we can see that he decided to keep them even after his transformation. In fact, he actually chose to let his curls grow out, which along with his green eyes, make for a really unique set of facial features. It also looks like he managed to perfect his smile or the almost-smile he's pulling off in the second picture.
While many of the guys on this list looked like they had to work pretty hard for their new looks, this guy appears as if he was just born with it, which isn't a bad thing when you embrace it the way he does.
Another Fairytale Look
The similarities and differences being shown off in these two photos are really great. The vibe in the photo on the left is bright and sunny while she completely transforms by the time the next picture is taken. The first photo is really wholesome while the second one is just stunning. Whoever, this girl is, she definitely has an artistic side and we can tell by her choice of wardrobe.
Everything from the hair to the fairy wings to the tattoos just works to make the second photo dark and edgy, which we're really digging. We're also just noticing this girl's piercing between her eyes, which is really cool.
Growing Up Isn't Always Awkward
This guy seems to have perfected a look completely different from the last person on this list. While she went for a dark, edgy goth look, this guy went for a more preppy style. And he really pulls it off. The hair, jawline, and wardrobe all look really good here. However, can take a minute to just appreciate the look on this kid's face in the picture on the right.
It's as if he's telling whoever is behind the camera to get out of his face. Either way, we're glad he was able to perfect the stare into what we see in the new picture.
Showing Off Your Eyes
This transformation is really quite stunning. If you just looked at the photo on the left, you might never be able to tell that this kid actually has two differently colored eyes. However, he's completely showing it off in the second photo and it's not only cool but looks really great, too. Ad in the curly hair and you have a really interesting look overall.
It also appears as if he is using filler for his eyebrows in the second picture. This is just a great example of how you can accentuate your natural traits to create your own look.
Another really stunning transformation, this girl did a complete 180 when it came to her style and hairstyle. There's certainly nothing wrong with the first photo and we think it looks really wholesome, but she definitely went for a mature look in the second photo. It turns out to work really well with her facial features, too, which are practically hidden in the photo on the left.
We're also liking how she coordinates the color of her wardrobe down to the smallest details in the second photo. However, Chevrolet fans might take issue with the Ford logo on the shirt.
Putting In The Work
Before we get into the photo on the right and how absolutely crazy this transformation is, just take a look at that puppy he's holding in the photo on the left. Great, right? Okay, so yeah this one is a bit wild. This guy obviously decided at some point in his life to put in the work to completely change his body and after looking at the photo it seems it paid off.
It's also pretty crazy, considering he doesn't look like he was born with the type of physique that would have made this transformation even remotely easier.
Just Wait Out Those Awkward Teen Years
Here is another crazy example of how fleeting those awkward teenage years really can be. In the photo on the left, it looks like this young man was suffering from a bit of acne. However, it seems to have completely cleared up by the time he got a bit older. He also managed to grow into some of his facial features, such as his eyebrows. He also seems to have embraced his curly hair.
Good for this guy, and this should serve as a reminder to others out there that you will eventually grow into a better version of yourself after you're a teen.
Good Things Happen To Good People
Let's just take a second to soak in all the joy encapsulated in this first photo. Like, what's better than seeing someone truly happy with themselves and their achievements? This girl appears to be a gymnast who has just one kind of trophy. However, the transformation here is kind of heartwarming as well as it looks like she grew into a stunning young woman.
Now that we're getting over just how happy she looks, the changes here are pretty night and day. We wouldn't be able to tell these were the same two people were it not for the comparison.
From Braces To Beauty Queen
These two photos are pretty inspirational. This little girl went from wearing braces and looking like any other little kid to winning what appears to be a pretty big beauty pageant. Like, does her sash say Miss America on it? Anyway, it's also really cool to see it happen to someone who obviously didn't expect to win. The look on her face in the second photo is one of astonishment.
It's also nice to see that she never lost her smile. The smile in the photo on the left just seems to brighten everything up, which we're sure the judges noticed as well during the pageant.
Talk About Growing Into Your Features
Here's another case of a young person with braces and a contagious smile really growing into their features. This little guy looks super happy in the photo on the left, which is great. It's even better that a guy like this turned into the handsome young man we see in the photo on the right. Like, he went from a scrawny little kid to s jacked guy with a lumberjack vibe.
This just goes to show that you can never tell how someone will turn out and should always be humble when dealing with people. We're sure this kid was and look at how he turned out.
Harley Quinn Lookalike
Before we talk about how this girl looks exactly like Harley Quinn, let's just appreciate the smile this kid has in the photo on the left. It makes us want to know what was happening to get a smile that big out of a kid. Anyway, she ends up totally looking like Harley Quinn later in her life. In fact, she looks more like Harley Quinn than the actual actress that plays her in the movies if that is possible.
Everything from her hair, to her makeup and jewelry, is giving off cool vibes. It really doesn't look like the same person in the first photo, but we're glad to see that she kept the same level of confidence throughout her transformation.