No matter your station in life or salary bracket, at one point, we all had to go through some pretty rough growing pains. Even though some of us were popular and there were those that floated effortlessly between different “groups” of people, we all felt like an ugly duckling at one point during our adolescence. Here’s the thing about growing up–you don’t stay an awkward-looking, pimple-faced teenager for life. Everyone grows out of that stage, but there are some who blossom into completely different looking people.
Here are 12 stunning transformations that will have you looking up your old classmate on Facebook.
12. The Mac Truck
Sometimes puberty just hits a person like a mac truck, and such could be said for this total babe of a man from reddit. He went from awkward teen to “Baywatch” babe so fast that he’s completely unrecognizable. He didn’t just drop that baby weight, but he got bulk, too!
If you think this is a crazy transformation, check out #9.
11. Growing Into Looks
The one thing we often hear with awkward kids is that they’ll grow into their features over time. Although that saying is sometimes said out of comfort, for some people it’s the truth. Take this awkward pre-teen girl, who grew into her big ears and big lips, and is now a complete stunner.
10. Ryan Gosling’s Cousin
Sometimes getting your braces removed can make all the difference, in not just your look but in your confidence. Check out this random redditor who submitted his before and after photos. He’s completely unrecognizable and full of metal in his before picture, and in his after picture, he could pass for Ryan Gosling’s red-headed cousin. Look at that suave pose!
9. Mullet No More
The rat tail and the mullet looked good on absolutely no one. Once people started getting rid of their mullets and finding a new fashionable hairstyle, their faces transformed. Take this guy who posted a geeky photo featuring a long mullet and his current day picture. What an upgrade!
The wild transformations continue. Just head on over to #6.
8. Santa’s Little Helper
This kid from reddit was so awkward that he could get away with sitting on Santa’s lap well into his teens and no one would call him out on it, but his after picture, including his much-needed upgrade in style, is something to gawk at. What a transformation!