Everyone loves an inspiring story about personal transformation that’s perhaps best epitomized in the famous fairytale ‘The Ugly Duckling’. We all know how the story goes: an abandoned and spurned duckling turns into a beautiful swan and becomes envied and admired by all the other ducklings in the pond.

It’s much more than a fairytale because, like most other fairytales, it teaches us important lessons about life. No matter how unlikely it may seem, with enough effort and dedication, we can overcome discover our long-dormant inner beauty and let everyone see the proud swan that was hiding inside.

Take a look at these inspiring examples of ugly ducklings who turned into good looking and successful adults.