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I Was Once An Ugly Duckling

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    Not As Much Anymore.

    I had to deal with being ugly for three years of my life. I never thought of myself as ugly... Most ten year olds look in the mirror and don't care. But. I moved to a new place in 5th grade, and I turned into an "ugly shrew" or a "b****". I was an active and quite talented...
    Fuzzies Fuzzies 56-60, M Oct 21, 2012

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    I had been overweight

    since age 6, with my heaviest being 215lbs around age 13. We never really had any money, so I was never really taught how to manage my naturally curly hair very well. It was always a big frizzy mess. Just to make it even more awkward, I dressed goth for a few years too...
    Luckylotus013 Luckylotus013 26-30, F 6 Responses Mar 24

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    The Difference Between 'Then' and 'Now'

    Looking back, I remember how painful it was to be left out because I was ugly. I used to bribe them – my gold necklace, ring, so that they would let me in. Even for a day. I used to be laughed at, pushed, called names, I had no female friends. I was hurt. I played with cars...
    beautifulbynature beautifulbynature 16-17, F Jun 22, 2011

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    When I Was Growing Up

    All through elementary school i was teased unrentlessly on my looks, i was always told i was ugly by all the guys!!(I had a uni-brow and horribly crooked teeth). I HAD is the key word a friend who was popular and didn't help the situation by asking the popular guys...
    LoveIsJesusChrist LoveIsJesusChrist 31-35, F 7 Responses Aug 28, 2009

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    I Was Once An Ugly Duckling.

    True story. I was fooking ugly. Mainly between the ages of 8-15. I was kind of slow growing into my own body. It wasn't balanced. At one point, my head was too big, then it was too squared, then it was too round, then my teeth were too big, then they were too far apart from each...
    tianajade tianajade 18-21, F 8 Responses Mar 22, 2013

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    But I've Learned to Spread My Wings and Soar=)

    I was once an ugly duckling---who turned out to be a beautiful swan:) I was once a fuzzy caterpillar, who came out of her cocoon, and became the lovely butterfly:) And all of us, one way or another, are beautiful butterflies and Swans...we all have to wait for our time to come...
    mistyeyedlass mistyeyedlass 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 18, 2009

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    I Was A Gap Toothed Big Eared Kid.

    I have a few characteristics that were inherited from my father’s side of the family that made me a target in the cruel elementary school world. First of all, the kids on my father’s side of the family are born with a gap between the two front teeth. Mine closed up...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Oct 24, 2011

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    When I was younger people would tell me I was

    pretty and going to grow up and be beautiful. I wish it was true . Back in 4th - 7th grade literally every boy thought I was ugly and I used to get made fun of . They would pretend to go out with me and then break up with me saying "did you really think I would date you, look...
    dawn11235 dawn11235 13-15, F 1 Response Mar 31

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    I was an ugly duckling growing up. I had big 80's glasses, an overbite, crooked teeth and acne. I hid my face behind long hair and didn't talk. I was painfully shy. I wore long...
    Solfeggio Solfeggio 36-40, F 1 Response Jun 24

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    I surely think that I am ugly! I'm 24 years old and until now no man ever asked me on a date. I feel so left out because all of my friends have boyfriends, they are so happy with...
    nbsbgal nbsbgal 22-25, F 8 Responses a week ago

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    Throughout my last two years of primary school I was bullied by a boy in my class. He would make personal remarks about my appearance every damn day. Back then the only advise I...
    Littlemissshy7 Littlemissshy7 41-45, F 1 Response Jul 9

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    Through 1 grade until 6th grade I was bullied a lot. Everyday I was constantly told I was ugly and hideous. Everyday the older kids will pick on me and make fun of me. I moved...
    bteddy bteddy 16-17, F 2 Responses 4 days ago

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    I'm ugly. Not just "ugly'" but unappealing, unattractive, awkward, nerdy, pathetic. But let's just encompass this into the word ugly. Not only am I ugly, I am also gay. I am the...
    SeanNation SeanNation 18-21, M 4 Responses 1 day ago

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    Seven up! At school we had a gym teacher called Miss Bains who used to dish out to the slipper on a regular basis. The slipper concerned was an old tennis shoe which stung our...
    Jilly53 Jilly53 56-60, F 1 Response Jun 26

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    I am the youngest my parents ar e both now passed away. All my life I'm the one they didn't want. They would even tell me I was the oops baby. Even growing up they always worried...
    htoure21 htoure21 31-35, F Jun 26

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    I was once sent to an African village school, went in quite a cocky little madam but didn't come out like that!!. My African lady teacher gave me some discipline!!. One day she...
    BabySham8 BabySham8 26-30, F Jul 11

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    Have i ever felt pretty or beautiful? No. Not once. Not too long ago, i was talking to this girl and we were talking at least a few hours and then she asks mee for a pic but she...
    MeeKazz MeeKazz 16-17, F 3 Responses 13 hrs ago

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    I've always thought that I'm ugly. Recently, I've thought I'm decent looking... but when I look at myself in the mirror, or see older pictures of myself, I feel sick and bad. One...
    ChellyRocker ChellyRocker 18-21, F 12 mins ago

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    My husband and I have been in a relationship for ten years. I was 17 and he was 24. We have always been so attached to each and so much in love. We were best friends and told each...
    ramonap1990 ramonap1990 22-25, F 1 Response 1 hr ago

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    I am not the person i once was, i used to be goth,i used to be an outcast,and i was fine with that,i slowly grew out of it although if you would have told me back then it was a...
    jesikahluv jesikahluv 18-21, F 10 hrs ago

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    I want to point out that I'm not saying or posting this for attention. I genuinely feel ugly. I am very fat, I have short hair and honestly people just don't find that attractive...
    JudeLeDude JudeLeDude 22-25, M 1 Response 6 hrs ago

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    People say that I have a heart of gold and people told me I was beautiful, and I thought so too. Then the bullies started coming the daily insults where like these You are so ugly...
    MatildaBlack MatildaBlack 13-15, F 1 Response Jul 8

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    I know I'm very beautiful. It's not a subjective thing. I get comments about my beauty all the time - unwanted comments. Unwanted attention. I used to get everything based on my...
    SelfDestructiveLittleGirl SelfDestructiveLittleGirl 18-21, F Jun 27

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    I'm never noticed. I can wear anything I can walk around like I can own the world, but I don't get noticed. I don't get hit on. Not even by creepy guys. And it kills my self esteem...
    cutecrazy05 cutecrazy05 22-25 Jun 28

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    If you exist God, I just want to say thanks. Thanks for bringing me into this world an awkward only child that is so alone he slowly goes insane. The type of mental development...
    Unnkn0wn Unnkn0wn 22-25, M Jul 2

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    I'm tired. Mentally and physically tired. I'm always tired. I think tired is a side effect of being sad. So yeah, I'm tired of being sad all the time. I'm sad people always judge...
    MelodyInMyHead MelodyInMyHead 16-17, F 1 Response Jun 28

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    I was always a chubby girl growing up, and I still am. As much as I tried to lose weight as a teenager now, it's like it would never go. So I basically accepted that fact. Anywho...
    HarmonyEvers HarmonyEvers 16-17, F Jun 29

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    I wish I was pretty. If I was a pretty girl people would want to come and talk to me. I would never feel alone. If I was a pretty I could look in the mirror and like what I see...
    Thinsomniac Thinsomniac 13-15, F 3 Responses a week ago

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    One of my best friend that is a boy has this really ugly girlfriend.he is two years older than me and his sister is my best friend.i told my friend that I liked her brother she...
    cchristinaa cchristinaa 13-15, F Jun 27

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    Curiosity kills a cat...well, I am not a cat. It's better to disclose any hanging curiosity over my head than die knowing nothing at all. Testing the water while dipping my toe...
    0nBrainyOpal 0nBrainyOpal 41-45, F 3 Responses 5 hrs ago

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    Every day, someone tells me that I am ugly. Every day, someone stares at me in disgust. Every day, I cry because I cannot find someone to like me- just because I am ugly. I know I...
    MentoPiano MentoPiano 16-17, F 9 Responses Jul 1

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    "It's okay to cry ." "It's okay to be upset ." "It's okay to be hurt ." That's what everyone says . But they don't understand . They don't understand because it's not happening to...
    Lala1177 Lala1177 13-15, F 2 Responses Jul 5

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    I had one of the worst rejections of my life 1 year ago. It still haunts me to this day constantly. I feel I need to talk about it here just to hear what other people think as I...
    joelex300 joelex300 18-21, M 2 Responses Jun 22

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    So today I saw a guy at the store. He looked great. I feel really ugly since I'm the skinny guy. The man at the store had a great looking body, beautiful hair and the most perfect...
    RY0RY RY0RY 18-21, M Jun 30

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    It sucks that ill never get married, have kids or fall in love because im so ugly , i wish people could see past that , i vow to never have kids and curse them with my ugly genes...
    sorrybouttheugly sorrybouttheugly 16-17 2 Responses Jul 6

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    well i feel very ugly , never had a gf and constantly left alone . i think its my nose or maybe just me . Though i know i am ugly at least i can move on with being...
    Aniceguyforyou Aniceguyforyou 18-21, M 1 Response Jul 8

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    No one has the right to call someone ugly. Anyone who calls someone ugly is ugly on the inside
    Mahsa99 Mahsa99 13-15, F Jul 11

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    It's destroying me from the inside out. All my life (even elementary) I've been called ugly. People always tell me my imperfections. Such as "your skin is to dark" "you got such a...
    kittymadness kittymadness 18-21, M 2 Responses Jul 13

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    I look ugly lots of my friends say I look ugly but I tell them I don't give a **** tho, I can't get a girlfriend because I look ugly
    Chasemanning Chasemanning 13-15, M 1 Response Jul 13

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    When I say I'm ugly, I mean it. I don't expect you to call me pretty or beautiful because if you really felt that way then you would've called me that before I said I was ugly.
    whyusteens whyusteens 13-15, F 1 Response 3 days ago

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    I think I'm ugly cuz cuz cuz cuz cuz cuz cuz cuz cuz cuz cuz cuz cuz cuz cuz cuz cuz cuz NOT I never seen an ugly girl before and I'm not being mean because I'm just saying...
    FlyingAwayAndFallingApart FlyingAwayAndFallingApart 18-21, F 1 day ago

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    Being skinny, you probably think it's a dream, but it's a nightmare. It's a nightmare where I can't wake up and live on. No, my name is Rachel and I'm 13-years old, I weigh 30 kg...
    homesweetsuicide homesweetsuicide 13-15, F Jun 25

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    I am not writing this experience because I do not feel beautiful because I love who I am. We all come to that stage in our lives when we question our appearance. Heck I did once...
    Liv4Life Liv4Life 18-21, F 1 Response Jun 29

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    I've never kissed a boy. I mean I've had the chance to once but I just got so self-conscious that I couldn't. I have a raised brown mole about the size of a pencil eraser right...
    ggcatt ggcatt 13-15, F 1 Response Jul 5

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    I'm so ugly no wonder no boy wants me EWH! Why am I so ugly??😢😔
    rameyvon rameyvon 13-15, F 3 Responses Jun 25

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    People makes me feel ugly though. Not myself....lol they always talking sh*t about me when I walk through the class. I'm like "I can hear you B**ch" I am so tired when people talk...
    vinxgaza vinxgaza 16-17, M 1 Response Jun 26

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    Ugh!!! People say I'm pretty or cute!! People I am not!!! I'm an ugly!!! I can't see what people see and when I look in the mirror I'm like " eww your ugly how can people call you...
    FighterWolf FighterWolf 13-15, F Jun 27