We all love to see transformation photos of ugly ducklings. And we know how growing a beard can totally change a man’s look. Just like then 21-year-old Gwilym Pugh, who decided to grow some facial hair. He not only became a total hottie but also landed a job as a model.
What’s incredible is if you’ll see before photos of Pugh, who looked nothing like his now 33-year-old self. Pugh received an advice from a barber that he should grow a beard. Fortunately for the insurance salesman, he took the advice and has since landed a modeling stint that allowed him to work alongside the likes of David Beckham.
Meet GQ model 33-year-old Gwilym Pugh from London.
Sizzling hot, don’t you agree?
But this was him before becoming a headturner.
Clearly, he was out of shape then.
But that doesn’t matter now, does it?
Pugh was 21 when he started an insurance company in a spare bedroom in his home. But due to a sedentary lifestyle and some injuries, he gained weight — 280 pounds to be precise. But after a barber told him to grow some beard, the ginger’s life completely changed.
Several years ago, Pugh and his mates started a folk band.
He was also advised to grow a beard so he can look the part.
But since he got his new look, he felt he needed to change his unhealthy lifestyle.
He told Daily Mail:
“At that time I was pretty overweight, working 12 hours a day, plagued with injuries which meant I couldn’t train at all. The business was doing okay, but I decided I needed to get my life in order and wanted to get healthy again.”
He started with clean eating habits.
But the biggest change was when he stopped working his desk job.
Pugh said quitting his desk job was the best decision he made for his health.
He went easy on himself quitting the job that requires him to work nine to 10 hours per day.
It paid off, obviously.
Kudos for the dramatic transformation!
Pugh lost 90 pounds in more than five years.
While he was transforming himself, he also made an IG account.
Welsh fashion designer Nathan Palmer saw his photos and the rest is history. Pugh now works at the AMCK Models, a top model agency in London. He had appeared in a coffee table book and got booked for the Red Hot Photography project. These two gigs gave a boost to his modeling career.
He has worked on Vans, Diesel and Bud Light campaigns.
He’s also made ambassador for David Beckham’s brand, House 99.
Despite his success in the modeling world, the hunk managed to keep his feet on the ground and remain humble. For him, it was an opportunity to travel the world, meet people and be creative.
“I think I’m lucky I got into this profession at the age that I did. I try not to get caught up in it all and my girlfriend helps a great deal wit that.”
Are you inspired by Pugh’s story that he makes you want to grow a beard?
Guy Spends Almost A Year Gluing 42,000 Matches To Make Giant Sphere Then Set It On Fire
It’s oddly satisfying to watch.
While some of us love the idea of doing something we love, others are more about doing anything random. One day, a guy, who is known as wallacemk or simply Wallace, was playing around with matches. All of a sudden, an interesting thought came to his mind and he felt the need to follow it.
A couple of months later, his project took over the Internet. Wallace said the entire thing, which is basically a giant sphere composed of 42,000 matches, cost him around $500. Although gluing them altogether proved to be a rigorous task, it did not discourage him from completing the project. And do you know the next big thing he did? He set it on fire!
Hailing from Upstate New York, Wallace spent almost a year on his "out of the blue" project.
Man Donates Kidney to Woman and Then Proposes Marriage. She Turns Him Down!
He saved her life but she still rejected his love.
How far will you go for love? Will you be willing to sacrifice an organ just to save her life? One man did exactly that and then proposed for marriage afterwards. But in spite of what he did, the response he got was not a positive one.
This story happened in South London and it has since gained a lot of reactions from netizens everywhere. Apparently, the man and the woman first met in the mid-90s but even after sharing a kiss, nothing much happened between them.
Simon Louis, 49, and Mary Emmanuelle, 41, have been friends for more than two decades.
60 People Who Were Once Ugly Ducklings Share Incredible Transformations
No doubt those who bullied them are now regretting it.
When you were a kid, probably one of the books you read was none other than The Ugly Duckling. Not only is it heartwarming and relatable, it also beautifully features the story of personal transformation for the greater good. That revolving around inner beauty is just as important as the outer beauty.
This idea eventually gave birth to a subreddit called “uglyduckling.” As the name suggests, it exists to prove that the infamous Ugly Duckling Syndrome is an intrinsic part of everyday life. There, people continue to share their before-and-after photos, showing the world the kind of transformation they have. Elite Readers has compiled some of these photos below. Scroll down and let us know which ones are your favorites!