The universal story

We’ve all had some pretty crazy things happen to us in life — things meant to break us and keep us boxed in. From bittersweet to just plain ugly, these are the moments some would rather forget. But these are our ugly duckling years and they have the potential to guide and even define who we are today. By embracing them, we can learn a lot about who we are and how to become the person we want to be.


By challenging negative perceptions towards people, cultures, and the awkward phases of life Ugly Duckling Diaries is dedicated to redefining social stereotypes and celebrating individuality and differences. We aim to show how the ugly parts of life can be leveraged into passions and purpose. Because repurposing these experiences, often in the form of a word meant to hurt and shame us, can help every person push past those bullies in life, even the one from within.


Our features are just like you — improbable heroines. Self-made women from around the globe who’ve fought hard through awkwardness and the uncomfortable to find their place in this world. They don’t allow labels or experiences to box them in. They use them as fuel to take on the world. These women have superpowers, and are redefining their ugly duckling years. And if there’s anything to be learned from their incredible stories, it’s that every woman has the power to redefine herself.

So, what is your superpower?


We all have our ugly duckling years, so let’s talk about them and change the conversation! This is our community and these are our stories — a place to connect and be inspired to be your authentic self. Leave feedback and share your own experiences. Your comments can make a difference and change the script for someone else.  

Welcome to Ugly Duckling Diaries.