It’s true what they say: You’re not who you once were in high school. (Thank goodness.) And for U.K.-based Instagram star and beauty blogger Jack Emory, that notion couldn’t be truer. Emory, who you may also recognize as @makeupbyjaack, recently shared a throwback photo of his pre-glam makeup days on Instagram, and, let me just say, the transformation will blow. Your. Mind.
“Be careful who you call a fat, bent, ugly nobody in school,” he wrote in a caption. “Because they might grow up to highlight their inner corner like your girlfriend wishes she could .”
The photo in question, which is a side-by-side before-and-after snapshot, reveals what Emory looked like before he became an Instagram magic legend with more than 434,000 followers to boot. On the left, Emory appears to be a smiley, rosy-cheeked kid with a floppy haircut, while on the right, years later, he shows off his incredible crease-cut and contour skills in a gorgeous selfie.
While we happen to think both sides of the #TBT snapshot are worthy of a double tap, we can’t help but admire Emory’s reflection of self-love: “Loving yourself unconditionally is rule no.1 to living a happy and successful life. And rule no.2 is having faith in the glo up .”
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So true. Now, tell us, Emory, which highlighter are you wearing? You icon, you.
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Now, watch this model get a major hair haul during Fashion Week: