RHIAN Sugden looked unrecognisable in a throwback picture as a “shy and geeky” 15-year-old.
The glamour model, now 35, reflected on her younger years in a new Instagram post.
Sharing a picture of herself in the early noughties, Rhian wore glasses, pink eye shadow and had her hair in pig tails.
Beside it was a snap of her in the present day, this time with contact lenses, her hair in loose waves and a more mature makeup style.
Describing her teen self, she wrote: “Shy, insecure, geeky, always seeking approval and incredibly anxious. Nothing like the person I am today.”
Turning her attention to older Rhian, she continued: “I have better hair (thankfully) and finally got my head around using contact lenses.
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“My confidence is better, I no longer seek validation, I’m much happier and more content than I’ve ever been.
“It’s each to their own and I know my life choices may not be everyone’s cup of tea but I’m so grateful for everything my life has brought me so far. The friends, the relationships, the experiences. The things I’ve learnt and and the person that I’m becoming as I get older.”
She signed off by writing ‘yay for nerds’ and revealing she still loves computer games and magazines.
The compliments came flooding in, with one fan writing: “Well done on overcoming your insecurity. You’ve grown into a stunning, confident young woman.”
Another said: “Like a fine wine.”