Social media has recently embraced a trend of posting side-by-side pictures of yourself in 2009 (or thereabouts) and in 2019, to show the world how life has treated you over the years.
We thought we’d do a round-up of notable LGBTQs, Instagram faves and more who have been taking part in the “How hard did aging hit you?” challenge, aka the “10 Year Challenge.”
Maybe it’s me, but I think most folks look way better with the additional decade than before.
There are posts that are humorous, and some definitely inspiring.
Scrolling through the side-by-side pics, there are folks who seem to have seriously age-defying genes (or are very good at FaceTune), and some are literally different people.
Maybe you love it, maybe you hate it? Let’s take a look.
Eliad Cohen looked great in swim suit ten years ago, but the “Papa Party” prez is just that much hotter today.
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Austin Wolf reminisces of the days when he was “young, small and cute.” He was certainly cute, but we think he’s totally hotter now. #Daddy
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Fitness trainer Joel Green barely looks any older, although he’s rocking that beard:
Laverne Cox shows she’s like a fine wine, just getting better with age:
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Fitness hottie Bremen Menelli has totally transformed since 2009:
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Jim Newman went even further back than 10 years because he wanted to give as close a matchup as possible. “Save a horse…”
Dan Tai literally went from boy to man. Man, did he ever!
Out actor Luke Evans (Beauty and the Beast) reminds us that age is just a number, and he wears his well:
#10yearchallenge me in 2009 and so very new to the movie game, then me last week at @versace Show. But!!! Remember people, age is just a number, this is what I will be telling myself as the years roll by. Just a number.
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Trans musician and model Jaimie Wilson admits life’s journey took a different route in his #10yearchallenge:
I’m Jumping on the #10yearchallenge even though I can’t actually do the challenge correctly because I have zero photos of me from 10 years ago. 10 years ago I was 13 without social media. The photos that exist of me back then I’m unable to have because my parents have them. That’s ok though. The important thing is that I know how much I’ve developed and grown into the man I was destined to become. These challenges are fun and all, and are an awesome reminder of how far I’ve come…but remember changes and growth are far more than physical. That’s something social media forgets sometimes. Love you all . . . #ftm #transgender #transisbeautiful #femaletomale #lgbtpride #mensstyle #singer #boy #trans #instagood #transformation #lgbt #loveislove #musician #blueeyes #pride #nohate #selfie #instadaily #countryboy #fitness #bodytransformation #beforeandafter
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Fitness trainer Austen Gravett demonstrates that a few years, some gym time and a good barber can be a recipe for hotness:
Beefy fitness model Quin Bruce rocked a shag haircut back in the day, but he’s totes woofilicious now:
Olympian Caitlyn Jenner gives you #TenYearChallenge realness with a message of encouraging folks to “Be authentic to yourself:”
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And then there’s superstar Mariah Carey, who admits she really doesn’t get the point of the ten year challenge. Writes Mimi, “Time is not something I acknowledge.”
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