by Rebekah Rhoden in New Photography on Friday 2 August 2013

We all look back on our younger days with fond memories and, mainly, embarrassment. Remember your school portraits? The glasses, braces, and unflattering hairstyles are now cause for celebration, thanks to Merilee Allred’s Awkward Years Project.

The project started when Allred posted a photo of herself holding a picture of her in her awkward years, and has since evolved into something much bigger. Allred hopes that this project can inspire youth who are victims of bullying and low self-esteem, and show that life is much more than looks.

Via The Huffington Post