English version

ugly duckling

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishugly ducklingugly ducklingUGLYSUCCESSFULsomeone who is less attractive, successful etc than other people, but who becomes beautiful and successful later ugly
Examples from the Corpus
ugly ducklingThe loco is a bit of an ugly duckling.An ugly duckling, like a printing press, was transformed into a well-behaved goose laying golden eggs.It's certainly the ugly duckling of the era-until you get to drive one.But Beryl is an ugly duckling rapidly turning into a beautiful swan ... all through the hard work of recovering mental patients.However, roses are not swans, and all too often ugly ducklings remain ugly ducklings.
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