Its Ugly Duck Syndrome! As Kate Beckinsale admits she didnt appreciate her stunning good looks until she was age 29, we look at the other stars that…

It’s Ugly Duckling Syndrome! As Kate Beckinsale admits she didn’t appreciate
her stunning good looks until she was 29 we uncover the other stars suffering from UDS

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19:35 GMT, 20 July 2012

The best celebrities are like a fine wine, they get better with age.

This week Kate Beckinsale admitted that she didn’t appreciate her fabulous looks until she was 29, and she’s not the only poor celebrity to suffer from ugly duckling syndrome (UDS).

From geek to chic, we look at the ages that some of the planet's most beautiful people turned from ugly ducklings to Hollywood swans.

Growing up: Actress Kate Beckinsale says that feeling attractive didn't come until she was 29 and with husband Len

Growing up: Actress Kate Beckinsale says that feeling attractive didn't come until she was 29 and with husband Len

Kate Beckinsale:

Age Now: 38
Age She Became A Swan (Swan Age): 29

British actress Kate often tops sexiest woman in the world lists, but she hasn't always been comfortable in her own skin.

In fact, it was only in her late twenties after meeting husband Len Wiseman that she ever felt 'sexy'.

She says: ‘Feeling attractive didn’t come until I was 29 and with Len…At the time it was partly perceived as if I’d gone all Hollywood, but it wasn’t like that at all.

'It was just OK for me to walk around and feel feminine and attractive. I like feeling liberated like this.’

Babies and skin blitzing: Jessica Alba learned to love her body after having chidren, Jessica Simpson discovered a cure for problem skin was her ticket to self-confidence

Babies and skin blitzing: Jessica Alba learned to love her body after having chidren, Jessica Simpson discovered a cure for problem skin was her ticket to self-confidence

Babies and skin blitzing: Jessica Alba learned to love her body after having children, Jessica Simpson discovered a cure for problem skin was her ticket to self-confidence

Jessica Alba

Age Now: 31
Swan Age: 27

The
actress has often talked about being an ugly duckling as a child and
admitted that she could never call herself sexy before she became a
mother.

She says: ‘Before having Honor and Haven, I was
super-critical of my looks and worried more about inevitable changes to
my body. I couldn't even say the word 'sexy' to describe myself without
feeling funny and awkward.

‘Becoming a mom has definitely made me feel more confident and secure than I ever did in my 20s.’

Jessica Simpson

Age Now: 32
Swan Age: 20

Blonde singer Jessica left her UDS behind her when she combated her acne.

She
says: “I didn't start feeling comfortable in my own skin until I was
20. As a celebrity, fans expect to see something perfect in person, and
when they come face-to-face with you – without airbrushing – and you
have acne problems, it's embarrassing.

‘If
you're a bit overweight you can wear a baggy sweatshirt and feel better
about yourself, but skin is a huge part of your self-esteem. It's
something you can't hide.’

Getting sporty vs going shorty: Cameron Diaz honed her confidence at the same time as honing her skills on a surfboard while actress Emma Watson ditched the spilt ends and found a new her

Getting sporty vs going shorty: Cameron Diaz honed her confidence at the same time as honing her skills on a surfboard while actress Emma Watson ditched the spilt ends and found a new her

Getting sporty vs going shorty: Cameron Diaz honed her confidence at the same time as honing her skills on a surfboard while actress Emma Watson ditched the spilt ends and found a new her

Cameron Diaz

Age Now: 39
Swan Age: 27

This
actress started out as a model, shooting to fame as a vampy blonde in
The Mask movie, but it wasn’t until she was filming Charlie’s Angels
that she started to feel proud of her body.

She says: ‘I enjoy my body a lot more now than I did when I was younger – it’s stronger than ever.

'As a kid I was athletic, but after Charlie’s Angels I became physically strong.'

Emma Watson

Age Now: now 22
Swan age: 20

After finishing the Harry Potter
series and chopping off her frizzy schoolgirl locks Emma landed the
Burberry campaign and became a sought-after face for fashion magazines
and FROW appearances.

She says’ I think it made me more bold as there’s no way to hide with short hair.

'Because it’s quite boyish, you can take it a but further on make-up and be a bit sexier.'

Girl power: Victoria Beckham became even hotter when she became a mum to first son Cruz according to husband David and Nicole Scherzinger thanks her Pussycat Dolls for helping her shed her geeky past

Girl power: Victoria Beckham became even hotter when she became a mum to first son Cruz according to husband David and Nicole Scherzinger thanks her Pussycat Dolls for helping her shed her geeky past

Girl power: Victoria Beckham became even hotter when she became a mum to first son Cruz according to husband David and Nicole Scherzinger thanks her Pussycat Dolls for helping her shed her geeky past

Victoria Beckham

Age Now: 38
Swan Age: 23

Pouting
Posh spice has never seemed like the insecure type but husband David
says her sex appeal shot up when she became a mother.

He
says: ‘'There are many other things that I love her for, but being an
amazing mother is a very sexy quality and an adorable quality.

‘She's a great mum. Everything revolves around the children, as busy as she is, and that's what I love her for.’

Nicole Scherzinger

Age Now: 34
Swan Age: 25

Today
Nicole is famous for her barely there outfits and incredible face, but
this Pussycat insists she was a lanky teenager lacking in confidence
until she joined the troupe.

She says: ‘I was a geek in high school and only got rid of my glasses when I joined the Dolls.

‘But these days I’m giving the way I look a good 8 out of 10.’

European Travels and Tyra Banks: A trip to Italy opened Christina Hendricks' eyes to an option other than 'skinny and miserable' and Janet Jackson opened up to a chatshow about her quest to learn to like herself

European Travels and Tyra Banks: A trip to Italy opened Christina Hendricks' eyes to an option other than 'skinny and miserable' and Janet Jackson opened up to a chatshow about her quest to learn to like herself

European Travels and Tyra Banks: A trip to Italy opened Christina Hendricks' eyes to an option other than 'skinny and miserable' and Janet Jackson opened up to a chatshow about her quest to learn to like herself

Christina Hendricks

Age Now: 37
Swan Age: 20

The Mad Men star started her career as a skinny (and unhappy) brunette fashion model.

Then she moved to Italy age 20 and those famous curves were born.

‘I gained 15 pound from the pasta and cappuccinos.

'I saw my body change and loved how it made me look sexy and womanly.’

Janet Jackson

Age Now: 46
Swan Age: 40s

Sharing
with chat show Tyra Banks the singer, who has battled with weight and
self-esteem issues throughout her life, admitted she didn’t like herself
until she was in her 40s.

She
says: ‘A friend asked me once to do an exercise and that was to look in
the mirror and find something that you like about yourself. So I looked
in the mirror and I immediately started crying because there was
nothing that I liked about myself.

‘This
was in my 30s. So I kept trying. I finally was able to actually just
look at myself in the mirror without having any kind of emotion whatever
and I realized that I like the sway of my back and my smile. I never
found myself attractive.’

Baby bumps and skin lumps: Mel C credits her first pregnancy with helping her feel good in her own skin while actress Salma Hayek gained confidence when she was prescribed drugs for her severe acne

Baby bumps and skin lumps: Mel C credits her first pregnancy with helping her feel good in her own skin while actress Salma Hayek gained confidence when she was prescribed drugs for her severe acne

Baby bumps and skin lumps: Mel C credits her first pregnancy with helping her feel good in her own skin while actress Salma Hayek gained confidence when she was prescribed drugs sfor her sever acne

Melanie Chisholm

Age Now: 38
Swan Age: 34

As
‘Sporty Spice’ Mel C was known for her love of fitness but only really
became happy with her body when she was pregnant with her daughter.

She says: ‘As my bump grew, the more proud I became of my body.

'I put on almost 50lb and I certainly wasn’t in any rush to shed my baby weight.’

Salma Hayek

Age Now: 45
Swan Age: 22

Sultry
Salma Hayek was too shy to pursue her dreams of acting as a youngster
because of severe acne. She bloomed as soon as she was prescribed drug
treatment to cure it.

She
says: ‘The acne was so bad it sent me in to a severe depression. I
couldn’t leave the house. I felt like Ugly Betty many times.’

Body issues: Confidence came with age for both actress Nicole Kidman and American child star Mandy Moore

Body issues: Confidence came with age for both actress Nicole Kidman and American child star Mandy Moore

Body issues: Confidence comes with age for both actress Nicole Kidman and American child star Mandy Moore

Nicole Kidman

Age Now: 45
Swan Age: 24

Aussie
beanpole Nicole is known for her willowy frame and amazing strawberry
blonde hair, but hated both characteristics as a teen.

She
says: ‘I was 5.10″ aged 13 and by 18 my hair was long and frizzy. I
hated it. I wish I had known I would become more confident about my
looks.’

Mandy Moore

Age Now: 28
Swan Age: 20

The
actress and singer grew up in the spotlight and found the scrutiny of
her looks tough to take, but a sexy shoot for Cosmopolitan magazine in
2004 changed all that.

She
says: ‘This shoot is the first I’ve done where I’ve truly felt like a
sexy woman and not 19-year-old little Mandy Moore anymore. My body is
changing. I just got boobs, and now I have hips. I’m like a size 6 or 8
now (UK 10 to 12), and I like the way I look, I’m proud of it.

‘I've
accepted that I'm not going to be a stick-thin-model kind of girl. When
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Boys can be ugly ducklings too: George Clooney didn't accept his sex symbol title until his thirties but Robert Pattinson came to terms with his hearth throb status quite a lot earlier

Boys can be ugly ducklings too: George Clooney didn't accept his sex symbol title until his thirties but Robert Pattinson came to terms with his hearth throb status quite a lot earlier

George Clooney

Age Now: 51
Swan Age: 34

George
was a late starter in Hollywood and as a result didn’t enjoy his sex
symbol status until his late 30s. Before that he thought he was
definitely an ugly duckling.

On
joining ER, the show that was to give him his big break he joked: ‘Me, a
sex symbol Have you seen my chin You could easily park a limousine on
it.’

Robert Pattinson

Age Now: 26
Swan Age: 23

Previously puny R-Patz was determined to beef up when he landed a career defining role as vampire Edward Cullen.

He says: ‘I tried to lose every ounce of fat so when I took off my shirt I’d look like an alien.

'I was more muscular than I’d ever been in my life.’