20+ People Share The Exact Moment They Realized They Were Hot

Are you an attractive person? Are you unsure? Some people know they’re hot from the minute they see a mirror, or as soon as they hit puberty, or when they manage to snag their first date.

For others, it’s a lengthier process. A recent AskReddit thread initiated by u/DarkskinJesus posited the question, “When did you realize you were attractive?” The responses are enlightening, inspiring, depressing, just all-around emotional, really! Buckle in for a wild ride, friends, and remember: There’s always hope for you.

21. For u/Dframe44, his moment came

I went to a gay bar and drank for free.

20. Hey, u/theredhotbellpepper, maybe you are cute and she booze just gave her the courage to tell you:

I’m not attractive but a girl did scream “hey your cute ” at me while I was pumping gas the other night.Im sure she was drunk but I’ll be riding that ego boost for at least the next 3 months.

19. This is cute for everyone except u/Bollard_pants‘ wife:

When i heard my little son (6) tell his friend ‘No’ i do not look like my mummy, i look like my Dad, we are both Handsome..

18. u/smoakjoke‘s story sounds like a romcom plot:

I was scrawny and I had white spots on my face due to some deficiencies. Later developed acne as well. Got worse but I never quit on myself. It’s been 7 years since then. I have been working out, put on 50 pounds. Got rid of acne and the vitamin deficiencies. Now a lot of girls compliment my looks and want to go out with me or ask my number. I can clearly tell when they are super flirtatious. That’s the moment I realized that I’m not ugly anymore.

But guess what, don’t need em because I’m still gonna be with my girl who accepted me as I was 4 years ago 🙂

17. For u/SoreBrodinsson, his lightbulb moment went down at the gym:

“When I was told I was “the highest quality meat at the gym” by an absolute babe…I felt so objectified…it was great”

16. u/Toxic_Gorilla must be fine as hellllll to hear this from a super angry person:

In high school, my friends and I stumbled across a rally for 9/11 truthers and started to argue with them. At one point one of the truthers got fed up and told us to go away and get a life. He turned to me and said, “You’re a good looking guy. Why don’t you go get a girlfriend?”

It’s rare to get that kind of compliment from someone who’s pissed at you.

15. It’s truly incredible what a proper outfit can do for your self-esteem, as u/fmoss learned.

When my mother stopped buying clothes for me and I started shopping for myself.

All of the sudden I had clothes that were in style and fit. Realized people treated me differently.

14. u/Mintyboy4‘s realization was a recent one:

Only over the last year or so? When multiple people started telling me “You could do better” when showing pictures of exes that I deemed to be attractive. When reasonably attractive girls asked me out. When my mates started telling me that I’m a good looking dude.

I didn’t have my first kiss till I was nearly 21. I was a late bloomer and definitely not attractive in school. I still don’t entirely believe it to be honest. But enough people are telling me it that I’m starting to. So hey ho.

13. :’) u/snugglebum89 :’)

Don’t find myself attractive but my S.O. thinks I’m beautiful even though I don’t see it. And I think he’s handsome.

12. How many people had u/Zoloyo‘s same awful experience, all for naught?

“Bullying, sexual harassment, weird relatives staring. I wish someone had just told me.”

Lex Gabrielle

Written by Lex Gabrielle

Lex Gabrielle native New Yorker who supports messy buns and all things covered in buffalo sauce. She is currently a managing editor for BloomJoy and teaches English and Journalism to the youth of America.