For the past week, Instagram has been a giant memory board. Why, you ask? After the rollercoaster that was 2018, and the chaos that has already ensued in the first few weeks of 2019, it's nice to sit and reflect on those days when things seemed less complicated.
Hence, the 10-year challenge — where people post decade-old photos side by side with today's to show us just how far they've come — was born. And though many of us have simply evolved our hair, makeup, or wardrobe, for others the challenge is indicative of a huge internal transformation that's taken place.
Beauty YouTuber Jaclyn Hill, who's never been afraid to show us her real self, participated in the challenge, and she looks completely different.
For the past few days, the 10-year challenge has taken over our social media feeds.
From poses we forgot used to be considered cute to makeup fads we wish we hadn't joined in on, these throwbacks have been a great distraction from the craziness of the modern world.
Jaclyn Hill joined the party, speaking about her major transformative internal growth that's taken place over the past decade.
"10 years ago I was 18 years old, working as a MAC freelance artist, dealing with bullies & engaged to be married. I was so lost & so confused about life & what I truly wanted. My dad was an addict & taught me a lot of really hard lessons (that I am now thankful for) but at the time, it made me insecure & I never knew what I wanted or deserved."
Fans freaked out at the transformation.
Hill was almost completely unrecognizable with her short, colorful hair. Fans praised her for her transparency and reflected on their own personal journeys. So in honor of Hill's tremendous growth both physically and emotionally, we've dug up a ton of #TBTs that'll make your day.
Short Hair Jaclyn
She was serving some serious shag with this 'do. Rocking her natural hair color paired with this grunge cut brought back 2006 Paramore memories.
Short Bangs Jaclyn
Remember when we all thought short side bangs were hot shit? Ah, those were simpler times.
Heavy Black Eyeliner Jaclyn
It was a matter of life or death to be able to apply black eyeliner all the way around in those days. In hindsight, the idea of a smoked-out eye in the daytime is near repulsive, but we didn't know better.
Scene Queen Haircut Jaclyn
High school was a competition of who could take the most dramatic photo, and Hill definitely won that competition.
Grunge Photo Shoot Jaclyn
"I was in photography school," Hill said about this post, donning a black-and-white plaid shirt that almost every single girl had 10 years ago.
Cotton Candy Hair Jaclyn
Hey, it was all about self-expression back then. If you had a MySpace account, you definitely have a few of these skeletons in your closet.
Young Love Jaclyn
Who can forget the 4-square MacBook photos? PhotoBooth was seriously iconic.
Dark Hair Jaclyn
This is when Hill began looking a lot more like the woman we know today. Long, dark hair is seriously her look.
The go-to poses of 2010? Tongues out and duck lips.
Unblended Eye Shadow Jaclyn
Though she was advanced for the time back then, Hill's makeup skills have still managed to come full circle.