Instagram Round-Up: Best Of The ‘Ten Year Challenge’

Instagram Round-Up: Best Of The ‘Ten Year Challenge’
Bremen Menelli (via Instagram)

Social media has recently embraced a trend of posting side-by-side pictures of yourself in 2009 (or thereabouts) and in 2019, to show the world how life has treated you over the years.

I thought I’d do a round-up of notable LGBTQs, Instagram faves and more who have been taking part in the “How hard did aging hit you?” challenge, aka the “10 Year Challenge.”

Maybe it’s me, but I think most folks look way better with the additional decade than before.

Some of the posts have been humorous, and many definitely inspiring.

Scrolling through the side-by-side pics, there are folks who have seriously age-defying DNA (or very good at FaceTune), and some are literally different people.

Maybe you love it, maybe you hate it? Let’s take a look.

Eliad Cohen looked great in swim suit ten years ago, but the “Papa Party” prez is just that much hotter today.

Austin Wolf reminisces of the days when he was “young, small and cute.” He was certainly cute, but we think he’s totally hotter now. #Daddy


Fitness trainer Joel Green barely looks any older, although he’s rocking that beard:


Laverne Cox shows she’s like a fine wine, just getting better with age:


Fitness hottie Bremen Menelli has totally transformed since 2009:


Jim Newman went even further back than 10 years because he wanted to give as close a matchup as possible. “Save a horse…”


Dan Tai literally went from boy to man. Man, did he ever!


Luke Evans reminds us that age is just a number, and he wears his well:


Trans musician and model Jaimie Wilson admits life’s journey took a different route in his #10yearchallenge:



I’m Jumping on the #10yearchallenge even though I can’t actually do the challenge correctly because I have zero photos of me from 10 years ago. 10 years ago I was 13 without social media. The photos that exist of me back then I’m unable to have because my parents have them. That’s ok though. The important thing is that I know how much I’ve developed and grown into the man I was destined to become. These challenges are fun and all, and are an awesome reminder of how far I’ve come…but remember changes and growth are far more than physical. That’s something social media forgets sometimes. Love you all . . . #ftm #transgender #transisbeautiful #femaletomale #lgbtpride #mensstyle #singer #boy #trans #instagood #transformation #lgbt #loveislove #musician #blueeyes #pride #nohate #selfie #instadaily #countryboy #fitness #bodytransformation #beforeandafter
A post shared by Jaimie Wilson (@tboy61915) on Jan 16, 2019 at 3:18pm PST

Fitness trainer Austen Gravett demonstrates that a few years, some gym time and a good barber can be a recipe for hotness:


Beefy fitness model Quin Bruce rocked a shag haircut back in the day, but he’s totes woofilicious now:


Olympian Caitlyn Jenner gives you #TenYearChallenge realness with a message of encouraging folks to “Be authentic to yourself:”



A post shared by Caitlyn Jenner (@caitlynjenner) on Jan 15, 2019 at 8:44am PST

And then there’s superstar Mariah Carey, who admits she really doesn’t get the point of the ten year challenge. Writes Mimi, “Time is not something I acknowledge.”