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Celebrities Get Real About Finding Confidence

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Feeling confident in yourself and your body is hard enough without the whole world watching your every move. 

Here, Hollywood women get real about how they overcame body insecurities and found overall physical and mental confidence. 

Beyonce

“I wrote ‘Bootylicious’ because, at the time, I’d gained some weight and the pressure that people put you under, the pressure to be thin, is unbelievable. I was just 18 and you shouldn’t be thinking about that.You should be thinking about building up your character and having fun, and the song was just telling everyone to forget what people are saying, you’re bootylicious. That’s all. It’s a celebration of curves and a celebration of women’s bodies.” – Beyoncé

zendaya

“You shouldn’t feel discouraged if you’re not waking up and feeling amazing about yourself. That’s not necessarily how it works. It doesn’t take one shopping spree to give you that confidence. It’s a developing process. Everyone goes at their own speed. For me, it’s just something you have to continue to work on. It’s a growth and a process. As long as you take every opportunity to learn more about yourself and fall more in love with yourself every day, you’re doing good.” – Zendaya

lily collins

“My mum always said the quirky things that make you different are what make you beautiful, but when you’re younger, they’re normally the things that make you insecure. For me, it was my eyebrows. They were overly thick and luscious. So I went to town and plucked them. When you get older, [you realise] the things that define your differences are beautiful” – Lily Collins

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jennifer lawrence

“You have to look past it – you look how you look, and be comfortable. What are you going to do? Be hungry every single day to make other people happy? That’s just dumb” – Jennifer Lawrence

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“When I grew up, I never heard positive reinforcement about body image from any female in my life. I only heard negatives. That’s very damaging because then you’re programmed as a young woman to immediately scrutinise yourself and how you look… I stand in front of the mirror and say to [daughter] Mia, ‘We are so lucky we have a shape. We’re so lucky we’re curvy. We’re so lucky that we’ve got good bums.’ And she’ll say, ‘Mummy, I know, thank God.’ It’s paying off.” – Kate Winslet

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“Everyone has their own insecurities, and that’s just how it is in life. But then you reach a certain point and you realise every person is completely different, so there’s no point in comparing yourself to other people. Something that you see someone else wearing is not going to look the same on you. It’s just not going to be that way.” – Nina Dobrev

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“I wouldn’t ever want to compete with what I call ‘the glamours’ – the really gorgeous people. I’m about the brain, the heart and what’s on the inside. I feel really lucky to be the body type I am.” – Rebel Wilson

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“I dress for myself because when I feel good, it doesn’t matter what other people say. I think it’s all about confidence and the way you carry yourself that draws people to you.” – Emma Roberts

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“I feel like beauty is definitely the warmth that somebody puts out—what’s internal as opposed to what’s external.There’s nothing more beautiful than seeing a woman stop another woman in the street to tell them they are beautiful. … It’s just so nice when people have that comfort and peace of mind in themselves that they are actually noticing beauty around them.” – Ruby Rose

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“How much time have I wasted on diets and what I look like? Take your time and your talent and figure out what you have to contribute to this world, and get over what the hell your butt looks like in those jeans!” – America Ferrera

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