I don’t regularly watch Pretty Little Liars, but I’ve always sort of dug Lucy Hale. She’s enjoyable to watch, she’s got a killer sense of style—and now, thanks to Self’s profile of her in their October 2013 issue, she’s one of my favorite people ever. Why? Because of this:
While discussing the things that don’t faze her, she told the magazine, “I was on the beach in Hawaii and there were paparazzi in the bushes. I don’t think anybody wants to be photographed in their bikini unless you’re like a Victoria’s Secret model. There’s always a little voice in my head that says, Suck it in a little more—but you know, I’m so comfortable with who I am, I’m just like, screw it! Take pictures!”
How’s that for a healthy dose of body positivity?
Sure, we could view the whole thing with more of a cynical eye—the “Well, that’s easy for YOU to say—you’re drop dead gorgeous” angle—but I think the takeaway here is that even pretty people feel ugly sometimes. What matters from there is how you deal with it, even when you feel pressure to be even more beautiful; and you know what? Saying “screw it!” is really one of the best ways to go about it. We’d probably all much happier if we just let go of it all, because at the end of the day, who cares? “Oh, look! I have a body! What a shocking and unexpected development!”… said no one ever.
Of course, just letting go is often easier said than done—but it’s a start.
Have a fabulous weekend, Bettys!
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s senior editor.
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