Hardly anyone I know says that she felt beautiful growing up. (Even supermodels say they felt gawky as children.) I was a confident kid in school and friendships, but I won't lie: The schoolyard taunts of "Bucky Beaver" made me feel insecure about my teeth for years. (You could say that my dental issues turned into mental issues. Zing!)
Looking back at this picture, though, all I can see is a cute, happy-looking girl — hardly the unattractive dork I imagined myself to be. With the passing of time, I've been able to have more compassion for my young self, and that in turn helps me stop picking on my appearance as an adult. (OK, the miracles of orthodontia helped, too, but you get the idea.) So in the spirit of squashing those years-old negative messages that keep echoing in our heads, which ones are you ready to let go of?