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Which Old Insecurity Are You Ready to Release?

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?

CarlyHP226685 CarlyHP226685 9 years
I got made fun of constantly for a scar from a cleft lip. I had 2 surgeries as a baby then one at age 15 since my face obviously grew. And 2 small ones since then. I still have a scar but with makeup its very hard to notice. I've finally let go of the insecurity and learned to love my scar, nobody is perfect and everyone has flaws so just let em go!
alexask alexask 9 years
my nose was the hugest thing in the world to me then. now i think i both grew into it and stopped caring. one or two kids said something about it, one kid on the bus and i still remember it. when i started traveling to europe guys started saying how much they loved my nose and i don't think i'll ever get used to that, because it's so ridiculously ironic.
kayleigh83 kayleigh83 9 years
oh my goodness you were SO cute!!!!
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i was just the epitomy of the ugly duckling when i was younger - everything was wrong with me. big ears, bad hair, ugly - everything. now i think that i've grown into myself a bit more and i feel better about things. i don't know if i would trade those years for anything, but i i don't know if i would go back to it all either.
WhitneyGH WhitneyGH 9 years
I developed 36-inch hips at age 10. As a teen, I had those babies plus a 23-inch waist, ghetto booty, and thighs that (gasp!) touched. I wore a size 2/4, but people at my high school always called me fat. I heard the phrases "thunder thighs" and "childbearing hips" directed at me more times than I can count. Now I'm darn proud of my curvy hips, shapely thighs, and all that junk in my trunk. I only wish bootylicious Beyonce had been around when I was a teen, so I could have responded to my critics with, "I don't think you're ready for this jelly."
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
I just looked at some pictures of myself and remembered that I still don't like my freckles.
Glittersniffer Glittersniffer 9 years
Bug they envy my large eyes, and try to make theirs look like mine. HAH. Also I got "Cadi Two-backs" because I was flatchested. Now I'm in good shape, my boobs grew, just later, and I'm happy with my shape. And I know at least a few of them have paid for what I have naturally.
md12398 md12398 9 years
i'm a bit insecure about the bump on my nose, but i've come a long way with it. now, i just pretend that black eyed peas song is about it: my hump, my hump, my hump. :) being tall (5'10") and skinny has been a little strange, too--i've always loved the skinny part, but i still struggle to stand up straight all the time. i unconsciously stoop so i don't tower over people.
Harrisons Harrisons 9 years
I have very hairy arms and legs. For years, I tried bleaching the hair on my arms. I started shaving my legs at the age of 10...only because I was teased horribly and I BEGGED my mom. Right before my wedding, I waxed my arms, I loved it so much that I just started shaving them, basically everyday. I can shave my legs in the morning, a few hours later I have a three oclock shadow. It is just a part of me that I have had to accept and deal with. But, now my 5 year old daughter, is starting to grow hair on her legs. It breaks my heart that she will have to deal with how cruel kids and even adults (because they used to make comments about me too)can be. I can only try to instill in her self confidence I lacked and hopefully my lessons will help her.
L0neLyHeArT L0neLyHeArT 9 years
I hated my nose growing up. I'm slowly trying to let my insecurity go...
chiquita29 chiquita29 9 years
In grade school I got made fun of for my glasses & gapped teeth. In Jr. High I got made fun of for being flat chested (mostly by girls!). After a summer wearing braces & getting contacts, I didn't get made fun of after I started high school, but by then I was so shy and had such low self esteem. Kids can be so cruel! My son knows I better not ever hear him making fun of anybody ;)
LadyLiLa83 LadyLiLa83 9 years
My big boobs, my big nose, and my feet.
Angelica Angelica 9 years
Nose for sure. When I was a preteen I was obsessed about the size of it and I think I just grew into it or myself. I honestly haven't even looked at it closely in years. Thanks for reminding me, Bella ;)
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
"5'10 at 12, 110 pds with bushy brows" So...a supermodel :)
supermodelspy supermodelspy 9 years
lol childhood, i was 5'10 at 12, 110 pds with bushy brows.
girlgreen girlgreen 9 years
my chicken legs, which are literally the size of a six-year-old's legs. they make my upper legs/thighs look huge in comparison. i just got over it about a year ago. this was the first summer that i really wore dresses and shorts! now i'm obsessed with dresses :0
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 9 years
In grade school, some kids would mkae fun of my teeth and the fact I wasn't as girly & skinny as everyone else. I had crooked teeth until I got braces when I was 13. Also, I was a bit of a tomboy and while I wasn't heavy, I did have a bloated look. The kids I didn't get along with and my friends brother would poke fun at those issues. I still deal with some major insecurities; however I think it is time for me to let go of my weight insecurity.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 9 years
I was never teased by other children. Like some posters here, I was mocked by my Mom, sadly enough. During puberty, I became somewhat heavy, but I truly think it was due to hormones. My Mom made many hostile comments towards me. It did affect my self-image and self-esteem. However, I've put that behind me. Post-puberty, after my hormones calmed down, I became slim and trim. I'm nowhere near overweight. I'm content with my body. Also, I've learned some painful lessons of the kind of woman my Mother is. I've become more wise about her. I find that wisdom serves me in life. :)
WiCkeD_LaDy WiCkeD_LaDy 9 years
about my HUGE feet, well when i was 10, i already was using 7 or 8, when all of my friends were using 4 or 3, but i now know is because i was tall, today i'm very happy with my number "9" =D!!!
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
My teeth. When I was 2 I fell out of a wagon and had a dead tooth until it fell out when I was 6. It was all greenish gray. My teeth are still messed up and my tooth has a little white spot on it but it doesn't bother me anymore. I wish my teeth weren't crooked from it but I can fix that if I really want to.
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
Aww! Such a cute girl! :) I got over most of my childhood insecurities, but it took a damn long time.
kaytwo44 kaytwo44 9 years
I had large breasts practically from day 1 of puberty (at 10 years old). I used to get made fun of by all of the kids in school; I used to hate my breasts so much that I wore oversized clothes until I was 18 (read: I was wearing a size L/XL and I'm really a S/M). I learned to love my "girls" after high school, though, and now I don't know what I'd do without them. Well, maybe I'd have fewer backaches...but they're worth it!!! :) :)
brandysbug brandysbug 9 years
I had to get glasses in kindergarten. I continued to wear thick glasses all through middle school and high school and became extremely shy because I thought I was horribly ugly with glasses. I was just very self-conscious. I thought I was a greasy, zit-infested monstrosity with big ole glasses. When I look at pictures from that time, I am sad for my "former self" - because I wasn't ugly at all!!! I continue to have struggles with confidence to this day- but am much more accepting of what I don't like and more grateful for what I do like. I have let go of the geeky glasses thing, especially since I've had contacts for almost 10 years now.
ladychaos ladychaos 9 years
I used to always feel like so weird around other girls, because I was taller than everybody, lanky, and tomboyish (with the figure of a little boy). I used to feel so unfeminine and unpretty. I also used to think my nose was huge. I still feel taller than most of my female friends, yet I don't feel as awkwardly boyish. Hooray for heels!
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