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Everybody makes mistakes. Everybody has those days. Everybody suffers from fear and loathing brought on by self-awareness—even celebrities. Here, 15 famous women on their particular insecurities.
What's one of the most beautiful women maybe ever concerned about? Her self-described bow legs (opens in new tab), which means you'll never catch her in a mid-calf hemline.
Not a conventional body part, but when you're on camera 24/7..."If you Google 2008 and 2007, I had the craziest, hairiest hairline, so I did laser it," she said (opens in new tab). "Everyone would just Photoshop it every time I did a photo shoot [anyway]. I didn't really change the shape, I just got rid of all the baby hairs."
"I'm uncomfortable about the size of my ears and I'm sort of lanky," she once said. We *guess*...
She might have 24 hours in a day just like the rest of us, but she's also got lapses in confidence...just like the rest of us. She reportedly (opens in new tab) dislikes her feet and ears, often gets a runny nose while performing, and employs wind machines not just for epic hair flips but for dealing with extreme sweatiness.
True story: When Olivia Wilde met her now-husband Jason Sudeikis, she feared she wasn't "beautiful enough or his type." (She seriously said so (opens in new tab) in our April 2013 cover story.) Just...wow.
More body hang-ups, brought to you by the miracle of childbirth. "I'm still definitely not comfortable," she said (opens in new tab) of requesting swimsuits with more coverage on shoots. "I think I'm fine in clothes. But am I comfortable naked or in a bikini? Not exactly yet."
News flash: Jessica Alba was once too self-conscious to wear short skirts. [Insert your "???" meme of choice.] "I was a lot more critical of my body when it was probably pretty awesome," she said in Health (opens in new tab). "Now I'm a lot more confident in my skin—because who cares? At the end of the day, it's so much time spent on something that really doesn't matter that much." True.
Like 47 percent of us, Rihanna too has been doing her squats religiously. "I do pick on my body," she said in an interview with E! (opens in new tab). "It's a thing that women do. We walk in front of the mirror and we look at our butt. Is it getting bigger today? Ew. It's still flat."
From our September 2015 issue: "I was made to look like someone that I wasn't," she said (opens in new tab) of growing up Hannah Montana. "Which probably caused some body dysmorphia because I had been made pretty every day for so long, and then when I wasn't on that show, it was like, 'Who the fuck am I?'"
In a charmingly honest letter to her younger self, VB covers it all (opens in new tab): teenage acne, feeling like you don't fit in, and being relegated to the back row "of the end-of-year show (in a humiliatingly bright purple Lycra leotard) because you are too plump to go at the front." A must-read.
Once upon a time, a 17-year-old Kendall Jenner told Harper's Bazaar Arabia (opens in new tab) of a problem that's probably only since compounded. "I'm trying to gain weight but my body won't let it happen," she said. "What people don't understand is that calling someone too skinny is the same as calling someone too fat, it's not a nice feeling."
And sometimes, they're self-inflicted. "It did not work for me," she said (opens in new tab) of getting fillers. "I looked crazy, and I still think the effects are in there—I went to have it all dissolved like three times."
The thing with other people pointing out your flaws is WE KNOW ALREADY. In Hadid's case, it's her walk, a weakness she said helped her become a kinder more professional model. "When you start working, you better be the most hardworking, nicest person in the room," she said (opens in new tab). "Because if you're not, then there's always going to be someone prettier, nicer, and more hardworking."
And this one's a double feature—both about the pressure women face for their "post-baby bodies" and sense of responsibility she felt to adhere to a strict diet and exercise regimen to film The Shallows. "That's a shame because there shouldn't be that negative 'ugh' after someone has a baby," she said (opens in new tab). "Your body is so beautiful. You couldn't walk a Victoria's Secret runway but it's beautiful in a completely different and incredible way and I do wish I had the bravery to go out there and represent women as they actually look."
Chelsea Peng is a writer and editor who was formerly the assistant editor at MarieClaire.com. She's also worked for The Strategist and Refinery29, and is a graduate of Northwestern University. On her tombstone, she would like a GIF of herself that's better than the one that already exists on the Internet and a free fro-yo machine. Besides frozen dairy products, she's into pirates, carbs, Balzac, and snacking so hard she has to go lie down.
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