While promoting her collaboration with Bioré, Shay Mitchell appeared in an episode of Popsugar's #PrettyUnfiltered series and talked about hiding wishing she looked white when she was a teen.
"When I was younger, I really did not want to look like myself. I didn't want to have tanned skin, I wanted to have light eyes, I wanted my hair to be light. I wanted to look like my friends. All of my good friends growing up were blond-haired, you know had light skin, fair complexions, and these beautiful light eyes, and I truly just wanted to fit in with them."
On how she got confident with what she looks like: "I think as I got older--I'd love to say that it happened in high school, but it really didn't. You know when I moved away from home I kind of got to meet a lot of people outside of where I was from, and I got to travel to a lot of different places and I was exposed to different cultures where they celebrated different things and they had different beauty ideas, what beauty was to them. I really picked up on a lot of that and then I came back just like 'Why am I trying to change myself? You know, I should be so proud of who I am and what my heritage is.'"
She also talked about how she believes makeup is meant to enhance your beauty, not cover up or change who you are.
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