ONTD Original: 5 Celebrities & Past Insecurities

Ariana Grande: Wearing a Ponytail

Back in 2014, Ariana was facing criticism for having the same hairstyle all of the time. She's revealed on several occasions that wearing her hair up has helped her self-esteem because it hides most of the damage that was done for Victorious.
"For four years I had a character's hair, which was very uncomfortable, and I cried about it all the time. But, you know, I'll switch [my hair] up, eventually! I just have to wait for my hair to, you know, grow. I mean, it's like little pieces of hay right now."


Lea Michele: Controlling Her Acne

Lea opened up about her skin problems in her book, Brunette Ambition, and admitted to utilizing the Carrie Bradshaw trick; using black eyeliner to turn her pimples into beauty marks. She posts a lot about sponsored products, so it's hard to say which ones she faithfully uses, but one thing that has never changed is making sure she never, ever, never sleeps with makeup on.
"I've been on Accutane twice. In fact, you know those kids who become nearly suicidal about their acne? I've walked that fine line. It was impossible at times to look beyond my pimple-ridden skin or to imagine a time when I wouldn't have to spackle my face just to leave my bedroom."


Melissa McCarthy: Jumpsuits

Melissa created her own clothing line, Melissa McCarthy Seven7, saying she was making most of her own clothes anyway for red carpets and shows because of her size. Jumpsuits have always had her back in that regard.
"Women don't stop at size 12. I feel like there's a big thing missing where you can't dress to your mood above a certain number."


Megan Fox: Dressing for Men

Aside from the obvious cosmedic procedures (which she is not open about), Megan has spoken up about feeling a false sense of empowerment when she was a teenager when she would dress for the male-gaze.
"I was 12 when I first started getting attention from grown men, and for a while I misused that power. When you see 16-year-old girls in really short skirts and stripper heels and shirts that say "White Trash Whore" on them - I was like that. But it's not empowering. It's the opposite. It's taking power away from you."


Hilary Duff: Wearing Scarves

Hilary had a major eating disorder back in 2004-2006. She has opened up about hating her legs, her arms, and has admitted to always wearing scarves to hide her shoulders. Presently, though, she seems a lot more confident and okay in her own skin.
"I’m always wearing scarves to de-accentuate my shoulders."


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