Category: Being Different

Tyler Perry

In reference to sexual abuse, Tyler Perry stated, “It was rape, I didn’t know what was going on or the far-reaching effects of it. I just moved through it. ‘Boys don’t cry, shut up and move on.’ Holding on to all of that, not knowing what to do with it, there was a lot of anger in my teenage years, in my 20s. If any of it had worked, my attempts to kill myself…. I wouldn’t have gotten to the other side of all the horror. I believe that to everything there is an opposite. So for all of that pain and hell I was going through as a child, there has to be beauty. I tell anyone who is in pain, ‘Just keep going. One little step is a step.'” -People


Luke Kleintank

“I grew up really poor. There was a point when we lived in a tent for a year. Then we lived in motels. I went to school from motels. I spent the most time in a small trailer with my six brothers and sisters. I always looked at acting as therapy, but I was also driven by wanting more for myself and my family. I just bought my parents a beautiful home.” Cosmopolitan Magazine



Katy Perry

“But I’ve realized that it’s time for me to show my audience that you don’t have to be perfect to achieve your dreams. Because nobody relates to being perfect. I’m ok with picking my nose. I’m ok with having bad dance moves. I’m ok with having horrible lower teeth. That’s what makes me me, and for some reason it’s worked out all right.”
Katy Perry Parade Magazine

Winnie Harlow

“I thought my skin wasn’t beautiful enough to wear shorts or open-toed shoes, but my idea of ‘beautiful enough’ came from not seeing enough representation of someone like myself, that would’ve been so powerful for me. I hope to offer all young women a sense of hope and change, that one type of look is not better than another. It’s ok to be different and seeing that is massive for a child.”
 Winnie Harlow People Magazine

Alex Molina

“I grew up in a very abusive home. My mother could never show affection towards us. When I was young and I first was homeless my escape was always school. For me, from an early age, I knew that what was going to take me out of my homelessness was my education. I got a degree in sociology and with that I wanted to help people. I feel that’s my calling… that’s my purpose in life. I got hired at Covenant House and became a case manager. That’s a full-circle moment right there for me. I often have youth look at me and say, ‘you don’t                                                  know what it’s like to live her.’ I look at them in the eye and tell them I slept in                                              these hallways. I slept in those bunk beds and I made it to college and I made                                                something of myself and now I’m here giving back to you guys. So… I do                                                          know.”
                                                                       Alex Molina Super Soul Sundays with Oprah