Category: Self Worth & Esteem

Dolly Parton

“Do what makes you happy, because if you’re happy and you’re comfortable, people are going to be happy around you. They’re going to be comfortable with you even if you might look ridiculous to them. Because there’s something about you that makes them feel content. I’m not preaching that somebody should look like me. Most people don’t want to wear that much makeup or hair, but at least I have one thing that I know for a fact is real. I am comfortable with who I am. And I dress for me. I do what makes me happy. So I would just say to anybody, ‘If you’re comfortable wearing no makeup be that. If you wanna wear too much, do that.'” -Allure

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


Solange Van Doorn

“My mom is a girl from New York, and my dad is a strong, sturdy Dutchman. I grew up with dual citizenship, and I still don’t have a grasp on American beauty standards. It used to be about having blonde hair, blue eyes, skinny-girl stuff, but now it’s like if you are true to yourself and an individual, you’re beautiful. As a girl who’s happiest in an oversize T-shirt and seawater in my hair, I’m pleased with that.” -Allure