How could I possibly be beautiful when I looked that way and had people stare at me with total confusion and discomfort? How could I possibly be beautiful when I was being teased on a daily basis and everyone around me (including my family) had beautiful skin? I often felt that I was the exact opposite of beauty.

It wasn’t until I got older that I realized I wasn’t the only one who struggled with their beauty — far from it, in fact. Whether it was an acne flare-up, their two-toned flesh from vitiligo, or the constant fluctuation of their body size, it seemed as though everywhere I looked people were wondering whether or not they were beautiful.

Although I know that so many people still struggle with feeling beautiful, I’m grateful that we have more role models than ever who are helping all of us love the skin we’re in.