By Gillian Fuller. Photos: Getty Images.
Chrissy Metz might be a confident, successful actress, but the This Is Us star has never shied away from opening up about the struggles she's faced along the way to becoming one. For People’s “World’s Most Beautiful” issue this year, the 36-year-old spoke about the barriers to self-love she faced as a young adult in a powerful, uplifting letter addressed to her teenage self.
"You are just as important as Amy, the most gorgeous cheerleader in your entire school, even if your hair isn’t the perfect natural shade of honey blonde or because your clothes aren’t from Guess or that your curves look VERY different from hers," Metz begins. "Contrary to the bill of goods you’ve been sold, life is not a competition. Stop comparing yourself to anyone or anything."
The heartfelt piece is reminders to the younger Metz live according to her desires and no one else’s — advice that doesn't just apply to teens. The letter goes on to state that "we are all on our own journey," and that teenage Metz shouldn't worry too much about the inevitable "bumps in the road." "You will lose your map, but never your intuition," Metz writes.
The actress concludes the letter by reminding her younger self that everything will work out as long as she honors her authentic self. While the letter is addressed to Metz, but it's advice we could all stand to follow — head to People to read it in full.
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