Almost every day it seems like we’re bombarded with different pressures to look, act, and think in certain ways. The media gets a bad rap for encouraging unrealistic standards, and it’s easy to blame celebrities that seemingly demonstrate unreasonable ideals of beauty and success. Yet still, the same celebrities who are condemned for enforcing these messages are hardly immune to hatred themselves.
On one hand, Kylie Jenner, who was first thrust into reality TV-dom at the age of 10, seems to be unaffected by all the self-conscious feelings typical 17-year-olds face, but in actuality, Jenner is human—just like the rest of us—and faces the same insecurities that we all do. Because as the saying goes, it doesn’t matter how many material objects you have—money can’t buy happiness.
Jenner is judged so often that she has even felt the need to respond to anticipated critics with Instagram captions like, “Yes I gained weight. There, I said it so u don’t have to.”
She opened up in the May 2015 issue of Teen Vogue saying, “I feel like I’ve heard the worst anyone can say about me over and over every day. So it’s like my self-esteem definitely wasn’t good at a point, I guess?… But especially having the most beautiful sisters in the world…I just try to find what makes me feel good and be as confident as possible.”
Yesterday, she took to Twitter to share her all too familiar experiences with bullies and told fans stay true to themselves, adding that “different is dope.” We feel you, Kylie. Keep doing you.