Janet Jackson is a beautiful and very powerful woman, but that is not what she used to see when looking in the mirror for a very long time. The singer revealed that she’d see her reflection and cry, not liking anything about herself physically.
On the outside, the star has always exuded confidence and strength but the reality was different.
Janet was very insecure and unhappy despite making many ‘most beautiful’ lists while in the industry.
The star is featured on the cover of InStyle and in the interview, she got candid about her struggle to love herself for the longest time.
According to her, while she’s okay with her outer appearance now, in the past, ‘I would look in the mirror and start crying. I did not like that I wasn’t attractive. I did not like anything about me.’
She was especially bothered by her mouth area and smile.
‘I thought that I looked like the Joker because it was just so big. To me, I looked like the Joker!’
It must’ve been difficult being in the spotlight and dealing with something like this too.
A lot of people are defeated by their insecurities every day but add fame into the mix, and everything you feel and think about yourself becomes ten times more visible.
So how did Janet get over her insecurities?
‘Therapy helped a great deal. I had to find something in my body I loved, and that was very difficult for me to do. But I ended up falling in love with the small of my back. And then starting from there, I found more things. And finally realized my smile isn’t that bad after all.’