On struggling with self-image:
“In my 20s I used to cry about why I wasn’t thinner or prettier, but I want to add that I also used to cry about things like: ‘I wish my hair would grow faster. I wish I had different shoes … ‘ I was an idiot … It’s a decade of tears.”
“I’ve never felt like I needed to change. I’ve always thought, ‘If you want somebody different, pick somebody else.’ But sure, criticism can sometimes still get to me. Some things are so malicious, they knock the wind out of you.”
On an article referencing her as “America’s plus-size sweetheart”:
“It’s like I’m managing to achieve all this success in spite of my affliction … Would you ever put that in the headline for a male star?”
… says Melissa.
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