I was angry and sad that people kept commenting on my pictures saying, ‘You’re too fat to wear that!’ or ‘Cover up! No one wants to see that!’ And then one night I was lying in bed and thought, ‘F*ck that!’ So I posted an image with four photographs of myself wearing things that fat women are often told we ‘can’t wear’, and encouraged others to do the same.
On once being a size 16:
I was a US size 16 to 18 my entire life before I had Rylee [her first son, who she had at 20]. I look back on those photos now and I don’t wish I was that size, but what I wish is that I loved myself 120 pounds ago. I’m at the heaviest I’ve ever been in my life now and it took me being the heaviest to finally love myself.
On her critics:
I have had people say to me: ‘Shut up already with your diversity. You’ve already made it.’ But I’m not talking about me and my career. I’m talking about the tonne of models out there who don’t have the opportunity because they don’t have three million followers on social media.
“My Lip Kits started with number one, my obsession with make-up and lips specifically and just how I took my insecurity with my lips and turned it into my business model. Something I just became obsessed with was lips and lipstick, and how wearing lipstick made me feel. I just loved bigger lips, and I just got obsessed. To this day, I can’t leave the house without lipstick. So, I just think I’m obsessed with doing my make-up and watching tutorials and that’s kind of how Kylie Cosmetics started.”
On whether her insecurity about her lips drove her to start the company:
“I think I would’ve done the same thing, because my insecurity with my lips didn’t stem from people saying anything. I don’t even think anyone commented on my lips. We all have insecurities, right? Nobody’s perfect, and that’s my thing.”
On how she thinks about beauty now that she has a daughter:
“I feel like having a daughter, and thinking about beauty in the future, has definitely changed me, and I feel like it has made me love myself more and accept everything about me. Even my ears, I always felt like they stuck out too far, and she [Stormi] has the same ears as me and so now I love my ears. It’s just having a different outlook on life so I can pass that on to her. I want to be an example for her. What kind of example would I be if she said she didn’t like her ears, and then I didn’t like them either? I just want to teach her that. I’m trying to love myself more.”
On whether her facial injury shook her confidence:
Any time someone gets injured, it looks pretty bad in the beginning, and you’re like, “What is this going to wind up like?” You just don’t know. It was also a perception thing, because I look at myself [now] and I see it quite a bit, but other people are like, “I wouldn’t have even noticed.” Nobody else looks at you as much as you think they do. Nobody notices as much as you think they will, so that’s been nice to learn.
On the advice she’d give young women to encourage them to be more confident:
The first thing I would tell them is that we’re all insecure; that’s just called being human. I feel like the most important thing to realize is that even people who seem to be superconfident have insecurities that they are dealing with. Honestly, you just do the best you can. Don’t worry about things you can’t change.
Ok, you’re asking the wrong person. I don’t know, maybe it’s because I’m ‘thicc’ now. I don’t know.
On her not wanting to lose her curves:
I’m about to get back into the gym and stuff, and I hope I don’t lose my butt or my hips or all of my thighs. I’ll lose some but not all. And I think of my boobs, like, ‘Imma lose everything, everything goes!’ But, you know, it comes with a price. You want to have a butt, then you have a gut.’
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