5 Beauty Industry Players Tell Us How They Built Up their Self-Confidence

Shyema Azam   -   August 9, 2017

It always seems like the grass is greener for those in the limelight — especially in the beauty industry. Women who appear in videos and interviews often seem like they were just born with the confidence they exude on camera. But getting to that place is a journey, and we all have different paths there. We talked to five powerful women on what makes them feel confident and how they got there, and this is what they had to say:

Elaine Welteroth, Teen Vogue editor in chief

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“I don’t think there’s an easy answer or a shortcut. Everyone has their own journey. I would just say be yourself, and I think that’s one of those cliché terms that’s overused and not understood. Even me…I used to be like, ‘What does that even mean?’ I think it means to be unapologetic about who you are, where you’re from, what your point of view is. To be bold enough to own all the aspects of your identities, even if they seem to be competing, because that is your unique voice — that’s what makes you special. For me, growing up, there were things about me that I either didn’t like or underestimated. Those were the things that once I owned them, propelled me in my career in my personal life in my relationships. I know that’s a deep answer, but that’s the truth..that’s what real for me.”

Khoudia Diop, model

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“Honestly, I learned new things about myself and began embracing them. Beauty starts by being yourself and embracing your own skin.”

Sarai Jones, YouTuber

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“The biggest thing with our age is that people compare each other to everyone. I think not comparing yourself to everyone and believing in yourself. It’ll take time, it’s easier said than done.”

Teni Panosian, YouTuber

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“It’s hard to tell people to be patient with themselves, but for me it really came with age and with maturity. I didn’t have much confidence when I was younger but I noticed the older I get, the more confident I feel just because I’m more comfortable in my skin and I don’t feel judgment. I just feel, this is who I am. The more mature you get, the more you accept yourself and you don’t even care if anyone else accepts you.”

Chloe Lukasiak, dancer & actor

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“Gaining self confidence is definitely a process you have to learn over the years. I dealt with hard times with bullies — getting past that and recognizing I don’t need that kind of negativity in my life and just being happy and proud of myself is how I worked towards that confidence.”

Shyema Azam


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