In a world where the most popular filter on Instagram makes you look like a Bratz Doll with Louis Vuitton logos on your face, it can be difficult to embrace the skin you’re in! Thankfully, celebs like Jenna Johnson Chmerkovskiy are brave enough to set a positive example. “This is me! FREE, unfiltered, no makeup, freckles, sunburn, pimples and all,” the Dancing With the Stars pro, 25, captioned a stunning photo of herself on Wednesday, November 6.
“I’ve always struggled [to find] complete happiness in the ‘bare’ me. When I hit my [twenties], I started getting intense acne I’d never had before. For years — and sometimes even now — I feared leaving the house without any makeup on,” Jenna admitted. “The thought of anyone seeing my bumpy red skin made me embarrassed and ashamed. I always felt the need to cover everything up in order to feel ‘pretty’ and accepted.”
The Utah native concluded her powerful message with a special reminder for her followers. “I’ve tried my best to use social media to be as open and honest with all of you! #AsSheIs is a reminder that behind it all, we are all human! Behind the glamorous photo shoots, filters, professional makeup, and glitz and glam … there is a beautiful soul perfectly imperfect,” Jenna wrote. “In moments of self-doubt or comparison, remind yourself YOU ARE ENOUGH!! You are special and you are so loved just as you are.”
Naturally, tons of people chimed in to champion Jenna’s post and show her some well-deserved love. “This post is important. Thank you for sharing your story that is so relatable and personal,” one user gushed. “Beautiful inside and out,” added another. “You’re beautiful. You’re really shining lately … I can see that self-love and confidence. Keep that up,” a third person commented, while a fourth echoed, “I know I’m just a fan, but for what it’s worth, I love this pic of you and your courage to post it. You are truly beautiful!”
Keep thriving, Jenna. You’re an inspiration to us all.
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