Written on June 22, 2012 at 8:13 am , by FITNESS Intern
Written by Lisa Turner, editorial intern
Dove is known for campaigns that highlight the beauty and power of real women, which is something FITNESS staffers totally support. Now they’re launching “Women Who Should Be Famous” as part of the Dove Movement for Self-Esteem, an initiative that highlights the achievements of positive role models and encourages women and girls to embrace their own beauty, inspiring others to do the same. It was only natural that they chose the spunky and super-talented 17-year-old Jessica Jarrell, a rising pop star and Twitter celeb as their spokesperson. We sat down with the singer and songwriter to talk about what self-esteem means to her and how she deals with the pressures of fame.
Can you tell us more about the Dove Movement for self-esteem and how you got involved?
It encourages girls to be the best they can be, reach their full potential, be confident and feel great about themselves. I’ve wanted to be a part of something like this for a really long time.
Do you ever have trouble with self-esteem? How do you deal with it when you work in such a high-profile industry?
It can get really difficult, but I’ve become a confident person and learned that you can’t really listen to other people or different comments that people make; you just have to be yourself. Like, if you love yourself and you love what you’re doing and what you’re about, then you’re going to feel confident and what people say isn’t going to affect you as much.
How did you get to that point?
Well, I’ve definitely had some self-esteem issues of my own—feeling like I was fat and people calling me fat. When you’re 15, you have all of this baby weight that you’re hanging onto in different places, and I used to have a really hard time dealing with that. My mom and grandma used to talk to me a lot, and I had to just realize I know what I’m about; I know what I look like. I’m happy, so that’s all that really matters. And now that I’m older, I like vegetables! I like fruit! I like to be healthier. I was happy after I realized, “Hey, it’s up to me how I’m going to feel about myself.”
Keep reading to find out how Jarrell liked touring with Justin Bieber!