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America Ferrera knows all too well the pressures of looking perfectly thin, and the actress is speaking out, saying she’s wasted all her time worrying about what she looks like and sticking to diets.
In the fall issue of Cosmopolitan for Latinas, Ferrera explains how unhappiness with her physical appearance really took a toll on her life. “More often than not, I hate photo shoots and I hate being on the red carpet. I don’t think I’m very well equipped for the scrutiny or the pressure to be perfect, and I don’t think anyone really is.”
Ferrera also admitted that she doesn’t take compliments well. “People are saying ‘We love you and love what you do’ and you’re sitting there thinking, ‘I’m not skinny enough or pretty enough,” the 28-year-old confessed. “It’s taken a lot of work to get over that.”
According to Us Weekly, Ferrera rose to fame for her role as Betty in ABC’s hit 2006 comedy, Ugly Betty. And although she may have had a tough time reaching self acceptance, the actress says she now hopes to inspire young women who struggle with many of the same things she did.
“How much time have I wasted on diets and what I look like? Take your time and your talent and figure out what you have to contribute to this world,” Ferrara says. “And get over what the hell your butt looks like in those jeans!”
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