12/12/2013 08:56 am ET Updated Jan 25, 2014

How To Stop The 'I'm Ugly' Talk -- For Good

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Jennifer Tress is a speaker and the author of the newly released memoir You’re Not Pretty Enough. She is also the founder of a project by the same name that aims to build higher self-esteem by providing a forum to discuss beauty norms and their impact on individuals. Here, she details her journey of leaving negative self-talk behind.

"Fatty!" "God, you’re ugly!" Those are the things I used to say to myself when I was feeling vulnerable and sad. I wasn’t ready to be introspective and ask, “What’s really going on behind that statement?” I wasn’t ready to deal with the answer.

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