Jade Thirlwall has called on her fans to embrace their imperfections after admitting she was left “determined” to get a nose job early on in her career.
The Little Mix singer shot to fame on The X Factor U.K. in 2011 alongside bandmates Perrie Edwards, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jesy Nelson, but was left with crippling insecurities about her appearance after editors at a magazine airbrushed her nose in the band’s early days.
Opening up about the experience on Instagram on Wednesday (26Sep18), Jade revealed how it left her with a huge “complex” about her nose but she ultimately resolved not to go under the knife – something she is now urging her young fans to also consider.
“In one of our first magazine shoots we did, my nose was completely changed and my skin was whitened,” the 25-year-old shared with her 4.8 million followers. “This was a magazine I had subscribed to since I was a teenager and looked up to and listened to. At 18, it gave me a complex and an insecurity and for years I was determined to get a nose job. I was that ugly the magazine had to change my appearance, right? Wrong.”
Jade detailed her experience alongside an image of a quote by writer Nikita Gill, first shared by British actress and activist Jameela Jamil, which read: “If all girls were taught how to love each other fiercely instead of how to compete with each other and hate their own bodies, what a different and beautiful world we would live in.”
The songstress added that young women are under huge pressures to conform to societal ideals of beauty and urged her fans to be resilient in staying true to themselves.
“We are all unique in our own way. It is society that needs to change, not you,” she concluded.
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